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2003 Mazda Tribute Consumer Reviews

4.1
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by from NJ on April 7, 2010

1st one is a 2001 manual 4...just keeps going and going...still haven't replaced timing belt at 120K + miles...want to keep it going - so will soon (as a precaution?) 2nd one is a 2003 V6 auto...just ...
1st one is a 2001 manual 4...just keeps going and going...still haven't replaced timing belt at 120K + miles...want to keep it going - so will soon (as a precaution?) 2nd one is a 2003 V6 auto...just bought used - very quick and stable...so far, so good...gas mileage is suspect at 17 mpg overall with a combo of street and highway. Overall, Tributes do give you an SUV with a "car feel." They are SPECTACULAR in snow, but would not attempt off-roading. I live in NJ now (after Colorado), and find it to be a nice balance of vehicle after owning (in CO) a Chevy Blazer.
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Overall good vehicle

by from Plumas Lake on July 23, 2011

I was going to get an Escape, but the Mazda Tribute was a better price and had more features and a color I loved. Overall it's been a very good vehicle. Gas mileage not the best but much better than o...
I was going to get an Escape, but the Mazda Tribute was a better price and had more features and a color I loved. Overall it's been a very good vehicle. Gas mileage not the best but much better than our Durango. Biggest beef with this vehicle is that it is noisy ride. You can hear the most of the road noise. Bought the Mazda extended warranty when we purchases the car which was refunded in full after 6 years since it was not used during the warranty period. Good value for the money.
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Love it!

by from Virginia on November 14, 2011

I bought my LX new when it came out in 2002. Has 125K miles on it now. I was also looking at the Escape but the Tribute was "cuter" & had a more stylish look both interior & exterior at the time. I ha...
I bought my LX new when it came out in 2002. Has 125K miles on it now. I was also looking at the Escape but the Tribute was "cuter" & had a more stylish look both interior & exterior at the time. I haven't had any major issues with it all. This has been a great vehicle. This is the longest I've owned a vehicle, the most miles I've put on one and best experience I've had with one. It's a great vehicle for the size and price. It sits up high like a full size SUV, no blind spots & good room in the back seat & back for storage.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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Great Gas Mileage and Great Handling

by from Denver, Colorado on May 18, 2007

This is an exceptionally good vehicle for the money. Handles well. Great gas mileage. Great in snow! Lots of room and comfortable. Only negative is no low range or hill decline feature for off roading...
This is an exceptionally good vehicle for the money. Handles well. Great gas mileage. Great in snow! Lots of room and comfortable. Only negative is no low range or hill decline feature for off roading. Going down steep grades in low gear you have to burn the brakes to keep the vehicle in control.
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Best SUV ever

by from Washington Crossing, PA on August 18, 2009

I bought this car used. It had right around 100,000 miles on it. I love this car. The only problem I have with it is the trans. This is not the cars falt the person who had it before me towed a boat t...
I bought this car used. It had right around 100,000 miles on it. I love this car. The only problem I have with it is the trans. This is not the cars falt the person who had it before me towed a boat that was to heavy for the vehicle and damaged the trans. I put trans condtioner in it from lucus oil and had no more problems with the trans. That is a testimony to Ford and Mazda's toughness. Stil driving and loveing it. This vehicle blows away the comp for GM Honda and Toyota
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Mazda is a hidden treasure

by from Calhoun, Kentucky on October 14, 2010

This SUV was a surprise to me as I now know is it the Ford Escape. Unlike many other small or mid-size SUVs, this one has a lower cost and resale value which I believe to be a good thing for the consu...
This SUV was a surprise to me as I now know is it the Ford Escape. Unlike many other small or mid-size SUVs, this one has a lower cost and resale value which I believe to be a good thing for the consumer. It rides good, has a roomy interior, multiple safety features and the exterior look "brand new". The only thing that made me feel somewhat negative about the entire experience was the dealership where I purchased the vehicle. All I can say is do not talk to them about anything including warranty information, price of the car, your trade in value... They will get you in the end. Arrange all your financing ahead of time, know what your car's value is and do your research. It will pay off. I am very happy with the Mazda and it meets my needs.
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most reliable car I've owned

by from nj on January 30, 2010

I traide this vehicle for mecedes-benz clk 320 cupe bud i miss my tribute very much.To las day i have no problem.
I traide this vehicle for mecedes-benz clk 320 cupe bud i miss my tribute very much.To las day i have no problem.
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Love the Tribute!!

by from Kansas on April 30, 2010

My wife and I bought the 2003 Mazda Tribute used and we love it. Plenty of room for the kids and the dogs! Drives and handles nice, good gas mpg. Many features for the price. Ours was very well taken ...
My wife and I bought the 2003 Mazda Tribute used and we love it. Plenty of room for the kids and the dogs! Drives and handles nice, good gas mpg. Many features for the price. Ours was very well taken care of and it still smelled new! Highly recommend the Tribute for any family.
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Still going after 120k

by from Seattle on September 30, 2010

Bought new in 2003, after reading reviews, decided on the Tribute (4/48k warranty vs 3/36 for the Ford escape). We purchased the extended warranty because we plan to keep the it as long as it runs. 3...
Bought new in 2003, after reading reviews, decided on the Tribute (4/48k warranty vs 3/36 for the Ford escape). We purchased the extended warranty because we plan to keep the it as long as it runs. 30k Front Passenger Brake failure - replace caliper and rotor -warranty covered Passenger, we had to pay for Drivers side 60k Engine overheated, burned valves, Warped engine, 2 months at dealer fighting with insurance to pay the bill- Sometime after that while we were getting New Tires - Found a cracked CV joint - Fixed under warranty 110k - Tuneup, plugs, wires, front brakes, found 2 leaking struts, one front, one rear 125k - Replaced all struts, Alignment, Rear brakes. The car starts reliably, sounds good, looks great, drives nicely and is comfortable. I think we just had a bit of bad luck with ours, but were lucky we purchased the extended warranty. It cost us $1200, but saved us about $5000 in repairs. 3k Engine, 2k on brakes and axle. The engine was really rebuilt at 60k, so it's like it only has 65k on it. We still plan to keep it forever, just hoping that the repair costs stay minor - especially since it is paid for.
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Purchased a used car

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Does not recommend this car

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Owns up to the expectations!!

by from Cleveland, MS on August 14, 2011

My Mazda Tribute LX was pruchased used with 30,000+ miles on it and has endured the test of time and numerous wreckless drivers, including myself, since 2003. Aside from the regular maintenance, the o...
My Mazda Tribute LX was pruchased used with 30,000+ miles on it and has endured the test of time and numerous wreckless drivers, including myself, since 2003. Aside from the regular maintenance, the only problems I've had are the wiring in my dash board and my A/C. After 8yrs and 197,000 miles, it run smoothly, now that I am doing regular upkeep and inspections. Gas mileage is lacking but I cant complain since its still around 16mpg city and highway mileage is increasing!!
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