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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,366 miles

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2002 Mazda Tribute engine problems

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #68

Feb 192005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,735 miles

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

Approximately a week and a half after having the throttle cable serviced on a recall, was travel at 75 mph when the vehciles rpms started to revving at a high RPM, but no increase in speed. Vehciles engine shut off and I managed to pull the side of the road. After having the wehcile towed to the dealer, I was told the entire engine needed to be replaced, they could not tell me what caused the problem, vehcile was 4 months out of warrenty, with 34,700 miles. Mazda only helping with a small percentage of the repair bill of approx. $ $5,500. Have had no luck in contacting anyone at Mazda who can help. I'm convinced that the replaced throttle cable failed or become stuck, but the dealer claims that it had nothing to do with what happened. Until this had no problems with vehicle.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #67

Feb 272004

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,560 miles
2002 Mazda Tribute LX 4WD SUV, 3.0 L engine: My wife's car stalls for no apparent reason periodically while in drive. Returned vehicle to local Mazda dealer service shop twice over past two months, and am told that car checks out and is fine. Latest incident happened yesterday.

- Brookfield, CT, USA

problem #66

Jan 272004

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,995 miles
While driving at 25 mph the vehicle stalled with no warning which caused the lost of the power steering and braking. Rolled off side of the road. Passengers shaken but not injured. Vehicle was able to be restarted. Dealer notified.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #65

Jan 252003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,591 miles

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

This is the second time vehicle has stalled. It was almost impossible to get pulled over because lack of power assistance! was travelling along a flat road at about 40 mph when it stalled. Took nearly 10 minutes for it to start again. I have taken it to the dealer the first time it stalled and they replaced the throttle body and a few sensors related to air intake. I will be taking it in again on Monday for this stall. I have not seen a solid fix for this yet and cannot believe how slow the NHTSA is taking to investigate this dangerous problem! it is strike two on Ford Motor Company one more and I am taking them to court!

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #64

Apr 262002

Tribute

  • miles
Engine stalls X 7 occasions, despite 4 dealer attempts to repair. Returned to dealer today after 7th incident.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #63

Nov 012002

Tribute

  • miles
This is the 5th time that the car has shut off while driving various speeds, it has also been fixed by the dealership once already. Problem is the vehicle shuts off at any speed and steering wheel locks. Luckily no accidents to date. My pregnant wife and my 3yr old girl went off of the road yesterday. I want this vehicle gone now. It is not safe for my family nor yours.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #62

Oct 302002

Tribute 4WD

  • miles

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

Engine quit running while going down hill in 'drive' at 35 mph. Approached busy intersection without power assisted steering or brakes due to engine stall. Narrowly avoided hitting stoppped vehicle in left turn lane.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #61

Oct 252002

Tribute

  • miles
Vehicle has stalled out, twice, at 40mph. Didn't know it had stalled until I tried to apply brakes, to make a turn, and they were not working very dangerous.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #60

Oct 182002

(reported on)

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Engine failed at 11,114 miles. Mazda claiming non warranty due to water ingestion. Vehicle had been running at highway speeds for almost ten hours. The weather was clear and dry and a portion of failed lower rod cap was recovered.

- Western Springs, ID, USA

problem #59

Oct 102002

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Without warning my brand new Mazda Tribute stalled on 5 separate occasions. The power brakes and steering both go out causing it to be extremely difficult to stop and pull off to the side of the road. I have brought my vehicle into the service center two times for the same problem and they tell me that they're pretty sure they have it taken care of this time. The service manager also told me that "Mazda is well aware of the problem." Mazda is well aware of the problem, however, they are unwilling to recall this vehicle until they find a definate fix. This is a serious safety issue that I believe Mazda should take responsiblity for before someone gets seriously injured or killed from their careless ways.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #58

Sep 292002

Tribute 4WD

  • miles

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

Coasting down hill and entering a turn to the left when vehicle stalled, causing reduced steering and braking ability. Having read about this vehicle problem, I was able to quickly put the transmission in neutral and restart the vehicle before an accident happened.

- Fairfield, IA, USA

problem #57

Jun 212002

Tribute

  • miles
The vehicle has stalled a total of 3 times, the problem has not been remedied.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #56

May 032002

Tribute

  • miles
The battery died and 3 sensors have been replaced.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #55

Sep 302002

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Engine quit with no warning while driving approximately 40 mph. Was able to restart after pulling over. This is a very dangerous situation for an intermittent engine failure in high traffic situations.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #54

Aug 282002

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The truck suddenly died out with no warning when owner was driving through toll booth. Consumer states that the vehicle stalled again and without warning.ph 09-Dec-2002

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #53

Jul 012002

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled 4 times at speeds of 15-30 mph, dealer has been unable to remedy the problem.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #52

Aug 012002

Tribute

  • miles
While at a traffic light, consumer took foot off of the brake to accelerate once the light had changed but to no avail. The vehicle was no longer running. The instrument panel was lit, the cd player was still playing and the air conditioner continued to blow. Consumer thinking too many electrical devices were in use, shut the vehicle off waited and restarted vehicle. This same incident happened again. This time consumer took vehicle for service. There was yet another incident. The vehicle stalled again. This time the steering was far worse than the two previous failures. Consumer wants Mazda to repurchase this vehicle..

- Kailu, HI, USA

problem #51

Jul 222002

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the vehicle stalls when driving. Dealer reprogrammed PCM with updated calibration. Checked base idle and found engine to stall when iac valve is disconnected. Cleaned throttle camber. Reinstalled and set base idle to 29 percent. Replaced air flow meter and dpfe sensor.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #50

Jun 042002

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Consumer stated the engine has stopped running on 4 separate occasions, when this happens power brakes and steering are no longer operative, the dealer has been unable to rectify the problem.

- Mountain City, TN, USA

problem #49

Aug 162002

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
I took my new Mazda Tribute in 3 times before my second payment was due. On 6/27/02, the engine stalled while driving and I had no brakes or acceleration control. I had to turn the key 3-4 times to get it to start again. On 8/16/02, I took the vehicle in to have the taillights and dashboard lights repaired. On 8/20, the car stalled as I was approaching a major intersection during 5 O'clock traffic. I had to turn the key 4-5 times to get it to start. I am scared to drive this vehicle due to the repetitive safety malfunctions. Stan olsen has told me that it will cost me if I want a different vehicle.

- Omaha, NE, USA

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