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1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,515 miles

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2004 Mazda Tribute body / paint problems

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2004 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Mar 072016

Tribute

  • 175,000 miles

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

The right rear shock tower broke away from the body, causing the vehicle to jerk hard right, as I was driving on the highway at about 60 miles per hour, this almost caused an accident, I crossed into the middle lane cutting off the auto in that lane. Had it not been for the driving skills off the other driver and myself there would have been an accident. The shock then tore the inside of the tire up causing a flat. When I called Mazda they said it was not a safety issue and had no plans to recall the vehicle for this most common problem.this vehicle has a recall for rust on the front frame mount but not on the rust problems in the rear of the vehicles. I feel they used inferior metal in the entire automobile and should repair this very dangerous problem.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #23

Jul 202016

Tribute

  • 93,165 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While having the vehicle inspected, the technician stated that the rear of the vehicle was severely corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (structure). The approximate failure mileage was 93,165.

- Corry, PA, USA

problem #22

Jul 122016

Tribute

  • 101,000 miles
2004 Mazda Tribute, approx. 101,000 miles. Complete failure/rust-through of rear, passenger-side wheel well causing separation of shock/strut from the frame. As indicated in the hundreds of complaints I have read, experienced loud clunk and swaying of the vehicle, brought to our long-time mechanic who indicated he had never seen anything like it and based on age/condition there is no way this should have occurred. Brought vehicle in to Mazda dealership after speaking to Mazda customer care (rep indicated that recall for sub-frame corrosion should address this) only to be told that recall repair was completed but car was unsafe to drive due to the corrosion and shock separation. When I called Mazda back and asked how it is possible to issue a recall on a known issue for rust but only address one contact point on the frame as, clearly, the entire frame is made/coated with the same materials, was advised basically not their problem and it is possible a future recall could address this issue. This is absolutely unacceptable and as a current owner of a 2014 Mazda 6 (and past owners of 6 other Mazda's) I can not understand how a safety issue such as this is not being addressed. As evidenced by this website and multiple others, this issue affects 2001-2006 Mazda Tributes (& Ford escapes) and was already acknowledged to be a defect in the materials used as evidenced in recall# 14V-174. Excessive corrosion is not limited to a single attachment point on the frame, to even imply that it would be is avoidance of liability by the manufacturer(s) at best, criminal negligence is a better descriptor. It is the entire frame that is defective and this needs to be addressed as a critical safety issue before someone gets seriously injured or killed, the complaints seem to be increasing so it is only a matter of time. Please address this-the original recall needs to be expanded asap

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #21

May 312016

Tribute

  • 132,000 miles

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

Right rear shock mount has rusted completely through. This may result in suspension failure and possible loss of control of vehicle. Photos of extensive rust condition widely available on the internet.

- Castleton, NY, USA

problem #20

Mar 192016

Tribute

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle made an abnormally loud noise. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the frame was severely rusted on the passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Uninontown, OH, USA

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problem #19

Feb 012016

Tribute

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (structure) and the dealer was unable to supply the remedy parts for the recall repair within a reasonable time frame. The vehicle was due to receive an inspection and may not pass due to extensive premature rust and corrosion that progressed for months before notification of the manufacturers recall. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified and were unable to provide a specific time frame to provide the repair. The contact was uncertain of when the vehicle would be repaired. Parts distribution disconnect. The failure mileage was not available.

- Kittanning, PA, USA

problem #18

Feb 192016

Tribute

  • 150,000 miles

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

A very load banging sound is coming from my right passenger wheel well area. It appears the shock-absorber mounting location is rusted away and breaking off. I can see inside my car through the speaker grill now. First occured when the car was in motion and driving over a road with small potholes. The rest of the underside of the car seems ok.

