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Overall good/bad ignition problem
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Wallace
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2009 Mazda Tribute SUV i Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)


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We have been very impressed with the reliability of the Tribute, but an extremely annoying ignition problem that does not allow the car to crank was aggravating. After countless hours of online research and several attempts at repairs, it appears we have conquered the problem. All stemming from an inferior designed ignition module that wears out. Happens with Ford Escape and Ford Focus also. Should have been recalled. UPDATE, the ignition module did not solve the problem, so I changed the starter. Even though the car would start fine for days, it would still not crank at times. After weeks it seems the new starter did the trick. It must has been something faulty in the starter that made it work intermittently.


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Brake Failure for No Reason at 28K Miles
5 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By electricstar
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2009 Mazda Tribute SUV i Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)


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We own a 2009 Tribute, and thought it was a really good car, until yesterday, 3.5 years after we bought it. I was out with my kids, the car went "ping--." A red light indicates "brake." I thought my parking brake was on, but it wasn't. The display says "check brake system." I tried to brake, there was no traction. The car kept going. I stepped on the brake all the way, still no traction.
I managed to roll the car back to our house.
I called Madzda and Mazda refuses to take responsilities and wants me to pay for checkup just because the car is "out of warranty." If we got killed yesterday, who'd pay for the checkup? Mazda refused to allow us to speak with management.


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It doesn't matter how good the car was before. If you get that kind of random failure, even just once, I bet you've had enough. We could easily have gotten killed with the brake not working at all--had we been out on the freeway. We only had 28K miles on it and maintenance had been regular. Looks like Mazda's policy is--if you are out of warranty, you are free to die on your own. I tried to argue with Mazda's customer service, the rep said they couldn't take responsibility because there was no accident and we did not choose extended warranty when we purchased the car. I feel they would prefer that we got into an accident and got killed. Can extended warranty save lives?


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Mazda would have been happier if we got killed because no one would ask them to take responsibility. The custer service rep kept telling me she couldn't do anything and hang up on me. We got the same answer all three times we called. Warranty, no matter how elaborate it is, cannot save lives. We want to have nothing to do with that car, ever gain, which is now at the dealer's. Mazda would just tell us it's now fixed and OK. How could you ever trust such a car if it the brake fails like that? I need to protect my family. We all need to protect our family.


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fun while it lasted.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By black_widow
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2009 Mazda Tribute SUV i Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)


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I bought my Tribute with 7300 miles on it and I loved it. I traded it in with 35500 miles on it because the transmission had gotten really sluggish over the last 15000 and I was having problems with the breakes. It had been in the shop 5 times within the last 6 months and they still squeaked loudly. As far as the transmission I've read numorous reviews on the tribute/escape/mariner regarding the transmission issue and consumers needing new ones so i traded mine before it could give me problems. I loved the layout and the look of the vehicle. the 12v outlet in the back came out of its compartment and the one up front was loose. I got about 22-25 mpg city and 26-28 hwy.


Best Features

6 disc cd player, ipod jack


Worst Features

quality of parts interior and under the hood.


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Tribute on tough road
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By nehemiah1
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2009 Mazda Tribute SUV i Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)


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I bought my Tribute in June 2009 at Puerto Rico where drive conditions are rude and rush. So far my Tribute have 47000 miles and I just had to change the CV shaft, both of them. I drive an average of 50 miles daily and fuel usage is good, a fuel tank last almost 6 days.
Music system is great and interiors are really cool. Safety systems on the Tribute are reliable.


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Does the job
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By Hugo Chalifour
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2009 Mazda Tribute SUV i Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)


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I have this SUV for more than a year now and i am very happy with it. Very reliable in any conditions. Roomy enough to go around and do some winter and summer activities out in the woods. Original tires are Michelin and they are great.I choose this one over ford's only due to looks. Did not want the fake Bling bling shiny look. Front end is sportier looking.


Best Features

Tyre size, pop up rear window,reputation, conservative euro looks.


Worst Features

i hate the `nosedive` stance. I would like more ground clearance in front. 2 inches more would level it and make it more practical in winter conditions. General building care is poor; gaps between panels are huge, rubbers are fixed poorly, sensible parts are not protected enough to my taste


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