What Tribute Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks the Most

Years to Avoid

Tribute Generations

The Tribute has 2 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 1st generation (2001–2006).

Tribute Key Numbers

  1. 208 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 244 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 22 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Recent Tribute News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. 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.…

    keep reading article "Power Steering Failure Recall for 33,000 Tribute SUVs"