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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
120,003 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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2005 Mazda Tribute suspension problems

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2005 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #8

Mar 122014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


Failed strut mount - heard a rattle noise in the vehicle - this noise increased over the next few days. Looking outside the vehicle I did not see anything loose or able to cause problem. Checked inside right rear storage and found large hole to see tire. Removing the interior panel revealed the entire wheel well had rusted out leaving the strut hanging by about 2-3 inches of metal. This was banging around causing the noise. If this had fully failed during driving, it may have caused catastrophic failure of the tire leading to major accident with injury. I have stopped driving it until there is a suitable fix.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 272014


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while reversing, he heard a knocking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the rear passenger's side wheel housing was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 082014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Pulled away from house to leave for work and at about 30 mph I heard the worst sound. It came from the rear right side of the car. It was worse over bumps, stopping etc. Took it to an auto mechanic who drove it first and brought me back to show me a rusted out wheel well with interior exposed. All remaining three wheel wells were perfect, fine he stated. I started by calling Mazda who is sending me to a dealership to have it inspected. The dealership will then pass that info on. It is outside the warranty period and I the representative told me this would not be covered. It was bought brand new in 2005 and we are the original owners. No accidents or mishaps to that area of the car. We know this will cost a bundle and read so many complaints online about the Ford escape 2005 having the exact same problem. It said the two are "mechanical siblings." I wrote down websites I visited with complaint/question forums and the quotes for repairing are astronomical for a error made on the manufacturers end. This is a safety issue when you have the potential for the shocks to go through the rear of the car right behind my sons car seat. The consumer was informed, the frame was cracked, due to a rusted out wheel well. Updated 06/10/14 updated 08/03/15. Updated 09/21/15. Updated 09/28/15.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #5

Apr 012013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


The right rear wheel well metal as well as the strut attachment are rusted. Parts of the wheel well dislodge while driving. Mechanics tell me that the right rear strut will become unattached. They say that this is evident on Ford escapes as well. The right rear is the only affected area. Potentially a very serious problem. Mazda claims it is out of warranty - too bad.

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 012005


  • miles
2005 Mazda Tribute has a defect in which the vehicle pulls to the left.** answer required***. when the consumer would let go of the steering wheel the vehicle would veer to the left into oncoming traffic. The vehicle had been taken to the dealer three times for this problem but they have been unable to determine the cause. The vehicle's alignment was adjusted, all four tires were replaced and the front end suspension cradle was moved but none of these repairs corrected the problem. The manufacturer was contacted but they provided no assistance. The brakes made noise while driving at low speeds. The rotors were resurfaced then replaced but the noise persisted. At one time the brake pedal went down tot he floor.

- Unknown, DC, USA

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problem #3

Dec 302004


  • miles
When the brakes of the consumer's 2005 Mazda Tribute were applied the vehicle pulled to the left or right. There was a rattle on the right side, the drivers mirror vibrated, the temperature sensor in the auto dimming mirror registered incorrectly, the wiper did not have complete contact with the window and there was a rust spot on the inside lip of the moon roof.

- Fairchild Afb, WA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012004

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle violently swerved from side to side, became unstable. While driving in rainy weather the vehicle became unstable and felt as if was going to roll over. The consumer contacted the manufacturer but ha not received a response.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jun 122004


  • miles
Mazda Tribute violently rolled from side to side. The vehicle would become extremely unstable. On another occasion the vehicle nearly rolled over.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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