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Suspension Problems of Mazda Tribute - part 1



Mazda Tribute owners have reported 100 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

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Failure Date: 01/24/2016

With no previous visible indication, rust ate away at the right rear wheel well around the shock mount. We noticed a loud squeaking one day from the back and, upon inspection, noticed teh sever rust damage. The metal had corroded behind the undercoating. The shock mount is no longer attached and the vehicle is not safe to drive. Inspection does not show excessive rust anywhere else on the body.

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Failure Date: 01/06/2016

The undercarriage of this vehicle is rusted as per the complaints, only year not recalled and should have been. But unrelated to that. Driving daughters 2005 Mazda Tribute and brakes went all the way to the floor not allowing me to stop the car. I had to pull the emergency brake to stop the car. It was a torn brake hose that was spewing out fluid that immediately drained and left the vehicle undrivable. Had towed to shop to repair brakes, leak ruined calipers, replace front lines to accept new hoses, etc. $877 to fix. If 18 year old daughter had taken car back to college, 6 hours on interstate, could've been catastrophic!.

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Failure Date: 01/04/2016

The passenger side rear strut upper mount rusted and broke away from the body after 11 years and 126, 500 miles. The Mazda was purchased new in June 2005; and routine and as needed maintenance and repair was performed by the same Mazda dealer. I noticed rust in the passenger rear side wheel well in 2014 and began asking the Mazda dealer about it. During all Mazda full circle suspension checks performed by the Mazda dealer, the suspension was marked or checked "ok" "green", and then in Jan 2016- the strut mount rusted out of the body and the dealer said the car was unsafe to drive. I believe this was way too early for the car to rust out. I also question the integrity of Mazda's full circle inspection and the Mazda dealer. Had the Mazda dealer been candid and told me about the rust problem with this model and year rather than year after year continuing to suggest other maintenance and repair service, most likely I would have traded or sold this Mazda before it rusted out. Based on this experience, I will not purchase another Mazda.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 5 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The failure recurred on several occasions while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that there was excessive rust on the passenger rear wheel well and shock strut mount, which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

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Failure Date: 11/14/2015

The rear passenger wheel well has excessive corrosion through the frame of my vehicle. The corrosion has split my frame in half and left wholes surrounding the split. My shock tower is exposed and corroded making it unsafe to drive. The rear driver side is splitting in the same exact place. This is a serious safety hazard and obvious defect. Driving straight down a dirt road at 35 mph (approx. ) a loud snap and dust rolling thing through the rear speaker mounted on the wheel well. I then pulled over and inspected the car and found that it was all rusted out.

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Failure Date: 11/03/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 40 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the entire passenger side wheel well was rusted and corroded. The vehicle was unable to be driven. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. Ng.


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Failure Date: 11/02/2015

2004 Mazda Tribute. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle subframe corrosion issues. The consumer was informed the vehicle could not be repaired. Also, the consumer is seeking reimbursement for the replacement of the idle air control motor and the cleaning of the throttle body.

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Failure Date: 10/28/2015

In researching the NHTSA website it is clear that this is not a unique complaint. The vehicle has 91,000 miles. The rear passenger side upper shock mount has completely separated from the chassis due to excessive corrosion. This is the only area on this vehicle where such extensive corrosion exists. Numerous sources have stated that the damage to this vehicle is irreparable, and that further use of this vehicle would be extremely hazardous. Numerous complaints for this defect indicate that it is time for this manufacturing and design defect to be investigated. #10669545.

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Failure Date: 10/28/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger's side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. The contact was informed that the rear passenger shock mount was corroded and the vehicle was unsafe to be driven. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Ah.

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Failure Date: 10/06/2015

The right rear wheel well has a large hole going through to the lift gate area of the vehicle. It's all rusted out.


 
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Failure Date: 09/27/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle had an abnormal loud sound. The contact stated that the rear passenger side shock support in the wheel well had rotted. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was unknow. Bd.

