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6.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,598 miles

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2002 Mazda Tribute engine problems

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

May 122003

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,400 miles

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

2002 Mazda Tribute V6 stalling while driving.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #12

May 042003

Tribute

  • miles
The vehicle caught on fire while parked.

- Gardiner, ME, USA

problem #11

Feb 152003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the check engine light illuminated on the dash board.. the dealer replaced a faulty coil, spark plug, and upper intake manifold gaskets.

- Tobyhanna, PA, USA

problem #10

Apr 132002

Tribute 4WD

  • 3,200 miles

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

While driving downhill at about 30 mph, the engine stalled without warning. Power steering froze. I was able to stop and restart the engine. I took it to a dealer, where some kind of computer was reprogrammed, but I was also told that Mazda has no fix for this problem, only a checklist of things that they try. This is an extremely dangerous defect, and I can't believe there is not some kind of immediate recall on this problem. Someone is going to get hurt! short of a fire, major structural failure, or tire blowout, I can't think of anything more dangerous, or I should say equally dangerous, than to be suddenly left without any power or ability to steer. With traffic, highway speeds, or curve roads (which a bound mountains home state), this is a disaster waiting to happen. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***761982

- Shepherdstown, WV, USA

problem #9

Apr 302003

Tribute

  • miles
While driving 40 mph the vehicle stalled which made it difficult for the consumer to control the vehicle.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #8

Apr 012003

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,016 miles
On 7/31/02 my Tribute died while going down hill to a 4 way stop. At first I wasn't sure what to do, then I put my vehicle in park and tried to restart it. This was successful and I drove immediately to the dealer. I was given a rental for 2 days and when I went to pick it up was told that it could have been spider webs or something in the computer system area, so they cleaned out the vapor vent tubes. I was very nervous to be driving a car that could die in the middle of the road, I was just glad there was no accident. I thought that the problem was resolved until 4/01/03 when Tribute died while driving again. This time I was going uphill to a 4 way stop and was able to steer into a driving using all my force B/C the steering once again went out. Both times there was no warning, the dash lights were all on after it stalled. Once again I restarted my vehicle and drove immediately to the dealership where they reflashed PCM to latest calibrations, replaced the dpfe sensor, the mass air flow sensor and the idle air control valve. I am wondering if someone has to die before Mazda or the government will call a recall. If this is the case, both should be very ashamed for their lack of concern about the consumers.

- Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

problem #7

Mar 252003

(reported on)

Tribute

  • miles

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

The engine stalled without warning.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #6

Mar 212003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
I have a 2002 Mazda Tribute and the car stalls for no reason while driving at about 40 M.P.H. engine just quits and lose power steering. Have to pull over and restart car. This is a very dangerous situation. I have been lucky the 5 times this has happened. Dealer has been unable to fix.

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 052002

Tribute

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,700 miles
On March 5 I was driving down a slight hill at approximately 40 mph when the engine stalled with no warning. I lost use of my power steering and had very little time to steer my car onto the shoulder of the road to avoid being rear-ended.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #4

Mar 102003

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,889 miles
My 2002 Mazda Tribute stalled on me today while drive 40 mph. I have 14,890 miles and just had Mazda perform my 15000 mile service this past weekend. This is my second incident of this complaint. I filed an earlier complaint from a 09/30/2002 incident with an ODI # 767970. At that time Mazda performed service bulletin 01-014/2R.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 122003

(reported on)

Tribute

  • 1,500 miles

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

The vehicle stalled on several occasions.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 142002

Tribute

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at any speed and no warning the vehicle will shut off causing consumer to pull over and it will be hard to get the vehicle back started. Dealer notified.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #1

May 032002

(reported on)

Tribute

  • miles
While traveling on highway and without prior warning vehicle shut down and stalled. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Rally, NC, USA

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