hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles

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2004 Mazda Tribute engine problems

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2004 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 302015


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 40 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle and the check engine warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact mentioned a burning odor inside the vehicle. The contact pulled over and discovered that part of the frame was fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear passenger side of the frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Kankakee, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 022015

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Shocking rod went though it.

- Maine, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 232013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I had received two notices of recall on my Mazda Tribute for a possible problem with a stuck throttle. Approximately 4 or 5 months ago, I took my vehicle to the local Mazda dealer to complete the recall. Before this recall I had never experienced any problems with a stuck throttle. On the above date, I was returing to my home on a turnpike toll road. I was driving approximately 80 mph. As I attempted to exit the toll toad, my throttle stuck and would not allow my vehicle to slow down. This exit involved a sharp curve and a toll gate area. I made my way through the gate by constantly applying the brake. I finally exited the road and entered a parking lot. The engine continued to rev at a very high RPM. I placed the vehicle in neutral and then park. It continued to rev near the 5 and 6 RPM level. I turned it off and restarted it several times. It continued to rev and when I tried to put it back in drive, it jumped and raced forward. On December 24, 2013, I got the vehicle to the local Mazda dealer. As I pulled it into the dealership, the vehicle again started to rev up to 2 or 3 rpms. The dealership looked at the vehicle and tapped on a valve in the top of the motor. The engine then slowed down. At an expense of $235 dollars, the dealership told me it was this valve that needed replaced and it had nothing to do with the recall!!!!! then on January 6, 2014, I went to start my vehicle and it immediately started idling very high. I attempted to start and stop it many times with no results. I finally got it to my house by riding the brake and at times placing it in neutral. It was very icy at the time and the vehicle would surge and never stop the high reving of the rpms. Both of these incidents were very scary and occurred during poor weather conditions. Thankfully I was able to react in a calm matter and control the vehicle!

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #1

Mar 122013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck for a brief moment upon being depressed. The vehicle also lunged forwardly abnormally and without warning. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 12V357000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control). The failure recurred one week after the remedy repair was performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

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