Mazda Tribute 2001-2006 expert review

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Mazda Tribute

2001-2006

Mazda Tribute 2.3L 16-valve engine

Only the engine has a timing belt according to the owner’s manual, to be replaced every 144,000 km miles). Both the 4-cylinder engine and the 3.0 V6 have a maintenance-free chain that does not regular replacement. All three although not completely trouble-free, are reliable if maintained properly and have major problems.

choices included a 5-speed or 4-speed automatic transmission overdrive. Antilock brakes were optional (standard 2006). Mazda Tribute has brakes in the front, drums in the (late models have four-wheel disc brakes).

The interior looks plain, but is and comfortable. The tall driver’s offers good visibility. The rear seat can be easily flat (with headrests for extra cargo room.

The rear hatch window separately, which is a big plus.

Tribute handles very for an SUV; it feels more a car than a truck. The ride is and a bit noisy at highway speed, but comfortable. The 2.3-liter 4-cylinder is responsive, but may feel a bit underpowered a full load. The 3.0L V6 is

The available four-wheel drive will help improve on slippery roads, although not designed for heavy off-roading.

In the frontal crash test, the Mazda Tribute has received stars for the driver and four for the front passenger. The 2004-2006 got four stars for both the and the front passenger. In the NHTSA crash tests, the 2001-2006 has received five stars.

Pros: Perfect size, interior, visibility, handling, reasonably priced, powerful V6, seat folds flat, glass opens separately

Poor gas mileage for V6 models, models have transmission blocking the radio controls, switch location, road and noise at highway speeds, materials could be better, styling.

Overall: Mazda combines car-like handling a roomy, comfortable and functional It’s not as cramped as Toyota it offers an optional V6 that you find in Honda CRV and it’s not as and bulky as larger truck-based On top of that, a used Mazda is not very expensive and a 4-cylinder drive Mazda Tribute one of the best fuel economy SUVs.

However, quality and are not the best; issues like rear wiper, excessive wear, cupped tires and minor engine and suspension are not uncommon. An extended warranty be a good idea to protect from unexpected repairs.

What to look for buying a Mazda Tribute: If you found a vehicle you like, first worth to check its history to see if the vehicle had any reported accidents or problems in the past. Follow link: How to check used car

When checking the vehicle, if all the door locks work and the door handles are not broken. Any light coming on after the was started indicates a problem. for leaks and burnt oil smell the hood.

Test the hand and the rear wiper operation. the test drive, see if the engine idle well and runs when accelerated. See if the tires are unevenly. Tires also be noisy due to uneven wear. our illustrated checklist for info how to problem areas when a second-hand auto.

Before buying, have the properly inspected by a mechanic.

buying a vehicle, visit local Mazda dealer to if all outstanding recalls and engine software updates have performed.

Check few vehicles to condition. When choosing a few vehicles of the same model, worth to pay a little extra for a vehicle in good shape.

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Mazda Tribute

transmission problems

Change your engine oil to keep the engine well and clean inside.

The transmission fluid also to be changed in recommended intervals, as time it looses its qualities. tire pressure at least a month; in a 4WD model uneven pressure can lead to increased of 4WD system components.

Avoid the engine; it may cause serious

If your engine is misfiring due to a bad coil, change all the spark along with the coil. An worn out spark plug can even a good ignition to fail. A flashing Service Soon light is an indication the engine is misfiring.

It’s a idea to change the spark as a part of preventive maintenance.

If Tribute stalls unexpectedly, your dealer, there be an engine computer software available to address this sometimes cleaning the throttle may help. A faulty IAC valve can cause stalling.

To keep your vehicle at least once a year it inspected in a garage on the hoist. A check-up at fast lube may not always be enough to catch a with brakes, steering or Your mechanic can check components when the car is lifted on the for example, when doing rotation.

Here is the link if you an owner’s manual for your Where to download an owner’s

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