by juguru on Jul 23, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I bought my 2001 Mazda Tribute ES V6 4x4 in October 2000.
This has been a great car.
I recently had a tune-up at 229,000 miles and the mechanic couldn't believe it was in such great shape for being almost 13 years old.
She looks and runs like the day I bought it! I'm sure the fact I live in Charleston, SC helped keep it looking so nice - no snow!
The only problem I had with it was the pleather inserts on the door panels failed about 2 years ago, but I was able to fix them myself...
A very good and dependable vehicle and a lot of fun to drive.
My sister needed a new car so I just drove it to Upstate NY to give to her. Still running great on long trips.
I will miss driving it!!!
by bevhath on May 1, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I've had this 2001 for little over 2 yrs now, over 105K miles. ONLY problem I've had is running rough when you first start it and occassionally rough "surges" at stop lights/signs. Any idea what that can be? Fun to drive, radio not very good, was hoping for a little better gas milage - gets around 18 around town & 24-25 long haul driving (interstates, etc). Looking for another in addition to this one now!
by andrewcaudillo on Mar 30, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I love my Mazda, I really do.
But after 10 years of babying, I feel that it should fare better than it is.
We bought it brand new in late 2000.
It looked incredible then, and it still does.
However, there are a few issues:
1) (minor) the fabric panelling on the doors is falling off. ($20 fix)
2) (minor) The headlights are all fogged up ($15 fix)
3) (major) The PLASTIC intake manifold gasket has gone bad ($1000 fix)
Would I buy another one?
I'm driving a 2001 Toyota Camry LE (4 cyl) while the Mazda's in the shop, and though it doesn't look as good, drive as well, or sound as awesome, it hasn't given my grandparents a single issue...
I'll buy a VW or Toyota next time
Mazda's first sport-utility vehicle since the departure of the Navajo half a decade ago, the Tribute combines car-like ride and handling with the ability to go in the snow and tote up to five passengers and a healthy amount of their luggage. With the most powerful V6 in its class, in addition to handsome looks and a spacious cabin, the Tribute should find huge success despite an increasingly crowded small-SUV marketplace.