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0.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
193,386 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.

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2001 Mazda Tribute drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 122016

Tribute

  • 130,000 miles

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

Put the car in reverse and could not get it out of reverse. Steering totally locked up. I looked on google and this seems to be happening quite a bit and a few years have already been recalled. I was in a cvs parking lot when this happened. Blocked traffic and people were not happy.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #9

Oct 032015

Tribute

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle was shifted into the drive position and failed to move forward. The contact also stated that the rpms on the instrument panel became inoperable while gear shift was in the reverse position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Clarksville, GA, USA

problem #8

Jun 122015

Tribute

  • 1,520,000 miles
My car had been starting off very slow from a complete stop.one day prior it would go into rev. The next day I am sitting at a stop sign and without touching anything the SUV swifted into rev on its own and I could not pull off from the stop sign. It would revearse. So I had to drive it in rev down a long curvy road backwards hoping someone would not hit me or me hit anyone. Now it is parked cause I cant drive it. I have only had the car for three months.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012013

Tribute

  • 162,000 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 steering wheel seized sporadically while driving at low speeds and a loud noise emitted from under the hood. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that transmission fluid was leaking and the tie rod was fractured. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 162,000.

- East Burke, VT, USA

problem #6

Feb 152012

Tribute

  • miles
Keys come out of the ignition when my Mazda Tribute is not in park. I forgot today that the front rotors are real bad and need replaced and I only have 41140 miles on my 2001 Tribute which I bought brand new from the Mazda dealer in town. I have to replace the front door handle twice now since it would not open from the inside.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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problem #5

Oct 152003

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
My transmission has failed twice. Both times thank god under warranty. After having the third transmission put in last week - it lit up yesterday with an coolant problem (they had just completed not only the transmission but a maintence two days before). It is now back in the hands of the dealer. From my reading this is an on going problem with the Tribute. I am concerned, not only because I want a safe and good car but if it has already failed twice - what next" and will it still be under warranty. Why are these transmissions failing? what is Mazda going to do about it. I drive a windy mountain road every day - am I risking my life and that of my children's in this thing"

- Foresthill, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152001

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,860 miles

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

At 15,860 (8/31/2001) the transmission was replaced on my 2001 Mazda Tribute. The transmission is still unstable and hesitates and makes noise. I'm at 58,000 miles and out of warranty. The car was returned once to the dealer and was not fixed. If I take the car back to the dealership, they will charge to look at. I have had numerous problems - including a defective master cylinder, headlamp and other issues and recalls. This is the worst automobile I have ever purchased and I think Mazda and it's dealerships no this. I'm very persistant individual and I feel the average person would have had to pay out of pocket for some of the repairs I had done to my Mazda Tribute.

- Hunt Valley, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 152003

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
First transmission shifted poorly and when in overdrive would shutter at low highway speeds. Second transmission gave no sign of problem. While driving on long highway trip the overdrive off light began to flash at which time I called my dealer and was advised that this was an indication of impending failure and should bring the Tribute back in for service. I was then informed that the transmission was bad and had to be replaced again. Note: I drive mostly highway and do not tow anything. The transmissions all seem to shift in and out of overdrive alot.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Jun 152003

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
First transmission shifted poorly and when in overdrive would shutter at low highway speeds. Second transmission gave no sign of problem. While driving on long highway trip the overdrive off light began to flash at which time I called my dealer and was advised that this was an indication of impending failure and should bring the Tribute back in for service. I was then informed that the transmission was bad and had to be replaced again. Note: I drive mostly highway and do not tow anything. The transmissions all seem to shift in and out of overdrive alot.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 122002

(reported on)

Tribute

  • miles
When driving speedometer was out of control, and can't tell speed traveling. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer indicated it was an electrical problem, and had repaired it. But problem still existed.

- West Sacramento, CA, USA

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