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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,500 miles

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2004 Mazda Tribute exhaust system problems

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2004 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 082013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle lost power and began to shake violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the catalytic converter failed and damaged the egr valve. The mechanic stated that the catalytic converter system would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximately failure mileage was 114,000. Updated 04/09/13 the consumer stated the first time a problem occurred, his daughter was driving and she noticed the vehicle would no longer accelerate properly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was determined the egr valve, had a hole in it. Ten days later, his daughter experienced the same failure and once again, the vehicle wa taken back to the repair shop, where it was determined the catalytic converter had most likely developed an obstruction that caused a large amount of pressure back in to the exhaust system, which caused another hole to blow out the egr valve. The consumer received an estimate of $2500 for the catalytic converter system.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 232009


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly decreased speed and felt as though it was losing power. The speed would not increase above 5 mph and the brakes would not engage properly. The mechanic stated that the problem was due to the catalytic converter and it would take 1-3 months to receive the part. After 4 weeks, the vehicle was repaired; however, when the shifting gears from park, reverse, and drive she heard a grinding noise. There was also little or no resistance in the steering wheel while making right and left turns. The NHTSA campaign id number: 07E023000 is related to the service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:master cylinder and NHTSA campaign id number: 04V583000 is related to the vehicle speed control:cables. The contact is aware of the safety risk in the transmission. The current and failure mileages were 53,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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