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By Stranded & Mad
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2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

The vehicle won't start. It takes
about 4 tries before the car finally
starts. This has happened countless
times. The service person can't find
the problem. Previously had the
stalling problem twice. Had the door
molding start coming down. Headlight
has condensation in it. Hear squeking
noise on the passenger door panel.
Accelerator gets stuck & suddenly
accelerates. To much brake dust.


Best Features

Passenger space, storage space, cd stereo system.


Worst Features

RECALL this car. Someone is going to die.


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It's a Ford, people.
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By rjpaxton
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2002 Mazda Tribute DX 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We purchased the 2WD DX model instead of
a small pickup, and were pretty happy
with it for a few months. It looks
great from the outside, and the interior
design is well-thought out and easy to
work with. It's slooooow, though I'm
sure the V6 is zippier. Decent handling
once you put good tires on it. Problems
with: stereo, driver's side window, rear
hatch window, failed wheel bearing,
clutch pedal squeak, clutch chatter.
Quality wholly unacceptable.


Best Features

Good cargo capacity, especially well-done fold-down rear seat. Great set of features on the lower-level DX trim. Very good A/C and heater.


Worst Features

Quality control. A stronger 4 (I understand the 2005 model has 15 more hp). Did I mention quality control?


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Great Value
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By Crockins
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2002 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I guess you would call this a 30,000
mile report. I am very pleased with my
purchase of my 2002 Mazda Tribute. I
have used it for long trips, camping,
skiing and have not had one problem
with it. All I have done is the
routine maintenance. The only annoying
little thing is the rear window creaks
when going over bumps in the road.
When I take it in for service next time
I will have them check it out. Other
then that I have been very pleased with
it.


Best Features

The looks, its an SUV without looking like a truck. I like to say it's an SUV with sports sedan looks.


Worst Features

Fuel economy. I am getting 19-21 consistenly but would like it in the mid 25's. Also, better quality tires, I am getting alot of road noise.


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You Get What You Pay For!
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By Riason
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2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Have had 2003 model for 6 months with
all features and quite impressive for
the price. Most of mileage has come
from four 1500 mile trips with only
negatives being road noise, poor gas
mileage, and bad roof vibration at
70mph on windy days. No perceived drag
on engine with air on but if you can do
without it, the mileage improves from
20 to 26mpg. Lots of storage and room
for cargo; better than my RX330 but not
nearly as quiet and smooth riding. But
at 1/2 the price, the Mazda is a better
value. Long term reliability/cost is
the issue and only time will tell which
is the better value.


Best Features

Auto dimming mirror with temp and compass; huge center console; flat rear storage and volume; spunk; 50/50 diff lock; rear window or hatch access; and looks


Worst Features

Cumbersome shifter and Sound proofing (there is none! YOu can hear the radio on the outside at the same level as inside when windows are up!) Gas mileage but same is true of all SUVs.


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Loveit/Hate it
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By Lisbek
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2002 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Bought it in 6/02, edited version:
door chime rang nonstop when door open,
replaced ignition. Happened again and
finally fixed. Dashboard scratched
during repair, replaced under
warranty for being "warped". Odometer
replaced (didn't work after dash
replaced)resetting the mileage to zero.
Incorrect mileage written on door jam
sticker. Replaced: master cylinder,
drivers seat, drivers side mirror.
Repaired: rear window washer (X2),
speaker, Air con vent stuck. Currently
the power seat won't lower the back
half and the replacement seat is
developing a lump under the fabric
like the first seat. I am going to
pursue Mazda buying back the vehicle.


Best Features

The styling. The get up and go. Handling. Comfort. I have had a lot of people come up to me and ask me about it. I really do like my Tribute I am just tired of the nonstop problems.


Worst Features

Too much road noise, the gear shift should be shorter. Brake dust on the front wheels. A new dealership took over Mazda where I live and I have taken it in twice and both times the service reps commented on the amount of warranty repairs, it is up to a page and a half. Ridiculous!


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