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Mazda Tribute vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mazda Tribute or Nissan Xterra reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mazda Tribute and the Nissan Xterra truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2011 Mazda Tribute 37 Tributes, 9.2 months of data per Tribute, average 34200 miles39
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda Tribute 42 Tributes, 9.1 months of data per Tribute, average 52800 miles28
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 7.9 months of data per Xterra, average 45100 miles

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2009 Mazda Tribute 46 Tributes, 9.8 months of data per Tribute, average 62100 miles29
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda Tribute 59 Tributes, 10.2 months of data per Tribute, average 74400 miles36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 9.1 months of data per Xterra, average 79300 miles

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2007 Mazda Tribute   19 Tributes, 8.7 months of data per Tribute, average 103400 miles

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2006 Mazda Tribute 44 Tributes, 8.8 months of data per Tribute, average 96700 miles71
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 11.5 months of data per Xterra, average 95500 miles

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2005 Mazda Tribute 37 Tributes, 9.5 months of data per Tribute, average 103800 miles72
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Nissan Xterra   13 Xterras, 9.5 months of data per Xterra, average 123900 miles

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2004 Mazda Tribute   13 Tributes, 7.5 months of data per Tribute, average 107500 miles

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2003 Mazda Tribute 27 Tributes, 9.0 months of data per Tribute, average 149200 miles94
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Mazda Tribute   15 Tributes, 6.7 months of data per Tribute, average 128500 miles

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2002 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 10.2 months of data per Xterra, average 136500 miles

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2001 Mazda Tribute   11 Tributes, 8.0 months of data per Tribute, average 122700 miles

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2000 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 8.9 months of data per Xterra, average 165000 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mazda Tribute

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda Tribute

Mazda Tribute Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I love this car. It has been very reliable.
2003 4dr SUV 200-horsepower 3.0L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
63K miles so far, and the only things that have gone wrone is an air conditioning compressor, and the LCD display for the stereo head unit. No leaks or any other issues. The engine runs great, and everything works great.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Bulletproof. Drive and enjoy. Wear and tear is the only things you will care about. Trust me, I owned 4 of them, and they all are still in the family. This vehicle withstands a real abuse. If you do minimal maintenance - it will serve you for 10 years at least.
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
In spite of the fact that this car normally receives a reliability rating of 5/10, I have found that if you perform the required preventive maintenance, the car will provide outstanding reliability.
2008 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
I've had my X for almost two years now and have had absolutely no problems. I get my scheduled maintenance done at the dealer and change my oil myself ever 3,500 miles. This has been a very reliable vehicle
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Body-on-frame construction offers better rigidity and durability for off road use than a unibody.
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
We have only had one issue with the vehicle in 4.5 years and nearly 60,000 miles and that is the serpentine belt tensioner need to be replaced under warranty. There is some black trim that has faded, but the structural integrity is the same as new.
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Same engine as 350Z has a good reputation as being reliable. Timing Chain and 100K tune ups.
2004 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Nissan has a good reputation
2001 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
for the most part this truck has been very reliable, only minor things like power window issues after 60,000 miles but other then a couple of windows power not working completely its been great
Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Interior materials are not particularly durable for an SUV marketed to people who actually use them to go off road and to partake in outdoor activites. Have had a coolant hose and power sterring hose go bad for no apparent reason.