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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,799 miles

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2004 Mazda Tribute suspension problems

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2004 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Oct 012014

Tribute

  • 218,000 miles

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

Extensive rust in the back passenger wheel well which has caused the suspension to break away from the body of the car. First noticed a loud thumping when going over bumps a month ago and it has gotten so bad that it is putting me, my family, and others at risk of an accident and forcing me to buy another car. There is already an id # associated with this complaint (#10669545) and many complaints submitted. This issue needs be investigated as a recall. Please respond to me with information on the investigations on this matter and if I can expect any help for repair on this problem to prevent an accident.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Dec 232014

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
My Mazda Tribute only has 114,000 miles on it and the shock mount has completely rusted off the frame and is not in any way safe to drive. How there is no recall for this is a load of [xxx]. I have put a lot of money into my truck and for there to be no recall? what a joke Mazda is. Im 25 years old working full time and cant afford to junk my car and buy a new one. So Mazda puts me in this situation and wont fix it. I will never purchase another Mazda. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saddle Brook, NJ, USA

problem #14

Oct 132014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 108,477 miles

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

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 #13

Oct 042014

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 114,377 miles
We were driving on the highway and went over a spot where the pavement had been cut back for repaving and there was a loud, sharp thump from the rear wheel well. It was raining and dark so I couldn't tell what happened. It happened a few more times before we reached home. In the light of day I saw that the wheel well has rusted through and the shock is no longer attached to the body of the car. We have been told not to drive it until we have seen a mechanic.

- Danbury, CT, USA

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problem #12

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 #11

Jun 272014

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles

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

I noticed the problem when I was driving down the road and heard a knocking coming from the rear of the vehicle I thought it was a bad shock at first so I pulled over to check it out and the rear shock brackets are completely rusted through and are breaking away from the main frame. I contacted Mazda on July 11, 2014 and they said they will not do anything until teh car is recalled. They havent provided any other info on assitance with repairs or a recall. The car is no longer driveable until it goes through massive reconstruction of the sheet metal and framing in the rear wheel well.

- Mundelein, IL, USA

problem #10

Jun 262014

Tribute

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

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #9

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

problem #8

Jun 212013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
I heard a knocking sound coming from the rear passenger of the vehicle. Upon inspection, I discovered that the rear shock absorber mount showed clear signs of rust - it appears to be rotted through! the interior wheel well has an enormous crack running through it, with the back of the interior insulation visible from the outside.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 152014

Tribute

  • 85,000 miles

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

I noticed the problem when I was driving down the road and heard a knocking coming from the rear of the vehicle I thought it was a bad shock at first so I pulled over to check it out and the rear shock brackets are completely rusted through and are breaking away from the main frame. I contacted Mazda on April 10 2014 and they said they heard of this happening to many of their vehicles as well as many Ford escapes. They havent provided any other info on assitance with repairs or a recall. The car is no longer driveable until it goes through massive reconstruction of the sheet metal and framing in the rear wheel well.

- Medinah, IL, USA

problem #6

Apr 142014

Tribute

  • 169,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the rear passenger side shocks was separating from the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage and the current mileage was 169,000. Updated 06/17/14

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #5

Apr 012014

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 154,260 miles
I noticed a rattle in the rear end of my vehicle. I took to my work harvard Ford and had the technicians check it out. They discovered that the panels holding the shocks/struts up has rusted through. I would like to know if there is a recall on this problem.. the tech's say they have had three other vehicles( Ford escapes) with this problem in the last six months.

- Capron, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 042014

Tribute

  • 60,162 miles
Inside both rear wheel wells, the body is rusting out substantially around the shock tower bracket. It is so bad that the shock tower can break lose and the car will be a danger to drive. This is documented to have happened to many similar 2004-2006 Mazda Tributes and Ford escapes (made on same factory line). It is a difficult and costly repair. Https://www.facebook.com/pages/2005-Ford-escape-2004-2006/397923900236108.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 102013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 111,555 miles
Wife left house to run an errand and returned immediately after hearing loud clanging noise in rear of car. She brought to my attention so I rode in the rear seat to observe as she drove. After just a very short distance I heard the noise and observed that I could see through the rear speaker area to the outside. She parked the car and I looked from the outside into the right (passenger) rear wheel well and saw the entire upper shock mount was rotted out offering no support whatsoever to the shock absorber. The overall condition of the car is very good with no or very little body rust. It is my opinion that the cannot be driven until this is repaired. I am not a certified mechanic but I do restore old cars as a hobby and consider myself to be of moderate ability in auto mechanics.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 052013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
The right wheel well is completely rusted through including the rear shock mounts. The only thing holding the metal together was the outer undercoating spray. My 18 year old son was driving on the interstate in this condition. I searched the internet and see that other Mazda Tribute and Ford escape owners have the same problem. It's an obvious manfacture's defect that is occurring nationally and is a serious safety issue. Department of transportation federal highway administration.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 252013

Tribute

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the tires wore excessively from the inside. The contact also stated that two four wheel alignments were performed but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

- Manchester, NH, USA

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