hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,667 miles

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2005 Mazda Tribute body / paint problems

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2005 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 062014


  • 177,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle made a rattling sound. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 177,000.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #2

May 312014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, the front passenger side wheel broke off of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the cross member frame was completely covered with rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 06/25/14 updated 07/1/2014 updated 8/11/14 the front cross member under the engine that suspension was attached to rusted away and broke causing the right front wheel to move into the right front inner fender, breaking the axle shaft which caused loss of steering. Updated 09/23/14

- Kittanning, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 082014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Pulled away from house to leave for work and at about 30 mph I heard the worst sound. It came from the rear right side of the car. It was worse over bumps, stopping etc. Took it to an auto mechanic who drove it first and brought me back to show me a rusted out wheel well with interior exposed. All remaining three wheel wells were perfect, fine he stated. I started by calling Mazda who is sending me to a dealership to have it inspected. The dealership will then pass that info on. It is outside the warranty period and I the representative told me this would not be covered. It was bought brand new in 2005 and we are the original owners. No accidents or mishaps to that area of the car. We know this will cost a bundle and read so many complaints online about the Ford escape 2005 having the exact same problem. It said the two are "mechanical siblings." I wrote down websites I visited with complaint/question forums and the quotes for repairing are astronomical for a error made on the manufacturers end. This is a safety issue when you have the potential for the shocks to go through the rear of the car right behind my sons car seat. The consumer was informed, the frame was cracked, due to a rusted out wheel well. Updated 06/10/14 updated 08/03/15. Updated 09/21/15. Updated 09/28/15.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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