really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,825 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute transmission problems

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2001 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #13

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 #12

Jul 082007

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
2 complaints: I took the car to a Mazda dealer 5 times starting back in 2003. 3 times for recalls, and on each occasion had brought to the attention of the service representative E that the rpms would just all of a sudden go up rapidly, and the only why to stop it was shut it off. Of course this was always while waiting at lights when I would first start the car in the morning but now was at least one week. They put it on the computer back when it first started and said it was the PCM modular. T was also replaced along with the first recall. The car was okay for about 6 months and then started doing it again the same thing, the rpms rapidly came up- this time was already a recall so they fixed it again with another new PCM, but once again it did the same thing after about 8 months. I took it back again with another recall on a different matter, seat belt assembled, and told them the same thing was happening. By this time the warranty was out but because it had been in before for this they were able to get the Mazda to cover the part again, $1200. The problem started again and I could not afford to replace this parts again. I didn't think it was diagnosed correctly from the beginning. Now it stalled without warning while I was driving the steering and everything locked because of loss of power this happened on a regular bases.. I have held off on complaining, but this has gotten out of control. I thought maybe I just got a lemon, then I read the other compalints of the same things. I am a single mom and need this fixed for good. I didn't blame the dealer for the car troubles I blamed Mazda for a poorly made SUV. I have low mileag eon the car, but I hate driving it for fear of what will happen next.

- Roayl Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 042007

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles
The auttomatic transmision of Mazda Tribute suddenly stoppedrking while I was driving on the 495 Washington area beltway.

- Rockville , MD, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Jun 012006

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,457 miles
The vehicle shut off (engine stopped) when coasting downhill toward construction barrels. Was able to avoid barrels by turning into unoccupied turn lane. Power steering had gone out. Power brakes had gone out. Have owned the car for three weeks. Occurred once. Noticed that a recall (campaign id # 04V175000) that required reprogramming of the PCM module, and the symptoms of which exactly described this problem, existed for this vehicle model year. Made an appointment with dealer to check the car the following day. The dealer told me that there were no open recalls on my vehicle so I decided to pay for a diagnostic test. The test uncovered that the PCM module did need the reprogramming which the dealer did, but they also told me that the car needed additional parts to completely resolve the problem which I had to pay for. From what I can tell the range of my vehicle id does fall within the range of VIN numbers affected by this recall and the assembly date(12/00) also falls within the date range for this recall. I do not understand why the dealer does not see this as a vehicle that should have an 'open recall' and why the entire solution to the problem was not taken care of to remedy this. When the vehicle shuts off the driver has no control and this is an extreme safety issue.

- Broadview Heights, OH, USA

problem #8

Nov 292005

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,542 miles
I own a 2001 Mazda Tribute. The vehicle stalls unpredictably. The Mazda dealer and Mazda corporate are suggesting that the two power train control modules (the original) and the replacement modules are causing the vehicle to stall. If this is correct, then there must be some inherent defect with these pcms that must be investigated.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #7

Jun 102005

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Occassionally, while my car is idle both parked but running or while I'm in traffic, the engine accelerates and the RPM gauge races. The engine will not stop racing unless I turn the car off. Also, driver car door does not open from the inside, service dealer says I need to replace entire lock including components not covered under map.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 012004


  • miles
The dealership refused to perform the PCM engine stalling recall 04V157000 unless a diagnostic test was performed in which the recall part was the failure code. If not the consumer will be charged $80 dollars.

- Hallandale, FL, USA

problem #5

May 132004


  • miles
2001 Tribute seat belt buckle cover replacement recall I503L. The consumer scheduled an appointment to have two recall done seat bet buckle cover and powertrain control module. The dealer refused to do the recall because the check engine light was on. They offered to repair the problem but refused to do the recall until the repair is done.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #4

May 272004

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,700 miles
I had the 1904-D recall (recalibration of PCM) done on my Mazda Tribute about 1 week ago. Shortly thereafter, my car stalled on the interstate at 75 mph. We did not have an accident but it could have been pretty severe. After bringing the Tribute back to the Mazda dealer, the PCM had failed. So the recall didn't work on my vehicle. It is currently in the shop to be fixed.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012002

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


My 2001 Tribute had a problem shifting in/out of overdrive - a shuddering as if it couldn't make up it's mind. 2 calls to Mazda and 2 calls to dealer gave same results - "what problem" but web sites say it is common. Dealer claims failure to change xmsn fluid at 22500 may have caused it; problem happened way before that (summer 2002) and now (Feb 04) conditions worse - won't shift. Won't accelerate. Dealer changed fluid, reprogrammed PCM; said it was fixed, but it is still the same. I think they are waiting for warranty to expire. Car is unsafe to drive, but I have to take it back. This trend seems like a "lemon-law" case and a lot of us need help, like a Mazda recall.

- Red Bank, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 242002

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
Owned my Tribute for a year before the problems began. On 3/15/02 I took it in because the low coolant light kept coming on. The dealership couldn't find a problem, but I had them do a 30K mile service and check everything from front to back. Had a rental for two days. On 6/10/02 I took it in because it suddenly started stalling dead at stops and yields. I almost wrecked due to this. Cause: Internal failure. The dealership replaced the control unit, idle air valve, coolant fan relay. I had a rental for three days. On 8/5/02 it had to be towed because the ignition switch completely locked up and wouldn't turn. Dealership put in a new ignition switch and cylinder. My keys had to be reprogrammed. I had a rental for two days. On 11/13/02 I took it in because the check engine light kept coming on and the engine did not idle smoothly. The dealership could not duplicate the problem and I used their rental for three days. On 12/24/02 the engine light came back, the engine idled rough and the entire vehicle was visibly shaking. The dealership told me that one of the six coils was bad and needs to be replaced or one wrong spark could ruin the whole engine. Looks like I have the rental for at least a week. It just went over 50K miles, so my basic warranty is up, however the emisions conrol system (engine) is warranted until 80K miles. It seems a shame that Mazda would put out such poor quality and problematic vehicles to their loyal customers. Maybe they should add that to their "zoom, zoom" commercials.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 192002


  • miles
The engine failed three times without warning while the consumer was traveling on highway. Cause for the first failure was the PCM problem and it was reprogrammed and updated eec relay was also installed.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

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