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2003 Mazda Tribute SUV

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


Review

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.


Favorite 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


Suggested Improvements

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 SUV 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.


Favorite Features

Looks, styling of the SUV.


Suggested Improvements

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 SUV 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.


Favorite Features

Great features for the price. Nice ride.


Suggested Improvements

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


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transmission trouble 3 times
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By Eileen Kelley
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2003 Mazda Tribute SUV ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I love this car but at 22,000 miles the transmission leaked; dealership put in a new transmission. Almost a year to the day the 2nd transmission with only 14,000 miles now has to be replaced again. The dealership is very rude and has an "oh well this happens" attitude. Very frustrating because what's to stop it from happening again next year? Mazda customer service is not much better. Accused me of not taking care of the car. Now the front wheel bearings are to be replaced. Haven't had much satisfaction from anyone. Am going to try Attorney General's office next.


Favorite Features

Everything but the transmission.


Suggested Improvements

Change gear shift; too close to radio controls.


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great vehicle
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By bill
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2003 Mazda Tribute SUV LX-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I liked the price compared to the Toyota Highlander which I almost bought instead. After 43K, only had a recall on the accelerator cable -- other than that not one problem.


Favorite Features

Sunroof, stereo, auto 4 wheel drive plus being able to lock it in 4 wheel drive, power of the V6.


Suggested Improvements

Like everyone else's complaint, the tires are excessively noisy. I can't wait until they wear out. Shift lever location, passenger door locks.


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