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Mazda Tribute, Transmission, SUV
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?
#63 of 149 Re: Transmission rumble [patrick41]
Dec 26, 2009 (8:24 pm)
I changed the transmission fluid 13qts and disconnected the battery to reset the shift timing. I have not had this problem for the last 25,000 miles.
#64 of 149 Mazda 2006 Bad Transmission
Jan 27, 2010 (3:50 pm)
I own a 2006 Mazda tribute. Bought it with 8K miles. Did all the regular maint required. The car started slipping when leaving first gear about two days ago. Then while driving down the highway had engine reving problems. Well it finally gave out today, on the highway. Had it towed to the dealer and the transmission is shot. The car has 28,500 miles!!! Too bad because the warrently actaully expired two months ago. The dealer was great tho (Fairhaven Mazda). I only have to pay for Labor (Around $900) I beleive they contacted Mazda to report the problem.
I am so thankful for their support becauseI would have had to pay $4000. To bad that the transmissions on the 2006 models seem to be crap because other than that it's a great vehicle,
Apr 06, 2010 (9:20 am)
I have a 2008 Mazda and it was running rough I thought maybe I had just got some bad gas. Then I was driving to work when it seemed like it would not catch 2nd gear. so it ran really hard till it was over 20mph and 3rd gear would catch. Then the little wrench liight came on. I called the dealership cause in the manual it says it is a powertrain problem contact dealer immed. Now my car that i bought in June 2008 has no transmission and only 43,000 miles on it. I am in the arguing phase with the dealership. If it not fixed at NO cost to me I will be contacting a lawyer. Mazda sucks this is my second mazda and my first I had many problems with when I went to the dealer to by a new car not wanting a Mazda they talked me into one say I must have just had a bad car. and gave me a very good deal. But it was not a good enough deal to pay for a new transmission at 43,000 miles and 1 1/2 years later this bullshit.
#66 of 149 Trash Transmission & Economics
Apr 09, 2010 (8:19 am)
Interesting string of rants.
I have a 2006 I4 Tribute with 73K miles on it, the automatic transmission started bucking and jumping two weeks ago. Six weeks ago the repair shop I use refused to service the transmission at the last oil change because they feared a battle if there was a problem with the transmission. Last night my daughter & I discussed her homework in Economics class. I chose to use the car she drives as example. The shop refuses to service the transmission, they loose $20-$30 income. (the shop knew I would have a problem) Because no service was completed, I am not as likely to bad mouth them as I am if a problem does start to develop. Also, I am less likely to force them to give me a discount IF they have to fix the transmission. The shop lost $30, because the transmission is now showing symptoms of total failure.
Also, this is Rant #66, in nearly three years, that the board has been available. Mazda & Ford will soon release the 2011 models. When you do the math and brake down 66 posted issues over 10 years of production, with three different transmissions...(4cyl & 6cyl have different automatics+ 4cyl manual) That is 66 posted problems VS 30 products. Mazda looks and sees that there is NO specific problem. As consumers, we look at this and see that Mazda & Ford have a long string of problems. Due to their choice of a light duty transmission from their economy vehicles to install in a crossover SUV. A vehicle that weighs more than the economy car. A vehicle that likely will be used to haul a greater load than the economy car. A vehicle that because of its mass will have a greater drag-coefficient than the economy vehicles. All these factors cause more stress on this light duty economy vehicle transmission forced to do more than it was designed to do. As consumers we see and experience the problems, caused by Corporate Economic Decisions. As under-employed software engineer, I can not economically afford to replace my POS. So Mazda's extended warranty will have opportunity Monday to fund the transmission replacement due to Corporate Economic Decisions. Next time, I will do more homework on economics... Mine and theirs...