definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,756 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute engine problems

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Feb 152012


  • miles


Keys come out of the ignition when my Mazda Tribute is not in park. I forgot today that the front rotors are real bad and need replaced and I only have 41140 miles on my 2001 Tribute which I bought brand new from the Mazda dealer in town. I have to replace the front door handle twice now since it would not open from the inside.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #21

May 262011


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated the vehicle was parked and shut off for a few hours when it engulfed into flames. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a junk yard. The vehicle was not examined for the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 55,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #20

Sep 262010


  • 94,000 miles
TL-the driver owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The vehicle was parked and shut off when the driver was notified that their garage was on fire. The fire department appeared on the scene and the driver was informed the vehicle was on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire and informed the driver that the fire began inside of the engine compartment. The vehicle was destroyed and was not taken to be examined for the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 94,000. Sm.

- Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 152010


  • 115,000 miles


Car was parked in parking lot of my job at 6:30 am. Car was not driven all day. At approximately 2:00pm, smoke was noticed coming out of hood and flaming particles were dropping from engine compartment to ground. Fire developed within hood compartment and spread to the cabin. Car continued to burn until fire department extinguished.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #18

Feb 242009


  • 110,234 miles
While driving and coming to a stop at a red light the car quits and when you first start the car the vehicle runs ruff until it warms up.

- Whitehall, NY, USA

problem #17

Jun 022004

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. In 2004, the vehicle unexpectedly stalled while driving under 50 mph. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they adjusted the PCM module, which was under a recall. The repair seemed to have corrected the failure; however, four years later, the vehicle is experiencing the same failure. She took the vehicle back to the dealer, but they could not find any failures. The failure could not be diagnosed because it is intermittent. The vehicle is currently at the dealer. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 78,000. Updated 09/10/08. Updated 09/11/08.

- Orange , CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 182008

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact heard a loud noise coming from the engine compartment when she turned on the ignition. The passenger compartment became filled with smoke. The contact exited the vehicle. When the smoke finally cleared, the contact raised the hood and discovered extensive damage. They vehicle was towed to a shop, and after two days of inspecting the damage, they believed that two of the injectors were leaking fuel and caused the engine to explode. Mazda stated that due to the age of the vehicle and the fact that it was no longer under warranty, nothing could be done. The current and failure mileages were 82,000. Updated 05/20/08.

- Friendship, ME, USA

problem #15

Oct 192002

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
I have just found this website and realized that an existing problem that I had been complaining about in my car. The dealer claimed the problem didn't exist, even after the first recall. I brought in to fix. I had no knowledge of the power train recall the manufacturer never informed me of this problem at all nor the dealer. I've been an owner for 6 years. An extended warranty, I am apauled at the way Mazda Ford dealers handle there customers after repeatedly telling them of this problem. I'd like to know what I'm going to do at this point but to engage a petiton to my friends and family not to buy this product Ford Mazda. I think this is wrong on your part what can I do about this problem now that it's getting worst. You've put my life and my families life at risk knowing that if my car stalls out while driving which it has already happened on a few occasions. The last incident was coming home from peekskill NY and the car staled on me 6times. Please let the dealer know this is a real problem.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #14

Nov 072005

Tribute 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 91,161 miles
Car engine dies when slowing down or stopping at least once a year for last three years. Don't remember what they did the first time, second time they replaced the P.C.V and ventilation hose, third time the sensor, en. When I picked up the car the engine still died 6 times when I drove 10 miles home. Came close to crashing during a turn. Back in the shop as I write.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 202004

Tribute 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving at 45 mph, for the second time in one week, vehicle lost power. Consumer contacted the dealer. Consumer was told to be bring in the vehicle. However the problem recurred.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #12

Oct 282004

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer received recall 04V175000 concerning vehicle stalling. Dealer refused to perform recall repairs. Service mamager felipe colunga.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 202004

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dealership replaced the automatic transmission on October 14, 2003. An independent shop on March 2004 replaced the engine. Currently, consumer indicated that vehicle was at an independent shop to replace the catalytic converter for a third time. July 2005 the vehicle was taken back to the dealer because the check engine light illuminated.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #10

May 272004


  • 56,000 miles
While driving at any speed, the vehicle stalled without warning. The cause has yet to be determined. Please provide additional information.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 292004


  • 50,000 miles
When driving at any speed engine produced a thumping noise. Dealer could not duplicate the problem.

- Forestville, MD, USA

problem #8

Apr 282004

(reported on)


  • miles
When driving the vehicle at any speed it stalled. This caused the consumer to drift to the side of the road. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 142004

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Several times and again yesterday the 2001 Mazda Tribute V-6 that I own stalled or in other words quit running while going down a steep bridge. I almost got run over by a dump truck that was behind me.

- Marco Island, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 232004

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My Mazda Tribute stalled while in operation. The battery was replaced since I believed it was the problem. A week after the battery was replaced the SUV stalled again.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 102003

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,228 miles
Vehicle stalled twice, once while waiting for a red light the other time while driving. The first time this occurred the dealer replaced a sensor, the second time it occurred they said they were not able to determine the problem and were not able to duplicate. I'm very concerned about this problem

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 222003

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
My 2001 Tribute has stalled twice in the last yar. It seems to be related to hills. This life threatening situation could result in a crash because power steering fails, and there is no engine power. Mazda must recall for this issue before someone is hurt.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 172003


  • miles
Vehicle stalled several times without warning while driving. Took it to dealer twice and the third time a throttle body was replaced, since it has stalled once.

- Nolensville, TN, USA

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