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Failure Date: 09/09/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated while driving at approximately 15 mph I heard a noise on the rear passenger side of the vehicle . The contact drove the vehicle to an independent mechanic and vehicle was diagnosed as not drive able. The entire right wheel well is rusted and corroded. The bracket was fractured away from the wheel well. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 108000. Am.

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Failure Date: 09/07/2015

I heard a loud thump coming from the rear of my vehicle. I asked my husband to look at it when I got home and found the rear passenger fender well rusted out around the shock mount. This car is not safe to drive in this condition and is only ten years old.

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Failure Date: 09/01/2015

Upon bringing my 2005 Mazda Tribute into the Mazda service center for unrelated repairs and maintenance, I was informed that the right rear wheel well was heavily rusted and the shock would soon break through the rust and disengage from the vehicle. I contacted Mazda corporation to initiate a complaint and investigation. After the customer complaint department investigated the issue (contacting the diagnosing Mazda service center), I was informed Mazda corporation would not repair my vehicle because this issue was not under a recall, the vehicle warrantee expired, and Mazda was unaware of any similar additional consumer complaints. This Tribute has 109. 000 miles and based on the dealer’s service center assessment is in immaculate condition: always garage parked, no other rust exists (including the undercarriage) on the vehicle, all maintenance for the past 10 years has been completed by the Mazda dealership service center, and this vehicle never incurred body damage (no accidents). As original owners of this vehicle, we initially purchased the corrosion protection and exterior paint sealant (the rustproofing material is still visible within the wheel well). We have been very responsible and loyal Mazda original vehicle owners, although after investigating this issue I have discovered hundreds of identical complaints which obviously relates to a manufacturer’s defect causing a significant safety hazard for unsuspecting drivers of this vehicle. I am appalled that Mazda and the NHTSA have not investigated and recalled this vehicle to inform the public of this dangerous defect. It is time to take action and responsibility to reduce the safety hazard for all owners and drivers, especially since Mazda’s own investigation concluded they were “unaware” of other complaints. Obviously this was not the truth but instead a cover up response to avoid culpability.

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Failure Date: 08/27/2015

While replacing the brakes on my 2005 Mazda Tribute, I discovered the right rear wheel well compromised by excessive rust. After researching online, this appears to be a major quality defect in the manufacturing of this vehicle and similar Ford and Mercury models (escape and mariner). I recently purchased this car, but only now noticed the rust. Several people are calling for Ford to issue a recall/repair for these vehicles for this issue. I agree with them.

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Failure Date: 08/26/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. While the vehicle was at the dealer for a routine repair, the technician diagnosed that the rear passenger side wheel housing and strut were corroded. As a result, the vehicle was deemed irreparable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 87,000.

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Failure Date: 08/21/2015

I have had this SUV since new and have taken very good care of it. We do not drive it in winter as we have another car in fla. But still like thousands of other Tributes, escapes and mariners the right rear shock mount has rusted out along with inter finder wheel well!. Which has left us with a very unsafe vehicle.

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Failure Date: 08/19/2015

I was on the freeway when I heard a loud thud the wheel well rotted out so bad that broke the shock on the rear back passenger side. This caused me to swerve and almost had an accident. . You recall the 2001 and 2004 models for the same issue why not add the 2005 because there is been hundreds and hundreds of complaints about this.

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Failure Date: 08/10/2015

My 2004 Mazda Tribute (just like a Ford escape) has totally rusted out on the passenger back wheel well. The suspension is affected as well as the shock mounting is completely rusted away and bangs against the car and provides no stabilizing control. The repairs are going to be very costly and I found numerous reports of the same rust out and right rear suspension failure on Mazda Tributes and Ford escape in the 2001-2005 model years. Mazda and Ford conducted a recall on Tributes and escapes due to rust out of right front suspension. The same is immediately needed on the right rear suspension. The left rear suspension appears fine and does not show any of the same rust problem.

