What's Wrong with the Tribute?

There are 188 complaints over 10 Tribute model years. These can be broken down into 2 generations with their collective PainRank™. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Years Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
2 2008—2011 4.54 45 15 0 138
1 2001—2006 7.73 143 52 85 326

Recent Tribute News

Tribute SUVs Can Leak Gas From Cracked Fuel Delivery Modules

The fuel delivery modules in about 900 Tribute SUVs are delivering the fuel through small cracks and onto hot surfaces. As you can imagine, that isn’t safe and has led to a recall.

The 2010-2011 Mazda Tributes have fuel delivery modules that can crack and cause gas leaks, leading to possible fires if the fuel hits an ignition source.

The affected SUVs all have a 3-liter engine and were built between 03/03/2009 and 05/26/2011. The recall is expected to begin by December 15, 2016.

Power Steering Failure Recall for 33,000 Tribute SUVs

Mazda is recalling 33,000 Mazda Tribute SUVs for a problem that could disable the electric power steering. Authorized dealers will need to either update the power steering control module’s software or replace the module entirely, starting in July

The 2008-11 Mazda Tribute is susceptible to losing its power steering because of problems in its torque sensor. Without that steering assistance, your car becomes as hard to steer at slow speeds as an old Cadillac through mud – take it from me, it’s not fun.

Mazda blames the problem on some defective software inside the power steering control module. The recall will involve updating that module’s software or, if needed, replacing it entirely. Mazda expects this all to start in July.

In the meantime, concerned owners can contact them at 248-295-7895 and reference recall number 7614E. In the other meantime, do whatever it is one does with mean time.

Tributes Recalled for Corrosion in the Control Arms

Corrosion in the lower control arm is prompting a recall of 109,000 Tribute SUVs from the 2001-2004 model years. The corrosion can cause the control arms to fracture which – as the name implies – would make it very difficult to control your vehicle.

As is often the case, corrosion recalls like this are limited to vehicles sold or currently registered in specific states where road salt is heavily used. As if this winter hasn’t been bad enough for the people of: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Mazda will install a reinforced cross-brace to prevent fracturing, problem is those parts just aren’t available yet. In the meantime, concerned owners who want their vehicles inspected can bring them in to a dealer. If any fractures are found, Mazda will provide a rental until the parts are ready.