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Overall rating:  Product Rating: 3.5

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May 1, 2011 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Nice interior Nice ExteriorGood for short distances
Cons: Not mechanically soundNot very gas efficient
The Bottom Line: This car is perfect for short distances, or for someone who doesn't drive often. If you require a reliable car, do not get a Tribute.

I bought a 2003 Mazda Tribute a year and half a go. It has been troublesome ever since. The little plugs and such that have gone out in the SUV have cost me around two grand. This is almost half of what I spent on the vehicle. I wish I had invested in ... read more

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Sporty Mid-sized SUV

Jul 19, 2006 - Updated Jul 21, 2006 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Sporty driving experience, good cargo room and towing ability, heated seats and mirrors.
Cons: Wind and road noise can be prominent. Trouble with rear seats.
The Bottom Line: Good choice mid-sized SUV for people who need the cargo room and towing ability. Otherwise look for new crossovers like CX-7 for even more sporty drive.

The 2003 Mazda Tribute ES AWD with 3.0L V6 was my answer to an SUV that handles well and accelerates fast with a price between 25k and 30k. At this price, it has 200 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, which was one of the highest among similar priced SUVs. On ... read more

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On Balance, I would not buy a tribute again

Sep 20, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Peppy, but Mazda does not stand behind product
Cons: Ten year part fails 4 months past warranty and I'm stuck paying $2,300
The Bottom Line: Avoid it. Who wants a $2,300 part to fail 4 months after warranty. A part a mechanic says should be good for ten years!

First, the minor things. The windshield cracked when I warmed up the car one morning in chilly Edmonton. The crack started from under the molding so it had a flaw in it from the factory. Of course I got a rock on the windshield which precluded me from ... read more

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almost happy

Mar 31, 2004 - Updated Apr 2, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great looks, lots of torque, head/leg room, cargo storage
Cons: Mileage, quality control
The Bottom Line: Please, Mazda, dont let Ford build your excellent SUV's anymore !!!

I have put 20000 miles on my Tribute FWD. This mid-sized SUV has plenty of power with its 200hp Ford engine, derived from the Taurus. The transmission is derived from the Mazda 626 and was oversized accordingly. The Tribute meant for the American ... read more

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A 2003 Tribute for Vacation

Jul 30, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: The size is great - a nimble car. Gas mileage is fine
Cons: Creature comforts - door locks and A/C controls.
The Bottom Line: After having Jeeps and GM Yukon, I would go back to one of them, probably a Jeep next time.

Two weeks ago we took delivery of a 2003 Tribute with just the options we wanted, then took a 3000 m ... read more

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I'll Never Go Back To A Car

Jun 5, 2003 - Updated Nov 13, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Powerful, Priced right, looks great, fantastic in the winter.
Cons: Gas Milage around town
The Bottom Line: Test Drive It - Then Decide. I Did, and I Bought It

I'm 32 and have owned cars (Mostly sports cars) all of my 15 driving years. I live in a harsh climate where we have snow from Nov-April. So, I finally decided that I needed something more practical to get around in. My biggest concern was hey, if I get ... read more

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Tribute Trauma

Feb 7, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Handling, styling, size
Cons: Quality control, gas mileage
The Bottom Line: If you can get a Tribute that has been put together properly, then you will love it.

After spending many hours reading reviews and opinions on the Web, I bought a new 2003 Tribute and it has been plagued with problems. There is so much that I like about this SUV, but there appears to be a serious quality control problem. ... read more

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Oct 16, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: SUV luxuries at a marginal cost, easy to handle, option packages.
Cons: NONE
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a real SUV, with all the trimming, except the price, look no further, this is the vechile for you.

My wife and I went looking for a new SUV this fall, test driving many different models, like the Honda CRV, the Toyota RAV4, and the Saturn Vue. It wasn't until we got to test drive the 2003 Mazda Tribute, that we were sure on what vehicle we wanted to ... read more

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A Great Vehicle for the Money!
Jun 30, 2006 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Looks good, affordable price, fun to drive.
Cons: Gas mileage.
I purchased my Tribute in October of 2002. I have had virtually no problems with it since then. It has some nice options and rides so much smoother and quieter than the Ford Escapes (its cousin) that two friends of mine own. The gas mileage is not ... read more
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1st Mazda Tribute
Jan 17, 2006 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Great Looks, Good Handling, Great Pick-Up
Cons: Gas mileage, never have I had a car that is so gas hungry!!
I just purchased a used 03, V6 Tribute & so far so good! I use the SUV for work, the pick up is great when you step on it I'm not worried about passing someone. The only complaint I have is that it loves gas, not sure if anyone else noticed but I can ... read more
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