hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,046 miles

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2005 Mazda Tribute body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 192016


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. While driving 20 mph, there was an abnormal bouncing motion from the rear passenger side tire. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the undercarriage was corroded through and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 102015

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
I just wanted to add to the long list of Mazda Tribute 2005 owners with the right rear wheelhouse problem due to rust and corrosion causing the strut to disconnect from the frame. My vehicle currently has 116K miles. The left rear and front wheel house areas are in great shape. Its astonishing with the multitude of Mazda owners reporting this issue and the 100's of internet web sites documenting this issue that Mazda hasn't taken ownership of this problem and released a fix. I've read the Ford Motor Company did just so with the comparable 2005 escape line.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #2

Aug 222014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 128,182 miles
Right rear wheelhouse has rust and corrosion at 128,000 miles, and the strut is disconnected from the frame. Mazda has denied any responsibility for this issue and offered no assistance despite the fact that there are hundreds of complaints of this very issue on the NHTSA website, and despite the fact that the 2001-2004 Tributes were recalled and repaired for this very issue. The mechanic and collision repair center said they have never seen rust this bad in a vehicle housed and driven in the southeast where there is little to no snow/salted roads, and no history of flood damage.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 042013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The car is rusted through like so many others in the rear passenger wheel well. The suspension is twisting and poking through. I did not know there was a problem until I heard a knocking noise.

- Shorewood, IL, USA

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