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Mar 07, 2002 (1:49 pm)
I have a 2002 Mazda Tribute LX, and every time it is below freezing and I start the truck, my battery light comes on, and the electrical system flickers. I checked the connections and they are tight - I'm about to take it to the dealer and ask for a new battery, but first wanted to see if anyone else had come across this problem.
Also, I was wondering if anyone knows of an aftermarket hitch that can be used for this vehicle, given the only way to get a Mazda installed hitch is originally from the factory.
Mar 07, 2002 (2:44 pm)
Its your battery, its bad. Insist the dealer give you a new one right away before you get stranded someplace. Any U-haul can install a hitch on you Trib also...
#1359 of 4149 long term updates
Mar 07, 2002 (8:18 pm)
Why is it that every car mag that runs a long term test on the Escape runs into problems - either they have to replace drive shafts or the door handles come off or the dashboard rattles....
Why do buyers put up with the ford quality problems?
#1360 of 4149 3.0V6 Engine
Mar 07, 2002 (10:15 pm)
I know this is not related directly to this thread, but, I have been researching the new MPV 3.0V6 - '02 unit and am wondering about the dependability of this engine. I hear some scary things here about stalling, gas smells, etc. and am wondering if the MPV will have the same issues once they get them out in force on the road....?
I know it's the same Ford engine. It would be a tragedy if the screwed up the nice MPV by adding more power but a crap engine.
#1361 of 4149 Once again someone
Mar 08, 2002 (10:25 am)
who has taken someone elses word....
First off the MPV does NOT use the 3.0 Duratec engine. The MPV uses a 2.5 liter DOHC aluminum block and heads engine. 170HP 6250 rpm/165ft/lbs of torque at 4250rpm. So.... if there is a stalling issue that you claim its not Ford its Mazda! There is an article about the MPV in Motor Trends April issue. They acutally wish Mazda would have USED the Ford 3.0 Duratec 200HP and 200ft/lbs of torque V6 in order to compete in this market by the way.... The Duratec 3.0 by the way is proving to be extremly reliable/durable and low maintenance..
jafo2001... You come into this room claiming every long term test of the Escape/Trib has parts falling off or engines blowing up.. Please link me to these reviews or better yet list them so I can read them myself.. Thank-you.
#1362 of 4149 scape...you still have time to edit that post
Mar 08, 2002 (10:32 am)
the 2002 MPV is the same 3.0 Duratech from the Trib.
The 2.5 was flawless in the 00-01, I'd expect the same from the 3.0.
Mar 08, 2002 (1:26 pm)
Why correct him....I love reading rants and raves when they are wrong....haha
Mar 08, 2002 (1:46 pm)
I love reading rants and raves when they are wrong.
We all make misteaks!
Mar 08, 2002 (4:41 pm)
"jafo2001... You come into this room claiming every long term test of the Escape/Trib has parts falling off or engines blowing up.. Please link me to these reviews or better yet list them so I can read them myself.. Thank-you"
scape2, why don't you go read Edmunds OWN long term test - February. And why don't you go out and BUY Automobile magasine, turn to page 94 and READ it.
#1366 of 4149 Moonroof Problem?
Mar 08, 2002 (5:22 pm)
Hi I posted this to the general Escape forum, then I discovered this one. I have a 2001 XLT with 11K on it that will be one year old at the end of March. I have had very little problem with it. I did have the rear hatch rattle which was fixed by tightening the glass latch. It came back 6 months later and they added some extra insulation under the hatch panel. I just got it back, so we'll see if this truly fixes that. It wasn't too annoying except that a new car should not rattle like that IMHO! The moonroof is something else. Last week it jammed and made grinding, rat-a-tat noises. They replaced the track assembly but now it's like the motor is out of synch and it now does not close completely on the first try and when you push the button again it closes and goes beyond closed and opens up the other way. They have another one on the lot that does the same thing so they thought this was "normal". However a third Escape worked perfectly and they admitted mine and the other one were wrong. So they have ordered yet another moonroof track unit for my Escape and the other one on the lot. They found it very odd that they had two of these with the same problem and wondered if it was a factory defect in some moonroofs. Has anyone else had a moonroof problem like this? I would like to mention it when I write my letter to Ford Motor Co. Except for the moonroof, I have been quite happy with my Escape and it has had none of the other issues I see written about - thank goodness and knock on wood!