definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,286 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 082014


  • 167,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that while driving or when parked, a strong fuel odor emitted inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 00V277002 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure and current mileage was 167,000.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #6

Sep 012013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Wife stopped at gas station to fill up. Car would not start after fillup. Had car towed home. Determined it was a bad fuel pump. Replaced fuel pump. Should have been a simple repair, but it was anything but simple. Completed fuel pump replacement, with no further problems. About two weeks after replacing the fuel pump, my wife and I started smelling fuel outside of the car. I removed the cover over the fuel pump, but could not find a leak. I looked under the car, and observed a gas spot on the ground just forward of the fuel tank, but still can't find the leak. Car runs fine, but the gas mileage has dropped to about 10 TO15 mpg, from 20 to 25mpg. There are no caution/warning lights on the dash. Had an ase certified mechanic friend of mine look at it. He could not find the leak. Does not leak all the time, and when it does, it appears to be only a few drops. Mechanic recommended a fuel filter change, and perhaps a dye test to make the leak easier to see. We have had this car since Feb. 2013, and the fuel pump is the only major problem we have had, not counting the four new 16 inch tires we had to replace at the time of sale. I still love this car, V6, AWD, sunroof, leather seats, ice cold air, cruise, tilt, power windows, locks, seat, ect.ect. Have had people swore it was a new car. They could not believe it is 12 years old. I take real good care of my cars. Wife swares I love it more than her. I have had my wife for over 20 years, and don't plan to trade her, or the car, in anytime soon.

- Corydon, IN, USA

problem #5

Mar 012005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Mazda Tribute has problems with fuel system.** answer required***. upon inspection of the vehicle, the consumer was informed, that the gaskets at the intake manifold as well as the fuel line inlet needed to be replaced.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 022002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving at any speed vehicle would shut off, and in doing so brakes and/ or steering did not work. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was aware of problem, but only had a temporary solution. Consumer smells fuel inside the vehicle and took the vehicle to the dealer four times, but the problem was not found.

- West Mifilan, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 252001

(reported on)


  • miles
An extremely strong fuel odor consumes passenger compartment of vehicle due to fuel leakage. Dealer cannot identify location of the leakage.

- Thomasville, NC, USA

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problem #2

Nov 082000


  • miles
At 1646 miles fuel fumes/odor enter into vehicle; vehicle been in/out of dealer shop on three occasions, and the problem still reocurring. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Summit, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 072000


  • miles
Consumer is concerned with fuel smell inside of vehicle.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

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