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tribute lx 4wd 6 cylinder
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By curly
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2002 Mazda Tribute SUV LX-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

We owned this vehicle for a little over
one year. Initially we were impressed
with the size, acceleration, and
utility of this vehicle. However,
certain annoyances became much more
noticeable the longer we drove it. It
is NOISY. I repeat NOISY. Rear lift
developed a loud rattle which has
proven elusive to correct. Cigarette
lighter broke after one week. The
steering is very heavy at low speeds.
The seats are very firm and
uncomfortable on long trips. Fuel
economy is poor. Brake dust!!! Brake
dust all the time on the front wheels.
The longer your in this vehicle the
more annoying it becomes. Beware future
buyers, this is a FORD with mazda
badging.


Best Features

Acceleration, sound system, size.


Worst Features

Quiet the wind and road noise. Improve the seats and ride. Improve the quality.


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holding my breath....
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By jp2spidey
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2002 Mazda Tribute SUV ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

bought 2/2002. been in the shop 3 times
as of 9/12/02. 2x for stalling problem.
1x for headlight switch not working.
(relay problem i was told). headlights
not coming on at night is a "bit" of a
problem.the dealership has been great,
no question about that. i even believe
that mazda has not been very
forthcoming with them. still,having to
keep returning to the dealer on a new
car is not very encouraging at all.now
we must drive with a
constant "readiness" to take the gear
shift and quickly move it back into
neutral to restart the car while
moving.who wants to drive with that
kind of pressure??we are considering
the lemon law as of this moment.


Best Features

handles fine, fairly comfortable ride. this had the potential to be a great car,but the dangerous situations with the stalling is not worth it.mazda knows of this situation and seems to be unconcerned of the life threatening possibilities


Worst Features

int.lites should have been near dash, because reaching in the dark for buttons on the ceiling is stupid.i have heard from reliable sources that a recall may be imminent but mazda is waiting to see if the "fix" for the stalling works.


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Best Deal on a SUV
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By JCB
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2002 Mazda Tribute SUV LX-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

We purchased our Tribute almost a year
a go. 16000+ miles, 3 cross country
trips and we are still loving it. Fuel
economy has improved ...we are
averaging 20 mpg in Atlanta traffic! on
the highway we managed 25mpg. Not bad
considering the great power and
comfort. We seriously considered the
Toyota Highlander and the Range Rover
Freelander, but Tribute wins... power,
price, space, ride and for far less
than the others.


Best Features

In-dash CD changer, low loading height, split rear gate, hidden spare (believe me this makes a big difference) less costly if you are rear ended.


Worst Features

As of 9/2002, all the common complaints of 2001 and earlier 2002 have been fixed. The shifter the defrost button, power seat. The only thing is fix the rattle from the luggage area cover!


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Good so far
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By Happy so far
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2002 Mazda Tribute SUV LX-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I bought this vehicle to replace my 12
year old(180,000 mile) Mazda MPV and so
far, I am happy with the purchase. Good
looks and mechanically sound.More than
sufficient power. Continental tires a
bit noisy. Door armrests could be
padded.


Best Features

Good power,nice exterior styling,very good abs brakes and nice safety package.


Worst Features

Cheap plastic dashboard appearance. Could use better gas mileage.


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Not Bad for an SUV
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By FirstSUV
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2002 Mazda Tribute SUV LX-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I was looking for an mini suv with good
passing power and comfort. The tribute
had both. The V6 engine has great
power on demand. I've had it now for 3
months. The only complaint I have
about it is the driver side mirror
vibrates at speeds above 70 mph.
Otherwise, I'm completely satisfied
with the purchase. If you are in the
market for one, put it on your test
drive list.


Best Features

V6 power


Worst Features

Reduce wind noise at high speeds


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