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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,296 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Mazda Tribute drivetrain problems

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2006 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 162014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 76,014 miles


Driving vehicle on a residential road, as I accelerated up small hill, transmission did not shift from 2nd to 3rd gear. Rpms spiked to 5000 then the transmission shifted hard into next gear. Since this incident the problem has occurred more frequently, no matter what the elevation. Because of this problem the Tribute has no power and no acceleration until shifting. This is extremely dangerous when pulling out or crossing traffic. Today, each time I am at a stop, the transmission sticks in 2nd gear until the rpms spike then it will shift. The Tribute has only 76500 miles. It is adult owned and well maintained. Please review this as a possible recall issue to avoid so many others spending thousands on repairs and possible injury from accident!

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #9

May 162014

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 86,725 miles
I bought this car used approximately three years ago and it has only been driven around town except to my honeymoon. My daughter was driving home from a friends house. She called me and told me her car would not go. I went to see if I could figure out what was wrong with the car. After sitting not running for approximately 30 minutes, the car would drive at 35 mph for less that.5 miles. I did this for the 10 miles and approximately 1.5 hours we arrived at my parents house which was the closest location. After sitting all night, it did the same thing. While attempting to drive home it would only rev the engine and you could change gears without anything happening to the transmission. After taking it to the mechanics, $3600 late, the mechanic told me that Mazda knows about this problem. The transmission vendors from which my new one was bought told the mechanic, the problem is due to the transmission fluid becoming to hot and not being able to cool down fast enough. Thanks Mazda this will be the last of your products that I will purchase.

- Angleton, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 022014

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Not sure, but think there is a leak at the transfer case. It smells when sitting for a few moments, there is no oil leaks.

- Kuna, ID, USA

problem #7

Aug 152013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 153,000 miles


This needs to be investigated and a recall issued by Mazda. $3,700 dollars later to have transmission rebuilt. Recall was issued for 2001 - 2003 Mazda Tribute why not for every year they are using the same transmission cd4E from Ford.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 222013


  • 151,000 miles
2006 Mazda Tribute S 3.0L 6 cyl. 4X4 received the dreaded news a P0740 code along with 4 others all dealing with the transmissiono. Driving my car came to a red light and vehicle would then only go 30 miles an hour. Plus would not go in reverse anymore. P0740 deals with a torque converter clutch system malfunction, P0720 output shaft sensor circuit malfunction and some others dealing with a speed cable, etc.... appears Mazda Tribute's have this know problem and Mazda is doing nothing about it. This needs to be investigated more and a recall issued by Mazda for all years on this vehicle. Maintenance would done on the transmission at the right intervals and this shouldn't have happen. Transmission fluid was check by the repair shop and they said nothing is wrong with the fluids. Notice Mazda issued a recall for this vehicle but only for 2000 - 2003 years I believe. After researching this problem, I notice a lot of people were having to get their transmission overhauled. Knew I should of stuck with a Ford because no transmission problems with their vehicles. All Ford have over 160000 miles on them. Plus one a 2003 Ford F250 Super Duty has over 218,000 miles on it. Need to get Mazda to issue a recall on this vehicle for their transmission because it appears to be an issue with it.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

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problem #5

Sep 012012


  • 96,200 miles
I was driving down the freeway at 65 mph when the car started jerking and threatening to stop in the middle of the freeway. The "O/D off" light started flashing on the console. I pulled off at the next exit and the light stopped flashing and the car stopped jerking. The minute I got back on the freeway it started again. I took the car to the mechanic and after closer inspection and repair it was discovered that the clutch was burned out in third gear. The cost of repair to the tune of approximately $2000 and four business days later. I have only had the car since the end of July 2011. No warning signs, nothing to indicate a problem was occurring.

- Imperial Beach , CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 132011

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


I was at a stoplight, and started to hit the gas, but nothing happened. The car would not go into gear. I finally got the car to work for about 200 feet, and then the same thing happened. I started my car again, and again it went for 200 feet before storpping and stalling. I took the car to a mechanic who informed me that my transmisson had failed, and there is a high failure rate with my car and its transmission. I did research online, and discovered several Mazda owners with the same issue.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 112011


  • 58,000 miles
Needed an overhaul of the transmission. Internal damage was done yet the car isn't old. The mechanics said they had a Tribute 2006 with the same exact issue, and then another shop next city over had again another Tribute same issue. When I'd drive it would no longer stay in gear until I turned it off and let it sit a while then would go again.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 072010

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 88,023 miles
When vehicle has been running for less than 10 minutes the accelerator pedal will not depress unless unusual amount of force or tapping of pedal is used.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 102009


  • 47,000 miles
My 2006 Tribute has 47,000 miles. The ABS light came on-and stayed on, and the 4WD light flashed on and off 3 or 4 times about every mile. Our dealer inspected and found it was a broken part in the front axle, which was under warranty. They kept the car overnight and replaced it. I asked if we could expect this to happen to the other axle and they could not give a definitive answer. Even more troubling is the fact that now the car pulls to the right. Their mechanic noted in his repair report, but they didn't bother to tell us about it because he said it was nothing he did. When something like and axle is involved, shouldn't an alignment be part of the service" and aren't they at least morally obligated to tell me that the car 'pulls' now"

- Burghill, OH, USA

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