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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,596 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.

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2004 Mazda Tribute transmission problems

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2004 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 082009


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph when the vehicle stalled with the vehicle exhibiting an abnormal increase in engine rpms. The vehicle became unresponsive to acceleration attempts and was towed to an independent mechanic where the technician stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Approximately two years later, the contact noticed that the overdrive warning light was flashing on the dashboard and the transmission began to shift erratically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician advised that the transmission would need to be replaced a second time. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Fords, NJ, USA

problem #10

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

problem #9

Mar 042009

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. Since March of 2009, the transmission began to hesitate. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The transmission was replaced at the cost of $3,000. The failure mileage was 55,000 and current mileage was 60,000. Updated 8/28/09 updated 09/03/09.

- Old Bridge , NJ, USA

problem #8

Jan 282009


  • 53,000 miles


Complete transmission failure on 2004 Mazda Tribute while stopped in traffic! very high RPM's without pushing on gas pedal. Mileage is under 55,000.

- Whitehouse, TX, USA

problem #7

May 022008


  • 70,700 miles
Transmission failed at 70,700 indicated by a flashing O/D light. Had to be replaced at my expense. Replacement is not working properly.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #6

Apr 232008

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,647 miles
Transmission failure at 55,000 miles.

- Chaska, MN, USA

problem #5

Aug 312007

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


Complete transmission failure on my 2004 Mazda Tribute with under 52,000 miles.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 042006

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
2004 Mazda Tribute SUV completely stalled driving 35 mph, this is the fourth such incident in 2 years of engine stall, dealer has been unable to diagnose issue "unable to duplicate". this incident resulted in near rear end collision by an 18 wheel truck. Driver side front wheel bearing also failed at 50,000 miles.

- Cornelius, NC, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

May 102004

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
2004 Mazda Tribute when placed in reverse will not hold and goes forward.

- Springfield, TN, USA

problem #1

Nov 292003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Hard shifting transmission on new 2004 Mazda MPV.

- Fishers, IN, USA

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