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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,314 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #7

May 282009

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. Whenever the vehicle comes to a stop and the contact depresses the clutch, the engine revs. It feels as if the vehicle will accelerate instead of coming to a stop. The failure occurs daily and was recently noticed while driving 15 mph. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the accelerator cable was stuck and needed to be replaced. Through research, the contact found NHTSA campaign id number 04V583000. The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in the recall. The contact believes that if the failures are identical, then his vehicle should be covered. The current and failure mileages were 90,000. Updated 06/12/09 updated 06/16/09.

- Lexington, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 142007

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. During the 2007 winter season, the engine suddenly revved when the vehicle was started. The contact turned off the vehicle and waited a few seconds; however, the issue recurred for approximately ten minutes. Afterwards, the failure ceased. In January of 2008, the failure recurred after parking the vehicle with the engine running. The vehicle once again began to rev. The failure occurred a total of two times; however, she never noticed the vehicle accelerating backwards or forward. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer or spoken with the manufacturer. The current mileage was 69,350 and failure mileage was approximately 55,000. Updated 3/11/09 updated 03/16/09.

- Harbor Creek, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 302008

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
My wife purchased a used 2004 Mazda Tribute. The accelerator cable failed and when it failed the car engine was at full throttle without the ability to stop it. A failure that defaults to full acceleration is an obvious defect. I checked the internet and learned that the car had been recalled to correct that defect. I called Mazda and was told that the recall work had been done on the car. I told Mazda that the recall work had not fixed the problem and that a failure that defaults to a throttle at full acceleration is a massively dangerous defect. They basically said we did all we had to do. This is very dangerous condition and will cause injury or death.

- Harleysville , PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 142007

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,200 miles


- the contact stated that while driving a 2004 Mazda Tribute at 25 mph the accelerator pedal got stuck. The contact applied the brakes and the vehicle wouldn't come to a complete stop, until the contact heard a popping noise, that's when the vehicle shifted into idle. While inspecting the vehicle the contact noticed that the accelerator cable had snapped. The contact took the vehicle to the dealership (D dahle Mazda in murray, ut) and they stated that the contact would have to pay for the repair since they had already perform the recall repair for contact NHTSA campaign id number: 04V583000. The contact can provide pictures if needed.

- Lehi, UT, USA

problem #3

Apr 012005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Mazda Tribute experiencing problems with sudden acceleration. There were two occasions when the consumer applied the brakes but the vehicle did not stop. One occasion the vehicle was pulling up to a building and damaged the front end of the vehicle and on the second occasion, the consumer was traveling on the highway when the vehicle suddenly accelerated without incident.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 082005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA campaign 04V583000; Mazda issued an accelerator cable recall. This vehicle was included in the recall, but there were no available parts in order to do recall repairs.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005

Tribute 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA recall campaign 04V583000; Mazda issued an accelerator cable recall. This vehicle was included in the recall, but there were no available parts until may in order to do recall repairs.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

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