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Hello and welcome to just answer and allowing me to assist you. I will send you a couple links , one to show you the proceedure for replacing the shift cable and another with the ome part number. Notice for the part number there are two to choose from ,early and later versions so you will have to check your vehicle's production date to order the right one. Hope this helps you and if you require further assistance I'll be happy to do so. http://www.jimellismazdaparts.com/productSearch.aspx?&ukey_make=995&ukey_model=14371&modelYear=2001&ukey_category=20291&ukey_driveline=0&ukey_trimlevel=0&ukey_modelRange=0&isOnSale=0&searchTerm=
The same thing happened to my 2001 Mazda Tribute. It was stuck in Neutral. The shifter cable fell off the little metal post under the steering column. To fix it I removed the plastic column covers. Put the round end of the cable back on the little silver colored post. Then secured it on the post with a ring type push nut from Ace Hardware. Total cost of repair was sixty cents. The cables are not always broken. They just fall of the little post.