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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,962 miles

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2004 Mazda Tribute drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 092015


  • miles


Mazda recall # 1904D. Mazda has a recall for units built from April 17, 200 through September 11, 2002. My unit was built in 2004 but has the exact same problems as the vehicles in this recall. No one at Mazda can ( or won't ) tell me the reason that units in later dates such as mine are not in this recall even tho it does what the recall was suppose to fix and will not fix mine with-out a charge. The unit die when coming up to a stop sign or slowing down. This has happened repeatedly to my daughter who drives this car to the point where she is afraid to drive it. She has been almost rear-ended repeated times. Here is what the recall says. Recall summary: On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 duratec engines, during deceleration, the engine can stall. Hazard: Should the engine stall, a vehicle crash could occur. Remedy: Dealers will reprogram the power control module (PCM) with the appropriate calibration. The recall began on May 3, 2004. Owners should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Additional info: Mazda recall no. 1904D.also, customers can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #1

Dec 122011


  • 59,925 miles
The transmission lost 2nd gear and would not shift until the engine revs were very high, > 6000 RPM. My wife had to get off the highway since she could not go at highway speeds. Dealer said transmission was bad and needed to be replaced even though the car was only 10,000 miles over the warranty. Their price for a rebuilt transmission was $4,130. I went to an independent transmission shop that was more economical and he told me this is a common problem since the belts and hardware (rivets that connect mounting bracket) are too small for the vehicle. He used thicker belts for the rebuild but this is a common problem if you check sites like This is a defect and should be recalled and fixed by Mazda.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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