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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
279 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Mazda Tribute steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 212003

(reported on)

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,395 miles


On four different times the vehicles power steering leaked fluid from engine which caused loss of control. The dealer has repaired the vehicle four times but now the vehicle is on it's fifth.

- Sedona, AZ, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Aug 192002

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
While driving vehicle the whole system failed. All lights on dash light, lost brakes and steering. While on the highway.

- Hunt Valley, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 202002


  • miles
While traveling 40mph on highway and without prior warning vehicle stalled, and electrical power brakes/ steering, and lights were lost. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 022001

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
On November 2 driving 40mph with no warning my engine shut off and I lost power to my steering and brakes. I was able to get the car to the side of the road after applying all my weight to the brakes and steering wheel. I missed an oncoming car and a tree by luck. I took the Tribute to the dealership and was told by the service manager that this was an ongoing problem. They were going to put me back in the Tribute until Monday when they had an opening. I requested a rental car because I did not feel safe driving the car untill the problem was resolved. The manager also told me that the Tributes that have been repaired for this same problem have been different porblems. I returned home and called the Mazda customer service department and reported the problem. They assured me that they would look into it and get back with me, this never happened. On November 6th I received a call from the dealership that my car was ready. I asked to speak with the sevice manager who informed me they could not find anything wrong and I could pick up my car. I told him I would not pick up the car until there was a solution to correct the problem and the car was not safe to drive. He infomed me that his hands were tied and to contact Mazda. I contacted Mazda and they contacted the sevice manager who had already contacted the regional manager. I was told I would be contacted by him tomorrow November 7th. I have a 15 year old son who has his learners permit and who I strongly believe would not have been able to avoid what could have been a fatal accident. The car is still at the dealership. My Tribute is the first 2002 that they have seen with the problem. Obviously this serious safety problems continues.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

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