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Mazda Tribute



  • Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum. I'm purchasing my new to me Tribute tomorrow if all goes well with the 2nd test drive. On my first, and my boyfriend's separate test drive, we noticed a whine. The salesman drove it and sent it to the shop for a bearing replacement. I need to drive it again to see if I can still detect the sound. Also, I asked if all of the recalls on the '03 Tribute were addressed. I got a less than thrilling response: "The shop checks for all of those things before we sell it to you." I guess I am looking for some advice on this before I purchase it. Please respond and wish me luck too!

    ErinnZooms :)
  • I have had this same problem since I drove my 2002 mazda tribute off the lot. I have called mazda canada a number of times and have complained to the dealer. They won't do nothing about it. Its been in the shop a number of times but the problem keeps coming back.I can't even sell it cause no one wants this problem. If anyone has any info please let me know :mad:
  • zba521zba521 Posts: 1
    im not sure if this is a good remedy for the airbag indicator but this is what i did to my 2005 tribute and since then i had no more blinking airbag indicator --locate a plug/connector(dont what its called)underneath the driver and passenger seat. Take it apart and spray a little of wd 40 on both sides then plug it together again.
  • My 2001 Mazda Tribute front bumper has been damaged and needs to be repainted, problem is I cannot find the paint code for this, the top color is Desert Metallic and the bumper is a darker brown. Can anyone help me with this?
  • Joe,

    I have a 01 Tribute and started experiencing the same problem last winter. I took it to a Madza dealer and they could not fiqure out the problem. I also took it to a local machanic who could not figure it out too. I am still experiencing the same stalling problem and shaking. What did you do to resolve your problem. Did the indentified the problem? I need you help.

  • I am experiencing the same problem. Was your problem ever resolved? what caused it. I need your help.

  • I too have had this problem over and over since I got the Tribute new in 2001, with two dealerships reportedly "fixing" it too many times to count, or I'll just get myself aggravated.

    I'd heard about your method to resolve this, but never tried it. When I looked under my two seats, I see two of these plastic connectors under each seat - a total of four of them - that are large yellow and white plastic. Are these what you're referring to?

    By the way, I also now have the same stalling/idling problem you do, with the Check Engine light on, and my mechanic is somewhat stumped.

  • I have a 2002 Mazda Tribute, all of a sudden it stopped ideling whenever I stopped or started up. I have to keep my foot on the gas pedal to keep it from dying. Any suggestions?
  • got the same problem change about every part know to men kind but still have the problem have you found a solution to this
  • i have a tribute 2001 v6, it won't idle. i have changed the dpfe sensor, egr valve, egr valve sensor, egr vacuum solenoid swith, throttle positioning sensor, idle air control valve, spark plugs, spark plug boots, fuel filter and finally all 4 o2 sensors. everytime resetting codes but they still come back and the car his still the same anybody out there had this problem do you have a solution beside blowing the car up. It's got 105,000 miles still in very good shape since we live in florida but i'm discourage at this point.
  • you need to check the idle air control valve
  • I have a 2001 tribute - If it sits outside on "cold days" for 8 hours it is hard to start. I have to depress the gas pedal 3 or 4 times befor it finaly starts? Only does it on very cold days 20 degrees or lower and only does it after it sits for about 8 hours?
  • woeismewoeisme Posts: 1
    can anyone help ? Want to check computer codes on an '01 Tribute
    is there a list of computer codes posted anywhere?
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Wife and I have an 04 Tribute V6 loaded with leather, sunroof all the bells and whistles. We now have about 50,000 trouble free miles on this vehicle. We use it, or should I say, I use it as an SUV and not just a station wagon. It tows our water craft, visits the Cascade range for skiing and finding fishing spots. Great little SUV! very reliable. Time for tires however, the Continentals are ready for change out. I had some preventative maintenance done at a cost of about $275. I had the transmission flushed, brake fluid flush, steering flushed. Tribute runs like a champ and has proven to be very reliable! I would highly reccommend.. :)
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    I'm looking at them for next year, its good to hear thanks !
  • mkl2209mkl2209 Posts: 5
    My grandson apparently ram-loaded a CD into the factory in-dash 6-disc unit of my '02 Tribute. Pushing the eject button brings about a 6-7 second delay (while displaying OUT), then the unit shuts off. Pushing the load button only displays "WAIT" (the part he didn't grasp at age 5!), then shuts off the unit.

    Anyone have any tricks to release the CD's inside, or ever run into this predicament??
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    The tricks mostly work with single disc CD players, but you don't have anything to lose before going to the dealer or local audio shop.

    How to Remove a Stuck CD
  • mkl2209mkl2209 Posts: 5
    Thank you!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    Let us know if pulling the fuse or anything else works.

    btw, I deleted your duplicate posts - owners tend to read all the new posts in various discussions anyway.
  • timroxxtimroxx Posts: 1
    I have an 05 tribute and the ac won't disengage. I push the button and push the button and nothing happens! If I HOLD the button it goes off, but as soon as i release it, it comes back on. Very frustrating in the wintertime. I just found this forum and you guys are great! Any ideas?? :confuse:
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