really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,333 miles

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2005 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012010

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles


I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute with 145000 miles. During the summer, I folded the rear seats down in the stowed position to utilize the cargo space to go on vacation. When I unstowed the seats to utilize them for passenger use, I discovered the right rear seat cushion had the fabric burned off the face of the seat. Also, the floor mat was severely burned and melted into the carpet. This area is just above the exhaust system of the vehicle. This is a very serious issue and the interior of the car almost caught on fire. I contacted mzda and they told me it was out of warranty and there is nothing they could do. They put my vehicle and an analyzer and found nothing wrong with my vehicle. I never had a check engine light come on. I explained that this was not a warranty issue, but a safety issue! they just blew me off and sent me on my way. I have photo's of the damage. I cannot even pull the back floor mat up due to it being melted into the carpet. It doesn't matter how old the car is, the interior is not suppose to catch fire through normal use for any reason. There is definitely a major safety issue with this design. Updated 11/16/2010

- Carencro, LA, USA

problem #2

Sep 292008


  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute that the gas pedal sticks on. I have had this problem fixed twice and it is recurring. It is a big safety risk because you never know when it is going to stick. It typically starts out only happening in the morning but it progresses to any time throughout the day. You may be driving and stop or decelerate and then when you start to go you cant because the gas pedal is stuck. And it will take multiple tries of pressing it before it will go. I don't know what to do. I know I will take it back to the dealership they will fix it and charge me and then in a few months the problem will reoccur. Please advise me on what to do. I also have a problem with the metal interior of the seat protruding under the fabric of the seat.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. While stopped in traffic, the contact looked in her rear view mirror and noticed a vehicle approaching. She moved the vehicle slightly to the left, but it was still struck. Both the driver and passenger seats failed. The seat belt on the driver side did not fail, but it did not hold the contact down. The sunroof buckled and the vehicle was split in half. The contact's vehicle then spun in a circle. The police and paramedics arrived and transported the contact to the hospital. A police report was filed. The contact and the driver of the other vehicle were injured. He has not notified Mazda. The VIN, engine size, number of cylinders, speed, and mileages were unknown.

- Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA

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