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Suspension Problems of Mazda Tribute - part 1



Mazda Tribute owners have reported 48 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 1
Failure Date: 10/14/2014

Right rear wheelhouse has completely rusted out at 146,000 miles, and the strut is disconnected from the frame. Mazda has denied any responsibility for this issue and offered no assistance despite the fact that there are hundreds of complaints of this very issue on the NHTSA website, and despite the fact that the 2001-2004 Tributes were recalled and repaired for corrsion issues. The mechanic and collision repair center said they have never seen rust this bad in the same area of makes of vehicles. The collision repair center also stated that this is a $4,000-$6,000 repair that the owner should not be stuck with as it is a manufacuture defect. They manufacutured the 2005 Ford escape frame in the same plant and they share the same problem. This occured while I was traveling down the highway at 70mph and the shock broke free right behind my sons carseat, the shock was touching the inner plastic . Luckly I pulled over to find out what the noise was. Mazda seems to have no concern for their customers safety. Customer beware. . . . And if you have a child at least put them on the drivers side for some safety. Lets all hope Mazda will stand up for their defective product. . . . . . . .

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Failure Date: 10/13/2014

While looking for a knocking sound in the passenger side rear found that the shock mount assembly was broken loose from the body of the vehicle. You could see through to the interior fabric, leaving shock and mount attached to nothing. Serious design flaw.

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Failure Date: 10/04/2014

We were driving on the highway and went over a spot where the pavement had been cut back for repaving and there was a loud, sharp thump from the rear wheel well. It was raining and dark so I couldn't tell what happened. It happened a few more times before we reached home. In the light of day I saw that the wheel well has rusted through and the shock is no longer attached to the body of the car. We have been told not to drive it until we have seen a mechanic.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Mazda Tribute 4
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

There was constant knocking from the rear of the vechile and I took the SUV to dealer. The dealer says "the right rear strut is not connected to the body of the car. There is heavy rust and this is not a safe condition to try the car". Over the weenked, the shock mount bracket completely fell off. It doesn't seems to be a good design orriginally to use the sheet metal of the fender well as the connection point, without extra measure to secure the shock to the body. It is a defect.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 5
Failure Date: 09/23/2014

Entire right (passenger) rear wheel well rusted away, including the shock mount.

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Failure Date: 09/14/2014

The passenger side rear wheel well strut mount is is only hanging on by a small amount of steel. You can see the interior trim plastic on 3 sides of the upper strut mount bracket. Pieces of rusted steel peel away with 2 fingers. There is no upper strut support and the top threading of the strut is hitting the plastic interior piece in the trunk area. This is a serious safety concern; if the lower strut mount is loose, then there is a potential for further damage to the area and potential the upper bracket gets into the tire. My family's safety is my #1 priority. After researching the problem, I cannot understand why this is not a recall. Both the 2005 Mazda Tribute and the 2005 Ford escape have a high volume of this defect. Basing my experience as a quality engineer in a sheet steel fabrication facility, this type of defect can be related to either poor material quality or choice of materials, poor engineering practices, poor manufacturing processes, and/or poor protection of the wheel well area (more durable coatings). Either way, based on my engineering knowledge and opinion, this defect repair should be covered by the manufacturer. I have had older vehicles that never seen this type of defect. I will never purchase a similar type of vehicle by this manufacturer again due to the nature of this problem and the no recall condition of this problem. Apparently the manufacturer is turning a blind eye to quality and safety related issues on the Tribute and escape. I do understand that this is an older vehicle, but some quality issues do not show up until years later and the manufacturer is still responsible for these types of safety concerns the public is obviously having with these vehicles.


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Failure Date: 09/10/2014

The framework underneath and around the vehicle's rear passenger tire has rotted away, and the shock has penetrated the wheel well. The entire rear of the vehicle "rattles" loudly because of this. It appears that this deficiency was fixed, temporarily, before the sale of the vehicle was pursued.

