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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
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#1800 of 4149 2002 Tribute with front end howl
Oct 01, 2002 (7:07 pm)
Imagine buying a brand new tribute, paying cash for it, driving it for 300 feet only to find out that is has what sounds like a differential howl? I have gone through the dealer, through a Mazda rep and even to Mazda itself. They say to live with it, the noise is acceptable!!!
For the full story and to actually hear for yourself visit my web site I built. I truly cannot believe that Mazda could take such a stand on this! I can't stand the noise!!!
Oct 01, 2002 (7:10 pm)
so much for test driving the car before you bought it, eh?
Oct 01, 2002 (9:50 pm)
you never noticed the noise when you test drove it? I am sure there must be a reasonable explanation...
Oct 02, 2002 (6:43 am)
Anyone have a creaky ride when driving at slow speeds? My 2002 Escape XLT sounds like the doors are rubbing against the body when I'm driving in parking lots, my street and driveway, etc. It's driving me nuts. I'm not on smooth pavement when it creaks (smooth pavement is rare where I live!) and it's getting more frequent. I'm wondering if the dealership can/should fix this.
Oct 02, 2002 (7:14 am)
Very curious why you would not have taken a test drive before buying. You state on your web site 'if you had the chance to do a test drive' you would not have bought it. I've never bought a car without a test drive. Some dealers try to limit how much you test a car sitting on the lot to avoid putting a lot of miles on a car you may not buy, but heck, the car you are actually going to buy, I can't imagine any dealer not letting you take it for a spin. If that happened, I would have walked away and found another dealer. They may have known there was a problem also.
Sorry for your problem - keep on complaining (I don't think the doggie email you sent will do much good) in a civil manner and you may get some resolution.
Oct 02, 2002 (11:12 am)
Thanks for all of your replies, I sure have learned my lesson when buying a new vehicle, always always test drive BEFORE you buy. I never would have guessed that a new vehicle would have this kind of noise. By the way, I talked to a Mazda service rep yesterday and she said "when it blows up you can get a brand new transmission!" Now isn't that wonderful! Will keep you all posted, thanks.
#1806 of 4149 middlemack
Oct 03, 2002 (7:17 am)
I too own a 2002 XLT V6 AWD Escape. I too have had the "creaking". This is more than likely caused by the rearhatch or glass not latching securely. If you are mechanicaly inclinded you can make the adjustment yourself, otherwise take it to the dealer they can adjust it. I had to adjust mine after about 5,000 miles and am now at just over 15,000 on my Escape and have not had anymore creaking noises. I am going to take my Escape in Friday for its 15,000 mile check-up. No probs to complain about here...
#1807 of 4149 Tribute Stalling
Oct 03, 2002 (2:07 pm)
I bought my 2002 Tribute in May and it has stalled twice on me now. The first time they said they couldn't find anything wrong with it, however the second time the said that the mass airflow sensor was bad and they replaced it. So far it has not stalled again, but I do have to say I do not feel safe in the Tribute at all. Both times it stalled it happened on an on-ramp to an interstate. Not very fun!
Has anyone tried to use the Lemon Law on their Tribute?
Oct 04, 2002 (12:54 am)
I can't imagine anyone shelling out over $20K on a vehicle and not test driving it first. You can read what others have written and received some good word-of-mouth but it's you that is driving the car. I would have to feel satisfied with this sort of expensive purchase.
My 2002 ES is almost a year old. It will be a year at the end of this month. Drives great and no major problems whatsoever. Wiper holes were blocked but it was my fault. Door frame rubber was loose. The dealer said the Tribute was made that way. It was pushed back in and it's fine now. No stalling to report. Yes, there is some wind noise but you do get used to it. I always have my music on so I tune the noise out.
I just looked at the 2003 Tribute. There doesn't appear to be any change except the names of the paint options.
I'm a very happy camper with my Trib! Zoom, Zoom!
Oct 04, 2002 (9:51 am)
I experienced a complete stall of my 2002 Mazda Tribute twice in the last two days. I was approaching a stop and traveling downhill both times. It was very frightening since I had to use the emergency break to stop on the second stall. I called the Mazda dealership here. The service rep thought it might be the Idle Air Control Motor based on his extensive experience with Mazdas. (This motor keeps the idle going when the vehicle is approaching a stop.) Sure enough, that's what it was. It was covered by the warranty so it didn't cost a dime and a new one was installed within 45 minutes.