I was given a 2003 Tribute at the beginning of my senior year in high school from my grandfather, and despite having...I'd say, 150000 - 180000 miles on the odometer, it ran very well, and still does. My grandfather drove it off the lot new in 2003 and used it for 17 - 19 years commuting back and forth to work, and it has about 205500 miles on it now, and it's running fantastically. You know it's a good car when it can have 180000 miles on it and survive a year plus of a new driver navigating mountain roads both too quickly and too slowly. For a while (as in several years), there was a problem where the engine would shudder violently at a less-than-1000-rpm idle, but that problem seems to have been solved recently, at least for the past month or so.
very fun rig to drive
lives up to the zoom zoom reputation of it's era. Bought w/ 105,000 miles am expecting to roll it to at least 200,000, has the reputation to go further. Very happy
We bought a 2003 4cyl Tribute in 2013 with 105,000km. It has now done 170k. It is used for all the jobs we don't want our Mercedes to do...shopping centre car parks, towing the trailer, taking the boat to the ramp, taking rubbish to the tip. It has been totally reliable and cheap to run, a bit more power would be nice.
Very reliable comfortable car
This car is so nice to drive...roomy..and reliable...I think it is a very safe car and well worth the money I paid for it.highly recommend this car
As a Tribute to Mazda, this is a awesome vehicle.
Purchased my 2003 Tribute new. Still running great in 2019 with 230 K miles. Used for local commute and many out-of-state travel trips with 4 and 5 persons for daughter's basketball tournaments with no problems. Very reliable and strong vehicle. Have newer vehicles in family but just love using my Tribute for most trips and around town chores. Wish they made vehicles like this today.
I have a 2003 tribute with over 300,000 miles.
My 2nd mazda. This one is a 2003 tribute with over 300,000 miles. Still on the road and trust worthy. I will probably cry when it dies. Many happy vacations with grand children and great grand. The only costly failure has been the coils. On our 5th set of tires. Everything still works. Send me a new one!!!!!.
The car has been very reliable.
The car has been great on camping, cycling and kayak trips, it holds a lot of cargo and can tow a trailer. We have taken the car on long trips and it has been very reliable.
Perfect fit for me. Smaller than a van yet i can still haul stuff. Smooth driving and great visibility.
Smooth running SUV.
I have this Tribute since I purchased brand new in 2003. I only had one problem with it within the first year of purchase, the passenger rear brake drum had to be replaced under warranty, otherwise I have had no other problems. There were two small recalls which were taken care of in an hour each. SUV drives great, lots of pep, gas mileage is about 19 mpg.
This tribute is my first SUV. I enjoy it. The only downfall is the gas consumption. For a smaller SUV the gas mileage can be iffy. The size is perfect for my needs.