hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,833 miles

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2002 Mazda Tribute body / paint problems

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 012016


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. While driving various speeds, the front passenger wheel became disengaged from the vehicle and jammed into the wheel well. The failure caused the vehicle to be immobile. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and then transported to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer stated that the manufacturer would not cover the repair due to the extensive corrosion. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (structure) prior to the failure, but the recall repair was not performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000....updated 09/12/16

- Superior, WI, USA

problem #5

Nov 012014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The frame that secures the hood latch assembly rusted or corroded away and I can't secure hood to latch.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 022014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. While driving 35 mph, the contact heard an abnormal sound coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the entire subframe was fractured due to corrosion. The dealer repaired the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V174000 (suspension). The technician informed the contact that the lower control arms, both frontal struts, and the tie rod ends needed to be replaced due to excessive corrosion on the subframe. The technician added that even after the repairs were performed, the vehicle would not be safe to drive. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and refused to provide additional assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000. Updated 11/12/14 updated 8/5/2015

- Harrison, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 082013

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles


2002 Mazda Tribute. Unable to open the door to exit the vehicle. I had to open the window and stick my arm out the window to unlock the door from the exterior door handle. In addition, the rear lift gate would not remain closed or locked and would stay open while the vehicle was in motion.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 112009

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The rear window glass door would not snap into lock position -- there was a recall for exactly the same by Mazda for 2001, 2002, 2003 2004 & 2005 Tributes. But they insist that my VIN is not one of them. I think it should have been and should be. Following is the info on 2001-2005 recall --- recall date: Dec 22, 2004 recalled vehicles: 2001 Mazda Tribute 2002 Mazda Tribute 2003 Mazda Tribute 2004 Mazda Tribute 2005 Mazda Tribute component: Latches/locks/linkages:hatchback/liftgate:lock. Manufactured by: Mazda North american operations affected vehicles: 49,800 recall summary: Certain 2004-2005 sport utility vehicles and certain 2001-2003 sport utility vehicle having rear liftgate components serviced with 2004 equivalent components fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 206, 'door locks and door retention components. ' the rear liftgate latching system does not meet the inertia load requirement in one direction. Consequence: If the liftgate is left unlocked, there is the potential that it may open during a crash. How to fix: Dealers will replace the rear liftgate latch release rod, the release rod attachment clip and the door handle return spring. The recall began on March 31, 2005. Owners should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Recall notes: Mazda recall no. 2804L. Customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

- Yardley, PA, USA

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problem #1

Aug 012012

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Door handle on the passenger side does not open the door anymore. It seems that interior handle stopped working correctly by using it in a normal way. This affects safety since the passenger door can be opened only from the outside.

- Novi, MI, USA

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