2005 Mazda Tribute Gasoline from North America
Save yourself some trouble, and don't even take a second glance at this SUV
Engine has begun to flood (exerting more gasoline into the cylinders than needed), causing my spark plugs to blow three times in one year, and all three catalytic converters to be replaced (costing me a jaw-dropping thousand to fix).
Has what I call a hiccup (a quick jolt) every time I go up a hill. Most likely due to the engine flooding. Very annoying.
Due to flooding, I now get 10 miles (on a good day) to the gallon, as opposed to the advertisement's 24 highway.
Loud, noisy, annoying engine.
Cheap, plastic-y radio and entertainment system.
Accelerator has become loose, but that is to be expected for a car with 112,000 miles on it.
Brakes squeal loudly.
Acceleration has declined noticeably, most likely due to the engine losing power while flooding.
Overall, an unreliable, cheaply-made car, with an engine developed by the car company I've come to loathe: Ford.
Leather seats are amazingly comfortable.
Has a nice, aggressive look for a compact SUV.
Not enough good factors to compensate for the bad.
Overall, horrible engine that Mazda/Ford tried to cover up with a fancy interior.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th November, 2010
It sounds like your one flooding issue is the only problem you are having with this vehicle. You really should get it fixed properly as there has got to be a fix for it. Do some research and see if anyone else has had the problem and what they did to fix it. If my vehicle suddenly dropped to 10 MPG, I wouldn't even drive it until it was fixed. You will eventually do more damage then good to that engine if you just keep driving it around. You'll also need to replace the converters again. How much do you want to spend on this vehicle?