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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Mazda Tribute Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Mazda Tribute

  • Roomy on the inside, stylish on the outside and fun to drive wherever it goes, the Tribute is one of our favorite small SUVs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy and comfortable interior, peppy V6 engine, drives more like a car than a truck.

  • Cons

    Weak base four-cylinder, mediocre fuel economy and driving range on V6 models, cheap-looking interior.

  • What's New for 2004

    New body-colored door edge guards are available as an option, as is Homelink and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in compass.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I love, love, love my

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought my tribute over a year ago- with over 100k miles on it- a lot, I know, by I'm a poor college student! This was well worth the investment. I do all normal maintenance regularly And have had no major problems. It's really roomy, reliable, and safe! I love the 4WD in the winter! I am amazed at how smooth it drives. I do not have a garage to store it in unfortunately, but there have still been no issues- in the winter I. Let it warm up and it does great. The back storage is great, it seems like I'm always packing up. I would definitely recommend this car!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

First suv

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased my 2004 Mazada Tribute used with 85.000 miles in early Oct. 2012. I decided to down size from my last vehicle which was a Crysler Town and Country mini van. I did alot of research and the Tribute kept coming out on top. This is a great little SUV. It is fun to drive, peepy, and gets mileage as advertised. It has no rattles and controls are easy to reach. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that my mini van did but I am enjoying it completely. I love my Tribute and plan to drive it for many years.




Disappointed with mileage and performance

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Purchased used with 106K on the clock, now has 113K. We were attracted to the exterior styling and interior features of the 2004 Mazda Tribute. It gives a very stable and comfortable ride. I hate the poor air conditioning controls. When you select the A/C, you cannot select which vents (high or low) the air comes out of, unlike the Toyotas and Hondas that I am accustomed to. The V6 engine pulls fairly well at low speeds, but seems to have a difficult time maintaining 70 mph on some highway inclines. I expected better than 22 mpg from a modern Japanese vehicle of this size. Would not buy another one.




Love my tribute

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is my 2nd 2004 Tribute. The first one I traded for a Mazda 3 because of rising fuel costs back in 2005. I missed it so much that when I found another used 2004 within my price range, I bought it. It had 68,000 miles on it when I bought it and now has 95,000. The only thing that it's been in the shop for is recharging the AC. I love the way it rides and drives. I have a 20 mile commute to work and this past winter, when we had several bad snow storms, I didn't miss a day of work.




Solid vehicle

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this vehicle new and have 112K miles on it. Overall, this vehicle has been solid, reliable and fun to drive. Other then routine maintenance, I have put very little money into repairs. It's great on long trips and in the city. Very versatile, comfortable and peppy! The only beef I have is the mileage. I average about 21 mpg combined. It seems like I'm always at the gas station! I had no intention of keeping this vehicle for so long, but I have no good reason to get rid of it!




Wow

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Bought my Tribute used with 140000 on odo. 1 owner and they took such good care of it, WOW what a fun drive!!! Moved up from a GeoTracker. Love the rear cargo room and the leather seats, and the stereo! Previous owner had no major repair or complaints in the years of ownership, was buying a new Tribute. 140,000 miles folks and not a oil leak on the v6! I hope to drive this light SUV to 350,000 or more. Only complaint I have is the small gas tank.



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Full 2004 Mazda Tribute Review

What's New for 2004

New body-colored door edge guards are available as an option, as is Homelink and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in compass.

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Talk About The 2004 Tribute

2004 Mazda Tribute Discussions See all Started By

bigdog59
bigdog59
05-31-2008
HI, I ALSO HAVE A TRIBUTE 2004 WITH THE SAME GAUGES PROBLEMS. I HAVE TAKEN MINE TO THREE DEALERS AND THEY CAN'T FIND THE PROBLEM EVEN WITH THA MAZDA TECH. HAVE FOUND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.. THANKS M...


teteia
teteia
01-09-2014
HI , I have a 2004 Mazda tribute just had the transmission replaced and the rear main seal replaced and a block heater installed. Since i got it back from the shop it would not stay running in idl...


jstandefer
jstandefer
09-28-2001
The Escape and Tribute are pretty close. However, other than the drivetrain, the platform, body, and suspension were designed by Mazda. It was Ford's choice not to differentiate the Escape FROM the ...



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