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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,833 miles

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2002 Mazda Tribute accessories - exterior problems

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 222012

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the front passenger door malfunctioned and as a result, she unable to unlocked or open the door. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 152,000. The consumer stated brake fluid leaked which caused her to not have any brakes. As a result, the consumer had an accident and hit a pole. The consumer also stated the vehicle has electrical problems. Updated 04/25/12

- Birmingham , AL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012006

Tribute 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 78,000 miles
I have had numerous issues with all 4 doors that become suddenly broken. I have had both rear door locks replaced, and both front door locks replaced. Now the same issue has occurred once again on both front doors. There is obviously a defect with this model. Not only is this costly but extremely dangerous. My mechanic has no explanation for this problem, but it seems to stem from a small plastic componet in the lock panel. The parts cost $3 the labor is another story. After reading other peoples complaints on this issue I'm appalled there has been no recall on this.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 032005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,500 miles
2002 mazdatribute manual driver door handle ceased to work. Only way to open driver door from inside was to open power window and pull outside handle. Dealer said they'd had several like this. If a systemic problem, poses safety hazard. In event of emergency, if car is not running, windows cannot be opened. Driver could be trapped and unable to exit vehicle.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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