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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,619 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Mazda Tribute steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #5

May 082015


  • miles


Hard to turn in sounds like my lower control arm is about to come off.

- Camden, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 262014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Was parking car, and something snapped. Front wheels are now pointing in different directions, and the car is not drivable. Luckily this happened at low speed, and the only damage is to the car.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 222005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,095 miles
NHTSA recall 04V583000 on the accelerator cable. Approximately two years after having the accelerator cable replaced the problem recurred. While driving 2 mph, the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. The driver applied the brake pedal and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The driver was not able to maintain control of the vehicle and collided into a light pole. This caused the driver to sustain minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for inspection. The battery was inoperative due to a broken cable and a frayed main belt had come off and the steering was impaired.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Within months of buying the SUV we had it back to crystal auto mall, green brook, NJ the problem...the steering wheel came loose, it would shift around as you drove down the road! this was a quick repair. Starting on Sept 18,2002 we took it in to the dealer for the oil pressure light coming on, they replaced the oil sender unit, total $69.52, which was covered by warranty. On Oct 14 back for the same problem, they kept it until Oct 17, replacing all kinds of parts, oil pump, oil gasket for a total of $924.65, again covered by warranty. My husband was driving it home from this round of repairs and the same problem lit itself up again! he was almost home appox.30 miles from the dealer, he called on his cell phone said he was coming right back, this time they had it from Oct 18 to Oct 31, 2002. What a surprise when I heard they replaced the entire motor for a total of $4,511.17, again under warranty. Strange thing was that they would not extend the warranty on the new motor beyond the original guarantee for the truck. Now you tell me is this right? that's not the end of it, on June 21, 2003, we brought it in for a noise coming from the front end they kept it over the weekend until June 23 and told us it needs breaks and rotors and wheel alignment which of course is not under warranty!!! only 24000 miles on this SUV and nothing but headaches

- Parlin, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 012001

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
With 500 miles on odometer, the owner found a red fluid on garage floor. The dealership replaced the entire steering system from the column all the way to the front tires.

- Pataskala, OH, USA

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