2008 Mazda Tribute 2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Great at first, now problems

2008 Mazda Tribute - Consumer Review

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2008 Mazda Tribute i Sport 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Buyer beware. There is a problem with this vehicle and gas pedal getting stuck. If you go to the NHTSA website, you will find 9 complaints on gas pedal getting stuck. I submitted mine today, making it 10. It gets stuck in deceleration position, but going 60+mph, this is very dangerous. Once gas pedal gives, the SUV jerks forward. I drive this car a lot for business. I bought it in Nov. 2007. I have driven 68,000 miles on it. Radio stopped working, a short circuit. Had to buy aftermarket since Mazda charges $800 plus installation for stock. Battery had changed at 65,000 miles. I find it very comfortable for my 6/7 hour trips, but the gas pedal getting stuck has scared me.

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Very comfortable in long trips. Good gas mileage. Manual is fun to drive. Square shape instead of the silly bubble is great. Looks rugged.

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gas pedal gets stuck, driver needs to use abnormal foot force to accelerate again. 4 cyl engine is extremely weak. Tires that Mazda sells it with are of very poor quality/dangerous in rain/snow. Stock radio is so-so. Cheap rear wheel drum brakes. Mazda compromised safety to save a few bucks.
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By pennypincher
on 01/20/12 02:49 AM (PST)

There is a simple solution to the gas pedal getting stuck, the problem is due to the accumulation of carbon deposits inside the throttle body, all 2.3 engine are subject to it. Just clean the throttle body with a spray cleaner and always use Synthetic motor oil... way less carbon evaporation from the heat.

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