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3.0

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,427 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Jun 162007

Tribute

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the rear passenger, front passenger, and rear driver's side doors were defective. The doors could not be opened from within the passenger compartment. The front doors could not be opened from the outside. The contact took the vehicle to a Mazda dealer and they stated that it would cost $400 to repair the rear doors and $500 for the front door. In addition, the rear driver's side door began sticking. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 80,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #26

May 032007

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Went to open driver's side door and it would not. Broken driver's side door latch. Can't open door from inside. Must roll down window and utilize exterior handle to open door.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #25

Jan 312008

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Driver side power door lock assembly broken and the door can no longer be opened from the inside. (with the ignition on, the window can be rolled down, and the driver can open the door using the outside door handle) this is an extreme safety hazard, as the driver cannot exit the car quickly in case of and emergency. This is the second time this has happened, and the complete power door lock assembly needed to be purchased to repair the problem. It is my understanding that this is a very common problem among Mazda Tribute owners.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #24

Mar 192008

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,800 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Mazda Tribute-pulled on the interior door hand to exit vehicle and it broke. Now we have to roll down the window and open the door from the outside, then roll the window back up. If we got into an accident I may not be able to exit the vehicle safely, huge hazard. Have not had it fixed, dealer wants over $300. Crazy.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #23

Oct 222007

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,355 miles
There was a complete failure of both the mechanical and electrical door opening system on the driver's door of my 2001 Mazda Tribute making it impossible to exit the vehicle via the driver's door. Advised by local dealer that there had been so many calls that there was a national backorder on parts. Contacted manufacturer who advised no recall had been made for this safety issue.

- Ocala, FL, USA

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problem #22

May 032006

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Can not open driver's side door from the inside of the vehicle. Assembly inside door is broken. Took it to the dealer and they told be $290 to repair. They also took the broken assembly which left me without the defective part to compare to.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #21

Oct 032007

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver side inside door handle broke, have to roll down window to open door. Look online it is a major problem with the Tribute, I know 3 other people with this same car and all have had this happen, needs to be a recall on this problem.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #20

Sep 192007

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the driver side door would not unlatch from inside the passenger compartment. The window was rolled down and she was able to open the door with the outside handle. The vehicle was not inspected by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 72,000.

- Palmyra, NJ, USA

problem #19

Jul 132005

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,776 miles
My wife and I both drive a 2001 Tribute and are unable to open the door from the inside on the driver's side door. She has already logged a complaint under her VIN. This appears to be a common problem: www.mazdaforum.com/archive/threads/broken-door-handles--within-door-22516-1.html www.mazdaforum.com/archive/threads/Mazda-Tribute-door-handle-47953-1.html

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #18

Sep 152007

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,353 miles
2001 Mazda Tribute. Both my husband and I drive a 2001 Mazda Tribute LX. His driver's side door will not open from the inside. Now the same thing is happening with my car. We also have a friend that drives a Ford escape (same car as Tribute, not sure what year his is) that has the same problem. I am just wondering if there could be some issue with the Mazda/Ford handle/latch.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 282007

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the interior door latches failed, and passengers could only exit the vehicle by rolling down the window and opening the door from the outside latch. The contact stated that there was a safety recall on this feature, but it did not apply to this vehicle. The weather and speed were not factors. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #16

Dec 182006

Tribute

  • miles
The interior door handles on both sides (in the front) are inoperable. The only way out of the car is to open the window and open from the outside. If the event there was an electrical failure the driver and passenger would not be able to get out of the vehicle.

- Cambridge, VT, USA

problem #15

May 092006

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,458 miles
Inside driver's door handle broke unexpectedly and under normal use. I am the original owner of this 2001 Tribute. Had to repair at my expense...obviously a common problem and unacceptable.

- Louisville, OH, USA

problem #14

Apr 152006

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The portion of the interior door handle with triggers the latch suddenly broke off, making it extremely difficult to exit the vehicle. This has occurred on both the driver and passenger front doors over the last few months. Incident date recorded is the date of the second handle break. As a result of the failure, the vehicle is difficult to exit, requiring either a) rolling down the window and pulling on the exterior handle, or B) pushing extremely hard on one end of the lock, which will trigger the door to unlatch. While we have not experienced any negative consequences aside from inconvenience, in case of an emergency this could make the vehicle difficult to exit, especially if handle failure occurring suddenly to someone not expecting the non-functioning handle. The vehicle is currently under estimate for repairs. The old part remains on the vehicle and will be retained once repairs are completed.

- Manchester, MO, USA

problem #13

Mar 192006

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
: the contact stated the passenger side door lock broke. The door will not open from the inside or outside, either automatically or manually. The entry to the door is opened by the automatic opener or keypad. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and replacement of the door lock. Updated 5/2/2006 -

- Strasburg, OH, USA

problem #12

Sep 012005

Tribute 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated the inside door locks failed to lock the vehicle. The driver's side rear door lock was already replaced. The driver's door will not unlock, and it will also have to be replaced. The door locks operated from the outside, but not from the inside.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #11

Nov 012005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
The contact stated two of the inside door handles have failed. This happened on the front driver's side and passenger's side doors. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and were repaired both times. Updated 11/29/2005 -

- Edgewater, FL, USA

problem #10

Oct 162005

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Interior driver door latch broken, can not exit using handle inside of door.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #9

Apr 202005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
Approx. 6 months ago the outside driver's side door latch on my 2001 Mazda Tribute (80,000 miles) broke and I had to have it replaced at my expense. A month ago the passanger door outside latch broke and I also had to have it replaced at my expense. A week ago the inside driver's side door latch broke and I am faced with replacing it at my expense. In Virginia all door latches must work in order to get the vehicle inspected, so this is clearly a safety issue and should be fixed by Mazda.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012005

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Driver side interior door handle internal mechanism breaks and prevents exit of vehicle through driver door.

- Jenison, MI, USA

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