really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,813 miles

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2005 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 242010


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 60 mph on the freeway the accelerator pedal became stuck and the contact almost drove onto a curb. She was able to slow the vehicle down; however, when she engaged the accelerator pedal, it failed to engage. The driver pumped the brake pedal and was then able to engage the accelerator pedal. The failure occurred more than 20 times. The failure recurred when she was driving 35 mph. When she tried to apply the brake pedal it didn't correct the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 65,020.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #9

Nov 102009


  • 46,000 miles
Gas pedal sticking or freezing while driving. Occurs when cold or raining. Had repaired one time but is happening again.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #8

Aug 012009


  • 68,000 miles
The gas pedal on my 2005 Mazda Tribute sticks. I can not figure out a reason for this, or what causes it to do it. Sometimes it sticks when trying to take off from a red light, sometimes it is if I am trying to accelerate out of a turn and sometimes it is just a basic attempt to accelerate going straight. I do notice though that if I already am accelerating and I push my foot onto the pedal more it will not stick, it only sticks when I have taken my foot completely off the accelerator, then try to push down on the pedal.

- -, 00, USA

problem #7

Mar 302009


  • 32,832 miles


I was stopped at a light behind a car and when the light changed I took my foot off the brake and the car took off out of control and smashed into the car ahead of me. The car was racing and I believe the gas pedal was stuck. I just wanted to add that Mazda customer service was of no help to me.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 062009


  • 20,000 miles
I own a 2005 Mazda Tribute with approximately 20,000 miles. For the past 6-8 months I have had issues with the gas pedal sticking. It is really random, so cannot pinpoint why or what conditions it happens. At first I just thought I wasn't pressing hard enough on the pedal, but it is happening more often and to the point where I actually have to slam it with my foot to make the car move. I Transport children in my car and this is extremely dangerous. This morning I was making a turn and when I went to accelerate the car would not move. There was a car behind me which thankfully did not hit me, but it could have easily. When the gas pedal finally reacted the car accelerated very fast. After reading all the other complaints about this issue I think it seriously warrants being looked into further and having a recall notice issued. I do not feel safe anymore driving this vehicle since I cannot predict when or where the gas pedal will fail to respond. For a car with so few miles on it, and me being the original owner, I feel this is totally unacceptable and would be irresponsible of Mazda to not take notice. After my latest incident, and reading all the other complaints regarding the same issue, I will be taking my vehicle in for inspection with Mazda and hope this will be resolved.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 142008


  • 62,000 miles
My gas pedal sticks when going from a dead stop, causing the car to accelerate to fast. This happens mostly when it is cold but has been reoccuring more frequently. It is very dangerous when driving in the snow and ice.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #4

Feb 152005

Tribute 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal randomly locks in place. She literally has to stomp on the pedal to get it to release. The failure has progressively worsened and she has to make 4 or 5 attempts to release the accelerator pedal. The weather and driving speed were not factors. The pedal was repaired, but began sticking again weeks later. The dealer was unable to duplicate the intermittent failure. The VIN, engine size, and purchase date were unknown. The current mileage was 53,000 and failure mileage was 100.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #3

Jan 042005

Tribute 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
I purchased the 2005 Mazda Tribute in Dec '04. Within one month, the gas pedal would stick in the up position and it would take significant effort to unlock the pedal, causing the vehicle to lurch forward. I took it in to have it looked at *still under warranty* and was told there was nothing wrong. However, it has continued to be a serious problem ever since. I've brought it back several times to the same dealership (royal moore Mazda) and they tell me every time that they don't have any record of repairs (since they said they never found anything to begin with) and that they still can't find a problem. The issue is getting worse. I've been doing research and find hundreds of other Mazda Tribute owners having the exact same problem. At what point does this become a recall issue? I've narrowly missed being rear ended many times due to the gas pedal being stuck in place. And the only way to unlock it is to "stomp" on it. We need assistance before people die - if they haven't already and therefore haven't been able to tell anyone about why they died. This is a serious problem and it is getting significantly worse. The dealerships constantly deny there is a problem, and I honestly believe it's due to the bigger issue of all Mazda Tribute owners having the same issue.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #2

May 052006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator pedal began sticking. I could not raise the pedal up or press it down. Suddenly, car would take off. This happens at any time during driving. I have taken the car back to dealership twice for the same problem, all within 6 months time. I feel this is a safety issue with the vehicle. I was told it was carbon build up on the throttle body. I feel it is an issue with the Tribute, other cars do not have this issue. All they did was clean the throttle body both times. They also said it was not covered under warranty although they did not charge me for the work done. I am leary about driving my car since I never know when it will start sticking again.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 172004

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
2005 Mazda Tribute [4000 mi] brakes failed and throttle stuck on Dec 17, 2004. I had to pull hand brake to stop. Car was towed to dealership in amherst va. Throttle assy, idle control valve and a 100mi road test were done. Picked vehicle up on Jan 14,2005. On Jan 15th, problem occurred again with brakes non-responsive and throttle stuck. Someone else was driving and they turned engine off and coasted off the road. Vehicle was towed back to dealership in amherst and remains there at present.

- Brookneal, VA, USA

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