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2003 Mazda Tribute - Consumer Reviews

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By ALC
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2003 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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This is my second Tribute and third SUV, no longer have the need for a 4x4 station wagon. Overall its been good (28,000miles), looking to trade it, seems to have a terrible trade in value, even towards a new Mazda sedan. Ford builds this zoom-zoom suv and they put on the worst tires, Continental Contra If I ever buy another car with Continental tires, I'm having them include new tires in the price. Gas mileage isn't great especially at $3.00 a gallon. With the 4x4 on, we're looking at 12 to 13mpg. You have to wonder, why did they stop making the EXCURSION?


Best Features

Nice warm leather seats,100amp stereo not bad even by a teenager's ears.


Worst Features

Hate the tires, needs lock on the tailgate, shorter shift, hate the brake dust on the front rims ... drives me nuts!


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Great for family
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By Maryann
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2003 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Roomy, and yet small. Great for a family vehicle.


Best Features

Automatic 4 wheel drive and touch button.


Worst Features

None.


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almost 3 years
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By trohn33
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2003 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Having owned my Tribute for almost 3 years, it is disappointing to see the check engine light come on and stay on after it has been repaired. For the most part, the Tribute is an extremely enjoyable ride for me, the driver. The passenger seat lacks the same support, so at sudden braking, the passenger may feel as though they are sliding forward. As a lease vehicle, it is a nice choice. However to purchase? Get the extended warranty beyond the given 50,000 miles/4 years. The interior cabin is very roomy, but noisy. In order to hear the radio with some clarity, it has to be turned up quite a bit while driving. You don't realize how loud it is until you restart it. Fuel economy is bad.


Best Features

The comfort of the ride. The roomy interior, the height, and the handling add makes the it fun to drive. Long trips are fun. The sunroof automatically opens with one touch. Excellent cargo space for hauling soil and garden needs and light furniture. The V-6 is well equipped with standard features


Worst Features

Brighter instrument panel. More storage for purse & laptop. Side curtain airbags and other safety features a must. Fold down seats a little easier w/o removing head piece. Improve gas mileage and torque of V-6 engine or add more features to 4-cylinder. Passenger seat, more features for more comfort.


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a bit disappointed
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By elizabeth ochoa
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2003 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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SUV is comfortable, stylish. Disappointed with the quality. 6-CD player has been changed 3 times, disappointed to find out I get refurbished CD replacement, not a new CD player, even under factory warranty. Steering wheel pin has been changed twice; starting to squeak again. Discs - front disc brakes have been replaced, braking is too low. Moon roof mechanism already replaced. Very disappointed with factory warranty, service and treatment. Not pleased with Mazda quality.


Best Features

Looks, styling of the SUV.


Worst Features

Lowering rear seats to make it flat for cargo. Interior has plastic moldings that look cheap. Too noisy. Too many squeaks and rattles interiorly. Brake quality is low, bad discs. Problem with steering wheel noise, moon roof mechanism and CD player; changed 3 times already. Disappointing.


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By Disgusted Owner
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2003 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I love my Tribute, but it has been in the dealership 4 times for the same issue. Frequently the car does not want to start. The fuel pump was replaced twice. On the 3rd attempt, technical support was contacted and told to replace the IAC valve. It started up like a champ for a few days, then the problem occurred again. It also idles higher than normal since the IAC was replaced. On the 4th repair attempt, the engineers were contacted and the claim there is nothing wrong. According to research I've done on line, other people are experiencing similar issues, down to the fact that Mazda "claims" there is nothing wrong with the car.


Best Features

Great features for the price. Nice ride.


Worst Features

Less plastic in the interior. Noise level while driving on freeway needs to be fixed. Shifter gets in the way.


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