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Mazda Tribute



  • As a follow up, the dealer changed the IAC module on my car but still the same problem happens. Now it really does seem problem happens when its raining outside or condenstaion forms at night. Can this be the cabling for the spark plugs? My tribute has about 58000Km.
  • 2-yr old Tribute has around 25,000 miles. Have already replaced pads. Am now getting a squealing sound sometimes when applying brakes. Anyone want to help?
  • I would like to hear from anyone with a 4 cyl, 5 spd 4X4. How do you like it? What kind of MPG are you getting? How does it do on inclines? Thanks
  • I'm hearing the same thing with my 2001 mazda tribute (manual trans) 2wd 4cy. I started hearing the noise right after the warranty was up (about a couple of months ago (around 40k miles).

    Also I have been experiencing a tapping noise. I noticed it about at 15-20k miles. You can hear it when your in neutral with the ac on, turn off the ac and the noise kinda goes away for a bit then comes back but not as loud. I noticed that when you press on the clutch the tapping noise goes away. I brought it to MAZDA and they said they couldn't hear the noise.

    Another issue I had was with the clutch squeaking every time I pressed on it. Brougth it to Mazda and they stated they had to replace the clutch. The squeaked did not totally go away, just can barely hear the squeak, although it was alot better and not as noticeable. It still squeaks and it seems like it's getting a bit louder but at a very slow rate.

    Is there anyone that is having or had the same issues?
    Please reply and let me know what was done to fix it and or recommendations. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  • YES, that is what the repair shop told me a week ago.
    I was driving down the road, I had recently gave it a bit of gas to get out of a drveway, nothing too dramatice tho. As I pulled to a stoplight my tribue died. It would not start back up, sounded like it wanted to but just could not. So we took it to a repair shop and the did a diagnostic on it and that was fine, and the compression test showed a little high, but they could not find anything reasonable wrong with it. They added new plugs and wires and then when trying to get it started it backfired on them.
    After a lot of thinking and tinkering and MONEY, they took off the oil pan and discovered the crankshaft had some damage to it. they are talking a whole rebuild or putting in another engin. I have had this SUV for a year and a half and kelp up on the maitnence. When I took it itno a place to get the oil changed last January I had them check the plugs, they said they were fine and would not need to be replaced until 100 thousand mile. Well has 75000 right now and the machanic is telling me the plugs were beying damaged. I am going to look into this a bit further.
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    I've had my '05 4 cyl, 5 spd, AWD now one year. I have just over 6000 miles on it. I broke it in very very carefully. Once I was willing to take it out on the highway at speed, which was at about 1200 miles, I found that climbing one of the 'hills' on Interstate 70, heading east between Hagerstown and Frederick, it would not want to get much above 70 mph. Now, it has no problem doing 80. So I have to say the engine has loosened up nicely. It is an engine that definitely comes on the cam around 3000 rpm, pulling very strongly from that point. Down low, it is a bit weak, though I have found that it now launches off the line stronger than it did when new. I just did a trip last night heading west to Cumberland, and the climbs there coming back east are steeper than those between here and Frederick, and I had no issue holding 60 mph in the worst areas, staying in fifth gear. I would imagine the FWD version would be a bit stronger. All in all, I much prefer having gotten this setup than I would have the 6 and automatic. Now, were I a family of four on vacation, I might change my mind. But for a fun to drive SUV, this was the way to go.
    As for mileage....well, wish it were better. I do about 21 mpg in my normal local running around. The trip last night got me 25 mpg. I have yet to take a long interstate trip. I'll do that going to Fla next month. I am assuming I'll see about 28.
    I finally solved the horrid doors-in-the-openings creaking by applying Armor All. The silicone sprays just did not do the trick.
    I'm still thinking Mazda5 though. I might regret it if I do it. I am liking the Tribute more and more. I hauled home a 32 inch tv last week, in the box, and it fit just fine. Ended up buying an identical set last night, but this time I had them take it out of the box to make it easier to get into the house, and it fit behind the back seat with plenty of room to spare.
  • I took my 2004 tribute (~40000 mi) in today for brakes to find out that the ceramic pads are still pristine, but the rotors need to be REPLACED. Not turned, replaced. I was also having the same intermittent squealling of brakes. Hope yours isn't the same! Anyone else have this problem?
  • sjaaksjaak Posts: 2
    My Tribute 3.0 V6 was repaired by the Mazda-dealer, a new engine was installed. Very glad this was all guarantee!
    Diagnose: the oil-pump gave up and the sensor didn't work.
    (If the sensor should have worked properly and the warninglight "oilpressure low" flashed on it would have been too late anyway!)

