We've had this vehicle for years and it has been reliable. Good basic utility vehicle. Only major problem was burned out ignition coil. We've driven it in many bad-weather conditions and it has performed very well. We've driven in snow (including snowy mountain passes) in Montana, Washington, and Oregon many times and have never needed to stop and put the chains on.
Seems that others agree, as I see many positive comments on the Kelly Blue Book site: www.kbb.com/mazda/tribute/2005-mazda-tribute/