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Pretty reliable after 4 yrs!
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By nalarika
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2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Had some problems in the beginning with the transmission and exhaust manifolds, warranty covered those so ever since then we have had no powertrain issues. The door seals seem to sag and that is annoying but other than that the car has a ton of features for the price and has made many adventurous trips with us!


Best Features

Peppy 200hp engine, 290 watt cd changer system, tow package and 4wd system for snowboard trips. Like the smooth car like ride from the all around independent suspension and the moon roof.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage would be nice. Change the transmission gearing so when climbing a hill it does not have to kick down a gear and rev at 4500 rpm. Better solid door seals and one touch up/down power windows for the passengers.


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Great Over the Long Haul - 4+ years
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By ameliacatz
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2002 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I've had this vehicle for almost 5 years now and overall it has been great. I've had very few problems and it has been economical to maintain. There have been a few recalls which were handled without problem. I did need to have the power sunroof repaired when it decided to stop closing, but it was under warranty and the dealer rushed me in without an appointment the day I called and I've had no problems since. As to brake usage, I'm still using the original set. At the 50,000 service they said it would need brakes next time. My '96 Chevy Blazer needed brakes every 20,000 miles! I just replaced the original tires a few months ago. I've enjoyed driving the vehicle!


Best Features

Better than average mileage for an SUV. Right in line with EPA estimates. Good looks and trim. Fun to drive. 4WD as needed or push button for always on. Drives well in snow and rain. Like 60/40 split rear seats. Crate for our large dog fits easily with room for our son too. 6-CD changer is great.


Worst Features

They need to have a one-fold system for the back seats for cargo. It's no fun folding the seat parts all around when you're standing in the rain. Rear wiper design needs improvement as wiper can't be cleaned under without re-seating. Less brake dust from front wheels.


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Mazda Tribute LX-V6 2002
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By jbondjbond
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2002 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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The vehicle has been reliable. It is fun to drive and reasonably comfortable even on an all day drive. It could use a little more back seat leg room and a little more rear storage width. The back seats won't fold flat unless you first remove the headrests. It definitely needs more soundproofing. It is a noisy highway ride. Actual mileage is about 2-3 mpg less than advertised. Overall the vehicle has more pros than cons. We have never had any regrets on the purchase.


Best Features

The engine is very responsive. It will pass in a flash with no hesitation. The fabric seats are far more comfortable than leather. The adjustable lumbar support in the driver's seat is a nice feature. The vision is good with no serious blind spots. Maneuverability and handling is good.


Worst Features

It needs more rear leg room and a little more width in the rear storage compartment. It definitely needs more soundproofing.


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So far so good!
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By ccarlson
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2002 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Took some time getting used to after driving a car; felt tippy and had too many column levers, kept turning wiper blades on to put it in gear. I agree with some others that it needs a lighted key ignition, hard to locate in the dark even after 3 years. I had engine light come on first year and a couple recalls but all were fixed in a timely manner by the dealer. Seats were and still are hard as a rock, but holding up well. Love the front wheel drive, rarely need the 4WD. Has good visual all around. Tire & wind noise on the inside is loud. Had 6 disk CD player replaced once, has nice sound. If made a little wider and fixed above items, it would be the ultimate small SUV. Good vehicle!


Best Features

Front wheel drive, roomy & reclining back seats, 6 disk CD player 40/60 split back seat, good visual, attractive body styling, good heater.


Worst Features

Lighted ignition key, noise reduction undercoating, soften the seats, feels top heavy & tippy, move wiper control to dash on the left, increase gas mileage to 20-25 city & 25-30 hwy.


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Still Zooming after 50k
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By paguy
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2002 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Some minor problems with rear window seal leaking but the dealership fixed it promptly and it was covered under warranty. The brake master cylinder had a defective cap, that was also fixed. Had a few recalls. Nothing major. Our Tribute is just as quick and tight as it was when we bought it. Still a blast to drive. It's only 2wd but seems to go about anywhere anyways. The only complaint I have is the size of the gas tank and the mileage. The gas tank is only about 15 gal. and seems like we're always filling the tank. I suppose the mileage is ok for a small 6 cyl. SUV. We get around 18 or 19 mpg city and around 24 or 25 mpg highway.


Worst Features

bigger fuel tank and a little better mileage would be great.


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