really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,640 miles

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2005 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #48

Dec 042012


  • 102,548 miles


I have found that my gas pedal won't depress in cold weather. The first time this happened was a few weeks after I bought the car in 2009. The said it's cold and the car just needs to warm up. This problem has continued to happen year after year, but never for any length of time. However this morning, as I was driving to work the pedal would no longer depress as I was going down the road. Eventually I coasted to a red light and I frantically stepped on the pedal to no avail. I was able to turn on my hazard lights and somehow coast into a parking lot. I continued to let the car sit and warm up for another 10-12 minutes, when I was finally able to rev the engine. Believing that the problem was solved I backed out of my parking sort and again tried to drive forward, however the pedal still would not depress. After sitting another 10 minutes, I was finally able to press the pedal hard enough for it to depress. I ended up needing one of my co-workers to follow me to work in case it happened again; which is did after 3-4 more times on my 10 minute drive to work. Please look into this issue.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #47

Dec 012012

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
On December 1, 2012 while driving at 58mph around 345pm on the expressway, my foot was on the accelerator with steady pressure, the car began to slow down. I realized that the car was not maintaining speed. I tried to press down on the accelerator pedal but it did not move. I was able to pull to the side of the road. I then tried with all the force of my leg to press down on the accelerator but with no avail. I tried lifting the pedal with my foot several times and suddenly the pedal freed up. This was on a sunny day, temperature around 60. I have had this happen several times before on cold mornings on the way to work over the last few years but thought the car was cold and the car had not a chance to warm up. In 2010 I filed a complaint.no response. But this time I was truly afraid of getting in a bad car accident and injuring others.I have researched this vehicle and there does not appear to be any recalls for this model. On Monday I plan to contact Mazda for help before someone gets hurt. I urge you to look more into this make/model year.

- Ontario, NY, USA

problem #46

Dec 092009


  • miles
The gas pedal wont depress in cold weather. Generally any temperature close to or below freezing. The first incident was shortly after I purchased the vehicle in 2009. I took it back to the Mazda dealer but they could not find anything wrong. Their remedy was to grease and lubricate the pedal assembly. This did not remedy the situation and the problem has been continuous every winter. I find that if I warm the car up sufficiently after the car has been parked for an extended period of time, the pedal does not stick. But this evening, November 17, 2012, it became stuck while I was driving and the car was warm. Luckily, I was able to pull into a parking lot and not get rear ended for suddenly slowing down and not being able to accelerate. Hoping for a recall very soon.

- Lindenwold, NJ, USA

problem #45

Aug 012012


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute I. the contact stated that when trying to accelerate after a stop the accelerator pedal became difficult to depress. The dealer was contacted and they advised her that she would have to bring the vehicle in for diagnosis. The manufacturer was later contacted and they offered no assistance. The vehicle has not been inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. The current mileage was approximately 93,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Gordon, GA, USA

problem #44

Oct 292012

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
When driving in cold weather, the accelerator will not press down. If you stop at a red light or slow down for traffic and try to accelerate, you can't press the accelerator down to get speed. It is stuck and won't press down. You have to keep pressing on it hard which results in the car taking off real fast and jerking everyone in it or causing traffic behind you to run into you because your vehicle will not accelerate. I've been reporting this problem since I've had this automobile in 2005. There are several hundred complaints on the internet with the same problem. I guess someone will have to be killed or seriously injured before something is done.

- Marksville, LA, USA

problem #43

Dec 012011


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the throttle failed, causing the vehicle to abnormally accelerate. The contact was able to stop the vehicle by removing the keys from the ignition. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V357000 (vehicle speed control:cables). The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Bath, PA, USA

problem #42

Aug 102012

Tribute 6-cyl

  • miles


First let me please advise that there was no incident regarding my vehicle. I am writing to try to get information about a potential recurring problem that was first reported and recalled with the 2002 and the 2003 / recall 63202. I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute and was just advised by the service department of irwin Mazda in freehold New Jersey that my car will need to have the brake booster and the master cylinder replaced. I know my car is a 2005 and the recall pertained to the 2002 and 2003 models, but I feel that this is an issue that is recurring and is not being addressed. I contacted Mazda corporate and spoke to the supervisor Mr. Johhny garcia and I voiced my concerns, and I was dismissed by him stating that there was nothing he can or will do to escalate my concerns to a higher level of management at Mazda corporate. The number I called was 949-727-1990. I am not sure how this works but I am truly concerned with this issue. There might be more consumers like me out there that had this issue with their car and was dismissed also. Not only is this a safety concern, but the cost to replace this could be in the thousands. Can you please reach out to Mazda regarding my concerns, since [xxx] refused to help me escalate my call. Thank you so much for your help. [xxx] please advise on how you think I should proceed, or if you can look into this potential recurring problem with the brake booster and master cylinder. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #41

