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#3 of 22 Re: 2003 Mazda Tribute- short problem ? [bigdog59]
Jun 01, 2008 (1:11 pm)
Thanks for the reply. No cause fo rthe problems as of yet. They told me it might be the battery. I had the battery tested and it tested fine. I replaced the battery and it still happens. Also was told it could be the coils, instrument panel or maybe replace the plugs. This was the best information they could find from their tech. If I replaced everything they suggested it would cost about $1700.00. What possible causes did your dealers give?
#5 of 22 Re: 2003 Mazda Tribute- short problem ? [tribute2004]
Jul 18, 2009 (3:03 pm)
I experienced the same issue. It was a bad coil. Unfortunately it was on the backside of the engine so the manifold had to be dropped. I replaced the coils, wires and plugs while I had access to them. I replaced the other plugs and wires since I have over 113,000 miles on the 2003. It is strange that a could could do that, but it did fix it. The dealer was clueless.
Aug 06, 2009 (4:53 pm)
first time posting, please bear with me. we have a 2001 Tribute that I recently replaced the alternator on ( kids, don't try this at home ) and now the stereo or dome or map lights do not work. i pulled the stereo out to check the ground wire and surprise, no ground. all of the fuses are fine but it still does not work. any info would be greatly appreciated as my girlfriend is tired of listening to me yell and curse at other drivers. thank you
#7 of 22 Warning lights or sounds
Aug 24, 2009 (2:40 pm)
This may already be posted somewhere, but I wasn't able to find it. I just bought a 2004 Tribute. It didn't come with the owners manual. Today, it kept beeping at me when I cranked it, but I didn't see anything lit on the control panel. It beeped about 5 times and then quit. I turned it off, checked the oil (which was fine) and cranked it again. It did the same thing the second time, still with no warning lights. Do any of you have an idea of what it could be?
#8 of 22 Re: Warning lights or sounds [bullymom1]
Mar 27, 2010 (6:04 pm)
I have the exact same problem with my 2003 Tribute and cannot figure out what the problem is... Have you had any luck figuring it out?
The problem is exactly as you describe - when I turn on the engine, it makes 5 long beeps, pauses for a few moments, repeats the beeps, pauses and then repeats the beeps again. This happens every time I start the engine and will sometimes even come on when I have been driving a while (cc 30 mins). No warning lights, no other issues with the car. Just the beeps. Every time I turn the engine on.
Did you get your's fixed?
#9 of 22 Re: 2003 Mazda Tribute- short problem ? [tribute2004]
Jun 06, 2011 (10:30 am)
I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute and it was running fine one day and then the next it was running really badly and wouldn't go over 40 mph. I had to have it towed to the dealership and they are saying that Mazda put out a memo to the dealerships about radio frequencies causing electrical problems. I have been told that according the to memo they have to replace all 6 coils and the PCN ($1900). This doesn't seem right since this isn't regular wear and tear on a vehicle. I can't control if my car is not protected from radio frequencies. Any one else have this story?
#10 of 22 Re: 2003 Mazda Tribute- short problem ? [christine25]
Jun 07, 2011 (7:03 am)
Run away as fast as you can! Find another shop that will actually diagnose you problem. Tow it if you have to. Sudden performance problems after 6 years are not going to magically appear because of RF issues. Are you getting a check engine light code?
#11 of 22 Re: 2003 Mazda Tribute- short problem ? [tomv3]
Jul 18, 2011 (7:36 am)
I have a 2002 tribute and mine would not go over 70 mph
But I was getting a misfire in one cylinder and replacing the coil pack resigned the problem.
So you may have a couple of coil packs going bad.
My mileage was about 134000
#12 of 22 Re: 2003 Mazda Tribute- short problem ? [christine25]
Jul 31, 2011 (5:01 pm)
I also have a 2005 Tribute 3.0 V6 which recently developed a vibration when at cruise speed (1500-2000RPM). If I accellerate, the vibration disappears. But overall, it's not practicle to drive. I had my mechanic look at it and he said one ignition coil was bad (in front) which he replaced but also suspected the Engine Control Module (computer) was bad. I took it to the Mazda dealer and they said the only way to fix it was replace all 6 ignition coils (including the new one) and the ECM ($2000). After talking to several other mechanics, they suggest purchasing a used ECM with identical numbers and just replace it. I removed it, got the numbers (5L8A-12A650-LG), and now looking for a good used one. Anyone have similar experience or comments/suggestions?