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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,500 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #2

May 032005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


Unusual squeaking noises heard from lower steering column where it connects to power steering rack at slow speeds. When going slowly over small bumps and turning steering wheel from side to side, strange noises can be heard from the steering rack including a mechanical noise. Vehicle only has 29,300 miles on it and is not used off-road. Mazda dealer finds we need to replace the tie rod ends and has ordered replacement parts. We will ask for the old parts when the final repair is made.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 252005


  • miles
My 2001 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 4WD, was recalled to replace the "rack "on the steering, this was done under warranty. Then 8,728 miles later the vehicle had to have inner and outer tie rod and ball joints replaced, at my expense. Their service department said that I probably hit a pot hole!! I feel these repairs were due to something that was done while replacing the rack. I'm the sole driver of this vehicle and it is mostly city driving or interstate...not four wheeling!!!

- Wilmington, NC, USA

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