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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,479 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Dec 102014


  • 139,500 miles


I cannot lock the driver side door.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #29

May 232001


  • 184,500 miles
1. normal use. 2. broken door handles--within door. Front passenger can't open door from inside. 3. I am looking for a replacement part.

- Montebello, CA, USA

problem #28

Aug 012004


  • 38,000 miles
The door latch on the drivers door won't open and I don't feel safe. If something happened and I had to get out, I would be in trouble. A friend recently taught me how to open the door by pushing the latch backwards. It has to be done by reaching across my body with my right hand and pushing the lock backwards (ex: Like you're pinching something). There are too many complaints on this website concerning this same problem. Why hasn't there been a recall on this problem"?" the only benefit for this is if someone steals my vehicle and can't get out, resulting in being caught.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #27

Sep 152010


  • 188,500 miles


The inside driver side door handle of my 2001 Mazda Tribute completely stopped functioning. This was sudden, without warning, and permanent. The only way to open the door at this point is to roll down the window and open the door using the outside door handle. Thus, the driver is essentially trapped inside the vehicle unless they can access the outside of the car or exit using another door. This seems to be a very prevalent problem with 2001 Mazda Tributes based on a brief internet search.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #26

Jun 012008


  • miles
2001 Mazda Tribute driver's interior door handle broken. Can't get out of the car without putting the window down. Very bad safety concern if there is an accident.

- Gansevoort, NY, USA

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problem #25

May 162010

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
We own a 2001 Mazda Tribute ES V6 [xxx]. since purchasing the vehicle in August 2001 there have been three incidences of the inside door handles becoming non-functional and creating a hazardous condition where the doors cannot be opened from the inside (someone must open from the outside or you need to open the window and reach out to use the exterior handle to open the door). This creates a dangerous condition should the car be involved in a fire or accident where the occupant must quickly exit the vehicle. The interior door handle places a great deal of shear force on a small plastic pin that connects the door lever to the latch/lock/actuator. The driver's side handle has broken twice since 2001 and the passenger side door handle broke this week. I looked at the drivers side and the handle is showing signs of fatigue (stress cracks) in the plastic pin, so I will need to replace that before it breaks during a potential emergency. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kirkwood, PA, USA

problem #24

May 082010


  • 79,000 miles


Drivers side front door handle stopped working, window needs to be down in order to open door. If in an accident or fire driver will need assistance in exiting car. This is proven by all other complaints to be common with this vehicle and in hazardous situations potentially fatal unless government steps in and demands recall. Dealer wants $300+ to fix, have already spent $3000+ at dealer on computer failures and left side driver door window assembly failure.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 142008


  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2001 Mazda Tribute with the front doors not properly opening when the handle is pulled to open the door. I feel it is a safety concern because in case of an emergency it is hard to get out of the car. The problem started with the front passenger side about a year ago, and the driver side door started the problem about 2 months ago. I took it to the dealer today and they said it was going to cost over $200 to fix, and they were going to have to order the part.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #22

Oct 052009


  • 82,600 miles
Inoperative interior door handle on driver's door. Interior door handle will not open door. Had to roll down driver's window to open driver's door.

- Ridgefield, WA, USA

problem #21

Aug 032009


  • 82 miles
Driver's side door handle broke off in my hand while trying to exit the vehicle. Had to roll down the window and open the door from the outside. Plastic door handles should not be used on any vehicle. This is a major safety issue and should have been on one of the many Tribute recall lists! the dealership wanted to charge double to replace the door handle and I had it repaired at a nationally known car repair shop for less than half of the cost the dealership quoted.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #20

Nov 202002


  • 15,000 miles


I bought a Mazda Tribute new and it wasn't a year old when the inside drivers door latch broke. I have noticed many others have had the same problem. This is just the beginning of my problems.

- Big Clifty, KY, USA

problem #19

Jul 182009


  • 78,800 miles
The front driver's-side interior door handle broke off making it impossible to open the driver's door from inside. Fortunately, there was electrical power available and I was able to open the power window and use the outside handle to open the door. If I had been involved in an accident which cause a power failure, I would've been trapped inside the vehicle.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #18

Feb 012009


  • miles
Driver's door latch has become inoperable preventing normal latch operation for exiting of vehicle for the driver.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #17

Feb 122007


  • 150,000 miles
Door handles both driver side and passenger side on my 2001mazda Tribute are broken.this prevents me from entering my vehicle from the front of the vehicle.I replaced the inside handle but now the door latch assembly inside the door that opens the door from the outside is broken.this is not an isolated insident.theres a lot more Mazda owners that have experienced this identical malfunction.there needs to be recall on this order for me to enter my vehicle I have to open the back door to open the front door from inside the vehicle.I guess some one has to be harmed because they could not get in their vehicle quick enough to escape harm.I guess recalls are only generated when there's bodily harm, then is to late.

- N.Charleston, SC, USA

problem #16

Feb 212009


  • 110,000 miles
Both front door handles have broke and cannot get out of car unless someone lets you out or you roll down the window and let yourself out.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #15

Feb 182009


  • miles
Door handles on all 4 doors have broken at different times, front and back passenger door handles have broken a second time. Dealer has replaced the first time, currently driving with broken doors and no way to get out unless someone opens the door from the outside.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 152008


  • 80,000 miles
Inside door handle on both doors has failed.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 212008


  • 88,000 miles
Inner driver side door handle broken. Door opens from the outside fine.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #12

Nov 172008


  • 65,000 miles
2001 Mazda Tribute inside drivers door handle broke. Can not exit vehicle without climbing to passenger side.

- Chalfont, PA, USA

problem #11

Oct 292008


  • miles
Driver's side door on 2001 Mazda Tribute suddenly won't open from inside the car. All door locks seem to engage and disengage correctly and car door opens easily from outside the vehicle. As a result, I cannot get out of the car without having someone outside open the car, or I roll down the window to reach the exterior handle, or I climb through the passenger side.

- Centerport, NY, USA

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