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Mazda Tribute, Transmission, SUV
#53 of 149 2009 Mazda Tribute
Aug 13, 2009 (8:24 pm)
I am now here to add to the 2009 list. I purchased my Tribute a month ago and had not made the first payment and get this my transmission has been replaced. That is ashame I know. I would be greatly interested in having the number to who you contact to let the know my issues. I am going to have this problem resolve since having the new transmission. The car has done better but when i take off initially it gives me a bit of a jolt or what they like to call a shift shock(which I have never heard of). I have about 3700 miles and just made my first payment and I am ready to dump this vehicle already. Help me out!
#54 of 149 2009 Mazda Tribute
Sep 07, 2009 (8:18 am)
I'm very sad to read the reports about the transmission problem with the Tribute. I just bought one less than a month ago. I'm experiencing the a jolt / thump when taken off. I just email the dealer for advise, but I think this is a major problem. I don't even have my permanent plates and trouble is in the horizon. Any legal advise for the consumer. Does the lemon laws applied in this case? Thanks
#55 of 149 Another one bites the dust....
Sep 09, 2009 (7:07 pm)
It's terrible that we have this one thing in common. Just a few weeks ago we were saying what a great lil' truck out '06 Tribute had been to us. Absolutely NO problems, untilllll the ABS light came on & the car would make a grinding sound when you accelerated and it wouldn't go anywhere. No problem, so we thought, we got it looked at and the ABS sensor on the front axle was broken and had to be replaced. When the mechanic was dropping my car off he noticed that the grinding noise was louder and oddly still there. Being that he is a BMW specialist he made a few calls and found out that Mazda Tributes had been coming back to the dealer with transmission problems. The dealer we purchased from had gone out of business a few months back, no problem we went to another local dealer. Come to find out our perfect lil' SUV had a major transmission problem that would cost roughly $4000-$5000 to fix. The truck is a '06 bought in 05, with ONLY 33,000 miles on it, and just y luck the warranty had expired ONE month before we figured this all out. We were told that just maybe because the warranty had JUST expired they'd fix it as a customer courtesy. (I also have another Mazda.) HAHAHA It's been TWO weeks of having my SUV parked outside my house because it is completely unsafe to drive. Just today did the "warranty man" let the dealer know that it's going to have to come out of my pocket. The reason is because I couldn't find proof of OIL changes, when I finally did, they accused me of printing them up myself (did not - good idea though), since it didn't have the mechanic phone number on it and no invoice numbers. That mechanic is actually a certified Chrysler mechanic but whatever. So now my PERFECT condition, Tribute is at a local garage to see how much they will charge me. But mark my words Mr. Mazda man, I will not go down quietly. I have all the big wigs addresses and some email addresses. The Mazda customer service says that the "warranty man" is the one that calls it. Kiss my butt Mazda I will NEVER give you another penny! I should've learned my lesson when my NEW Protege came with a body defect. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!
#56 of 149 I'm in a panic here !!!
Oct 20, 2009 (6:54 am)
I noticed about a month or 2 ago, my 2005 Mazda Tribute (about 105,000 miles) started jerking when I took off in 1st gear (it's got a manual transmission)... then about a week ago, I started sensing some slipping, but thought it was my imagination and it would go away. I was praying that actually, because I cannot afford any major car repairs. I still owe almost $6,000 on this car, I've had a lot of financial problems in the past few years and had to refinance the car. I don't know what I'm going to do if I need a new transmission, and all signs are pointing that way! I would agree that the car isn't worth paying $3000 + for a new transmission, but I can't afford to buy a new car, much as I'd like to! Having filed for bankruptcy 1 1/2 years ago, no one would approve a car loan OR a loan to pay for a new transmission!! I don't know what I'm going to do!!!
Nov 10, 2009 (8:47 pm)
I purchased my 2009 Mazda Tribute on August 15, 2009 and it was in the shop August 17,2009 with 3,465 miles on it I had my transmission replaced on August 28,2009. After about a week of driving with the new transmission in it, my SUV started to bump again when it was shifting from 3rd to 4th gear normaly between 30 and 40 mph. It went back in the shop September 21,2009, they told me they ran every test possible and could not get it to duplicate what the problem is. I had to go up there and drive my SUV with the technician in my car to make him feel the problem. He felt it, but could not do anything about it, because it would not duplicate with him driving. Went and picked up my car drove it for a few week and placed it back in the shop October 24,2009. They have still told me nothing is wrong with my vehicle, even though I drove it with the technician in the car with me and he felt it again..... After having my vehicle in their shop for a week and a half, they have now told me that the Tributes have an Adaptive Transmission, and they will miss and bump until they adapt to your driving style.... Well my vehicle has not adapted to my driving style in the 2 months that I have had my new transmission something is wrong with this picture.... If I knew I was going to have this much problem with this vehicle I would not have bought it... I am highly disappointed!!!!!
#58 of 149 Re: 2nd Transmission [unhappy_owner]
Nov 14, 2009 (5:15 am)
Turned out I needed a new clutch, significantly less money, but still not a good time for me to come up with $1000 plus $200 for the rental... oh well, I'm thankful I haven't had the problems that so many people on this forum have with their Tributes. This is the first real problem I've had, that I didn't cause that is ... I'm up to 108,000 miles now !
#59 of 149 All kinds of problems in year six
Dec 09, 2009 (8:02 am)
Bought 2004 Tribute new now with 51k miles on it. Pretty much drama free for the first five years except a starter replacement and real wiper motor (did both under warranty). This year, engine lights on twice ( cylinder misfire). Spend $1200 to replace all six Ignition coil. Airbag light on once, $600 to fix a connection issue (they have to take out the seat). Steering issue, $250. and a few minor ones. Did the repairs in Open Road Mazda in East Brunswick, NJ. Seems really expensive. Read some bad reviews about this dealership online (should have read them before) but there is no nearby Mazda dealer.
I noticed transmission jerking occasionally since the beginning. Luckily, it has not morphed into a big issue.
I also tried to do a purchase in this dealership. The salesperson did so many number tricks on me (I am not bad in math) that I walked out without any intention to buy any car from this dealership anytime under any circumstance.
#60 of 149 Re: All kinds of problems in year six [jimmy79]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 09, 2009 (9:18 am)
walked out without any intention to buy any car from this dealership
Good for you. Please write up your experiences over in Dealer Ratings and Reviews too. Thanks!
#61 of 149 Yet another new transmission
Dec 13, 2009 (3:32 pm)
Bought my 06 Tribute 4cyl in April of 06. For some reason I DID purchase the 100,000 mile warranty. This year the transmission just started to slip and jump at about 78,000 miles. The dealer told me it had 'no redeeming qualities' until I reminded them of the warranty. They replaced it and told me it would have been about $5,000. In about three months, it's leaking tranny fluid all over my garage. They replaced it again at about 85,000 miles. Saved yet another $5,000. Last week at 92,000 miles, the engine made a really bad sound. Nursed it into the dealer. Engine blown. They just called me back saying they will replace the engine and get this... it needs ANOTHER transmission. Counting the one it came with, that's number FOUR! In my case, the $1000 extended warranty saved me $21,000 in repairs on a $20,000 car. Sorry, Mazda.
#62 of 149 Re: Transmission rumble [jds427]
Dec 24, 2009 (1:13 pm)
i also have an 02 tribute with rumble strip sounds. what did you find out about your vehicle?