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Mazda Tribute - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Mazda Tribute owners have reported 2,073 problems for their cars built in the 12 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported during all service years for each model year of Mazda Tribute. The 2001 Mazda Tribute cars have the most problems reported (692 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Mazda Tribute

  Common problems of Mazda Tribute

The following chart shows the 24 most common problems for Mazda Tribute cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (394 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (278 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Mazda Tribute

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
394
  Vehicle Speed Control
278
  Service Brakes
197
  Power Train
193
  Electrical System
165
  Structure
116
  Air Bag
110
  Suspension
109
  Steering
104
  Latches/locks/linkage
83
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  Gasoline Fuel System
64
  Visibility
45
  Equipment
35
  Other Fuel System
33
  Tire
29
  Wheel
28
  Unknown Or Other
28
  Exterior Lighting
16
  Seat Belt
16
  Seats
10
  Parking Brake
7
  Air Brake
6
  Interior Lighting
4
  Electronic Stability Control
3

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the older model year Mazda Tribute to a new one in terms of the problems reported since older vehicles have been in service longer and more problems should be reported. In order to compare the reliability across Tribute model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index implies a better reliability for the model year under study.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000

Where P = total problems reported during the life of a Mazda Tribute model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The result is shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Tribute Model Years

Model YearProblems/
Sales [1]
Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2002 Tribute   451 / 44,989   13
0.77
  2003 Tribute   187 / 49,512   12
0.31
  2004 Tribute   141 / 41,078   11
0.31
  2005 Tribute   285 / 36,761   10
0.78
  2006 Tribute   117 / 26,785   9
0.49
  2007 Tribute   6 / 13,680   8
0.05
  2008 Tribute   142 / 10,806   7
1.88
  2009 Tribute   12 / 5,525   6
0.36
  2010 Tribute   26 / 3,637   5
1.43
  2011 Tribute   8 / 2,696   4
0.74

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of Mazda Tribute is to use the number of problems reported during the vehicles' first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicles' first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2001 Mazda Tribute
179
  2002 Mazda Tribute
113
  2003 Mazda Tribute
27
  2004 Mazda Tribute
11
  2005 Mazda Tribute
18
  2006 Mazda Tribute
12
  2007 Mazda Tribute
2
  2008 Mazda Tribute
7
  2009 Mazda Tribute
3
  2010 Mazda Tribute
3
  2011 Mazda Tribute
2



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