really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,728 miles

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problem #7

Jan 012004


  • miles
2002 Mazda Tribute. Consumer writes in regards to accident she had in 2004 due to sudden acceleration. Not knowing there was a problem with the vehicle, she put the vehicle in reverse, and consequently, she hit a pole in her driveway. The right front bumper, fender, fog light and windshield wiper fluid were damaged. After the accident, the consumer received a recall notice, regarding rapid acceleration. The consumer also stated the transmission was defective and had to be replaced.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 042010


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. While driving at 35 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact applied the brakes and although the vehicle began to decrease in speed, there was an excessive increase in engine rpms. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility but the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure recurred within two weeks. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was able to locate a recall for the failure yet when contacting the dealer, he was advised his VIN was not included in the recall (NHTSA campaign id number: 04V583000, vehicle speed control: Cables). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 133,000.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 082005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer states she received a recall letter notice in the mail in 1-05 regarding the accelerator cable. There was no recall # available. She took it in to a dealer and they either replaced/or repaired the cable, she was not sure. She has noticed an extreme change in the accelerator pedal since then. The gas pedal seems to be too lose; she says there seems to be no tension in the pedal. She took it back to the dealer and he told her that was normal; that there was a different cable in the car and that was what she was feeling. She does not agree. She has not yet reported this to the manufacturer. She wants the dealer to replace the cable they say they replaced.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 052003

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Contact states: The accelerator is sticking. Received a recall letter, and took the letter to the dealer, who did not fix the problem. Accelerator sticks mainly in the winter...when taking foot off the pedal for a few seconds and trying to hit the accelerator again vehicle speeds up and it jumps.

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 162005

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
NHTSA recall campaign 04V583000 concerning accelerator cable. Owner received recall notification from the manufacturer, and was informed by the dealer that parts needed to make the repairs were unavailable. Owner later contacted the manufacturer.

- Hollidaysburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 232005


  • miles
I've owned this vehicle for a little over 2 years and it has been to the dealer for repairs 7 times now. No one can seem to find the reason why the check engine light stays on, why the fuel consumption is so poor, why the vehicle shifts constantly and for no reason at all, or why the vehicle "shudders" when the engine is on. The check fuel cap light has come on twice and the same part replaced twice. The canister close valve and idle air control valve have both failed. I have spent money on a fuel induction service because it was recommended by the service dealer. I had the transmission flushed because of a technical service bulletin for the torque converter - a problem that had to be identified by aamco and told to Mazda before they would try to fix the problem. I have called Mazda customer service and got anything but customer service. My problems began long before the warranty had expired; however, Mazda could care less about their lack of ability to fix ongoing problems. This vehicle is a life-safety hazard and needs to be recalled completely, not part by part. I will never buy a Mazda again. This is my third and last. The Tribute is by far the worst thing ever manufactured by Mazda. They should be embarassed to have this model on the road!

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 222005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,095 miles
NHTSA recall 04V583000 on the accelerator cable. Approximately two years after having the accelerator cable replaced the problem recurred. While driving 2 mph, the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. The driver applied the brake pedal and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The driver was not able to maintain control of the vehicle and collided into a light pole. This caused the driver to sustain minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for inspection. The battery was inoperative due to a broken cable and a frayed main belt had come off and the steering was impaired.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA