really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22 miles

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2009 Mazda Tribute fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2009 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #1

May 182009


  • 22 miles


I purchased a 2009 Mazda Tribute from jim ellis Mazda in atlanta, ga. Upon driving the vehicle, I noticed the gas pedal had a strange feel to it, but thought nothing of it. I assumed that it must be a feature with new cars, as it had been years since I'd purchased a new car and expected technological advances. Nevertheless, as months have progressed and several of my friends have driven my car have said that the gas pedal issue is not in anyway normal. To be more specific regarding the issue, each time I accelerate from a stop, the gas pedal sticks, or gets stuck and I have to push it harder so it will continue to go. I've often found myself almost speeding out of control and have had to resolve to defensive driving to avoid collisions. I called Mazda customer service today and was informed to contact the dealer; however, they were not available today. I will contact them to seek a resolution from this issue as it appears this has been an on going issue with the Tribute since 2005. Furthermore, another issue that is extremely noticable is smoke or steam, I am unsure, coming from the front of the car during cold weather. I can be at a complete stope with the engine ideling, and clouds of smoke come from the front of the vehicle as if it were on fire. However, upon my inspection, I do not see flames. This is a major problem as other conerned drivers have flagged me down thinking my car was on fire. Although at this time I have not seen the dealer, and will give them the opportunity to review the issues, I feel it necessary to file this complaint form.

- Phenix City, AL, USA

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