really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,366 miles

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problem #8

Nov 262001


  • miles
Vehicle shut down w/O warning.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #7

Dec 012001

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Proceeding on a slight downhill at roughly 40 mph my new vehicle's engine stalled/died. I imediately slipped the transmission into neutral and re-started. This allowed me to continue. Power brakes and steering were non-operable during this time. Had I been proceeding at a faster speed or not reacted quickly this could have been a very dangerous situation. I have heard this has been an issue with these vehicles.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #6

Oct 212001

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle has completely stalled on two separate occasions within past month while driving between hills (coast down first hill and go to accelerate to take second hill, but vehicle has no power); Mazda dealer in conjunction with Mazda hotline were unable to locate problem after first occurrence on 10/25/01; Mazda has had similar reports of problem in other areas of U.S., but has not been able to locate problem; problem occurs while driving 25-30 mph.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 262001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalled while backing up at slow speed. Vehicle was towed to dealer. Cause unknown at this time. Please add further details.

- Mitchellville, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 012001


  • miles
Tribute was purchased while "at sea." 48 hours after Tribute was rolled off the delivery truck the engine shutoff without prior warning while traveling U-hill at 45mph. It shut off again six days later without warning. According to edmunds.com web site, many other Tribute and Ford escape owners are having the same stalling problem. Hennessey Mazda had 3 Tributes returned to their dealership for same problem prior to my purchase date of 10/30/01. Both hennessey and Mazda Corp have refused to give any type of certification or guarantee that the corrective repairs performed on my Tribute on 11/8/01 are the permanent fix.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 172001

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
I was driving up hill with the speed around 35mph and the car stalled. I lost all power without warnning. The car just died. There were traffic coming from both directions (down hills and up hills) and it was very dangerous! apparently there are a lot of cases as such in the last year. Please do something before someone get hurt. If this happened at the intersection by my house, I could be dead! please pass on any information that can help to resolve this problem to all Tribute/escape owners. Thanks.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 082001


  • miles
Vehicle shut off without prior warning. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Libern, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 022001

Tribute 4WD

  • miles
On November 2 driving 40mph with no warning my engine shut off and I lost power to my steering and brakes. I was able to get the car to the side of the road after applying all my weight to the brakes and steering wheel. I missed an oncoming car and a tree by luck. I took the Tribute to the dealership and was told by the service manager that this was an ongoing problem. They were going to put me back in the Tribute until Monday when they had an opening. I requested a rental car because I did not feel safe driving the car untill the problem was resolved. The manager also told me that the Tributes that have been repaired for this same problem have been different porblems. I returned home and called the Mazda customer service department and reported the problem. They assured me that they would look into it and get back with me, this never happened. On November 6th I received a call from the dealership that my car was ready. I asked to speak with the sevice manager who informed me they could not find anything wrong and I could pick up my car. I told him I would not pick up the car until there was a solution to correct the problem and the car was not safe to drive. He infomed me that his hands were tied and to contact Mazda. I contacted Mazda and they contacted the sevice manager who had already contacted the regional manager. I was told I would be contacted by him tomorrow November 7th. I have a 15 year old son who has his learners permit and who I strongly believe would not have been able to avoid what could have been a fatal accident. The car is still at the dealership. My Tribute is the first 2002 that they have seen with the problem. Obviously this serious safety problems continues.

- Bloomington, IN, USA