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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,826 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 012006

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,457 miles


The vehicle shut off (engine stopped) when coasting downhill toward construction barrels. Was able to avoid barrels by turning into unoccupied turn lane. Power steering had gone out. Power brakes had gone out. Have owned the car for three weeks. Occurred once. Noticed that a recall (campaign id # 04V175000) that required reprogramming of the PCM module, and the symptoms of which exactly described this problem, existed for this vehicle model year. Made an appointment with dealer to check the car the following day. The dealer told me that there were no open recalls on my vehicle so I decided to pay for a diagnostic test. The test uncovered that the PCM module did need the reprogramming which the dealer did, but they also told me that the car needed additional parts to completely resolve the problem which I had to pay for. From what I can tell the range of my vehicle id does fall within the range of VIN numbers affected by this recall and the assembly date(12/00) also falls within the date range for this recall. I do not understand why the dealer does not see this as a vehicle that should have an 'open recall' and why the entire solution to the problem was not taken care of to remedy this. When the vehicle shuts off the driver has no control and this is an extreme safety issue.

- Broadview Heights, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 232004

Tribute 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,500 miles
2001 Mazda Tribute 4WD dx 4 cyl. Manual transmission. Driving about 30 mph, starting turn. All power shut off. Lost power steering, instrument panel, engine. Engine restarted from motion of car when car was put back into gear.

- Centerport, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 012002

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would stall only when driving down hills. Vehicle been to dealer and problem reoccurring. The vehicle stalled three times before consumer took to have the vehicle repaired. The technician informed consumer that once the computer was reinstalled or reprogrammed it stuck. No one needing this repair has been back with the same issue. The vehicle stalled, this time on a flat road. Consumer took vehicle back and was informed Mazda and the dealership would be working on a resolution. The problem could not be duplicated. The problem is still reoccurring.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 222002

Tribute 4WD

  • miles


I was accelerating at approximately 60 mph and vehicle completely shut down. Pulled to the side of the road and restarted the car immediately. Took it took the dealer and they said they had several other vehicles brought in with same problem. Mazda knoxville told me that I was in range of a cell phone tower and that it had shut my computer down which caused my vehicle to stall. They reset my computer and sent me on my way saying I should not have anymore problems.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 032002

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would stall while driving, vehicle at dealer. Dealer informed consumer of a faulty relay ignition switch. The consumer lost power steering and brakes when the vehicle stalled without warning. He took the vehicle to dealer and told him probably had bad gas. Finally the problem was diagnosed as a computer problem.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

Apr 122001

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle has stalled four times, Mazda North America contacted by my atty after the third incident. We have received no response. Car stalls when coasting down hill going 20 to 30 miles per hour. According to last work order from dealership on 1/28/02: Program P.C.M. as per tech line.

- South Park, PA, USA

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