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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,174 miles

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2004 Mazda Tribute body / paint problems

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2004 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 022015

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


2004 Mazda Tribute. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle subframe corrosion issues. The consumer was informed the vehicle could not be repaired. Also, the consumer is seeking reimbursement for the replacement of the idle air control motor and the cleaning of the throttle body.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 302015

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 199,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving 45 mph, a rattling sound emitted from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear passenger wheel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 199,000. Updated 5/12/15 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. Updated 05/26/15

- Saint Joseph, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 032012

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
The hazard light button on the dashboard fell inboard. The button was never used/pushed as there has never been an occasion to use it. I spoke with the car dealer and he said the plastic on the inside was broken that held the button in place and was not covered under any warranty for the car. Since there was no reason to use the hazard lights so far, the plastic was not broken from use. Now I'm driving my car without any safety hazard lights to use should an occasion arise. My car is currently under another recall - 6821G and would like the hazard lights fixed at the same time.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 242006

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,695 miles
I own a Mazda Tribute 2004, it was taken to the Mazda servicing shop for various repairs ranging from a leak of water of rain through the front windshield, the transmission of the sub would not engage in reverse, the condensation of the air conditioning leaks on top of the catalytic converter which is rusted, along with various other complaints. The SUV currently has a mileage of 8695 miles and is experiencing transmission problems, it does not shift into the 40-55 mph shift and exceeds the #3 RPM's. the vehicle was taken once again to the Mazda dealer and I was informed that the SUV is no longer under guarantee because my vehicle is over 4 years old and the warranty has expired. How is it possible for a SUV with only 8695 miles which is driven only locally can be experiencing transmission problems. And know it is so convenient for the dealer and the central office in puerto rico to state that my warranty has expired and that this is not a case of manufacturer's defect or recall.

- Caguas, PR, USA

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