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10.0

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

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2008 Mazda Tribute steering problems

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2008 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Feb 092016

Tribute

  • 151,397 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was turning into a parking spot and of a sudden I couldn't turn my steering wheel. I got it towed to a dealership they said it was the power steering. They replaced the torqgue sensor. Then my next problem was my gas pedal sometimes just wouldn't accelerate. I was driving on the highway in the fast lane with cruise control on I turned it off. Then I tried to push my gas pedal it wouldn't accelerate so I had to hurry up and pull on the side of the highway because cars where behind me. It eventually just started back and another time it was 3 am and I was driving on a back road. I pushed my gas pedal but it wouldn't accelerate so I started hitting it as hard as I could. It still wasn't working so I pulled over and put it in park. I just kept on pushing the gas pedal and after 15 mins it started back working. I took my tuck to another Mazda dealership and they replace the throttle cable and retainer. A month later I started having the same problem again. I was turning on to a highway ramp and it wouldn't accelerate. Since I was turning I wasn't going that fast so I had to just let my truck roll to the side of the highway until it started back working. I called mazada to see if they had a recall on the gas pedal. They said no but there was a recall on the power steering but it ended Sept. 2015. Today was March 21,2016 I'm just finding out about it, and I didn't receive anything in the mail about it. They really need to have a recall on the gas pedal I still don't know what the problem is. I'm so scared I'm going to get in an accident.

- Oxford, NC, USA

problem #48

Oct 072015

Tribute

  • 100,090 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. While driving 35 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,090.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #47

Oct 072015

Tribute

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V282000 (steering). The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel began to jerk and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #46

Sep 052015

Tribute

  • 53,575 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My battery charging malfunction light began to come on intermittently two days ago. Today, the power steering has begun to go out while driving at low speeds (so far) had the NHTSA campaign number: 14V282000 (steering) performed less than 2 months ago and am wondering if they are linked somehow. Will be taking my vehicle to the dealer for diagnosis asap.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #45

Mar 162015

Tribute

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The contacted stated that while driving at approximately 20 mph and making a turn, the steering wheel was difficult to turn left or right. The failure was experienced after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 10V374000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #44

Mar 092015

Tribute

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the vehicle received the recall repair for NHTSA campaign number: 14V282000 (steering) and indicated that the failure occurred within a year of the repair. The dealer updated the pscm, but it was not confirmed if the instrument cluster module was also updated. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel and column shook and vibrated and there was a sudden loss of power. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #43

Mar 062015

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On my way out to store I backed up out of my driveway as I switched gears and went into drive my gas pedal was hard to push down on. I tried again then pedal was sticking then dropped all the way down to floor. I lift my foot off the gas pedal car continued to go in drive, I immediately pushed on breaks they were then also hard to push so I placed car in neutral and put on emergency brake to stop the vehicle.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #42

Jan 202015

Tribute

  • 37,764 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that there was a lost of power steering. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for NHTSA campaign number: 14V282000 (steering).the technician repaired the torque sensor and stated that the failure was not related to the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 37,764.

- Hueytown, AL, USA

problem #41

Dec 252014

Tribute 4-cyl

  • miles
While attempting to get in left lane to turn my steering wheel locked causing me to lose control of my vehicle and collide with an on coming vehicle.

- Rosharon , TX, USA

problem #40

Jul 272014

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 66,200 miles
Turning into my driveway the steering made a grinding clunking sound as I was turning the steering wheel. Took vehicle for a test drive around block. As I turned into a side street there was a loud clunking sound as if the steering shaft was binding up and not turning freely. After that when I turned the wheel to steer around a corner the car would not turn right away. As I turned the wheel more the clunking sound came back and finally the steering caught and the wheels turned. Brought to dealer who diagnosed it as a failed steering shaft coupler. Fortunately this happened while near home. This is a safety issue that should be addressed by Mazda on the 2008 Tribute with a recall. The Tribute only has around 66K miles.

- Terryville, CT, USA

problem #39

Apr 012014

Tribute

  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the power steering suddenly seized making the steering wheel very difficult to turn. The contact stated that the failure had occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #38

May 232014

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
My 2008 Mazda Tribute, 3.0L V6, developed a clunking noise in the power steering column under normal driving conditions. It's a clunk that can be heard and felt at slower speeds. According to my mechanic, it is yet another 2008 Tribute steering U-joint failure.

- Louisville, OH, USA

problem #37

Jun 052014

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The steering column "clunked" as I was turning right into a parking spot. At slow speeds, the steering column makes a metallic clunk sound if I turn right or left at slow speeds.

- Danville, PA, USA

problem #36

Dec 222012

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
For the past year and a half, the power steering in my 2008 Mazda Tribute has come and gone at various times mostly occurring in the winter months. At first I would just restart my car a few times and most of the time it would come back on. A few times it would go out when I was on the interested going 70 mph. It is very dangerous for me to be driving at such speeds without power steering. Recently there has been no power steering at all. It is completely gone. I have talked about estimates to get it fixed and the cost is anywhere between $1200-$2000 to repair it. I have also researched this problem online and found that there are many other people with this problem and just read that Ford has recalled their 2008 Ford escape for this problem. This is pretty much the exact same vehicle. I think this needs to be addressed for 2008 Mazda Tributes as well before and serious injury can occur.

- Markesan , WI, USA

problem #35

May 262014

Tribute

  • 107,000 miles
For a few months now I have a random times when starting the car where the steering wouldn't work. I would start the car and try to back out of a parking lot or something and the car wouldn't turn. I would turn the car off and then turn it back on and the steering would work just fine. I took it to a few auto repair shops and could never replicate the problem so they would tell me that they can't diagnose the problem and suggest it was an issue with my ignition key locking the steering. So I didn't look into it anymore because for a month or two it stopped happening. Then out of nowhere today, I was driving down the highway around 60-70 mph when I noticed the steering got really stiff. It was really scary because it felt like I didn't have any control over the steering of the car. So I pulled over and turned the car off for a few minutes and turned it back on and the steering worked long enough to get to the next exit where I parked at a auto repair shop. I'm waiting right now for the repair shop tomorrow to see how much it will cost to fix.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #34

Dec 282013

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 57,752 miles
Total failure of the electronic power steering. The vehicle was parked when the failure occurred, possibly avoiding an accident. The repair required replacement of the entire power steering unit.

- Williamsport, PA, USA

problem #33

Dec 032013

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
The front wheels felt like they were loose & the tire could come off at any moment. The power steering went out went I was making a left turn. Took it to the dealer and was charged approx $2100 to replace the steering problem. Mazda was contacted and they stated that there was nothing they would do about it.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #32

Mar 222014

Tribute

  • 60,000 miles
Every other time that I turn my car on, the power steering is gone. The steering wheel is extremely tight and very difficult to move. If I turn the car off and wait a few seconds, then turn it back on while pulling hard to turn the wheel, the power steering seems to "come back." This is very difficult for many reasons. One, I'm worried that the power steering is going to go out while driving, not just when I turn the car on and off. Also, I feel like im wasting a lot of money on gas by having to turn my car on and off multiple time. Lastly, it just plain difficult. It takes a lot of upper body strength to manually turn an entire MINISUV. This is unacceptable.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #31

Mar 292014

Tribute

  • 90,000 miles
Power steering is failing intermittently and without warning. The steering becomes very tight and difficult during an occurrence. Upon turning the engine off and back on the steering is restored. This condition is extremely dangerous as a person without enormous upper body strength would not be able to safely steer the vehicle.

- Audubon Park , NJ, USA

problem #30

Mar 112014

Tribute

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 109,000.

- Perry, IA, USA

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