really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
121,600 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace pcm, ignition cylinder, & gauge cluster (1 reports)
2008 Mazda Tribute electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012016

Tribute S 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,700 miles


Because I didn't have a second transponder key the immoblizer locked it out and caused ------ in the odometer reading and the imoblizer sign. Had to have it to towed to the dealer after a month they replaced the pcm, gauge cluster and the ignition cylinder electrical they finally got it running . Final cost $1700 and 1 month without a vehicle. Ford has a recall on this why not Mazda since they are the same electronics. I won't buy another Mazda if it can't stay running over 100,000 miles.

- Robert S., Knoxville, TN, US

problem #2

Dec 032015

Tribute S 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

I have been having ignition switch starting issues that have gotten worse to the point of not starting at all. I replaced the ignition lock cylinder and the ignition switch module. That did not fix the problem. It has to be the part that is fastened to the steering column. It seems to be a problem as I have read about it on the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute forums. You might think a recall is in order about this?

- Ray O., Lehigh Acres, FL, US

problem #1

May 162016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

have to push in on ignition switch to start most times

An inconvenience to say the least if you are in need of dependable transportation.

- Larry A., Lafayette, LA, US

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