hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,257 miles

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2002 Mazda Tribute suspension problems

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #6

May 082015


  • miles


Hard to turn in sounds like my lower control arm is about to come off.

- Camden, NJ, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jun 242011

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 71,540 miles
I was driving home and the front coil spring broke{the top portion} when it broke it blew out my tire and lodged a piece of it in between the brake rotor some how tearing the tire to bits. And then apx a month after that the other one broke luckily it di not do the same damage as the first time. So because of the cheaply made and wrongfully heat treated metal the spring broke. Which cost me a tire of $165 and to replace the spring at the cost of $273.69 this should be a recall because someone is going to die after looking in to it Ford Explorer, and the escape which is the exact same as the Mazda I found this has been a issue for alot of people. A spring of all parts of a car should never break like this. This could have and should have been prevented by not over heating the steel that the spring was made out of the is clearly neglect on Ford manufacturing and needs to be addressed before someone dies.because I was able to maneuver my car so I didn't hit anyone or anything the next person may not be so lucky....

- Cement City, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 182011


  • 189,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. While driving approximately 2 mph, a loud bang sounded from the front end of the vehicle and the front passenger side suddenly collapsed onto the wheel. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where both of the sub frame bars were being replaced. In addition to the repair, the trans axle and front passenger side lower control arms required replacement. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 189,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Liverpool , NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 162002


  • miles
While driving vehicle will pull to the left, unable to drive straight. If vehicle is on a highway and the road is curved not straight it will make a left turn. Contacted dealer. They sad this was normal.

- Mason, OH, USA

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problem #1

Jun 242002

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled out while consumer was driving. Steering wheel locked up, then engine shut down. Consumer has had this problem fixed twice before. Stalling of the vehicle caused brake and steering failures. The vehicle stalled several times. Dealer replaced mass air flow sensor and dpfe after third incident, also consumer stated vehicle was pulling to the right, the dealer perfomed an alignment.

- Mount Pleasent, PA, USA

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