"My Tribute has been an amazingly good car, I had another car so used it just for personal stuff but got rid of other vehicle and started using my Tribute for everything and it has been great! I need a really reliable car as I am flying solo and know nothing about fixing or repairing cars. I put about $2000 into my Tribute in the last year or so and have decided it is time to replace her!"
"I have been the proud owner of a 2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V-6 purchased new for going on 13.5 years now. Regular maintenance (3-4K oil/filter, battery, brakes, tires) and a new A/C compressor and electric main door switch in 2014 are the only issues ever encountered. I've lived in the north and south with it and used the handy 4 wheel drive when needed but this medium-sized SUV can hold the road on rainy slick highways as well using front 2 wheel drive. Too bad they don't make the Tribute any more (built on Ford Escape footprint in 2002) but I wouldn't hesitate to pick one of these up used if it's been treated well! Great car I plan to keep for many years to come!"
"Bought two years ago; Maybe this car was reliable in its earlier days but I have had headaches since I purchased it. I expect to put $ into a used vehicle but this car was a headache six months after buying. In addition to normal wear and tear repairs, I had multiple major repairs. It is comfortable to ride in, both front and back seats. It is roomy and handles well in bad weather. But it is unreliable."
Cons: "Drivers window squeeks when it's going up when wet"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have had this vehicle for a little more than 8 years. I still love it. I needed a tune up and a computer part replaced at around 97,000 miles that was costly but it runs like new and is still worth far more than it cost to repair. Handles amazingly well in rain and snow."
"Has been reliable car. Has a 3.0 v6. A four cylinder would probably have sufficed just as well.
Loud cabin noise. Sound mechanically until 100,000 miles then needed engine seal replaced.intererior nothing fancy but has stood up over all. Comfortable front seats. Has leather and heated seats. Problem with heated passenger seat always comes on when someone sits down. Have never been able to figure out if switch was being hit with a foot or just a faulty switch."
"Have had this vehicle for 9 years, lived in 4 different states, driven it for a living in outside sales, gone from coast to coast and have never had a major repair. Rides like a car, has the get up and go power of a sports car with it's V6 engine. I heard they stopped making them...that's a shame best vehicle I've ever owned. Does drink a lot of gas but that's the only thing wrong. Common 270,000 + miles how can you complain."