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#2187 of 4149 Deciding what to buy, need some help
Aug 22, 2003 (5:12 pm)
I need some help here. I am a loyal Honda owner. I currently have a 2000 2WD Honda CRV LX. I have not been happy with my 2000 CRV mostly due to it's lack of get up and go (not sure what the technical term would be for that, power?). I read that the 2003 CRV is rated much better than the 2000 I currently own. I was interested in the Tribute & Escape as well, mainly because people have told me that they have more power, and I believe they have also received good ratings. My concern is that although I have been unhappy with my current CRV, it has been good to me. Very reliable, not many issues (only fuel injector, one strut, one window regulator, all covered under 75K ext warr). I have always owned Accords outside of this CRV and have been extremely happy with Honda. I find myself having a very hard time considering something else. Can someone give me a good reason as to why I may want to consider the Escape/Tribute. Is the Escape & Tribute pretty much the same vehicle? Also, how good are the Mazda & Ford service centers, I love Right Honda's service center, that I am also afraid to loose. I do not need this vehicle for 4WD, I would purchase a 2WD, and I drive 50 miles a day round trip to and from work. I love in Arizona as well, need good AC. HELP!
#2188 of 4149 From one Honda fan to another....# 2187
Aug 22, 2003 (8:46 pm)
I had owned 4 Honda cars before I bought my 03' Tribute. I had the same kind of anxiety as you are experiencing. It was hard to switch from a HONDA to a FORD/MAZDA. Trust me I have been there. When I bought my Tribute(May29), I was looking for something I can use to tow a small tent trailer. I test drove the 03 CRV and a couple of other brands. I did not like the styling of the CRV... too much of a minivan... I test drove the Tribute and really liked the power it had. Gas mileage is not too bad(18-23). You will notice that the inside materials are much better than then the 01' model year. Still not as good as the CRV interior. I really like the premium audio package.
Here is why I decided on the tribute. As much as I like Honda cars, I hate the Honda dealership experience. They will usually give you the worst Trade-in value and they don't lower their cars price much. I walked into a Mazda dealer and got exactly what KBB said I should get for my trade-in. Good luck getting that from a Honda dealer.
The trade-in value on the Tribute is not as good as the CRV. So if you are going to replace it in a couple of years... keep that in mind. My tribute had an oil leak from the oil pan 900 miles... the dealer fixed it after 2 trys. I heard the 04 model will have the shifter on the floor. I should have waited for this change... Anyway if you plane on carrying bikes or towing, you can't beat the Tribute (3500lbs) with tow package. Take a long test drive before you buy it. May be you should rent an Escape/Tribute for a couple of days so you can drive it for an extended period of time and then make up your mind. The 4 year bumper-to-bumper warranty / loner car program and road side assistance also helped in my decision of buying the Tribute.
#2190 of 4149 Getting wax off the botttem of escape?
Aug 26, 2003 (10:48 am)
Anyone know a safe way to remove wax from the bottem plastic of the escape? Even though I try and be careful, every time I wax my new escape, no matter how careful I am, some wax gets on the bottem trim, and no matter what I have tried, I can't get all of it off
Aug 26, 2003 (12:49 pm)
I too am looking for a safe simple way of getting that wax off of the cladding. I hear a toothbrush will do the trick.
I do know that dish soap + elbow grease does not work.
Aug 26, 2003 (12:57 pm)
One poster around here (Juice) has recommended peanut butter for cleaning plastic parts. Creamy. Usual disclaimers!
Aug 26, 2003 (2:10 pm)
What he didn't mention was that you have to use cottage cheese to get the peanut butter off. And grape jam on the cottage cheese. Mmmmmm...I could go for some deep fried window trim right about now...
Aug 26, 2003 (2:39 pm)
Meguiar's has a product made for the trim of any vehicle with the plastic molding. It's Meguiar's Gold Class Trim Detailer. It comes in a 10 oz. bottle for $2.99 just go to Http://www.Meguiars.com
Pep Boys should have it if you need it. I've also heard of some product called Back to Black but I haven't used it.
#2195 of 4149 Did I get a good deal?
Aug 26, 2003 (4:52 pm)
Just bought a '03 Tribute LX with Luxury Package, perimeter alarm, rear bumper step plate, cargo tray and cargo net. Sticker was $23,759. I paid $4,500 cash (Out-the-Door) + my 2002 Honda Accord LX with 14K miles. That $4,500 included all taxes and fees. By my calcs [ Invoice of 22,117 – addl. Discount of 532 + Taxes of 415 + Fees of 200 = Trade of 15,200 – Rebate of 2,500 – Cash of 4,500], I paid $532 UNDER invoice (the dealer holdback is only 437!) and got $15,200 in real dollars for my car. I was trying to sell it myself for $16,200, so the $15,200 trade value saved me $962 in sales tax and effectively was worth $16,162. I think I got a good deal. Am I missing something? Did I get a good deal?
#2196 of 4149 There is another
Aug 26, 2003 (5:26 pm)
product by Turtle wax called Black Chrome. It comes out black but can be used on all plastics. I have used both the Meguiars and the Turtle Wax products. I would have to say I prefer the Meguiars it give the plastic cladding a like new finish.
One way to make sure you don't get wax on your cladding is to use tape. I have done this a few times and it works great. Does take time to put it on but saves you time in not having to scrub off wax off the cladding.
Also, I highly recommend the 3step Meguiars 3 step also. Takes about 3 hours to do it but makes your paint look great!