- Mahtomedi, MN, USA

problem #17

Nov 142015

Tribute

  • 153,546 miles
The rear passenger wheel well has excessive corrosion through the frame of my vehicle. The corrosion has split my frame in half and left wholes surrounding the split. My shock tower is exposed and corroded making it unsafe to drive. The rear driver side is splitting in the same exact place.this is a serious safety hazard and obvious defect. Driving straight down a dirt road at 35 mph (approx.) a loud snap and dust rolling thing through the rear speaker mounted on the wheel well. I then pulled over and inspected the car and found that it was all rusted out.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #16

Sep 272015

Tribute

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle had an abnormal loud sound. The contact stated that the rear passenger side shock support in the wheel well had rotted. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Wareham , MA, USA

problem #15

Aug 302015

Tribute

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 40 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle and the check engine warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact mentioned a burning odor inside the vehicle. The contact pulled over and discovered that part of the frame was fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear passenger side of the frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Kankakee, IL, USA

problem #14

Sep 092015

Tribute

  • 108,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 15 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the entire passenger side wheel well was rusted and corroded. In addition, the bracket was fractured. The vehicle was unable to be driven. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Dunmore, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 202015

Tribute

  • 151,523 miles
Right rear shock has broken through wheel panel and can be seen from the trunk area. Left rear side has stress fractures and I assume will also break through eventually. Took car to body shop and was told that the wheel panel has rusted through and that it would be too expensive to fix because to properly fix the car one would have to replace the wheel panel and any other metal area on both sides of the car that is rusted. Is NHTSA willing to take the car to test the undercoating and metal to determine if they meet proper standards" I went online and have seen that this same problem with other madza Tributes and even Ford escapes. Can you help"

- Perry Hall, MD, USA

problem #12

Jun 142015

Tribute

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving at an unknown speed, a loud abnormal noise emitted from the front of the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the passenger side wheel house panel and shock were severely corroded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for further inspection, whom also confirmed that the front passenger wheel house panel and shock were severely corroded due to defective material. The technician advised that the rear passenger side wheel house panel and shock and the driver side wheel house panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Berea, OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 092015

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
Extensive rust in the back passenger wheel well which has caused the suspension to break away from the body of the car.

- Mountainville, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 032015

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
The rear passenger wheel well has excessive corrosion through the frame of my vehicle. The corrosion has split my frame in half and left wholes surrounding the split. My shock tower is exposed and corroded making it unsafe to drive. The rear driver side is splitting in the same exact place.this is a serious safety hazard and obvious defect. The front end of my vehicle was just recalled and repaired for the same issue. I don't understand why Mazda has not addressed this issue already. Excessive corrosion has also occurred on the Ford escape made from the same line. Mazda needs to be responsible and correct this before a serious injury or fatality occurs.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014

Tribute

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the rear passenger side wheel was rusting causing the strut brace to rust. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact referenced a manufacturers recall that was related to the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Saddlebrook, NJ, USA

problem #8

Oct 132014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 108,477 miles
While looking for a knocking sound in the passenger side rear found that the shock mount assembly was broken loose from the body of the vehicle. You could see through to the interior fabric, leaving shock and mount attached to nothing. Serious design flaw.

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 082014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
This was not an accident. I recently have had to have the right and left inner wheelhouse panels on my 2004 Mazda Tribute replaced due to excessive corrosion. The inner wheelhouse panels were rusted thru and the shocks that were attached to those panels were loose due to cracks in the panels and were banging up against the car. I don't consider that much corrosion that caused the panels to break loose from the car body as normal wear & tear nor part of something that should be watched under routine maintenance. I have kept cars longer than 10 years and never had this problem! it was definitely a safety hazard and someone could have been hurt in a serious auto accident. Please recommend a recall on 2004 Mazda Tributes due to excessive corrosion due to the manufacturer's defect in their quality control and processes.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 262014

Tribute

  • miles
Excessive corrosion at rear shock mount. Rear wheel well and shock mount requires replacement.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #5

Apr 092014

Tribute

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the frame, rear shock tower, and wheel well were completely corroded. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (suspension) and stated that the manufacturer was not providing a sufficient remedy. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Cold Brook, NY, USA

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