2004 Mazda Tribute or something else?

Asked by Jan 08, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Question type: General

I have a small budget of $4k to buy a car. I go to a
college 6 hours away from home and commute
back several times a semester. I had an '02 CR-V
that I loved, but something electrical malfunctioned
and it caught on fire, totaling it. I really like small
SUVs WAY more than care but obviously it is
difficult to find good ones in my budget. I'm
currently looking at a 2004 Mazda Tribute with 170k
miles. It's the perfect size and in my budget but I'm
not sure of the quality of Mazda tributes. I can't
seem to find any other SUV that has below 200k
miles and what I'm looking for (decent gas mileage,
style, etc).  I guess what I'm asking is, is this a
reliable make and brand that I will get good use out
of or should I stay away from it? I can't seem to get
unbiased opinions (brand loyalists). And if it's not a
good car, are there any SUVs similar to it that you
think I could get with my budget? Or should I just
look at cars? Thanks!

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Okay i have to preface this with I'm a Ford man. The Tribute is the same as the ford Escape and is an great vehicle. Those miles though give me pause Depending on a carfax report that has a full service history i would ask for some kind of powertrain warranty. If only 12 months 12k miles just to guaranty that it wont be money thrown into the wind. The engine is also a consideration, the 4 cyl motor is rock solid for the most part the v6 is good but with those miles I wouldn't even put my ex wife in it. HTH Guy

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Toyota Rav4, early 2000's can be had for $4 to $5000k and if they were properly maintaind will go 250,000 easily. There is nothing wrong with the Mazda either

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I would put my ex wife in a 1972 Pinto

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love the Rav4. My x still pays me child support.

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I highly sudgest you get out of the 1998- 2005 because of wireing. But u should get a 1999 keep grand cherokee but stick with the older vehicles they r made better


Fuel mileage kiddo.

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