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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,722 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Mazda Tribute steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #9

Feb 042013

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


On several occasions now my steering has gradually been displaying stiff steering. It has progressed and was unsure why it was doing this being that it has not given me any problems but the steering. I have been driving and it has gotten stiff. I will turn off the car and restart and it will drive normal and then eventually will stiffen up on me again and again. This is very scary being that I have also been on the freeway and exiting and have to grab ahold of the steering to veer off the freeway carefully. It is stressful to be in a car that is unsafe while on the road. God forbid I have to swerve away from danger and I can't because I'm in a dangerous vehicle. I am still paying on my car and don't care for a disposable car while still making payments. I contacted Mazda in victorville, ca and stated that it would cost me (you ready) $ $2,000 plus another few hundred to program my keys. Absurd!!! my husband made contact with someone who gave him a price of $1500 and a local ecology center priced at $300-400. Now that's on a part I risk purchasing and then the same thing happening again!! this local junk yard stated that this is a very typical problem they have had with Mazda's coming in. I called Mazda to find out if there was a recall on this problem. Not!! it is a safety problem and a recall problem! I'm still paying on my car!! this is a financial hardship. Please do something.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 092013


  • 80,100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who inspected the failure and stated that the steering column need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,100.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #7

Nov 212012


  • miles
When I went from leaving my driveway onto the St we live on I had no pwer steering so I continued to go to the mechanic and was very lucky as when I went to make a right turn couldn't steer it, hard to and hardly steer at all, ended up on the left side of a main St and should have been on the right, this was a very scary experience and don't know why Mazda hasn't put a recall on the Tribute they know there is the same problem with Mazda 3 & 5 models, as I know of another person who had the same problem with their Tribute 2008!

- Bennington, VT, USA

problem #6

Nov 162012

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while trying to complete a turn, the steering wheel seized and became difficult to turn. The contact shut off and restarted the vehicle as it began to function normally. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence and was later taken to a private mechanic where the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue. The failure and current mileage was 83,000. Updated 01/09/13 updated 1/11/2013

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 112012


  • 120,078 miles
The lower steering universal joint and 2 inner tie rods 1 outer were all found to contribute to poor alignment-the steering U-joint was improperly installed[Mazda] when new --as the joint was supposed to move freely in 4 directions fluidly--but, when removed it was frozen;----and U- joint movement wasn't possible in two points or direction ; I.e. found loose -not greased--leading to slack and failure of the other named parts--which caused excessive slack overall in steering wheel! overall the warranty --was worthless and costs $2500 of sell price-so between these failures and a previous report we've spent over $2500 on repairs that should have been on Mazda--these are repairs that were supposedly covered by warranty!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

May 312012


  • miles
When turning steering wheel a loud clunk noise is apparent and steering feels disconnected from vehicle while driving.

- Pleasant Grove, UT, USA

problem #3

May 012012

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


While driving on the road, the power steering failed in the middle. There was no power to the steering et all. Pulled over, stopped the car and restarted it went away. Drove couple of more miles, again when the car went back to drive on battery power the power steering failed again.had to stop and restart again. The "wrench" symbol came on the dashboard. Took it to the mechanic, he said the code shows power steering module inside the steering is "bad", checked with Mazda and they said there is no recall on power steering for Mazda Tribute, but only to Mazda 3 and 5.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012011


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 5 mph and driving in reverse, the power steering stopped functioning. The failure occurred numerous times. The last time the failure occurred, the contact was driving on the highway and the power steering stopped working. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Pleasant View, TN, USA

problem #1

Aug 192010

(reported on)

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Mazda Tribute. Consumer states steering joint problem the consumer was informed the steering joint had worn out. The dealer found the steering coupler was coming apart. Therefore, the steering shaft was replace.

- California, MO, USA

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