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Suspension Problems of Mazda Tribute - part 1

Mazda Tribute owners have reported 124 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 1
Failure Date: 10/12/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact heard a banging noise underneath the front passenger seat. The contact pulled the vehicle over, looked underneath, and found that the shock of the rear passenger tire was detachted. The shock would lean against the tire while the vehicle was being turned. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the shock was detached and the area were the shock was located was completely rusted. The inside finder panel and the shock needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and informed the contact the vehicle was not covered by a recall. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Mazda Tribute 2
Failure Date: 09/23/2016

My 2004 Mazda Tribute has less than 100,000 miles and this past week while leaving a local mall there seemed to be more road noise than usual coming from the rear. A visual inspection of the rear passenger side wheel well revealed that the top of the strut, along with a portion of the metal mount was broken away from the body. The mount had completely rusted away from the wheel well exposing the interior of the cargo area. Most of my driving is done either in town or highway. It is very disappointing that Mazda (and Ford) has failed to take responsibility for its poor engineering. I hope it doesn't take a fatality or injury for either the manufacturer or the government to address this issue.

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Failure Date: 09/14/2016

While driving at any speed, the vehicle made a loud bumping noise. My mechanic diagnosed that the entire rear passenger side wheel well was rusted out and the shock tower was unsupported.

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Failure Date: 08/29/2016

My 2004 Mazda Tribute (just like a Ford escape) has totally rusted out on the passenger back wheel well. My husband was doing about 20 mph and heard the loud bang! the shock mounting is completely rusted away and bangs against the car and provides no stabilizing control. I found a bunch of complaints after I googled it - all right rear! the front was recalled but why not rear? our mechanic said it was basically totaled. And good luck trying to find someone to fix it! it can not be driven at all! cant sell it or trade it in! and we cant find anyone to touch it! Mazda's response was they can hook us up with a salesman to purchase another Mazda. Really?????????????.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 5
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

In the rear passenerger side wheel well,rusted out so bad rear shock has pulled away from body,causing jole all wsy thru car. Saw online this is a commom problem with this model and sister Ford escape heard recalls for 02 thru 04 models.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 6
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

While driving the vehicle at a speed of about 35 mph I felt what appeared to be a flat tire. After checking the tire, there was nothing obvious showing. At speeds about 55 mph the sensation of a flat tire ceased, however, as soon as I would slow down, it would return, along with a loud noise. I took the car in to firestone tire. They discovered that the passenger side rear wheel well is completely rusted out. The strut housing is exposed and the wheel is at risk for literally separating from the vehicle. We were told that any small rear impact could cause the rear end of the vehicle to completely separate from the rest of the car. After having the vehicle checked by several different mechanics and body shops we were told that the vehicle is unsafe to drive and requires over $5800 in repairs. After contacting Mazda, they refuse to acknowledge this as a recall and the only off they made was for $1,500-$3,000 off the purchase of a brand new Mazda. We have cared for our vehicle impeccably. It only has 135,000 miles on it and has always had all maintenance performed. All other areas of the vehicle are in good condition. This is obviously an issue with the parts that were used on the assembly line during production. I find it very hard to believe that only one side in one area of the vehicle would rust out like this. Mazda should take responsibility for this before someone is seriously hurt or killed.

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Failure Date: 07/31/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Mazda Tribute. While driving 30 mph, there was an abnormal sound coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The contact stated that there was a grinding sound coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the subframe and shock mounts fractured from excessive corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 131,000.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Mazda Tribute 8
Failure Date: 07/12/2016

