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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,554 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Mazda Tribute body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #5

May 222014


  • 88,021 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (structure). The specifics regarding the nature of the failure were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,021.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Oct 012008


  • 65,000 miles
I am an owner of a 2001 Mazda Tribute. Of all things to make plastic they made the inside door handle chrome plated plastic. This situation exist from 2001-2004. The part number is EC01-59-330P. On top of everything else the part cost nearly $100 for an injected molded piece of plastic that must really be worth less than a dollar. To top that, they want up to $200 labor to replace it. I believe this should be considered a safety issue and should be covered regardless of time or mileage.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 222008


  • 100,000 miles
Driver side inside door handle has broken off. This makes it very difficult to exit the car in a hurry.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

May 102008

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 109,749 miles
The inside mechanism that opens the driver's side door broke. I opened the door from the outside, and when I tried to exit the vehicle, the door wouldn't open. I got home, and opened the door handle area and found a small plastic fragment that was broken. It is plastic, and snapped where the cable and this mechanism come together to open the door from the inside.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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