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You Get What You Pay For!
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Exterior Design
Build Quality
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By Riason
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Vehicle

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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Stalling problem almost killed me...
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By DMD
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2002 Mazda Tribute LX-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I was quite happy with my Tribute until
this week. It stalled 2x. Once at
50mph on a 4 lane hwy in the PM rush
hour. Lost all power/brakes &
steering. A car-carrier truck (fully
loaded w/cars) would have killed me but
I was able to muscle the Tribute off
the road. Stalled again next day in
rush hour going around a curve at
25MPH. Had to muscle it off road into
someone's yard to avoid causing an
accident. It is at the dealership now.
Very scary - very dangerous - someone
will be killed if this stalling problem
is not fixed. I cannot believe there
has been no recall. Is Mazda waiting
for a lawsuit?


Best Features

The Tribute handles well, and is looks sharp (silver w/grey interior.) The ABS brakes work well, although the brake dust is excessive.


Worst Features

Mazda needs to acknowledge that a stalling problem still exists with many of the '02 Tributes, and issue a recall. Also, decrease the amt of brake dust, and road noise.


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The Snappy 2002 V-6 MAZDA Tribute 4WD
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By Bill Arndt
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2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Excellent, good looking, snappy little
SUV that offers comfort, performance,
and reliability. While generally
economical for an all-wheel-drive, the
fuel economy drops markedly with a boat
in tow. The interior appointments are
quite good with little lacking
except "quiet". Let's face it... this
is a noisy vehicle and the unacceptable
level of road noise is the only major
disappointment we have had with the
otherwise great Tribute.


Best Features

Styling and performance


Worst Features

Add sound barriers to cut the road noise. Also redesign the post-mounted shifter with a better detent to avoid slipping into 2nd from park or reverse


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I love my Tribute!!
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By piazzafan
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2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Review

I love my Tribute. I've owned it for
over a year and have had no problems at
all. It is a lot of fun to drive and
looks great too. I also liked it
better than the Ford Escape (the Escape
has rubber on lower body instead of
being painted). It has great power and
brakes and tight steering. I would buy
another one in a heartbeat!


Best Features

I love the moonroof, 6 cd player, V6 engine, and leather seats. It's very comfortable to drive and easy to get in and out of. In my opinion, it's the nicest looking small SUV available. Great value for the money, as well.


Worst Features

Move the gear shift to the floor. It looks sportier and also allows for easier access to audio controls. Cruise control buttons should light up. Gray interior should be available with white exterior (like the Escape).


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