2004 Mazda Tribute, approx. 101,000 miles. Complete failure/rust-through of rear, passenger-side wheel well causing separation of shock/strut from the frame. As indicated in the hundreds of complaints I have read, experienced loud clunk and swaying of the vehicle, brought to our long-time mechanic who indicated he had never seen anything like it and based on age/condition there is no way this should have occurred. Brought vehicle in to Mazda dealership after speaking to Mazda customer care (rep indicated that recall for sub-frame corrosion should address this) only to be told that recall repair was completed but car was unsafe to drive due to the corrosion and shock separation. When I called Mazda back and asked how it is possible to issue a recall on a known issue for rust but only address one contact point on the frame as, clearly, the entire frame is made/coated with the same materials, was advised basically not their problem and it is possible a future recall could address this issue. This is absolutely unacceptable and as a current owner of a 2014 Mazda 6 (and past owners of 6 other Mazda's) I can not understand how a safety issue such as this is not being addressed. As evidenced by this website and multiple others, this issue affects 2001-2006 Mazda Tributes (& Ford escapes) and was already acknowledged to be a defect in the materials used as evidenced in recall# 14v-174. Excessive corrosion is not limited to a single attachment point on the frame, to even imply that it would be is avoidance of liability by the manufacturer(s) at best, criminal negligence is a better descriptor. It is the entire frame that is defective and this needs to be addressed as a critical safety issue before someone gets seriously injured or killed, the complaints seem to be increasing so it is only a matter of time. Please address this-the original recall needs to be expanded ASAP.

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Failure Date: 06/22/2016

Passenger side rear wheel well completely rusted out, exposing and causing failure in the associated shock. The rear bumper now rattles over even the tiniest bit of uneven pavement and the car will sway in the back rear over larger bumps hit with that back wheel. First noticed going over uneven pavement after being parked for about 4 hours. Nothing prompted it other than a piece of uneven road may have been the final straw. This is apparently becoming a common problem in the 2005 Mazda Tributes and was addressed in a recall for 2001-2004 Tributes. Same problem, same area (passenger side rear wheel well) this is not safe!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 10
Failure Date: 06/04/2016

Loud clunking on bumps and a tendency for an unusual sway in some circumstances while driving on the highway led to taking a look under the right rear of the car. A whole 8"x12" roughly oval piece of the right rear inner wheel well has rusted through where the upper shock mount is attached. Right rear shock is no longer attached to the car at the top. Vehicle is not safe to drive. It appears this was a recall issue in prior years, which was not corrected for the 2005 year.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Mazda Tribute 11
Failure Date: 05/31/2016

Right rear shock mount has rusted completely through. This may result in suspension failure and possible loss of control of vehicle. Photos of extensive rust condition widely available on the internet.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 12
Failure Date: 05/18/2016

My right rear wheel well is completely rotted out. My body shop told me this should not ever happen. Also told me it was a bad piece of steel used in the manufacture and I could have been killed if it had not been detected and I kept driving it. The rest of my SUV is immaculate. I have seen other complaints on this. It is costing me $1500. 00 to repair. I was driving and started hearing a rattling sound and stopped at a mechanic. My mechanic told me thank god you stopped before you got hurt.

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Failure Date: 04/04/2016

2005 Mazda while driving on a city street I heard a loud clunk coming from the right rear of the vehicle. I discovered that the right rear wheelhouse had rusted out and the shock tower had completely broken off. The left wheelhouse is close behind. This is the same problem addressed by a Mazda recall for 2001-2004 models. Why hasn't Mazda been forced to address the problem with the 2005 model?.

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Failure Date: 04/01/2016

Inner wheel well rusted cracked leaving shock tower unattached. Mazda has issued a recall for this problem on 2001-04 models. The problem persists on the 2005 models as well but there is no recall.

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Failure Date: 03/15/2016

Similar to others, started hearing a knocking/rattling in the right rear. Upon inspection the right rear wheel well is rusted out, and the knocking continues to get worse. Similar to the recall by Mazda for 2001 - 2004 models. Car will be unsafe to drive and should be addressed by Mazda.

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Failure Date: 03/12/2016

My 2005 Mazda Tribute awd s is rusted out in the right rear wheelhouse along with the shock tower. Not drivable and sitting stationary. Why recalls only up to 2004 models? very disappointed. Doesn't make sense as there are many complaints on this issue. I have a car not drivable and no money for a new one. Retired with a fixed income. Help!!??.

