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#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...
#67 of 149 2003 Tribute - What does my future hold?
Apr 24, 2010 (7:18 am)
My 2003 Tribute XLT w/AWD has about 71K miles, and reading about all these transmission problems is giving me cause for concern. But I have not seen any postings about tranny problems in Tributes with AWD. Are these transmissions sturdier than those used in the 2WD versions? If problems do develop am I looking at a significantly higher repair bill?
#68 of 149 Re: 2003 Tribute - What does my future hold? [esyouvee]
Apr 24, 2010 (10:02 pm)
My 2002 Tribute has the button to make it 4WD, but aren't they all AWD? My transmission already has been replaced. I discussed that earlier in this forum.;
#69 of 149 Re: 2003 Tribute - What does my future hold?
Apr 25, 2010 (4:10 am)
Skippy - All Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, they are the same to me. No, they are not all AWD. But just to clarify, my Tribute is a 3.0L V6 with 4WD. I did not see whether yours was a 4 or 6 cyl. Not sure if that makes a difference, other than the tranny's for V6's might be a little more hefty???? I really don't know.
I saw where you said $5-6K to replace your tranny. Yikes! If I eventually experience the same tranny issues I'll have to look at it this way: this vehicle is 7 years old and has been loan-free for over 5 of those years. I saved a lot of money by paying it off in a hurry. If the rest of the vehicle remains in good shape, a $6K tranny is still cheaper than a new car.
So far my biggest repair bill has been for new alternator last summer. Other than that it has been a good vehicle. By the way, I also own a 2005 Honda Civic with manual tranny. The alternator on it crapped out last summer just before the Tribute's did... and it fried my battery in the process. I think cars are a crap shoot no matter what brand you get. Some have better odds but are not totally without risk of failures.
#70 of 149 ok new problem w/ transmission .. different symptoms
Apr 30, 2010 (3:09 am)
Yesterday my 113,000 Tribute (it's an 02) was warmed up and had 25-40 hwy miles on it when I stopped at a gas station. Five minutes there and I came out to it dead in the Drive mode ... nothing... I was able to get it to go in Low and in 2nd and a bit later, they went dead. No grind or clunking or anything. I need to tow it home about one mile later today.
At 80 or 85k there was a intermittent problem with shifting and whining rpm's turned out to be the corroded connection or ground on the CD4E model trans... I hope it's something cheap and simple ... any ideas from what I describe here.. ?
Oh.. almost forgot to add,, the OD light started flashing on the dash at one point later in the problem. All this happened within 45 minutes to one hour. I thought I could limp it along for a while to see if it got better but it got worse. Darn.
#71 of 149 Re: ok new problem w/ transmission .. different symptoms [bachman]
Apr 30, 2010 (10:04 am)
When my transmission went out i had no warning all of a sudden I was at a red light and went to go it would skip second. This happened on a weeked so could not get it to a dealership till monday on the way to take it to them 5th gear went out.
#72 of 149 Re: ok new problem w/ transmission .. different symptoms [bachman]
May 01, 2010 (6:22 am)
I just had this exact same tranny problem at 113000. I had the trans rebuilt. cost $2800. probably exactly what the car is worth fixed. I wanted to just get a new car but figured i could fix it and trade it in for the cost to fix when i want a new car.
#73 of 149 Re: trans ymptoms [jds427]
May 01, 2010 (11:07 am)
Wow that is a bummer. I will be discussing this with a friend that is very talented and knows the CD4E trans well. If he will consider the work, it'll be parts plus a low cost of his time and labor. Very likely sub $700 -800 total. I hope I can go that route if it's the big blow up.
I'll follow up with the cause / fix as soon as I get it done.
Last time was a weird shifting at various rpms and turned out to be a corroded ground that these are well know to exhibit. That was a cheap fix butt he symptoms on this round are entirely different.. might be a big ouchy.
#74 of 149 Transmission of 2008 Mazda Tribute
Jun 01, 2010 (9:23 am)
I have an 08 Tribute...had some transmission problems i.e. was reversing great but had problems moving forward...had to rev engine inorder to get it move...got a new transmission and it started moving forward just fine..but started reverting to the same problem as in reversing fine but cant go forward....what can be causing this problem...is it electrical? i was told it maybe the solenoids....is that so..What could it be and how do u think i can fix it ....thanks
#75 of 149 Re: 2008 Mazda [koutalis]
Jun 07, 2010 (12:56 pm)
I also have a 08 Tribute and 6 monts have had nothing but trouble with it.....very similar to what you are saying, mine clunks between 1st & 2nd and over the past 2 years they have found nothing so they replaced the transmission (same issue) then the Transfer Case blew, then something with the Drive Shaft and I have it in again today and got the call to say: Missing Bolt on Transmission, Engine Mount needs replaced, PTO leaking (not sure if I got this one right) Delivery hose on Water Mount has a crack.....seriously could any thing else be wrong with this vehicle?? If you get that Lawyer I am there with you....