1st Generation (2001—2006) Tribute Problems

Tribute owners with a 2001—2006 model year have the most problems with the engine (26%), body (20%), and the transmission (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 11 complaints at an average of 112,625 miles in the 2001 Mazda Tribute.
  2. Loud Knocking Noise 2 complaints at an average of 73,000 miles in the 2006 Mazda Tribute.
  3. Premature Strut Rust 10 complaints at an average of 121,100 miles in the 2005 Mazda Tribute.

What Tribute Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 16 3 51 10.02
2005 62 4 82 12.66
2004 11 7 73 2.46
2003 16 8 80 4.35
2002 20 9 95 6.91
2001 28 15 127 10.88

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