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2002 Mazda Tribute Engine Problems

34 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2002 Mazda Tribute. 12 of these members (35.3%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 18 engine repairs to 2002 Mazda Tributes--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2002 Mazda Tribute problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of 2002 Mazda Tribute repairs by problem area

Chart based on 36 repairs.

2002 Mazda Tribute engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 10 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

137000 mi   Traded vehicle after receiving $700 quote to fix a radiator leak, 
228000 US $50 IAC valve stuck closed. Had to bang on it vigorously to get it to open up and let idle air in. Replaced part. 
57000 US $560 The vehicle was towed in to a Ford dealer. Problem was diagnosed as a plugged rear catalytic converter. They wanted $500+ for a replacement. I shopped around and found one for $90. They installed, it ran OK for 2 weeks. then plugged again Mazda dealer found the front left converter was degrading, plugging the rear. They replaced the bad converter with new under EPA mandated warranty as it was within the 96 month and mileage limit. ok so far 
67000   Had to replace all 6 ignition coils and plugs. 
67000   One month later the left side converter goes bad again and needs replaced again. this is the 3rd one for this vehicle. 

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2002 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

76000 mi US $320 Had a shudder and relatively loud sound when the vehicle shifted up or down at 45 MPH. Service bulletin said changing transmission fluid and refreshing the computer would make the problem go away. It did not. 
148000 US $150 kept dying at low rpms 
159000   This is the 7th breakdown for the same problem. 6 electrical coils have been changed. No more $$ to spend of this horrible vehicle. Will sell as parts car in spring. 
151000   CEL. New gas cap. Only 10-15 dollars but they didn't charge us. 
153400 US $137 The car didn't pass emission test. "Check engine" light turned on only after test. Something was wrong with sensor (have no clue which one). 
106020 C $5000 The timing chain broke and sent little pieces of metal throughout the motor, Full motor had to be replaced. 
121000 US $700 Ignition coils replaced Water pump, and brakes. 

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2002 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

62620 mi   My car loose power and upon checking we found out that there was no firing on plug no. 3. We replaced the ignition coil [ Motorcraft brand ] Now the car is running fine. 

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