really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,547 miles

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problem #4

Jun 132002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalled at 40-45 mph, was towed to dealer, computer was reprogrammed and throttle was replaced.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 252002

Tribute 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 40 mph, engine check light came on, then vehicle stalled. Vehicle restarted and taken to dealer for inspection. Repairs per dealer: Completed repair procedures per bulletin. The control unit already contained the latest programming. The engine idle speed was reset and the throttle sensor voltage. Relearned the idle and rechecked.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #2

May 142002

(reported on)


  • miles
While placing vehicle in reverse and accelerating vehicle will stall, and accelerate forward a couple feet. Dealer has been notified, and has been aware of problem for 2nd time.

- Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 042002


  • miles
Vehicle taken for service at roger beasley Mazda North (austin, tx) service advisor states that problem with vehicle turning off while driving has been reported by other Tribute owners and that the exact diagnosis has not been made yet. Service dept replaced throttle body as this is what has been determined to be the fix at this time.

- Austin, TX, USA