Drivers who prefer car-like ride and handling qualities but want a vehicle with bolder, truck-like visual traits could well find the Tribute more appealing than competitors like the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue or Saturn Vue.
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Riding on the same platform on which it was introduced for the 2001 model year, the Mazda Tribute doesn't match the levels of overall refinement offered by so many of its fresher competitors.
Lasts a long time, but it does feel like it is aging quickly now that it has gone in a decline. Otherwise I love this car and it is very reliable.
I love my Mazda Tribute. Most of the issues it has / I have with it are related to old age and use (i.e. needing oil changes more frequently, needing new windshield wipers, transmission checks etc). The hinges on back trunk door appear like they weren't coated or protected well because they completely fell apart into dust when I opened the window one day. The window had to be taped to the door. I think most of the features are intuitive, but as the car is ten years old it is not up to date on technology. This doesn't bother me much, but for someone who wants the latest feature this might be an issue. It has lots of room in the front and passenger seats. The trunk is not huge, but it is decent sized. The passenger seats fold down, but they don't fold down flat so they're at a weird angle that does not give you more room in your car (like you would think).
It does not get good gas mileage.
Overall, my 2008 Mazda tribute is a great car! It does not have many of the modern updates most cars have today; especially from the same year. No power seats or heated seats. My CD player does not work and neither does my cruise control. The gas mileage on the car is far from perfect (I also travel 60+ miles per day for work. ). I love my tribute, but am seriously considering a new vehicle. My previous vehicle was year years older and had more amenities and updates to offer.
My tribute is reliable and a fun SUV to own.
My tribute have not had any major problems since I purchased it 6 years ago. The only problems that I have had were minor ones. My left passenger window would not let down and it was covered under warranty. My DVD player would not load DVDs and it was covered under warranty. My starter went out and the starter coil had to be replaced. The tribute gets good gas mileage and is a fun vehicle to drive.
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Safety Recalls (1)
RecallJan 16, 2019
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Jan 16, 2019
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Tribute vehicles manufactured October 5, 2006, through September 11, 2010. The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input. As a result, the system could remove the Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist.
If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mazda will notify owners and dealers will update the software for the power steering control module (PSCM) and the instrument cluster module, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the PSCM when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, the affected components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-248-295-7859. Mazda's number for this recall is 7614E
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