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Failure Date: 09/08/2014

This was not an accident. I recently have had to have the right and left inner wheelhouse panels on my 2004 Mazda Tribute replaced due to excessive corrosion. The inner wheelhouse panels were rusted thru and the shocks that were attached to those panels were loose due to cracks in the panels and were banging up against the car. I don't consider that much corrosion that caused the panels to break loose from the car body as normal wear & tear nor part of something that should be watched under routine mainenance. I have kept cars longer than 10 tyears and never had this problem! it was definitely a safety hazard and someone could have been hurt in a serioius auto accident. Please recommend a recall on 2004 Mazda Tributes due to excessive corrosion due to the manufacturer's defect in their quality control and processes.

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Failure Date: 08/22/2014

Right rear wheelhouse has rust and corrosion at 128,000 miles, and the strut is disconnected from the frame. Mazda has denied any responsibility for this issue and offered no assistance despite the fact that there are hundreds of complaints of this very issue on the NHTSA website, and despite the fact that the 2001-2004 Tributes were recalled and repaired for this very issue. The mechanic and collision repair center said they have never seen rust this bad in a vehicle housed and driven in the southeast where there is little to no snow/salted roads, and no history of flood damage.

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Failure Date: 08/06/2014

While driving on the highway I began to notice a lound banging coming from the back of the car. After inspecting the rear door to verify the sound was not an open door, I found that the underside of the car, specifically the rear right axle, was rusted and deteriorating. Upon further inspection I found that the shock mount had rusted, a problem that will soon cause problems for the wheel mount. There are a multitude of complaints online, all pointing out that this is a factory issue, and all Mazda Tributes and Ford escapes in this year range have this exact problem. This is an issue that must be fixed in the next week or else I will not be able to drive my car- a car I have owned for less than a year.


 
car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 11
Failure Date: 06/30/2014

The right rear wheel well is completely rusted out causing there to be no connection between the body and the rear shocks. Left rear wheel well is starting to rust. No other rust on the car other than the wheel wells. Estimate from the shop is over $4000. Only 9 years old and 125,000 miles on vehicle.

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Failure Date: 06/27/2014

I noticed the problem when I was driving down the road and heard a knocking coming from the rear of the vehicle I thought it was a bad shock at first so I pulled over to check it out and the rear shock brackets are completely rusted through and are breaking away from the main frame. I contacted Mazda on July 11, 2014 and they said they will not do anything until teh car is recalled. They havent provided any other info on assitance with repairs or a recall. The car is no longer driveable until it goes through massive reconstruction of the sheet metal and framing in the rear wheel well.

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Failure Date: 06/27/2014

While driving home, the rear wheel on the passenger side on my 2005 Mazda Tribute started to knock and bang. Once I arrived home, upon further investigation I noticed that the rear wheel well was severely rusted and rotted. I also noticed that and the shock mount was fully rusted away from the body. Further research showed me that this seems to be a common problem with the 2005 Ford escape and Mazda Tribute frames.

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Failure Date: 06/26/2014

Excessive corrosion at rear shock mount. Rear wheel well and shock mount requires replacement.

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Failure Date: 06/20/2014

The passenger side rear wheel well has rusted out such that the suspension is now protruding into the interior of the vehicle. This was discovered when regular rattling from the area progressed into loud bangs with each bump. The mechanic who discovered stated that the rust was abnormal, even for the geographic area, and that none of the other wheel wells exhibited any signs of rusting. He stated it was no longer safe to drive the vehicle and that this condition was most likely the result of some sort of manufacturing defect (as opposed to regular and expected oxidation).

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Failure Date: 06/18/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, the vehicle made a loud clanking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who noticed the right rear shock was rusted around the wheel well. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

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Failure Date: 06/16/2014

The right rear wheel well rusted out causing the shock to come off on the top. I have contacted Mazda and NHTSA to submit claim cases. I was right away turned down by Mazda. I am now making a case with NHTSA to hopefully get this issue finally repaired as a recall. We live in a winter state so salt is bad.

