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Suspension Problems of Mazda Tribute - part 1



Mazda Tribute owners have reported 76 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

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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: 08/19/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Mazda Tribute 4
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: 08/01/2015

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: 06/17/2015

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.

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Failure Date: 06/06/2015

My Mazda 2005, has totally rusted out on the passenger back wheel well. The suspension is affected as well. The repairs are going to be very costly and I found out that the 01-04 models have done the same and there was a recall for the same exact issue. Mazda needs to extend the recall to include the 05 model as well. I am also filing a report with Mazda.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 10
Failure Date: 06/01/2015

Passenger side rear wheel well completely rusted out causing strut to push through into interior trim. A minimum $1,000 repair estimate.


 
car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 11
Failure Date: 04/04/2015

Excessive, localized rust has developed in the right, rear wheel well, resulting in the shock being loose and making a loud banging sound when going over even small bumps. The left side and the rest of the car does not have this problem indicating a localized manufacturing/engineering defect.

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Failure Date: 03/20/2015

Rear suspension support on passenger side rusted and broke off from frame while driving.

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Failure Date: 03/18/2015

Because of the rear end making loud noise and vibration upon contacting road bumps and holes vehicle taken to repair shop where inspection revealed significant deteriation of the metal forming the rear passenger side wheel well, oxidation (rust) to the extent of large hole exsposing enterior department. Replacement of the rear shocks did not correct the vibrations from road irregularities. Mechanic described the cause as a result of the wheel well loss of metal & change in shape enabling metal to metal contact. Structural integrity duration is of much concern.

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Failure Date: 03/16/2015

The car began making a loud banging noise from the right rear. Upon inspection by our mechanic it was diagnosed as a complete rusting through of the right rear well, causing the shock to no longer be attached to the frame. The shock was actually visible from the inside rear of the car. We were told the car was no longer safe to drive. Mazda was unwilling to do anything about the failure, in spite of my finding numerous other complaints related to the same failure on blogs. A frame shop had to install a new inner wheel house panel. Cost of the repair was $2000.

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Failure Date: 03/09/2015

Extensive rust in the back passenger wheel well which has caused the suspension to break away from the body of the car.

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Failure Date: 03/06/2015

After hearing rattling from the rear passenger-side when going over potholes, I took my car in for shock/struts. I was told that the noise was not my shocks, but that the wheel well was rusted out. The shocks were ok, but there was nothing to attach them to. I was further told by the mechanic that he had never seen corrosion this bad on a 10yr old car with 50,000 miles. Advice was to find a body shop to fabricate a part. I've read that this is occurring with lots of Mazda Tributes and Ford escape in different years. So why isn't Mazda/Ford making these repairs. This is a defect. I should have gotten a Honda: something I trust.

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Failure Date: 03/05/2015

The right back side by the tired the chassis is all rust it and the shock is loose I can move it with my hands and the left side is about to get like the other side.

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Failure Date: 03/02/2015

The passenger side rear wheel well has rusted out. Suspension is now protruding into the interior of the vehicle. The extent of the rust is abnormal, even for the geographic area. It is no longer safe to drive the vehicle. Condition is result of manufacturing defect. Contacted Mazda USA to ask when they will be scheduling recall based on huge number of complaints same issue and they stated that the issue is due to improper washing of the car and sent paragraph on how to wash a car. Useless.

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Failure Date: 02/10/2015

I purchased my 2005 Mazda Tribute brand new from martin Mazda, located in newark, DE. My vehicle has never been in an accident and I just drive it back and forth to work. In January I started hearing a loud noise in the rear of my vehicle which started to get louder and louder. It sounded like something in the rear of the vehicle was bouncing/rattling around. On February 10, 2015 I took my car to nucar Mazda in new castle who has serviced my vehicle since 2005. Brian revill, Mazda service advisor informed me that the right rear subframe and wheelwell had rusted away and that it was unsafe for me to drive. The brake line had started to rust, as well. The shock attached t the vehicle had rusted away, as well. He explained that the rear could collapse. I contacted Mazda headquarters and they said that due to the way that delaware salts their roads is why this rust occurred only on the right side. A family member suggested that I get an estimate from a body shop. Northeast body shop was able to repair all of the parts that had rusted out at a cost of $2,710. 00. Charlie allen, owner stated that this rusting out was due to the undercoating was not covering the parts that rusted out. He provided me with the entire piece that had to be replaced and you can clearly see what the problem is. I feel that Mazda should take some responsibility for this defect on my vehicle. I believed in Mazda and I am very upset that I was driving an unsafe vehicle for this period of time.

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Failure Date: 02/06/2015

Driving cross country and heard a loud thump in rt rear wheel well. After that every bump no matter how small the thump became more pronounced. Stopped to check things out, rt rear wheel well completely rusted through exposing suspension and corrosion on attachment to frame. Able to drive home safely, had dealership check it over and cost of repair to frame damage over cost of vechicle. Dealership reports ongoing issue with rt rear wheel well on 2005 year. Way to early for this much corrosion.

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Failure Date: 02/02/2015

My 2005 Mazda Tribute has rusted out in the right rear wheelhouse around the shock mount. Called the dealership and was told it is a known issue that they have no fix for and to take it to a welding/fab shop. The Mazda Tribute only has 71000 miles on it so it is not due to any excessive driving.

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Failure Date: 01/03/2015

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. The front end of my vehicle was just recalled and repaired for the same issue. I don't understand why Mazda has not addressed this issue already. Excessive corrosion has also occurred on the Ford escape made from the same line. Mazda needs to be responsible and correct this before a serious injury or fatality occurs.

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Failure Date: 01/01/2015

The right rear wheel well completely rusted out and left the shock attached to absolutely nothing.

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Failure Date: 12/16/2014

Just want to add my Tribute to the list of 2005 escape, Tribute, and mariner right rear wheel well / upper shock mount rusting to failure.

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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. . . . . . . .