by pjl7 on Sep 8, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute i Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
We read all the reviews about this vehicle before we bought two years ago. This is not the car to buy if you are looking for a reliable older vehicle. Yesterday, the engine blew and left our son stranded on the interstate.
We now have a decision to put another $2,000 to $3,000 to fix or just scrap and payoff the remainder of the five year loan.
Less than 100,000 miles, no warnings! Do not buy this vehicle.
by tannerrocks on Feb 25, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute s Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
This is the second Mazda I have owned; but this one has been the best car I have ever had thus far.
I have had five cars in my life.
I have replaced brackes, had some suspension work done (tie rods etc); but having had it since it was brand new I find it stellar.
I don't off road with this; I drive on roads only.
I travel with it almost annually; and it is our primary car on weekends so I average about 14k a year.
I am very disappointed with the newer designs; if i wanted a Jeep I would buy a Jeep; not a Mazda look alike.
I am replacing the stereo this year by choice so I can keep driving this one for many more miles.
by diverdan1 on Nov 5, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute s Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
since buying this vehicle i have had 7300.00 warranty work done on it and heaven alone knows how much apparently my problems i have spent on it. it is the worst vehicle i have ever owned and suggest to anyone to do some thorough research before ever buying a mazda ford tribute. apparently my problems are not over yet according to my mechanic. buyer be aware when purchasing one of these.
by seemmons on Nov 1, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute s AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I love, love, love this car. My tribute currently has 89,000 mi. It's everything a small SUV should be. In the V6 with 4wd, it's powerful quick. I spend 2hrs in mine daily, both highway and dirt roads, and it's just as stable on the mud as it is on pavement. I'm getting around 25mpg. On our first big snow, I hit 4WD, and drove this thing through the mud and 16" of snow up a hill without so much as slip. It's much more stable than I feel the Jeeps are, and when test driving, blew away even the Escape. Mine also has an enormous sunroof, stylish leather and idiot-proof 6 CD changer. There also isn't a dog, a ladder or power tool my hubby and I can't fit in it.
by zel1 on May 14, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute s AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
We have put 164,000 miles on our Tribute, including many long highway trips and back woods driving on two-tracks in the UP of Michigan.
We required a new (rebuilt Ford) transmission at 94,000 miles, which possibly can be attributed to driving with cupped tires that probably vibrated it to pieces.
Mileage is so-so, up to about 21.5 on the highway (we are usually pretty heavily loaded on trips).
A/C, defroster, heater have always given some problems, but still work OK.
Never burned a drop of oil, and still has good power on the highway.
Hoping to make 250,000 miles.
Extensive changes for the Tribute this year include a new base engine, restyled exterior and a new electronic four-wheel-drive system. A floor-mounted shifter replaces the awkward column shifter, and ABS is now standard on all models.