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Mazda Tribute, Transmission, SUV
#88 of 149 Re: I'm in a panic here !!! [rizakag]
Dec 17, 2010 (5:01 pm)
I also have a 2005 Mazda Tribute with a manual transmission. I've had this Tribute since Feb 2005, and am 5 payments away from paying it off. It was brand new with 32 miles on it when I bought it. It has just over 105,000 miles on it. About a week ago, I noticed that a lot of times (not every single time) when taking off in 1st gear, it will studder/jerk. I asked my local mechanic what it could be and he told me it sounds like a transmission problem. He asked me to bring it in next week so he can take it for a test drive. I have been driving manual transmissions for 15 years, so I KNOW that it's not my ability to drive a stick that has possibly harmed the transmission!
#90 of 149 Re: I'm in a panic here !!! [kcjayhawk11]
Dec 17, 2010 (10:29 pm)
Sounds like the clutch. I had one go out at 54 k mostly because my kids let friend learn to drive a stick shift. Those parts get the most friction and heat - wear and tear. Should be the first thing to go. Get a 2nd opinion if this first one talks of transmission problems out of the gate ... just to be safe. Let us know what you find out ! Good luck.
#91 of 149 I thought it was the tranny...
Dec 19, 2010 (10:34 am)
But I was wrong. The dealer's service tech would have a new guess every time I brought it in and if he couldn't get it to act up, he would throw a dart at a dartboard. I was not going to take it somewhere else to start over. But the dealership finally fixed it, after 9 months. They replaced the PCM 2X, Fuel Pressure Regulator 2X, Fuel Pump 3X, Catalytic Converter, Charcoal Canister, Both Oxygen Sensors (one 2X). After consulting Mazda/Ford they hooked up a display. One tech drove, the other watched the display and they could see a sudden drop. The problem was traced to a short circuit, in a connection under the battery. The service rep says that there were multiple issues causing the same problem. (Yea-Right) That they all needed to be repaired. I told him, and the spineless Serv Manager they were full of it. I am now talking to the Area Regional Manager and a Customer Advocate Attorney. All these unnecessary expenses and three towing bills have put a big dent in finances. Stay way from Georgetown Mazda.
#92 of 149 Re: trans ymptoms [bachman]
Jan 11, 2011 (2:49 pm)
Having problems with our 2005 Tribute. Transmission suddenly would not go forward or reverse. Let car sit for a while then it worked fine. Just wondering if you had any luck with diagnosis. Could it be the ground wire?
#93 of 149 We are done with Premier & Mazda!!!
Jan 11, 2011 (3:22 pm)
The car was in the dealer for month of December. We picked it up 12/21/10, paid $200 for repairs that should have been warrantied from August. Returned it the next day. They called 12/29, their diagnosis what it needed a wiring harness. Mazda's Bumper to Bumper warranty doesn't cover that either. However they would give us a $500 discount and it would only cost $3200! I picked it up, drove to a restaurant, disconected the battery, let it cool. and headed to the local Toyota shop. I've turned the documents and correspondence over to an attorney. She said something about "Deceptive Trade Practice".
#94 of 149 Re: I'm in a panic here !!! [bachman]
Jan 12, 2011 (8:18 am)
I'm not sure what was happening with my car. The day I took it in, it didn't show any of the problem I had been experiencing the previous couple of weeks...of course. I even drove it around for almost an hour to see if it would do the jerking. Nothing. And to my surprise, I really hasn't done it since. I am 4 payments away from paying it off, and have been looking forward to finally not having a car payment! I struggling with whether I should trade it in for a new vehicle (therefore having another loan to pay on) or to stick it out and stack up some money.
#95 of 149 Re: trans ymptoms [chuck034]
Jan 12, 2011 (9:48 am)
I hope I am wrong but it sounds more serious. My grounding problem from a few years ago seemed to cause hiccups at erroneous shift points. I considered it a mild problem and annoyance but it did worry me it could be more serious/costly. Still, I would ask the dealer to look at the the simple things such as that for starters. Might be a simple code check will tell them exactly what it is but beware. I was careful not to pay for more than one diagnosis fee because they should get it right the first time. If not, watch they don't charge you for other stuff as collateral fixing before actually getting to the correct source of trouble. I might sound paranoid and untrusting but I'm just cheap and lacking gobs of money that these things can entail. I try to listen closely, repeat what they say back to them so I'm clear and take notes or save all paperwork as per good documentation. Good luck and let us know what you find.
#96 of 149 Re: I'm in a panic here !!! [kcjayhawk11]
Jan 12, 2011 (9:58 am)
If I understand you, and you tried everything to get it to act up or duplicate the problem, maybe they fixed it w/o knowing and how or why. In that case, let it take the test of time and plan on keeping it. If it gets hinky later, trade it off at that point. Problems that come and go are probably less prone to be mechanical and more likely computer or electronic IMO.
#97 of 149 Re: trans ymptoms [bachman]
Jan 12, 2011 (7:52 pm)
Thanks, unfortunately the car is out of warranty and I am dealing with my local mechanic, whom I trust. I called the dealer for guidance and they referred me to a good trans shop... Computer codes say celenoid and/or converter problem. We will probably try the celenoid package first at around $650.00. Thanks for responding so quickly.