Review: Mazda Tribute (2001 – 2004)

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SUV, yet car-like drive. Generally reliable.

Cheap-looking cabin plastics. Fared badly in crash tests. The 2.0 is a bit weedy.

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6 March 2015 Mazda Tributes suffering from rust problems in the USA.
9 July 2012

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30 January 2012

US recall for 2000/2002 Mazda Tributes and Ford Escapes, that were sold as Maverick IIs in the UK. A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that the recall stems from... Read more

Mazda Tribute (2001 – 2004): At A Glance

 

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I'm looking for a reliable five-door 4x4 - should I consider the Ford Maverick or Mazda Tribute?

I've got a 2005 Focus 1.6TDCI with 149,000 on the clock. It's been a great car, but is now feeling its age. The 90 mile round trip I do for work is about to end, reducing to a 25 miles round trip three times a week. It's our second car and I don't think it's going to cope with switching to that sort of change of use. Added to this I'm about to move up a very steep lane, where even the winter tyres I fit won't get me up in the winter. So, I was thinking of trading in the Focus and spending £3,000, including the Focus, on a used 4x4. From looking around and at your website, a Ford Maverick or Mazda Tribute 3.0V6 auto seem a good idea, but I'm open to anything. Fuel economy is not an issue, but having five doors over three would be helpful. I'll keep it as long as it's reliable and will buy something small, economical and diesel if I ever start doing commutes again. Any advice on where to sell/ what to buy would be much appreciated.
If you can find either of those two, yes. They were quite good. The same engine is still used in Jaguar XJs for export to China. Their weakness is their automatic transmission.
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