hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
144,400 miles

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2008 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #5

May 072015


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. While driving 80 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road. The gear was shifted into neutral and the vehicle restarted. The failure recurred four times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Blurford, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012010


  • 50,000 miles
When the weather gets cool (sub 50F) the gas pedal will stick. When the gas pedal is fully depressed and you go to push it down it sticks. When this sticking finally lets go the vehicle jumps forward. The V6 version of this SUV has a recall on the pedal but I own the V4.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012011


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that when depressing the acceleration pedal at any speed, there was a revving noise as the acceleration pedal vibrated. The failure was recurring and would become more prominent when driving in inclement weather. There was also an increase in engine rpms. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V357000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control) but the contact stated that the vehicle exhibited the same failure multiple times with a 4-cylinder stick shift. The vehicle was to be inspected, diagnosed and repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35000.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 282012

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Took the vehicle to the local Firestone store for service to have the transmission fluid changed and flushed and they told me that the transmission cooler was leaking and this was a common problem with the 2008 Mazda Tribute and Ford escort and the only way to fix it was to replace the entire radiator because they were built into the same part. They told me $550 min. To replace. I then did some online research and went to the local Mazda dealer. They said it was a common problem and that Mazda had a program to fix this but the date was up and that there was nothing to do but pay to fix it. The Mazda dealer said $1100 to fix it. I went nuts and told them this was a rip-off. They said they would call Mazda to see if they would do anything to help with the cost since this was a known problem and there was a program to fix it for customers. They call back last Thursday to tell me that Mazda was not interested in helping in anyway and rejected the request. I told them this would make the decision for me on buying a fourth Mazda. I'm a repeat customer and they didn't even ask that information prior to making a decision. The is a bad problem with these vehicles and Mazda needs to step up and fix it!!!

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 202012

Tribute 4-cyl

  • 510,000 miles
From a stop switching to gas pedal or accelerator the pedal sticks and hard to press and does it back to back for a few minutes. Also it can do it at random after driving for awhile and stop at a light it will stick when trying to go. Once it stops sticking I have to quickly hit the brakes to not cause over acceleration.

- Simpsonville , SC, USA

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