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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,750 miles

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2002 Mazda Tribute body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 052008


  • 103,000 miles


Driver's door can no longer be opened from the inside. The interior handle no longer actuates the latch. One has to roll down the window and use the exterior handle. In the event of an emergency, this could be a safety issue - especially with electric windows. It is my understanding that this can only be fixed by replacing the interior handle unit where a plastic part has broken.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 062006


  • miles
Interior door handle failure.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 212002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that front two doors have a lot of wind noise at about 25 mph. Dealer inspected door seals and adjusted. Found normal wind noise. The seal between the windshield and the dash is coming out. Dealer stated should have been removed during pdi and removed seal.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 272002

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Day before incident an oil change was done. The following day it rained and water entered the front passenger side of the vehicle. Nlm

- East Boston, MA, USA

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