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Failure Date: 06/04/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The stated while driving approximately 50 mph over a bump, a rattling noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the rear passenger's side wheel well was completely rusted. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

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Failure Date: 06/02/2014

I am the current owner of this vehicle I. Bought it through north shore bank off lease. . . I take good care of the car and have it maintained regularly . Recently the rear passenger area has been making a loud banging noise, I thought it may be a broken shock or something to that affect. I took it into goodyear in racine WI. Come to find the whole wheel well is rotted out on the passenger side. . The mechanic said he could not fix it and take it to racine auto body also in racine, WI. They also said they have never seen anything like that happen to a car or SUV ever before. He said it has to be due to a bad factory process or some flaw that had been when the car was manufactured. They want $1600. 00 to fix the area and I don't feel I should have to fix the flaw from the Mazda manufacturer. I feel it isn't safe to drive on the highway without more damage being added. I really would appreciate some sort of help or replacement of the factory flaw. The car is in fairly decent shape and at this point I can not afford a new car. . I don't know if there had been any other similar issues on any of your other vehicles.

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Failure Date: 05/31/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, the front passenger side wheel broke off of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the cross member frame was completely covered with rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 06/25/14 updated 07/1/2014 updated 8/11/cn.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Mazda Tribute 21
Failure Date: 05/26/2014

Right front wheel folded back and under vehicle. Was able to just get off roadway. Vehicle is now unusable as the front cross member has rusted away and allowed front suspension to collapse (including the engine and transmission).

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Mazda Tribute 22
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

While driving to work I started to hear a banging sound from the back of my vehicle. It sounded like the back window was open & banging every time I hit a bump. I pulled over and made sure everything was shut. I proceeded to work but the banging persisted. When I got to work I checked the back compartment & removed my cargo incase that was culprit. On my drive home the banging still persisted. My husband looked at the vehicle and said that the shocks/struts were blown. I took it to the garage that night & it turns out that the passenger side rear wheel well was completely rusted through & there was no where for the shock to mount. When the mechanic pulled up my cargo mat in the back it is amazing that nothing fell out, the size of the hole from the rust is comparable to the size of a basketball. Welding is not even an option to repair this damage. There is no other rust or body damage to my vehicle. There was a protective coating on the inner wheel well to prevent this. The driver side is fine and is showing no sign of rust/rot. While searching the web for support I see this is a very common problem in the Ford escape and Mazda Tribute (virtually one in the same). When will something be done about this costly problem? as a side note, this car has been a problem since I bought it in 2006. I filed a magnus and moss warranty act suit against Mazda and won for numerous issues regarding the transmission and power train system.

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Failure Date: 05/09/2014

2005 Mazda Tribute. My 17 year old daughter was driving the vehicle down the freeway and she heard a loud thud. She pulled over but did not see any apparent damage. She drove home and the sound became louder. When she returned home I looked at the Tribute. The entire shock body was disengaged from the frame. The right rear shock assemble was no longer attached. The rear passenger side shock was separating from the vehicle. It had rusted completely through. The vehicle does not have rust anywhere else. This could have been a disaster. I am the original owner and have I have had the vehicle for in for most normal maintenance and tires and they never mentioned any concerned with this becoming detached. This is obviously a safety issues. I am very thankful that my daughter was not hurt. Research on this issues suggest that this is a known problem with the Tribute and escape vehicles. It is especially true for the right rear section. Why is there no recall?.

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Failure Date: 04/15/2014

I noticed the problem when I was driving down the road and heard a knocking coming from the rear of the vehicle I thought it was a bad shock at first so I pulled over to check it out and the rear shock brackets are completely rusted through and are breaking away from the main frame. I contacted Mazda on April 10 2014 and they said they heard of this happening to many of their vehicles as well as many Ford escapes. They havent provided any other info on assitance with repairs or a recall. The car is no longer driveable until it goes through massive reconstruction of the sheet metal and framing in the rear wheel well.

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Failure Date: 04/14/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the rear passenger side shocks was separating from the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage and the current mileage was 169,000.