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2005 Mazda Tribute Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 8 reviews
For 2005, the Mazda Tribute compact SUV received a redesigned exterior and upgraded features, as well as more power under the hood. Exterior styling changes included a sleeker, sportier look with a redesigned front end. Anti-lock brakes were now standard on all Tribute models, and an electronic four-wheel drive system replaced the previous year's hydraulic system.
The Tribute was available in two basic trim packages for 2005, and both were available with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The basic Tribute i package was a five-passenger vehicle with a 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produced 153 horsepower (up from 130 horsepower the previous year). The front-wheel-drive version was equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, while the four-wheel-drive version came with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features for the Tribute i included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, dual airbags, a tilt steering wheel, power exterior mirrors, a roof rack, and an AM/FM stereo system with a CD player.
Stepping up a notch, the Tribute s was powered by a 3.0-liter double-overhead-cam V6 engine that produced 200 horsepower. It was linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. A manual transmission was not available on the Tribute s.
Standard features for the Tribute s were essentially the same as for the Tribute i, with a few upgrades, such as cruise control and steering-wheel-mounted controls. Options included leather seats, power seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a CD changer, and a DVD player.
Drivers liked the Tribute SUV's sporty nature, as well as its handling, cornering, peppy performance, storage space (for a compact SUV), and even its gas mileage (for the four-cylinder models). On the downside, drivers noted that wind noise could be distracting at high speeds, and that the vehicle lacked a number of options available on competitors' vehicles.
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Mazda Tribute Questions
My Mazda Tribute Will Start But Shuts Off
I used my Tribute to jump start my brother's Jeep Liberty now my car will start everytime but will not stay running. It idles rough and when I step on the gas it stalls out.
Ignition Key, Need Replacement
I've lost the original (dealership) mazda ignition key. I only had one--so I had a second key made at Home Depot--an that works fine. However, I'm now down to one key and would really like to have...
What Is The Normal Idle Rpm For 2005 Mazda Tribute 6 Cyl 2wd?
Recently the steering wheel began vibrating while stopped and the idle sounds much more loud as well. It is at 600-1000 RPM stopped. Is this normal? If so, what else could be causing the louder soun...
2005 Tribute. Engine Losing Power, Rpm's Will Not Go Past 2000.
I noticed a week ago that my Tribute was not changing gears. It basically will not go past 20 mph. It does try, but will not do it.
My Over Drive And Engine Light Come On,the Resist Shake When Going Up Hill ...
resistance in movement of the car ,shake, hard to go up a hill,over drive and engine light on