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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
149,354 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Mazda Tribute engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 132015

Tribute ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,707 miles


In the past two months this car has cost me over $900.00, new fuel pump, alternator and spark plugs plus repair of oil leak. Car had radiator replaced last year and has a five month old battery and now car is cutting off when idling. Trying to get the car to last at least three more months, then it's back to Uber. Taking car in to see if engine codes will show anything.

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 122015

Tribute LX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

I'm only $750 in now and it still misfires. Dealership was unable to fix it and said they hope this $750 repair holds for the next 500 miles. Really? There is an obvious flaw in the Mazda engine with misfires. Mine will blow the entire spark plug from the cylinder and then the car sits where ever that may be. If Madza does not fix this problem for some reasonable price and really fix it I will never buy another Mazda again.

- , Strasburg, PA, USA

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