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Failure Date: 03/07/2016

The right rear shock tower broke away from the body ,causing the vehicle to jerk hard right ,as I was driving on the highway at about 60 miles per hour,this almost caused an accident, I crossed into the middle lane cutting off the auto in that lane . Had it not been for the driving skills off the other driver and myself there would have been an accident. The shock then tore the inside of the tire up causing a flat. When I called Mazda they said it was not a safety issue and had no plans to recall the vehicle for this most common problem. This vehicle has a recall for rust on the front frame mount but not on the rust problems in the rear of the vehicles. I feel they used inferior metal in the entire automobile and should repair this very dangerous problem.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 18
Failure Date: 03/06/2016

As others have stated the 2005 Mazda Tribute has a serious factory/manufacturing defect that Mazda has blatantly ignoring. While driving in the city limits the vehicle began making a loud thumping noise coming from the passenger rear. Upon inspection found that there was beyond major rust making the vehicle unsafe. The vehicle currently has 123,817 miles. The rest of the vehicle is in very good condition. The passenger side rear wheel well and shock mount are completely rusted out. It is unsafe to drive and Mazda needs to address this issue immediately. Maybe they prefer to see someone killed or seriously injured by the kind of accident this failure could cause. A vehicle in otherwise good condition with this mileage should not relegate the vehicle to the junk yard or leave the owner with a $2000- $3000 repair.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Mazda Tribute 19
Failure Date: 03/03/2016

A noise in the left rear developed and the rear shock broke off. Upon inspection it was determined that excessive corrosion on the entire frame from behind the front seat area back rendered the vehicle unsafe to drive. I contacted Mazda corp and was tld that yes there were known cases of excessive corrosion on that er as well as Ford escapes due to defective metal used in manufacturing. I was told it was not my fault as I could not have prevented it. That there was nothing they could do as the vehicle was out of warrantee. The Mazda dealer who inspected the vehicle stated it was ne of the worst cases they had seen and not to drive it. I was forced to trade it in at a great loss because I need a vehicle.

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Failure Date: 03/03/2016

There is excessive corrosion of the rear structure of my Mazda. The noise from the passenger rear became a thunking and today I found the top portion of the strut had rusted and broke off. Upon further inspection it was found that the entire rear has excessive rusting to the structure. I found that this problem resulted in a recall of the same vehicle 2001-2004. Upon further inspection the mechanic stated he could not put the vehicle on a lift due to the extensive corrosion of the frame. I contacted Mazda customer service and they stated that although there was a recall for corrosion it did not include my VIN. The rear strut being broken and the bracket that holds it in place are no longer attached.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Mazda Tribute 21
Failure Date: 02/21/2016

" takata recall" it happened on the two lane highway on bright sunny day at around 1 pm. Car drifted the middle lane and I couldn't bring it back in the lane. I felt somebody was controlled the steering wheel. I hold the steering wheel with both hands but I couldn't direct the car. It did swing around 4 times and hit the on coming car.

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Failure Date: 02/19/2016

A very load banging sound is coming from my right passenger wheel well area. It appears the shock-absorber mounting location is rusted away and breaking off. I can see inside my car through the speaker grill now. First occured when the car was in motion and driving over a road with small potholes. The rest of the underside of the car seems ok.

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Failure Date: 02/11/2016

As research has shown the 2001 - 2004 Tributes have recalls on the subframe of the vehicle, my 2005 has the same problem on the subframe and is so rusted out that it is ready to break apart. I believe this is the same part as the earlier models and my VIN has been left out of the recall, I would really be great full if we can have this matter resolved before it becomes a tragic matter while driving the vehicle. Thank you very much for your time. I remain. My vehicle will be going into the dealer tomorrow morning for a different recall matter at bay shore Mazda in long island n. Y. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 9176477868.

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Failure Date: 02/05/2016

Start hearing loud noise thumbing sound in the right side of the back end by the shocks as we were driving. It started getting louder and more consisted. Took to Ford dealer they looked at it said it would cost about $3,000+ to fix. Then we find out that the 2001-04 had a recall on them for the same issue, but they overlooked the 05 this is not right. Ford should take responsibility for this because I am sure they new that they should of recalled these trucks as well. Look how many just on here have the same issue. Ford said they just had several in that they just fixed. Obviously there is a problem. When we first took it to get look at cause we were not sure what the noise was they told us we need to get it fixed the shock could possibly come through the floor board if not.

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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.