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#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?
#13 of 22 2002 Mazda Tribute Alternator?
Aug 01, 2011 (11:18 am)
My 2002 Mazda Tribute has served me well over the five years I have owned. Due to unforeseen circumstances with other cars, I have had to put roughly 120,000 miles on it the past 16 months. It is currently dead in my driveway at just over 200,000 miles. Last summer I had the transmission replaced and just recently had some computer work done on it. The latest problem is that it doesn't start. The engine briefly sounds like it wants to turn over but never does, then refuses to make any noise. All lights, radio and other accessories work perfectly. The battery was tested and charged fully and still no turn over.
Is it the alternator?
If it is, how the heck do you replace it? It seems like it is in the hardest position on the car known to mankind,
Thanks for any help you all can get me.
#14 of 22 Re: 2002 Mazda Tribute Alternator? [scuzneck]
Aug 02, 2011 (8:53 am)
If your battery is charged then a faulty alternator is not going to give you starting problems. Have you considered the starter, or connections between the starter and battery? Whe you say 'refuses to make any noise' I am assuming the starter is not cranking.
#15 of 22 Re: 2002 Mazda Tribute Alternator? [tomv3]
Aug 02, 2011 (9:19 am)
As mechanically uniclined as I am, I have not consider much aside from what some people have told me it might be. Where is the starter located on the Mazda? Is it an easier fix then the alternator?
#16 of 22 Fuel Tank on my Mazda Tribute won't open
Aug 03, 2011 (2:47 pm)
I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute with a Fuel tank filler door that won't open. Not sure what happened, it was working fine last time I used it. Today, I went to fill up and the lever at the base of the drivers seat would no longer open the door. Any advice?
#17 of 22 Mazda Tribute Minor mechanical and cosmetic issues
Aug 04, 2011 (11:47 am)
Have had a 2001 Mazda Tribute V6 ES 4WD since 2002 (bought it coming off of a one-year lease.) Handles well. Powerful engine for a small SUV, but growls loudly. Internal wind-noise is excessive. Mileage started out around 24 hwy, then gradually dropped down to 19-20 hwy. Drivers door-latch mechanism (inside door) broke. Rear hatch door would not open (internal release froze up.) Rear hatch window wiper motor froze up. AC compressor stopped working. Black oxide began peeling off of luggage rack bars. Engine will sometimes accellerate unannounced (Mazda says this is a non-fixable problem.) And as of today, at 178,000 miles, the transmission gave out.....will not engage in any gear. Should I just drive it off of a cliff and find something else, or will it be worth the $2k to $3k to fix the tranny?
#18 of 22 Re: Mazda Tribute Minor mechanical and cosmetic issues [longmiler49]
Aug 05, 2011 (5:59 am)
How much longer before you have an engine problem that costs you about 2-3 thousand? With the high mileage and 10 years of time on the rubber and electrical parts, I would save my money for a newer vehicle. Years ago (1994) I spent $2500 on a rebuilt engine for a 10 yr old station wagon with a lot fewer miles that your Tribute has. I got rid of it 3 years later. In retrospect the money should have gone into a newer car.