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Failure Date: 08/04/2015

When I took my Tribute in to get my annual inspection sticker the mechanic told me there was considerable rust underneath my vehicle he said it would not support the shocks in researching this vehicle I found there were 332 complaints and 53 was for the same problem I have I think Mazda should recall my vehicle or pay to have it repaired or I think all of us should file a class action law suit against Mazda or Ford because they own Mazda.

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Failure Date: 08/03/2015

The rear right wheel well has been completely rusted out to the point that the suspension broke through into the interior of the car. The left rear and both front wheel wells look to be in perfect condition which seems abnormal for just one wheel well to be affected by extreme rust and corrosion. We bought this Mazda Tribute less then a year ago from the dan wolf Chevrolet dealership in naperville illinois, with it "passing inspection". Since then my family and I have treated this car with extraordinary care by regular maintenance and overall cleanliness. The my family of five (three children) have used this vehicle everyday to drive to work and school not knowing the danger it apposed on us and other drivers on the road. When researching this particular problem we noticed that this very dangerous and unsafe incident has happened to owners of the 2005 Mazda Tribute across the u. S. . Read more...

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Failure Date: 08/01/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While driving at 35 mph over a bump in the road, the vehicle made a loud abnormal sound. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the passenger side rear wheel well and the shock tower were corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 142,631.

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Failure Date: 07/20/2015

Right rear shock has broken through wheel panel and can be seen from the trunk area. Left rear side has stress fractures and I assume will also break through eventually. Took car to body shop and was told that the wheel panel has rusted through and that it would be too expensive to fix because to properly fix the car one would have to replace the wheel panel and any other metal area on both sides of the car that is rusted. Is NHTSA willing to take the car to test the undercoating and metal to determine if they meet proper standards? I went online and have seen that this same problem with other madza Tributes and even Ford escapes. Can you help?.

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Failure Date: 06/27/2015

2005 Mazda Tribute, rear wheel well completely rusted. While driving my wife hit a bump in the road, she then tells me there is a rattle. So I drive it the next day. The rattle was very easy to hear. Upon inspection the rear passenger wheel well had disintegrated and was almost completely gone, and the rattle was the strut that had come undone hitting the cargo compartment. Just had tires and brakes replaced and they inspected the vehicle as well only 2 months prior with no mention of any other problems. Now it is unsafe to drive. No help from Mazda, insurance, or the super warranty that covers everything bumper to bumper(or suppose to). Come to find out while doing some research, this seems to be a problem for Mazda. The 01-04 Tribute has a recall for the same thing except calling for the front driver wheel well. When you take it in they replace all four. It also seems that the 05 model year has just as many problems with this as well. Both of us work and have to be able to get there as well as getting the children to multiple places. We bought this vehicle thinking that it was going to be a good and safe way to get where we need to go. Turns out it was just a matter of time with this issue. We are lucky that it was the back I guess and not the front as she had the kids with her while on the highway and if the front would have come loose at hway speed it could have been a different outcome. I hope this does not happen to anyone else. 2 estimates to repair both are $5-7000. Can't pay to fix, and can't trade it in as it is worthless right now. This is a problem that the NHTSA and Mazda needs to address. It is not only monetary but a safety issue as well. We work hard for what we have and feel like we just got robbed of our money. The dealers and Mazda got theirs though.

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Failure Date: 06/17/2015

Turning into a parking lot on 17 June 2015, my 2005 Mazda Tribute suddenly gave a loud thump, a tire screech, and stopped. The car would not move under its own power, as the right front wheel was pointed in a different direction than the left one, and it was clear the drive shaft had been pulled out of the transaxle, as the wheel was too far out and almost back against the wheel well. Upon inspection at a repair shop, it was clear the right front subframe had rusted through, causing the lower arm to detach from the chassis. Research indicated that this problem had been the subject of a recall of previous model years. It seems that the rust-through problem with this assembly is still a problem. This is gonna cost a lot to fix. Not happy.