2002 Mazda Tribute LX V6 AWD 3.0 Duratec from North America
Engine "broke" suddenly at 48,500 miles. Mechanic says it is a broken piston, though it is too expensive to take apart to verify. A used engine with 13K will replace it at a cost of $3200.
I have owned 3 Mazdas and no problems until now. It is obviously Ford's faulty design, and Mazda's fault for allowing itself to be associated with Ford. No more Fords or Mazdas.
The vehicle's warranty is expired because of age. If it weren't 6 years old it was still less than the standard warranty's mileage limits.
Mazda customer service is terrible, as is the only nearby dealer at 200+ miles away.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd June, 2008