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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,397 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Mazda Tribute fuel system problems

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2008 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012010

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Happens more during cold weather. When you push on the accelerator it sticks and when it finally lets go you lurch forward. Luckily I have not had any accidents over this yet, but feel that is always a possibility and feel like it is unsafe. I was told it has to do with the butterfly valve. It has been happening for at least 4-5 years. I have asked numerous times if there has been a recall because from what I can see there have been many complaints by other consumers. If this ever causes me to have an accident, I will be suing Mazda!

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 012010

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
On cold mornings the gas peddle sticks and won't press down until the car warms up completely. Sometimes takes along as 15 minutes to warm up enough to engage the gas peddle. And sometimes after driving the car for several miles (as many as 15 miles) the gas peddle sticks again and no gas is being supplied. I've had to just coast off the road and pat the gas peddle until it breaks loose.

- Dawsonville, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 272010

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 72,800 miles
2008 Mazda Tribute, approx, 72,000 miles. The gas pedal sticks in cold weather. We live in the baton rouge area so it doesn't get cold often, but the last few day's we've had lows in the 20's and the gas pedal has a sticking issue. It's hard to press and when it finally does the vehicle lunges forward. We had this same issue last year when it also got abnormally cold for this area.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #2

Apr 222010

Tribute 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,185 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. While traveling at 40 mph, the contact changed lanes to pass a vehicle but when he depressed the accelerator pedal to speed up, the pedal went to the floorboard and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle but the engine only raced up and down with no response from the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership and the dealer stated that the air filter and fuel control module had burned out and caused the failure. The current and failure mileages were 25,185. Updated 07/22/10 updated 09/23/10 updated 09/24/10 the consumer no longer owns the vehicle. Updated 09/27/10

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012010


  • 34,000 miles
Accelerator pedal is sticky. It becomes very difficult to push, then will suddenly release and allow you to accelerate. Happens every morning, and lasts for about 5-10 minutes. Condition is worsening. Dealer "cleaned throttle body", but it did not fix the problem. I returned the vehicle to the dealer who said the throttle body should be replaced. Mazda extended warranty initially denied my claim for repair stating "not a covered part". however, they now say it is a covered part, but still have not yet agreed to pay for the repair. I was told that if I pay $100 that the dealer would run some type of cleaner into my gas tank, but with no guarantee it would work. This would not be covered by my extended warranty. A badly sticking accelerator pedal should now be classified as a safety concern!

- Dexter, MI, USA

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