Oct 102007

Tribute 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal failed and remained in a depressed position when attempting to decelerate. The contact stopped the vehicle and upon restart, it functioned properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, but they could not determine the failure because they could not duplicate the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle. No assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 8/24/12 updated 09/04/12

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #40

Jul 182008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal and noticed that the pedal had become stuck. The contact continued to depress the pedal until it released. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure and greased the accelerator pedal. There was an investigation open under NHTSA action number: PE12019 (vehicle speed control:cruise control vehicle speed control:cables) that could have been related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #39

Jun 062006


  • 30,000 miles
I have read over 200 complaints of Mazda Tribute 2005 gas pedal sticking and can not be depressed. I have had this problem on several occasions where I will stop at a light or stop sign and will try to depress my gas pedal and it will not move. I have almost been reared ended several times because of this. I have also issued a complaint to NHTSA before in regards to this.

- Marksville, , LA, USA

problem #38

Nov 262009


  • miles


After reading other similar complaints, I felt compelled to address this issue with the gas pedal. It seems Mazda has been aware of this problem for many years, yet no recall. The gas pedal sticks in weather colder than 50 degrees. For an all-terrain vehicle (SUV) which is made to go off-road and in mountains, this is a pretty serious safety issue. When I conferred with my local Mazda dealer, they wanted to charge me $400 for parts and labor to "replace" a faulty mechanism. I feel I shouldn't have to pay for something which is inherent with these Tribute vehicles and for which Mazda is fully aware.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #37

May 202011

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 55,200 miles
Gas pedal sticks. Can't be pressed down.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #36

Nov 012005


  • 25 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 55 mph the accelerator pedal became stuck causing the vehicle to decelerate. The contact activated his emergency lights and was able to stop the vehicle on the emergency lane. After restarting the vehicle, the accelerator pedal functioned normally. The contact stated the failure occurred intermittently during cold or rainy weather. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 25.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #35

Nov 022011


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute 1. the contact stated that while accelerating slowly, the accelerator pedal became stuck to the floorboard. The contact had to apply the brake and depress the accelerator pedal simultaneously in order for the pedal to release. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed or repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 69,000.

- Manheim, PA, USA

problem #34

Jun 072007


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated the accelerator pedal would stick and the vehicle would not move. As the contact exits her driveaway, the acclerator pedal would stick and the vehicle would be in the road while oncoming traffic was coming towards her. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who ran a diagnostic test but no codes were showing. The delaer stated he could not make repairs with the diagnostic showing a failure.the manufacturer was contacted who stated she should take the vehicle back to the dealer and they would run a second diagnostic test. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage 82,000.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #33

Oct 152005

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute that for some reason the gas pedal gets stuck, it seems to do this when the weather changes from hot to cold?

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #32

Jan 012007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while waiting at a stop sign, the vehicle would hesitate and not accelerate. It also hesitated when decelerating and trying to accelerate again. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who informed the contact that she needed to replace the throttle body and the accelerator cable. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Donaldsonville, LA, USA

problem #31

Dec 082010


  • 88,000 miles
My 2005 Tribute has had gas pedal problems in the past. It was serviced for this in 2008 however when the weather is cold the gas pedal is still stiff and I have to stomp on it to get it to go. Yesterday however was a different story. I headed to work with my baby in the car. About 3 miles down the road on a hwy going 60 mph I let off the gas to slow down and my car did not slow! I stomped the break and it hardly made a difference. I went for 3 or 4 miles not pressing the gas and continued to fly down the road at 60 mph! I tried to kick the gas and it didn't help. I finally took both of my feet and stood on the break while trying not to get rear ended and pulled off on the exit ramp still going 15-20 mph! I had to turn the key off to get my car to stop! my husband was near by and said that my car was idling at 3rpms! if this had happened in different circumstances....I don't even want to think about that! please pay attention to all of the same complaints on this website! if this had been addressed earlier my baby and I would not have had to go threw that! does someone have to die before anyone does anything?

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #30

Nov 302010


  • 62,295 miles
I have been experiencing problems with my 2005 Mazda Tribute. The accelerator will be depressed and the car doesn't move. Then it will suddenly lunge forward. Other times, I press the accelerator and there is a jerk as the car once again lunges forward. Yesterday while on the highway, the car suddenly accelerated momentarily. This problem has been listed on the internet many times but it seems that someone will have to have an accident or die before there is a recall. It doesn't appear to be a new problem as they recalled earlier models than 2005 for what looks like the same problem. This happens intermittently and sometimes there are days between episodes. Up until this occurrence, the Tribute has been a wonderful car. This, however, brings memories of Toyota. Please investigate before someone gets injured or killed.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #29

Oct 112007

Tribute 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute and my accelerator keeps getting stuck. It has been to the dealership numerous times for the same problem but everytime they cant seem to locate the problem.

- Donaldsonville, LA, USA

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