definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,399 miles

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2008 Mazda Tribute transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 152009


  • 48,000 miles


I took my 2008 Tribute (purchased in July 2007) for service when at the 50, 300 miles. I reported to the service department that my vehicle does a mild or hard jerk when coming from a complete stop. It was discovered that I had a small hole in the condenser causing the vehicle to lose transmission oil. I do a lot of highway driving thus the high mileage so they surmised that maybe a rock hit it. I thought this was outrageous because this vehicle was suppose to be durable since it is a SUV. My driving is not in rough terrain just smooth highways. The service department pointed out to me that the style has these exposed or open areas in the front lower part of the SUV so because they saw a tiny rock embedded in the grill of the radiator that possibly this is what happened to the condenser. I felt if I have exposed or open areas then the parts exposed should be strong/durable enough to take a rock hit. I have no front in damage and I have never been in an accident. A transmission oil leak was the farthest thing in my mind, which by the way will cost me $580 to fix. Since this discovery was on 12/15/09, ten days from xmas, I did not have it fixed. My fear is that there are substandard parts that were put on my vehicle because I feel that the parts should be durable enough this is an 2008 vehicle I bought brand new so it is not an earlier model and this did not happened from a lot of wear and tear. Please look into this model for substandard parts. I just knew that I would have this vehicle for a few more years before any major work was done.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Nov 112009


  • 45,995 miles
Transmission cooler line leak.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 282009


  • 42,000 miles
Auto transmission cooler leaking fluid "fire hazard".

- Avondale, PA, USA

problem #2

May 222009


  • 48,000 miles
Transmission slipping and lurching forward when it engaged at around 20mph with no warning. Checked fluid and almost none left. 14 months old and 48,500 miles. Dealer states that the transmission/ac cooler needs replacement and that it is not part of the 50,000 mile powertrain warranty. $900. Plus to fix.this is a definite safety issue with the lurching and if it is a piece that is needed by the transmission to work properly, it should be covered under the powertrain warranty. Safety bulletin already released on the escapes and hybrids. A recall needs to be done.

- Lavallette, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 202009


  • 28,000 miles
Major transmission leak, it kept leaking everywhere even at the dealership it was leaking, but for some reason the car drove normal, they need to recall this fast, major problems with this car 28,000 miles and the brakes are making grumbling noises when its left to cool for like 19 minutes, plus one of the speakers sound distorted. Transmission leaked and now my prefect garage and read tranny fluid everywhere!!! Mazda and Ford please stop making cars.

- North Miami Beach, FL, USA

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