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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,603 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.

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2001 Mazda Tribute suspension problems

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 262012

Tribute 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Mazda Tribute. Consumer writes in regards to the vehicle subframe corrosion recall notice. The consumer received a recall notice in early June. However, she had already paid for the repairs. So, she submitted a request for reimbursement, along with a synopsis of the trouble she experienced. The consumer received a letter of denial from Mazda, stating the parts that were replaced or service completed, were not considered covered items under the subframe corrosion recall. On December 26, 2012 while driving on the highway, the consumer noticed a decreased control over the steering. The vehicle fish-tailed multiple times in light snow, which had never occurred before. Due to her steering difficulties, she drove at 30 mph, yet still spun out for no apparent reason. No one was injured and she only hit a median which caused damage to the rear passenger side tail light and body damage. At the time, she attributed the incident to winter weather conditions. However, it made far more sense in the context of the recall. In January 2013, she continued to experience steering problems. She attempted to get an alignment, but ran into problems due to the subframe; which was the first time, she heard of trouble with the subframe. According to invoice, the caster was not adjustable without the subframe adjustment and possibly more. It was 0.3 degrees from acceptable range, may demonstrate a slight lead or pull. The consumer experienced problems for the next two years. The ball joint and right control arm were replaced. The mechanic informed the consumer the control arm looked as if it was ready to break off, due to corrosion. Also, the left front control arm, along with the struts, rotors and brake hoses, were all replaced.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #8

Jan 082005


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V174000 (lower control arm corrosion-regional recall). The contact was still waiting to schedule the repairs however, the recall repairs were not performed due to part availability. The manufacturer was notified of the delay and was unable to provide a time frame that the parts would become available. There were no failures.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 072011


  • 149,126 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken for inspection when he was advised that the ball joints were defective and all of the brake lines were fractured and split. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 149,126.

- Clarkson Valley , MO, USA

problem #6

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 #5

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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problem #4

Jun 112003

Tribute 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
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 #3

Oct 012003

(reported on)


  • 300 miles


The vehicle pulled to the right so severely, that constant attention had to be maintained on the steering wheel. The pull was more severe at higher speeds. The dealer attempted to fix the vehicle 7 times, and they stated the problem was caused by crown of the road or the consumer's tires. Also there was condensation in the headlamp.

- Clinton, UT, USA

problem #2

May 142003


  • miles
The dealer replaced the sway bar and linkage.

- Enola, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 132003


  • miles
The front suspension wore and caused the vehicle to be hard to control. Dealer notified.

- Newport, OR, USA

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