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2002 Mazda Tribute Engine Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer 2002 Mazda Tribute problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2002 Mazda Tribute repairs by problem area

57% of the 2002 Mazda Tribute repairs were to the engine, 11% to the transmission, 11% to the brakes, 14% to the suspension, 4% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 4% to the body and trim.

Chart based on 28 repairs.

2002 Mazda Tribute engine repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Mazda Tribute engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 60% cost between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 10% between $1000 and $2499, and 10% more than $2500.

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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Repair costs are in local units.

2002 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Mazda Tribute in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 125000    
135000 0 Traded vehicle after receiving $700 quote to fix a radiator leak, 
Mazda Tribute in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 226000    
228000 50 IAC valve stuck closed. Had to bang on it vigorously to get it to open up and let idle air in. Replaced part. 
240000  
Mazda Tribute in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 56000    
57000 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 700 Had to replace all 6 ignition coils and plugs. 
67000 700 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

Mazda Tribute in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 75000    
76000 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. 
79000  
Mazda Tribute in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2011 138000    
148000 150 kept dying at low rpms 
149000  
Mazda Tribute in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 159000    
159000 0 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. 
Mazda Tribute in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 147000    
151000 0 CEL. New gas cap. Only 10-15 dollars but they didn't charge us. 
153700 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). 
170000  
Mazda Tribute in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 105400    
106020 5000 The timing chain broke and sent little pieces of metal throughout the motor, Full motor had to be replaced. 
 
Mazda Tribute in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 120000    
121000 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

Mazda Tribute in Malaysia
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2011 57040    
62620 0 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. 
62620  

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