2003 Mazda Tribute GSi 2.0
Good workhorse - better than a Freelander
Minor body work when bought, was retouched but could do with another one.
Acquired a minor dent whilst parked at work; someone opened a truck door and dented the driver's side rear pillar, no repair required.
Boot lock relay has failed, but not repaired it yet.
Well built, but starting to show its age a little in the bodywork, although it's still pretty good all in all.
Surprised me greatly during the heavy snow late in 2010, where it coped admirably with very difficult conditions and deep snow. NOT a Land Rover Defender, but it made Freelanders look fairly pathetic.
The boot is fairly spacious, and with the seats down, it's a good load carrier.
The engine is smooth, but you do need to rev it if you need to make progress.. But a fairly refined cruiser, and the cruise control makes motorways easy.
Leather interior has worn well, and seats are pretty good. Dash uncluttered.
Fuel economy - not bad, but it's a 4x4 so don't expect mega figures. I reckon a 30mpg average is fair, and you will get a lot better on motorways.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd August, 2011