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never had a better vechile
Pros: space, handling, ride, styling, being able to see all around the SUV
Cons: priceI started out with the 626 and was very pleased.Traded for the Mazda 6, supurbe handling and perfrormance. Then I bought the Tribute sport 4 door. Don't think I will ever buy another kind anless it is changed in a way ro reduce performance
Ford does not honor warranty/repair on Mazda hybri
Pros: leather interior and upgrades in the Tribute hybrid Grand Touring
Cons: A/C will not run on the hybrid power.In 2008, Ford and Mazda had a joint pilot program of the Mazda hybrid Tribute SUV. This was a Mazda that guaranteed repair from Mazda combined with Ford's hybrid techs/budget for the hybrid power train. It was a twin to the Ford Escape hybrid. I bought one and Ford refused to honor provision of the hybrid warranty (at most dealers) and repairs. Mazda says that there is no such car when I have problems. Buyers of new tech hybrids should be aware of possible problems like this.
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: QualityLess than 25k and tires need replacement, Also the Mazda3 had the following inherit problems: Overheated due to defective thermostat Loss of power steering due to defects in unit
worst quick pick
Pros: the outside body
Cons: drivers seat ergonomicsmy cadilac catera died. i needed a car fast. it was inexpensive. my drive to work one way in an hour. im average 5'10'. i hate the accelerator pedal and how close the center console causes my right leg to lay against very irritating feeling all the road vibrations. lots of road noise. stiff ride. ergonomics uncomfortable need to hunch over to hold the steering wheel after setting the seat for the pedal comfortability. the fix would be a telescope steering wheel. also slow get up and go. alway finding larger cars on my rear wanting to go.
Pros: Bose Stereo
Cons: Cheap carpet.Loved my Mazda 3 so I bought a CX-7. Really like it, don't love it. If fuel economy were better, I would like it better. However, when I look at other cars, for the price, it was a good value and won't trade at this time.
Hybrid warranty and repair not available at Ford
Pros: 32 mpg
Cons: A/C demands a lot of gas to runI bought the hybrid Tribute in the Mazda limited production program in 2008 in CA. Now, Ford does not honor its commitment to Mazda for hybrid repairs, especially outside CA. I was stranded in Ft Lauderdale because no Ford dealer would use its budget to diagnose and repair the defective hybrid power train part. In fact, I was told repeatedly by Mazda and Ford that no such car existed. I bought with the assurance that Ford would provide the hybrid repairs nationally using the Ford Escape hybrid techs. This car is a lemon and never should have been sold. I do not trust Ford anymore and would never buy a hybrid from them.