Used Mazda Tribute 4x4 2001 - 2004 reliability

Category: Large SUV

It's better on-road than off, but it's not particularly impressive anywhere

Mazda Tribute 4x4 (01 - 04)
  • Mazda Tribute 4x4 (01 - 04)
  • Mazda Tribute 4x4 (01 - 04)
Used Mazda Tribute 4x4 2001 - 2004 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

What should I look for in a used Mazda Tribute 4x4?

The Tribute was not on sale for very long as a new car in the UK, and relatively few were sold, so it's not that easy to form a complete picture of whether there are any consistent problems. However, owners are almost all very positive about the car's reliability, and Mazda cars generally do pretty well in our surveys.

Figures from Warranty Direct consistently put them among the most reliable models and in the past Mazda has finished top in our Reliability Survey for four years, only dropping to second place in 2005.

The Tribute has never been included in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey, but if the experience of other Mazda owners is anything to go by, you should have nothing to fear. Mazda may not consistently figure alongside the other Japanese brands at the top of the table, but the company is always in the top half of the table at least.

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