really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,430 miles

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problem #5

Mar 142015


  • 148 miles
I had just bought the vehicle Feb 7 2015 from mid state auto sales and it seem to be in really good conditions til the night before the 24 it had stalled out but started back up and ran fine was told it was bad gas but then the 14th me my husband son daughter and grandson was going to the store to get a few things for breakfast so we wouldn't be late for church Sunday morning made it about 4 to 5 miles down our road it started losing power really bad then smelled something then seen smoke coming from the hood we stopped in the middle of the road lifted the hood my son yelled get out its on firer so we got out as fast as we could had my 4 year old grandson in his set so it took a minute to get him out thank god my other daughter got off work early cause would of had my 9 month old granddaughter in the vehicle the daughter that was with us is 8 months pregnant but any ways my son and husband tried throwing dirt on it well I called the firer department by time they got there the whole vehicle was on firer it is a totaled loss and then found out the Tribute had recalls for these kind of problems and other problems and now with out anything and out of money what can we do.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #4

Jan 052015


  • miles
TL- the contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 50 mph, the service engine warning light illuminated and the speed reduced to 20 mph. The contact noticed there was smoke emitting from under the hood and it was discovered that the engine and wiring were on fire. A fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A police/fire report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. Djr

- Cleveland, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 232013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
While driving home from work the vehicle started to accelerate on its own. Quickly I shifted the vehicle to neutral and stepped on the brakes. After the vehicle came to a complete stop the engine started to idle (to about 5 RPM) on its own. I had to shut off the engine in the middle of the street around 5 am in the morning because the idling wouldn't stop. Lucky for me it turned back on. Now I've read the stories about the recalls back in 2004 about the defective accelerator cable. A couple years later another recall due to the repair the first time not being done correctly. I just took the Tribute to Mazda to repair two more recalls for the same thing. Why is it still happening" Mazda plans to charge me for a diagnosis fee of $95 tomorrow. (really") I think this vehicle should be taken off the roads. Ya like that's going to happen. Wait maybe if it happens to me again and the throttle gets stuck and I lose control of the vehicle and die, well just maybe this problem that started back in 2004 will finally get resolved once and for all.

- Oxnard , CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 122012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving in reverse at approximately 5 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle within minutes however, the failure recurred whenever the gear shifter was moved into reverse. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 04V175000 (power train) but the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 142006

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Sudden increase of acceleration...tachometer up to 3000, engine very fast, had a hard time holding brakes until I was able to put in park and turn off the engine. Another problem is loss of idle so low it will stall out if alittle gas is not applied at a stop. Car bucks and jerks like its misfiring but have had a complete tune up and put on diagnostic machine with no results...or changes in how the car runs! have had all of these problems 9-15 times over the last 6.5 yrs. Since purchased. Its been very scary not knowing when or where it may happen again. Serious problems exist even with the recall work done.

- Orrtanna, PA, USA