I purchased a 2001 Mazda Tribute in 2000. I have driven over 75,000 miles. This is a great vehicle. I have had no major problems with this vehicle. The only two problems I experienced was a broken door handle (inside) in about year three and about three months ago an EGR valve had to be replaced. The door handle cost was $75 dollars and the EGR valve $120. These are the only expenses I have had with my vehicle as far as repairs. This is a great everyday vehicle. It's roomy, the steering is excellent, it runs great and stops on a dime. I'm going into my fifth year driving this vehicle and I plan to drive it five more. My Tribute is well worth the $16,700 I paid for it back in 2000.
The day I gave this black SUV a trial run I had to buy it. It was the first one sold in Contra Costa County. Every where I went people asked me what kind of SUV it was ... I still get compliments on it. It has been the true "ZOOM ZOOM" that they advertised. It pulls my Sea-Doo with no effort. The 4-wheel drive is easy to use and works great up in the snow. The ONLY thing that was negative is that they put the shift control on the steering wheel instead of on the floor; sometimes when you change the volume on the radio you accidentally hit the steering shifter. I think they have remedied this on newer models. I love this SUV!
I love the tight steering and the sport car feel. This SUV is a screamer. And the sunroof is fun too.
They put the shifter on the steering column and it interferes with the radio; but you get used to it.
I have the DX 2WD/ 4cyl standard
Tribute and it has been a reliable car
in general but it is absolutely
horrible in the rain/snow. It handles
extremely poor in these conditions.
When it rains, I hydroplane often and
it skids on any road that is slightly
slick while braking. I am looking to
trade this vehicle in because of this
but now I see that it has depreciated
terribly as well.
Low gas mileage! Fun to drive (road
conditions permitting). Great space
Better weight distribution is
recommended to help with the slipping
and sliding on the roads. Smoother
shifting in manuals would be helpful.
It would be nice if they made the car a
little more solid and tighter. Wind
noise inside the car is really loud.