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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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4 reader reviews for Mazda Tribute 4x4.
  • 2.0 GSi 4WD 5dr

    Andrew Birkinshaw , NE Lincolnshire . Date: 22/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    I owned this car from Feb 2010 until May 2013. Unfortunately I needed a 4x4 at short notice as my own car developed a fault that was to expensive to repair and a 2003 Tribute was the only affordable vehicle available to purchase at the time. Because of this I never really liked the car - there was nothing inherently wrong with it, and it performed well in the bad snows that hit us in November 2010. Its competent rather than outstanding as a 4x4. Performance wise its sprightly enough for a large vehicle, but you do have to work the engine hard, its basically a Mondeo 2Ltr lump and whilst reliable (I only had a EGR replacement in the time I owned it + services and a new coil spring) its not a powerful car for its size. Build quality is ok but very plain and plasticky. Leather seats on my model did not wear well. The Interior is very lack luster. They raided the spares bin. Interior space is very good. I personally would not have another one, but they are not terrible cars. Mechanically, watch for springs, EGR Valves and the tube that feeds the rear wash wipe. It tends to pop off in cold weather. Its under the dash but you can reach it... just. The central locking can become faulty. I never fixed mine but check the servos on all doors. Bodywork was starting to show signs of rust when i sold mine, and the clutch was also showing signs of going. Its had done 79000ish. Overall its a dull car but a fairly sound workhorse.

  • 3.0 V6 Auto 4WD 5dr

    paul bates Date: 03/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Mine must be a rogue as there is little body role and sticks well to the road at all times.Fuel consumption on a heavy right foot is sometimes scary but can be driven sensibly to improve into the mid 20s.The only problem is what to replace it with as a package nothing comes close.

  • 3.0 V6 Auto 4WD 5dr

    Fiore Everington Date: 18/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought this car in 2002 after seeing it parked in a car park! We were looking for a family car with plenty of room for kids and dogs all for a reasonable price. We have had no problems at all since we bought the Tribute. We bought the 3.0 V6 Auto rather than the 2.0 model as when we test drove these we felt that the 2.0 model did not have enough power - very sluggish, not enough engine power for the size of car. Also leather seats in V6 Auto much more family friendly as is automatic gearbox for long and short journeys alike. The car is spacious and comfortable - a perfect family car. I do agree that the car has too much body-roll and steering is quite light, but it's not that bad a ride and very nippy too! Also better on road than off. Running costs can be quite high, although for the national average miles per year that our car does, this isn't a problem - wouldn't recommend it if you do a high mileage. Was very disappointed when I found out Mazda had stopped making the Tribute as would definately have bought another. If you do an average mileage and are looking for a nippy, robust, family car with plenty of room that can sufficiently handle most terrains then this is the car for you. The advantages certainly outweigh the disadvantges. Got my eye on the diesel CX 7 now!

  • 3.0 V6 Auto 4WD 5dr

    michael shuller , Cyprus . Date: 29/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for the last three years. Bought it new from the dealer. This car is powerful and enjoyable to drive.

    The only problem is the high fuel consumption, apart from that it beats the CR-V and other similar cars, for everything.

    The What Car? road test doesn't do justice to the car.

    The 2005 models have a different four-wheel drive system, also the gear shift was moved to the floor, the 2-litre engine was dropped and the Mazda 6; 2.3 liters is offered.

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