2nd Generation (2008—2011) Tribute Problems

Tribute owners with a 2008—2011 model year have the most problems with the engine (22%), transmission (20%), and the electrical (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failed 6 complaints at an average of 88,543 miles in the 2008 Mazda Tribute.
  2. Ignition Switch Not Working Properly 3 complaints at an average of 121,567 miles in the 2008 Mazda Tribute.
  3. Loss of Power Steering 4 complaints at an average of 108,238 miles in the 2008 Mazda Tribute.

What Tribute Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2011 1 3 71 0.49
2010 5 3 77 1.68
2009 10 2 76 4.0
2008 32 5 66 12.44

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