really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,500 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute body / paint problems

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 262012

Tribute 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Mazda Tribute. Consumer writes in regards to the vehicle subframe corrosion recall notice. The consumer received a recall notice in early June. However, she had already paid for the repairs. So, she submitted a request for reimbursement, along with a synopsis of the trouble she experienced. The consumer received a letter of denial from Mazda, stating the parts that were replaced or service completed, were not considered covered items under the subframe corrosion recall. On December 26, 2012 while driving on the highway, the consumer noticed a decreased control over the steering. The vehicle fish-tailed multiple times in light snow, which had never occurred before. Due to her steering difficulties, she drove at 30 mph, yet still spun out for no apparent reason. No one was injured and she only hit a median which caused damage to the rear passenger side tail light and body damage. At the time, she attributed the incident to winter weather conditions. However, it made far more sense in the context of the recall. In January 2013, she continued to experience steering problems. She attempted to get an alignment, but ran into problems due to the subframe; which was the first time, she heard of trouble with the subframe. According to invoice, the caster was not adjustable without the subframe adjustment and possibly more. It was 0.3 degrees from acceptable range, may demonstrate a slight lead or pull. The consumer experienced problems for the next two years. The ball joint and right control arm were replaced. The mechanic informed the consumer the control arm looked as if it was ready to break off, due to corrosion. Also, the left front control arm, along with the struts, rotors and brake hoses, were all replaced.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 122014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact mentioned while driving at various speeds, the front passenger side of the vehicle would shake violently. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the sub-frame was rusted and separating from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnose that the sub-frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was unavailable.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #2

May 272014


  • miles
TL the contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (structure: Frame and members); however, the local dealer refused to repair the vehicle. The dealer sold Mazda parts, but was no longer a Mazda dealer. The next closest Mazda dealer was two and a half hours away, which the contact stated was too long of a drive. The contact had not experienced a failure. Jcc

- Deluth, MN, USA

problem #1

Aug 012003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Rear of vehicle was struck and other vehicle inserted itself so that it was under my car totally.

- Lawrence, NY, USA

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