2002 Mazda Tribute Mazda Tribute 2002

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2002 Mazda Tribute repairs by problem area

Engine (53%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (8%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 38 repairs.
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2002 Mazda Tribute engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (24%)

< $100 (41%)

Chart based on 17 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2002 Mazda Tribute 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

135000 mi Traded vehicle after receiving $700 quote to fix a radiator leak, 
228000 mi

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 mi 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 mi

US $700
Had to replace all 6 ignition coils and plugs. 
67000 mi

US $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

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. 
191000 mi

US $28
Bad coil pack. replaced coil pack 
217500 mi

US $180
Misfire code replaced fuel injectors and spark plugs 
148000 mi

US $150
kept dying at low rpms 
103000 mi

US $1979
Replaced catalytic converters, EGR valve 
151300 mi CEL. New gas cap. Only 10-15 dollars but they didn't charge us. 
153400 mi

US $137
The car didn't pass the emission test. "Check engine" light turned on only after test. One sensor was replaced. 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). 
159000 mi 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. 
106020 mi

C $5000
The timing chain broke and sent little pieces of metal throughout the motor, Full motor had to be replaced. 
121000 mi

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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2002 Mazda Tribute 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

151900 mi Needed a new catalytic converter. The repair estimates that I had received came to just over $3,000 which we didn't feel was worth putting into the car. Scrapped it. 

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2002 Mazda Tribute Engine Problems

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