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3.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,196 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Aug 152003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

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

At speeds around 40 to 50 mph it feels like the transmission is slipping weather I am accelerating or coasting. I also see the tach needle jump around when this happens. The slipping feels like a vibration in the vehicle and there is a lost power. Past this speed range or before it the vehicle operates normally. Dealer could not fix or reproduce the problem.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #12

Jul 282002

(reported on)

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with vehicle jerking, problem believed to be the result of a defective transmission. The transmission was flushed but the problem remained the same. The dealer later replaced the transmission. (the vehicle would jerk between the speeds of 45-50, but after the replacement, down to 35-45 mph. The vehicle stalled while approaching a traffic light with no warning. The manufacturer refused liability.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #11

Jun 202003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
At 36000 miles automatic transmission failed, at 4500 miles automatic transmission failed. At 45K000 miles altenator failed.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #10

Jan 012002

Tribute

  • miles

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

Consumer states the transmission on vehicle constantly stalls and jumps in/out of gear while driving. Transmission has already been replaced 2X and is currently w/dlr for 3rd replacement.

- Keaau, HI, USA

problem #9

Sep 012002

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission feels like it's "slipping" at or around 45mph. Down shifting is occurring while driving at a consistent mph. Once at 55 it's okay.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 102001

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My automatic transmission is stalling while driving at speeds of over 40 mph. This problem has occurred to my vehicle 4 times over the past 10 months. Each time the dealer insists that the problem has been fixed, but then it happens again. All four times that it has happened I have been driving on the same road, which is a one lane road through a very hilly and curvey section, and have almost caused a collision each time. When the car stalls, the power brakes and steering are lost, making it almost impossible to stop the out of control car. Because of my quick thinking, I was able to put the car into neutral, restart the car, and put it back into drive in enough time to avoid a collision. I do not feel safe riding in this car with my children, and Mazda has no idea how to fix this problem. Two of my co-workers have the same vehicle. One of them had this same problem four times and finally had to get rid of the car because Mazda couldn't fix it. My other co-worker has only had the problem once, but it can happen at any time. This is more than just a coincidence that the only two people I know with this car are having the same problems. This car is a hazard to all drivers on the road.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 012001

Tribute 4WD

  • miles

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

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 #6

May 052001

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at highway speeds speedometer goes up and down. When driving and letting up on accelerator pedal, vehicle shifts into lower gear. Feels like brakes were applied very hard. Vehicle taken to dealer 3 times, cannot find cause of problem. Consumer states the cluster gauges are erratic, then the transmission shifts long or slow, on three different occasions, the transmission shifted from over drive to first, when letting up on the gas pedal it felt like the brakes were applied very hard, dealer stated the transmission was replaced. Vehicle has been worked on for water intrusion, carpet had to be replaced, dealer removed and resealed the windshield and repaired the rust in the windshield frame, rust also formed on the mounting brackets under the dash due to water leak, dealer removed and refit the left front fender to gain access to water leakage through the missed body seam and wiring harness. Dealer replaced the fuse box to repair the radio and cluster gauges. Turn signals are inoperable. Consumer states the only repair completed was the replacement of the carpet.

- Rossville, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 302001

(reported on)

Tribute

  • miles
The transmission has a tendency to slip if the vehical has been sitting for an extended period of time, several hours to overnight. The vehicle will start fine, but when I have to come to a complete stop, such as at a stop sign, when I step on the gas pedal, the vehicle will hesitate for a few seconds, and then finally decide to accelerate. This causes a problem when you are trying to pull out into traffic. Notified the dealer, but service dept said that if they could not duplicate the problem, then there is nothing they can do. Dealer is located 1-1/2 hours from where I live. Due to dealer attitude, and the fact that I would have to take time off from work to go up there, I am debating whether or not I will bother taking the vehicle in at this time.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 252001

(reported on)

Tribute

  • miles
When starting vehicle and proceeding from park into traffic vehicle hesitates and nearly stalls, cause unknown. Dealer cannot identify problem.

- Thomasville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 272001

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Erratic shifting patterns, 6 visits to dealer with no resolution to date.

- Westerlo, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 162001

Tribute

  • miles
While driving and making a left hand turn vehicle suddenly died, no prior warning. There was not steering or braking. Consumer had to stop vehicle with emergency brake. Vehicle was stuck in traffic. Consumer had vehicle towed to dealer, and dealer replaced electrical relay system. However, problem reoccurred on July 3, 2001 while traveling at 45 mph on a decline vehicle died, and emergency brake would not stop vehicle. Eventually emergency brake kicked in and stopped vehicle. Consumer stated that when trying to start again, there were no transmission lights, and would not go into gear. Consumer had vehicle towed to dealer, and they could not duplicate problem.

- Lil Burn, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 042000

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about 50 mph and when stepping on accelerator pedal, vehicle will not accelerate. Also, transmission only will work in reverse. The transmission failure was the cause for no forward movement of the vehicle and was replaced.

- Nyack, NY, USA

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