    :-) Driving my Tribby again :-)
  • I have 2001 Mazda Tribute V6. I have no power to the wheels
    but the engine engines fine (except for a "Whirring " type noise from under the hood.). Just prior to this the overdrive light had come on and the oil light was flickering a few days before (oil is up to the level and clean, tranny fluid the same). When the car is cold I can put into drive and have power to the wheels (I did not drive though, for fear of wrecking something). It's in shop right now but I would like to give them and idea of what is wrong with it before they go straight into the transmission. Any ideas? Thanks.
  • 28000 Km - 2001 Tribute - 2.0 - 4 cl - Manual Transmission

    I can't tell you how much I'm hating this car. Ever since I bought it in 2001, it's been to the shop more than 10 times.
    The Check Engine light on is a pemanent thing now.
    Brake pads have been changed twice now.
    New clutch system installed in 2003, giving problems again.

    NOW, the spark plugs. The 4th one (first from right to left) has been changed twice in one day and it keeps burning them.

    I wish I could just sell the darn thing!
  • When I took my new Tribute (3.0 L, V6, Classic 2005) the first time to the beach I did not deflate the tires and got bogged in the ruts. Sand was very soft and all 4 wheels were covered with sand (about 1/3rd). Tried to reverse down the embankment, but none of the wheels moved (I was in 4WD lock). Same happend again in the country trying to get up a steep hill. Mazda had no answer to this.
    Could this be normal and if so, why?
  • hcorhcor Posts: 15
    Could you explain more, since 2005 4wd lock is no longer available on the Tributes. Are you referring what happens when the 4wd overheats instead?
  • My Tribute is "left hand drive" (used in Australia) and is a 2005 model with 4wd lock. I loose power on all 4 wheels when they are bogged in soft sand or going up a steep hill slowly. Engine response is normal when push down on accelerator (like being in "Neutral"). Mazda says this is normal and has something to do with the torque converter. This doesn't help me next time I'm bogged in sand and nobody there to pull me out.
  • I have a '04, 6cyl, 25k Tribute. The best mileage I have gotten is 18 m/g with about 1/2 city and 1/2 highway. Can this be improved mechanically?
  • I just purchased a 2006 Tribute, 4cyl, 5speed 4 days ago. I fell in love with it and on the way home from the dealership within a mile the check engine light came on and the temp flew to hot. We called the dealership and they came and got us. The clamp on the radiator hose wasn't completely right and blew off. They towed it back and fixed it assuring us that it was a factory mistake. OK this morning the check engine came on again. I pulled off the road and after about a minute it went off. Temp gauge didn't move. I had heard nothing but good about these vehicles, should I ask for another as I'm afraid this one is junk or what?
  • hcorhcor Posts: 15
    Looks like it may have overheated. That is bad for the engine. I would not take any chance and ask that the engine be looked over carefully to ensure that no damage has occured. That should be a waranty item.
  • It was looked over that day and no damage was done. Today I found out the computer needs to be replaced. I am so disappointed. My very first brand new vehicle and I have had it in the shop for two days. Warranty or not the inconvenience isn't worth it. I told them to get me another one as I feel this one was not properly checked before leaving the factory. :lemon:
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    The Tribute is a good vehicle. You need to make them give you another like vehicle you purchased. Let the dealer work out the bugs with the factory, not on your time or your $$$.. My wifes Tribute is now about 1.5 years old and it has been a great vehicle... Good luck to you..
  • hcorhcor Posts: 15
    Good for you, it looks like you picked-up one that was built on a bad day. We have had ours for close to 2 years now without any problems. I hope Mazda comes through for you and realizes that they have responsibility in this.
  • hcorhcor Posts: 15
    The latest news is that Mazda will discontinue both the Tribute and the MPV and replace them with a more upscale CX-9. Ford is considering the same with the Escape. Who in the h.... came up with that one? I hope people from Ford/Mazda monitor these discussions as I for one am not interested in paying an extra 10k for an upscale vehicle that could look like the Murano (Yuk!) How can we get our voices heard and stop this stupidity. The Tribute/Escape are proven vehicles with a good following, give us something comparable. Now, the above is based on sketchy reports, someone please correct me and provide information to the contrary. :mad:
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