2005 Mazda Tribute Consumer Review: Mostly a great car

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Mostly a great car
By zel1 on


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.

Best Features

Good, comfortable driving car on long trips. It has responsive power steering and tracks very well at 75-80 mph with little driver effort. Great cargo space for a vehicle of its size.

Worst Features

Improve the performance and controls for the AC/heater/defroster systems. The lights on the buttons are too dim and the defroster barely works at all (after dealer adjustments). Better insulation to block wind and highway noise from the passenger compartment would also be nice.
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