2005 Mazda Tribute Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2005 Mazda Tribute i 2.3 16v from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Best for the money

Faults:

-The "engine light" came on while we were passing at 75+ mph. We took it to the dealer as soon as we could and they said that a chip in the engine computer wasn't properly installed. After they took care of this it hasn't happened again.

-One month after we bought it there was an annoying cracking noise from the rear suspension, but it simply disappeared after some time.

General Comments:

-It's a very nice entry level SUV. If you ask me it is the best looking in the class and it is preety sporty. The interior is quiet and roomy and there is a fair ammount of space in the back. The only thing that I don't like is the rear seats. They are preety flat and there's no fold-down arm rest in the middle seat.

The 2.3L engine is very good and fast and the gear-shift is precise and sporty. I would recommend the 2.3 over the 3.0 engine because the 3.0 is unreliable, it's not much faster, and you can only get it with an automatic, which makes it preety expensive. Also manual shift with 4x4 costs the same as an automatic with front-wheel-drive, so if I were you I would get the 4x4 with a manual.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2006

2005 Mazda Tribute S 4wd 3.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance9500 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Great SUV for the money!

Faults:

Driver-side sun-visor loose. Replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

This is an SUV that drives like a car.

Quiet and comfortable interior.

Awesome V6 engine and transmission!

4WD provides excellent traction in mud and rain.

Brakes stop on a dime!

More standard features on the Tribute than the Ford Escape sibling.

Only complaints are the cheap remember-it's-made-by-Ford plastics and the lack of center armrest for rear passengers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2005

2005 Mazda Tribute i 2WD 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2WD 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance4500 miles
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Great

Faults:

I have had the car for only 4 months, and I have not had any problems.

General Comments:

For an SUV, it rides very smoothly.

I like the fact that it is a front wheel drive.

It is not as peppy as I had hoped, I probably should have bought the V-6.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2005

6th Oct 2005, 19:33

I have a Mazda Tribute 05 and have a noise in the front end when the wheels drop into a bump. It is very anoying. The dealer said they all do it. Get no satisfaction when I asked for a test drive in another vehicle. Have you heard of anyone else with this complaint.

5th Oct 2006, 23:34

Yes have the same problem and have spent a lot of money not to have it fixed. I'm pretty sure my dealer was guessing that it was the front right control arm bushing because after replacing it the noise is still there.

16th Dec 2007, 14:28

Yes the V-6 is peppy compared to the 4cyl.

6th Oct 2009, 04:51

Take a look at the sway bars, I had to have mine replaced on my 05 Tribute. Also the transmission is slipping in and out or gear, most of the time I have no reverse. Don't know what the problem is.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews