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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,194 miles

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2002 Mazda Tribute transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #15

Jul 262008

Tribute

  • 48,000 miles

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

While driving 45 and going to 55 there is a knocking in the overdrive. This occurs all the time now trans fluid is full and clean.

- Cement City, MI, USA

problem #14

Jan 182008

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled and was towed to the nearest dealer. The dealer stated that a new transmission was needed. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 30,000.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #13

Jun 152003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
I purchased a madza Tribute in 2003. I began to hear a faint noise when driving. I began to hear the noise a little more. I took my car to the madza dealer on auth way and they could not dulpicate the problem. I took my car back 2 times before my warranty ran out about the noise/grinding when I press on the accelerator. I even took it back for the same noise even after my warranty ran out to be told that they could not do anything about it because they did not hear it. Well, now I'm having to pay for a new transmission. When I took the car in after talking with madza the tech was able to dulpicate the problem and stated that they should have been able to the same. Because my warranty has ran out, madza will not help me in any way. My car was purchased with 16 or 19 miles on it. It should not have making that noise. The same day, a lady came in with the same problem with her new 2007 madza. Same symtoms that I tried to relay to the dealer when I first purchased my car. The dealer opened her an "open ticket" for her new car in case something happens down the road. As far as I'm concerned madza failed to assist me in any way when I was under warranty. It has cost me time and frustration to even deal with madza and their staff. I am seeking legal advise in this matter. I have witnesses who will state in a court of law that this problem has been going on a long time and now it is worst because madza failed to properly diagnose the problem which has lead me to have to pay for a rebuilt transmission. It is not fair. It has taken me almost 4 years and this has now come to a head. If they would have done what they were suppose to do then I bought the car we would not be having this conversation. The dealer on auth road lied and said that I had never brought my car in during my warranty for anything. That's a lie. I have the papers to prove it.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #12

Jul 122007

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,337 miles

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

I was stopped at a stoplight in a busy intersection. I went to proceed trhough the intersection when the light turned green and the car was acting like it was stuck in neutral. I had to push down hard on the accelerator to get through the intersection and pull over onto the shoulder safely. The car would not move, except to go in reverse. There was no warning that something was going wrong with my car. I had the car towed to the transmission shop, where it wa S going to have a new transmission installed.

- Goodyears Bar, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 032006

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,850 miles
Traveling on July 3, 2006 on a return trip to Vermont with 3 grandchildren. I was going approximately 55/60 mph on an upgrade and attempted to pass in the passing lane, my car would not engage into passing gear, the RPM revved up and the motor was racing, there was no more power the car could offer me. I pulled back in the right lane and was approaching a flat stretch, the car seemed okay. Later on at a traffic light, again on an slight upgrade the car would not shift out of 1st gear, again the motor was racing, once again as I got on a flat stretch the car seemed okay, I could smell a burning odor and passed it off that the car ahead of me was causing it. A few times on this trip I felt the car was in a wrong gear. It didn't feel right. I was able to get the vehicle into the dealership where I purchased it on July 5th, they tested the car and said the transmission was gone and needed to be replaced. They advised me it was not safe to drive my car back home. My warranty was 36 months or 50,000 miles, I never pulled anything with the car and took very good care of it. I was quite upset with this news and as a "good will gesture" Mazda offered to pay for half of the transmission, still leaving me with a balance of $2,100, . when I further complained at a number I called in California, they apologized for my problem and offered to pay for my rental car until repairs were completed. I am baffled I have such a serious problem with this vehicle with this low mileage. I would better understand it if the car had a 139,000 miles, I am retired and find this expense a hardship. My wife and I now feel we were fortunate to safely return our 3 grandchildren back home. I also want to mention that I found a recall for a transmission problem for 2002 Mazda Tribute, NHTSA campaign id #04V175000, I'm not sure if this affected my car and if so, I never received any notice. I appreciate any assistance you may have to offer. Thank you.

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 012005

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
After 3 yrs and 30K miles the transmission would vibrate(torque converter) when shifting to overdrive. Dealership : tranny fluid oxidized and should change since 30K though manual stated change every 30K under extreme driving conditions, and 3 yrs 30K doesn't qualify. So far so good at 40K but Mazda forums show many of the same complaints.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #9

Jun 012003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

At 50,089 miles, my transmission failed; more specifically, the torque converter malfunctioned resulting in total transmission failure. I have had numerous problems with this vehicle -- I had to replace rotors within the first year of ownership, and may have to do so again at 52,000 miles. The vehicle has trouble starting, the brakes aren't very responsive, and I've had to replace the ignition switch with an unattractive and impractical replacement, because the dealership reported that the type that came with my vehicle wasn't available. The rear window has leaked. Needless to say, the warranty expired just before my transmission failed.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #8

May 292002

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles
Vehicle shuts off completely during movement. It also speeds up without the accelerator pedal being depressed. Also, transmission does not change gears.

- Naguabo, PR, USA

problem #7

Apr 042005

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
While backing out driver heard a clanking noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was unable to be moved, and the driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer. Mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced. Consumer's vehicle failed to accelerate smoothly, do to delayed shifting. Gas mileage have been off for several weeks and is making the vehicle sluggish.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #6

Mar 202005

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,110 miles
Purchased new in 2002-with 85000 highway miles-transmission failed- while driving on I-84 in Connecticut-vehichle went into the passing gear on its own then stopped -my husband was able to coast off to the shoulder of the road. It was our luck he was past the construction zone and he was going down hill. There was no prior notice that the transmission would fail.

- Middlebury, CT, USA

problem #5

Mar 202005

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,600 miles

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

I had several emmision repairs done within 60 highway miles on my Mazda Tribute 2002. Now have a complete transmission failure needa new transmission. And only have 65 000highway milage. Nworsw vechile I had my vechile keep loosing power and jump into over drive suddenly onthe freeway I had to put my flassher and exited. 3 days ago

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #4

Feb 282005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 madza Tribute with 68,000 needs a new transmission. Just had a value job done on the engine approx. 4 months ago. Madza warranty- including drive train - up at 50,000 miles.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 222003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
We have a 2002 Mazda Tribute ES 2wd. On several occasions, the vehicle has stalled at slow speeds (so far). The stalling has occurred when shifting from park to reverse, reverse to drive, and it also happened when we drove over a speed bump. The Mazda dealership has made three unsuccessful attempts to fix the problem so far. The vehicle is at the dealer at the moment for the fourth attempt. If this is unsuccessful, we are going to pursue a refund under the North Carolina lemon law.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 162002

Tribute

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving down hill at 35mph and with no warning vehicle stalled and caused consumer to pull over. Dealer notified.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #1

May 142002

(reported on)

Tribute

  • miles
While placing vehicle in reverse and accelerating vehicle will stall, and accelerate forward a couple feet. Dealer has been notified, and has been aware of problem for 2nd time.

- Caldwell, NJ, USA

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