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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems of the 2001 Mazda Tribute

Four problems related to automatic transmission torque converter have been reported for the 2001 Mazda Tribute.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 1
Failure Date: 07/09/2007

On July 9, 2007, I paid to have my transmission rebuilt after a transmission failure in our 2001 Mazda Tribute, (ES-v6 4wd), resulted in stranding my wife and young daughter on a busy roadside, 45 miles from home, in san leandro. At the time of the transmission failure the car had 93,782 miles on it. I purchased the Mazda new in 2001 from the almaden Mazda dealership in san jose. (now capitol Mazda). The transmission repair involved towing the car to a shop and rebuilding the automatic transmission. The rebuild included replacing the torque converter, solenoids, direct drum, shell, pistons, and a valve body upgrade among other parts. The repair cost was $3085. 00 plus towing charges. The incident also resulted in the loss of use of the car for 1 week. At the time of the failure the car was out of warranty, and I considered myself an unfortunate victim of unusual circumstances. However, since that time I've learned that transmission failures in the 2001 Mazda Tribute and the cd4e automatic transmission are an all too common occurrence and that my experience is not rare at all. In fact, reports on the internet suggest that the occurrence of similar transmission failures at relatively low mileage, between 50,000 and 100,000 miles, is alarmingly common in the Mazda Tribute.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 2
Failure Date: 07/17/2006

Shutter of the transmission/torque converter when traveling around 45 mph. Problem first reported on the vehicle around 30,000 miles at which time the dealer flushed the transmission fluid per tech assistance ref. 272101. Dealer determined "no problem found" when the shutter was reported again at 48,000 miles. When the problem was reported at 51,000 miles, dealer again flushed the transmission and reflashed the pcm. The problem occurred again at 56,000 miles at which time the dealer determined the transmssion needed to be replaced. Transmission was replaced at 58,500 miles. Problem discovered again around 88,000 miles; again, dealer flushed the transmission. Problem occurred again at 98,500 miles at which time the dealer replaced the torque converter.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 3
Failure Date: 12/28/2004

Known problem in transmissions used in Ford escapes and Mazda Tributes. Problem with torque converter lock not operating properly. Ford issued oasis fix and TSB but refuses to acknowledge problem when vehicles off warranty. Has existed and been unofficially acknowledged by Ford since 2001. Has resulted in complete transmission failure of vehicles being operated at highway speeds. Personally, problem has returned for 2nd time in 7,000 miles after factory "fix".

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 4
Failure Date: 11/08/2003

Torque converter & transmission on 2001 Mazda Tribute failed.