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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 fuel system problems

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 012001

Tribute 4WD

  • miles


Transmission has been replace (with a rebuilt trans) in Sept. In Nov, we had to have the rack replaced and the rear differential was leaking. The master cylinder cover was leaking. Additionally we experienced a gas smell throughout the cabin. The left front window has had repairs. We have also experienced numerous squeaks and rattles all over the vehicle. Today while driving down hill the vehicle completely shut down. I had no steering or brakes and had to stop the vehicle with the hand brake. This stall almost resulted in a rear end acciedent. Lastly the tires had to be replaced at approximately 19000 miles.

- Tunkhannock, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 272000

(reported on)

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Fuel smell entering cabin though vents on all settings during warm starts.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012000

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Fuel odor coming from engine through vents. Noticeable after a warm start of engine or while vehicle is sitting. No leaks can be detected.

- Mt. Zion, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 152000

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
I was stopped at a fast food place when my wife and I noticed a strong fuel smell coming from the right side of the vehicle. The drive through attendent told us that fuel was leaking outside of the car. I got out to see and there was the leak. Right under the pillar between the drivers' side door and the rear was a steady drip.

- Raton, NM, USA

problem #1

Aug 262000

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Many other owners of the Mazda Tribute and Ford escape also experience this problem. The dealer said it was probably a chemical burning off the engine - this doesn't make sense. The smell usually only occurs when you start after shutting off the vehicle for a short period. Upon starting, a faint gasoline smell comes thtough the vents for about 15 seconds and then goes away. We(owners of this new type of vehicle) are concerned that there may be a leak/ larger problem. Thank you.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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