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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,133 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Mazda Tribute exhaust system problems

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 282003


  • 18,000 miles


I have had constant problems with my Mazda. In 2003 I had to get new sway bar links. This SUV is treated well and should not of had such a problem so early. Than in 2005 had to have two coil packs replaced. 2006 had to have to more coil packs replaced, thanks goodness I only have 6 coil the last three years I have had problems with my catalytic converters ( not sure if that is spelled right) but I had a new one put in because my SUV would not run at all little did they inform me that my SUV has four so now I am having the same problem because of another one going bad.

- Big Clifty, KY, USA

problem #4

Oct 102008


  • 122,666 miles
My 2001 Mazda Tribute will stall in the middle of traffic. I lose the ability to control the vehicle when this happens. In December 2007, my idle air control valve failed. I had it replaced by a Mazda dealership service department. In September 2008, the idle air control valve failed again, along with the upper intake gasket. I had this replaced again by a Mazda technician. On October 10, 2008, my vehicle stalled again due to the idle air control valve. I lost control of my vehicle and ended up in a ditch. I had the vehicle repaired again by a Mazda technician, replacing the idle air control valve and the lower intake gasket. On October 16, my vehicle stalled again in traffic, I was very nearly rear-ended. Mazda technicians keep instructing me to replace various parts of my car. However, the fact remains that they are unable to repair this vehicle sufficiently to prevent its failing again, leaving me extremely vulnerable to a potentially catastrophic vehicular accident. My vehicle is too dangerous to continue operating because of the shoddy and inept craftsmanship rendered by Mazda. I am not alone in my complaints. The internet is filled with complaints relating to stalling problems of Mazda sedans and SUVS. Swift and decisive action should be made against Mazda usa by the NHTSA to prevent the continued presence of dangerous Mazda vehicles on the road.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 182001

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would wander while driving at any speed, a loud squealing sound would come from steering wheel or column when making a turn, on cold mornings, there is an exhaust leak noticed from the underside center, Continental tires size #16, dot #A3084531901, wearing on the inside edges. Dealer notified. Dealer replaced the steering rack, however steering continues to be loose.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 162001


  • miles
Whenever vehicle has been started can smell fumes inside vehicle. Had not taken vehicle to dealership.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 062000

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
When the car engine is driven for more than 10 min and then shut off, when you restart the engine you get a strong fuel vapor from the vents in the car. Also when the car is colling down like in the garage you get a strong fuel vapor from the passenger side of the engine. I brought the car back to the dealer for service and they said there is no fuel leaks and that it must be a new engine burn off smell. I have spoke to at least 12 people on who have the same problem with no solution. I hope you can help because I feel this could be dangerous.

- Highland Mills, NY, USA

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