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4.0

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,950 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Mazda Tribute engine problems

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2003 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 212008

Tribute

  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driving 70 mph. Vehicle began accelerating without foot on gas petal. Had to hold foot on brake to keep below 70. When finally got to exit and stopped idling at 4000 RPM and vibration so bad had to shut car off. Throttle body and a cable had to be replaced.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

May 022006

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving about 30 mph, with accelerator pressure applied, the accelerator pedal pulled to the floor without warning. The vehicle accelerated at a high speed onto the highway. The contact attempted to disengage the accelerator pedal by pumping the pedal several times without success. The vehicle slowly responded to brake pressure and the vehicle was placed in park. While parked, the engine revved until the ignition was turned off. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who determined the casing on the cruise control cracked which caused the cruise control cable to stick, although the cruise control was not engaged at that time. The dealer replaced the cruise control casing and cables which corrected the problem. The valve cover and gasket were replaced. Updated 07/07/06

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 112004

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
Drove my 03 Mazda Tribute in typical florda afternoon rainstorm vehicle stalled in middle of road almost causing vehicles following to crash from behind luckily I coasted off to the side quickly after few tries restarted vehicle however after restarted vehicle now making loud rattling sound from engine proceeded to drive rest of way home-about a mile from where stalled prior to pulling into driveway loud pop & grinding from engine coasted into driveway & realized engine blown-oil pouring out underneath thinking this was warranty issue (vehicle well maintained & only year old) took vehicle to local Mazda dealer for repair after having vehicle 3 weeks they now told me that cause of stall & blowing of engine was water from rain or puddles splashing up got into air intake of engine water was pulled into cylinders where it cant be compressed & piston rods bent & broke until they punctured through blowing engine dealers service dept stated air intake for vehicle is located behind front grille about headlight level right where most rain & splashing would end up at front of vehicle-so not very well protected-would not take much for water to get into causing failure Mazda would not repair vehicle under warranty-recommended my auto ins would pay for repair I feel this is serious design flaw with vehicle esp considering many smaller vehicles were driving around in same conditions without incident & if this can happen to me in the conditions & speeds I was driving I would think it could be potential cause of future accidents from these vehicles stalling in wet conditions not only is it safety concern-also would be consumer concern because it can blow engine & if Mazda wont repair vehicles when this happens there will be many upset consumers Mazda Tribute & Ford escape essentially same vehicle so this would apply there also I feel both Ford & Mazda should recall these vehicles & either relocate or better protect air intake so this kind of thing should not happen.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 182004

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer received NHTSA recall 04V175000 concerning engine stalling. Three weeks after having recall repairs performed and while driving at low speeds vehicle stalled. Consumer restarted vehicle, and took it back to dealer for inspection. However, mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 132003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,850 miles
Vehicle stalled four times in the time I have had it since June of 2002. The cd player also quit working, but my main concern was the stalling while driving, usually around 30-35 mph, going downhill, each time. I will give the most recent date of the stall.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 132003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,850 miles
Vehicle stalled four times in the time I have had it since June of 2002. The cd player also quit working, but my main concern was the stalling while driving, usually around 30-35 mph, going downhill, each time. I will give the most recent date of the stall.

- Macon, GA, USA

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