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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,970 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #15

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 #14

Aug 012013

Tribute

  • 162,000 miles
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 #13

Nov 232011

Tribute

  • 131,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the vehicle was being examined by a private mechanic for routine maintenance. The mechanic stated that the steering wheel was very loose. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the VIN did not qualify for the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 00V223002 (steering:wheel and handle bar). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 131,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #12

Apr 152003

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,343 miles

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

1.the first problem I had with my Tribute was all the power steering fluid had leaked out, so they replaced the rack and pinion. 2.the second, when going for my first brake job I'm informed that the front rotors are too thin and under specs. And need to be replaced (a $700 job) so, I went to Mazda and they said the brake pads are too hard for the rotors are are unusually wearing so, they replaced my rotors. 3.the third, a week later I'm strained, because the starter stuck and burned itself out, they towed the car and replaced the starter. 4.the fourth, they told me that the master cylinder had leakage so, I had to have them fix that. 5.the fifth, now I am currently dealing with a sputtering or cluncking noise that occurs upon slow acceleration of 40 mph with pedal vibration and also occurs sometimes at 60 mph now. They haven't been able to figure out and fix this problem yet. But, thought they fixed the problem because they found a bushing near the engine compartment that was completely cracked so, they replaced that. Until next time.....

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 202003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,200 miles
The madza Tribute 2001 stalls without warning, at varying speeds. Both the brakes and the steering system are inoperable. The car starts again after this occurs. This has happened 5 times! luckily, my son who drives this car hasn't been injured. But what about the next time" what if he is driving on the expressway at 55 or 65 miles an hour? can Mazda assure me that he won't be seriously injured or killed? the service department has offered several explanations after verifying that this is a on going problem with this vehicle. We have been told that the air intake valve sticks when carbon builds up on it. Now we are told it is a flaw in the computer. Clearly there is a serious design flaw which the service departments have been unable to repair. This car is a disaster waiting to happen! how can I possibly allow my son to drive this vehicle"!!

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #10

May 012001

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
While driving the steering wheel locked up and engine shuts off. The dealer was notified. This problem occurred intermittently and the dealer has not been able to correct the problem.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 112003

Tribute 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

The steering wheel wandered which caused the vehicle to change lanes at high and low speeds. Ph. the emission light illuminated and the problem was repaired twice. The steering problem was repaired 6 times.

- Clearfield, UT, USA

problem #8

Dec 012001

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical system works intermittently. Dealership is aware of problem. Consumer stated that the vehicle dies at 40-45 mph while driving. Also, vehicle would not start after sitting for several hours. Brakes and steering failed and it was hard to control the vehicle.

- Lakeworth, FL, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Dec 122001

Tribute

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While attempting to make a turn while traveling 15mph steering locked up, causing vehicle to loose control and rollover. *akthere were no injuries and no other vehicle was involved, after the vehicle was released from the body shop, the consumer drove about 20 miles when an engine rod failed, the mechanic believes that this may have been the cause of the original accident.

- Senatobia, MS, USA

problem #5

Jul 012001

Tribute 4WD

  • miles

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

I had the same exact problem with my vehicle for two occurrences. Each time I was coming down a hill and then all of my dash lights came on (check engine, oil, etc.). I was unable to steer or give it gas easily. Each time I was not in a safe location, so I turned off the engine and the car restarted fine. I have had the car at the dealer I purchased it from since it occurred the 2nd time which was over a month and a half ago. They have told me numerous times that it is not doing it for them. The service manager caused me two weeks ago and told me the Mazda manufacturer was in their office and he was aware of two similar problems in two other Mazda Tributes. I just wanted your office to be aware of this. I am very concerned because I was unable to get off the road on the 2nd occurrence and it was very scary. I just hope it can be fixed so I do not hurt myself or anyone else due to this problem. Thank you for your help!!

- Slatington, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 072001

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was on local road and steering and brakes wern't responding. Was able to coast all the way down the hill. Once consumer came to a complete stop, vehicle started up. Dealership was aware of problem.

- New Providence, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 282001

Tribute

  • miles
Steering shut down, car die out at 45mph and car stalled.

- Waipahu, HI, USA

problem #2

Mar 162001

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving steering locked up with little prior warning. Consumer pulled over and waited which allowed steering to comeback. On April 26, 2001 began having problems starting up. Dealer has had vehicle for about a week, and has not been able to provide remedy.

- Waipahu, HI, USA

problem #1

Jan 092001

(reported on)

Tribute

  • miles
When making a left turn vehicle completley loses all power steering control, cause unknown.

- Locus Valley, NY, USA

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