definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,518 miles

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2005 Mazda Tribute transmission problems

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2005 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 012007

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate, the vehicle began to lose power and would not respond and then suddenly slammed into gear. The failure recurred intermittently when driving at any speed. In addition, the overdrive warning light flashed when the failure occurred. The dealer replaced the transmission at 21,000 miles in March 2007 however, the failure recurred and the vehicle was in need of a second transmission replacement. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, did not offer any assistance. The contact was awaiting repairs. The current mileage was 46,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 21,000. Updated 12/16/11

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #7

Nov 102010


  • miles
I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute. I've been having problems with the gas pedal. The gas pedal sticks sometimes, and it won't accelerate. The dealership stated they found no problem.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 072009


  • 48,768 miles
2005 Mazda I Tribute with 47,678 miles. No warning, transmission malfunction, came to complete stop on highway 1, monterey. Manufacturer's warranty expired October 2008. Replacement cost $2500 per various car websites, common problem with this Mazda transmission between 45K-75K faulty mechanical breakdown without warning.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 262009


  • 45,000 miles


Oct. 2005: Car purchased January - March 2006: Gas pedal began to stick, pedal would not move until significant pressure was placed on the pedal, causing a "jumping" motion traffic (15000 miles (approx) summer 2006: Dealership acknowledged problem, throttle body was replaced at that time. May - July 2009: The problem developed again, causing the exact same type of issues. (45000 miles approx) July 2009: Dealership acknowledged problem, replaced accelerator cable. Late July - Aug 2009: Problem resurfaced only more difficult. (46000 miles approx).

- Kenilworth, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 162008


  • 84,000 miles
The transmission in my 2005 Mazda Tribute was replaced on 9/05 at 24,000 miles under warranty now at 84,000 miles its bad again saying it needed replacing at 60,000miles on the new one and want to charge me $3600 a transmission should not go bad already with 60,000 miles of age. It had been flush like it should, but the dealer stated that the one they put in had a warranty for 12mth/12000 miles. So I out of look, I did some research and the 626 engine on the Mazda is the same engine in the Tribute A4ld and it too gave recurring problems.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 232008


  • 29,380 miles
Mazda Tribute 2005 transmission failed at 29,380 miles. Replaced with remanufactured transmission and was not give a warranty on the (they said new) transmission--was told the remaining warranty on my car was all I got. Other transmission shops nearby said they gave 12 to 24 month warranty and offered extended warranties on their remanufactured transmissions. I was informed by the transmission shops that Mazda and Ford escape were known for their unreliability and frequency of failure of their transmissions. The "other " shops got these cars at 80,000 miles usually, which means to me that Mazda dealers are more than likely getting a substantial number of transmission failures that are under warranty and then making the customer liable for the next transmission failure at a substantial cost between 2200 to 2800 dollars.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 222005

(reported on)

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Mazda Tribute developed problems with the transmission and the engine switch. The consumer was unable to move the gear selector from park to drive and the key became stuck.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005


  • miles
Mazda Tribute 2005 gear shift lever lock in parking position. The consumer was unable to to get the vehicle to start. The consumer contacted the dealer but they were unable to rectify the problem. They indicated that the manufacturer had to provide a solution.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

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