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2008 Mazda Tribute - Consumer Reviews

2008 Mazda Tribute

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Wish I'd never bought it!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Kathy
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2008 Mazda Tribute i Touring 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


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Rusting! Thought that was a thing of the past! 90,000 miles the accelerator pedal went limp & SUV stopped moving. Had to have it towed. Now the transmission went out at 128,000. 2 yrs. before that cruise control went out. Friends' vehicles that aren't Mazdas have 200,000+ miles w/ no issues.


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From new to now problems continue
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By gz408
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2008 Mazda Tribute i Sport 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)


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-4K miles Transmission cooler leaking (replaced under warranty)
-8K miles Hard shifting (serviced under warranty)
-22K miles transmission stuck in 2nd gear (covered under warranty)
-24K miles replaced front brakes and rotors (pulsating and noisy)
-Window regulator failure
-26K L+R Tie rod end replacement (warranty)
-35K engine knocking/tapping (warranty)
-35K Serpentine belt tensioner failure (warranty)
-46K Transmission shifting hard (not fixed yet)


This vehicle is horribly built. Interior is noisy from all the cheap plastics. Suspension and ride quality is really bad too. I would not recommend purchasing this, you're better off with a Kia!!


Best Features

MP3 Hook up


Worst Features

Ride, hard plastic interior, drive train, suspension...pretty much everything!


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Fuel Pump Sensor/computer is shot
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By phxbarb
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2008 Mazda Tribute s Sport 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Everything has been fine until now. Nothing major. Yesterday driving along fine.
Park. Go to store, come out.
Starts, shakes, stops.
Starts, shakes, moves a little, stops.
Absolutely no warning anything wrong.
Now a bill for $600 to get a sensor thing installed.
What the?


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Window Regulator Should be Recalled
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By swflmazda
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2008 Mazda Tribute i Sport 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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Ok.. So not a bad car as my first mazda purchase.
I am totally surprised there hasn't been a recall on these, that all but one of my power window regulators have snapped.
Really poor poor poor design and cheap materials. Dealership wants me to pay for labor, will cost be around $800. No-way since this is faulty equipment. not standard wear and tear.. Also gas pedal gets stuck.
Incredibly dangerous. Not sure what's worse; windows that do not work or a gas pedal that gets stuck.
Other than that.. seems to be a decent car.


Best Features

Drives smooth.


Worst Features

Better equipment for the windows and better balance for car tires. The steel belts will separate in the tires if you do not rotate every 5K miles. That is not a lie. They will separate and your life will be at risk.


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Swap the Continentals !!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By pennypincher
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2008 Mazda Tribute i Sport 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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Do yourself a favor and swap the crappy Continentals for Michelin Latitude (as Ford did for model year 2009 and on) or, for less $$, Khumo AST, or anything else that is more of a highway tire (less agressive treads) The noise reduction will be AMAZING !!! My wife thought we had a new ride. Always rotate the tires (front/rear, no X pattern) at EACH OIL CHANGE. The Tribute (Escape) rear suspension is soft (to avoid the jerkiness in turns) so the tires tend to chip off on the edges. So, diligent rotation will save the day. All in all the greatest value of my driving experience !!!


Best Features

Low Fuel Consumption Low insurance rate Low resale value (Great when you buy used !!) Inexpensive maintenance: no timing belt, drum brakes in the rear, long life spark plugs.


Worst Features

More comfortable seats. Standard cruise control STAY AWAY FROM CONTINENTALS TIRES !!!


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