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#2215 of 4149 Mazda Tribute ES V6 AWD sudden accelerator problems
Sep 11, 2003 (2:23 pm)
At 400 miles, my 2003 Mazda ES V6 that I purchased in Feb03, experienced unexplained accleration while i was slowing for a traffic signal at 450 miles. When I applied both feet to brake the tribute, the AWD engaged and I had to shift into neutral to control the vehicle. In neutral the engine continued to rev up. It stopped when I shut the car off and after a few mintues, re-started it. We took the car to the dealer who advised that the car was operating normally at that time. No problems with the vehicle since that time, in fact was one of the best vehicles I've owned. Just drove 329 miles on Monday- Tuesday on I95 at hiway speeds. Ran great.
Today, my wife was stopping in a parking space outside her bank about to shift into park, when the acclerator reved again, sending her into the wall of the bank.
Has anyone else experienced similar unexplained acceleration/reving problems?
#2216 of 4149 Sudden accelerator problems
Sep 11, 2003 (3:11 pm)
grumpy9, I hope your wife is OK. That is an absolutely incredible incident. And scares the heck out of me, as I am very close to purchasing a 2003 ES-V6. I am disappointed to read of the random stalling and now accelerating problems mentioned in this forum. No matter how few and far between, they are of too serious a nature to be ignored. And I am tired of sales people at different dealerships I've visited telling me they have never heard of any such problems.
Sep 11, 2003 (4:43 pm)
Thanks Tamiyaracer. Wife is Ok, so is mother-in-law who was riding in passenger seat and sweras my wife was stoppped when the car lurched forward at hi speed. Luckily, there was a witness who also said the car Tribute was stopped and then he heard the engine rev up and jump forward. Perhaps this was the tight turn into the parking space that engaged the AWD, whatever, it should not go out of control.
I'd say on the plus side, the 5mph bumpers and air bags worked better than the brakes. In fact the front disc, rear drum combo on the Tribute is a real weakness, especially compared to the 4 wheel discs on my daughter's protege. Overall we loved the Tribute until now, even with some weak points, We only got 20mpg on the highway at steady speed, so that was poor. but handling and driveability was good, until the crash. Storage space was good too.
#2218 of 4149 Wind noise '03 Tribute
Sep 17, 2003 (10:30 am)
I heard there is a TSB for wind noise. Anyone know about this? It sounds like it is coming from the passenger side.
#2219 of 4149 Tribute rear DRUM brakes !!
Sep 21, 2003 (10:14 am)
I am quite shocked to find DRUM brakes on the rear of the ES-V6 Tribute, and I certainly "felt it" during a lengthy test drive. My Wife drives our recently purchased '03 Acura MDX and I refuse to buy another vehicle for $40K+. Other than the poor stopping characteristics, for an S.U.V. around $25K the ES-V6 Tribute impressed me very, very much. It had the power and plenty of interior "driver's" room (I'm 6'1" - 235 lbs.) and the fit and finish was impressive. The only problem is that I am currently residing in Florida (near Tampa) and just (last week) was transferred back to Connecticut (job) !! I wanted to purchase an '03 "leftover" but I WANT an AWD. Even with '04's coming in, down here the AWD is not readily available. I guess I'll drive my '00 Acura 3.2TL back up to Connecticut and buy the Mazda up there next month.
#2220 of 4149 wenreder
Sep 21, 2003 (8:49 pm)
According to Edmunds. The MDX 60-0 stopping distance is 135 ft vs the Escapes 126 feet, (and that was the Escape 4wd model, Edmunds expects that the 2wd model will stop even faster).
As 80% of hard braking is done by the front wheels, it seems like the rear drums are more than up to the task.
#2221 of 4149 bess.... I understand exactly what you say.....
Sep 22, 2003 (11:57 pm)
.... but it's nice to have ALL WHEEL DISC vs. F-Disk / R-Drum when going thru lots of water, as we all know how drums are when "soaked". It takes several stomps on the brakes to "get that water out" and return them to normal, even though they will be doing only ~20% of the braking when used on rear.
Do you have a Tribute? Please tell me your likes and dislikes. All-in-all I am still very interested in purchasing one. Thanks !!
#2222 of 4149 ignition coil
Sep 23, 2003 (9:39 am)
i have 57,000 on my 2001 ford escape. since january 2003 i have had to have 3 of the 6 ignition coils replaced. each time after a hard rain the problem came up--care shaking engine/emmission system light on or blinking. All ford could tell me was the which coil had gone bad. apparently a dealership can only hook a car up to a diagnostic computer instead of having real mechanics that can figure out what is causing a problem. Has anyone else experienced this? Again, the problem has happened after raining so i think water is getting somewhere it shouldn't and causing coils to go bad. It's an expensive problem to fix and not to mention it shouldn't be happening, so if anyone has an idea why or had the same problem i'd love to hear about it!
#2223 of 4149 Air bag light on - fourth warranty work on this SUV
Sep 23, 2003 (12:23 pm)
Today my air bag light illuminated while I was driving my kids home from school. This will be my fourth warranty work on my 2001 Tribute including work for the famous "stalling" problem. I was just in a couple of months ago for SUV refusing to start on occasion and losing power when low idle. This loss of power happened when I was turning out in traffic among other times. They replaced the air intake valve (although I have yet to see a receipt - another story there - supposedly one will be mailed). With this most recent airbag problem among other past problems, I'm ready to get rid of this puppy. Any suggestions on another smallish SUV with a better long-term repair record? I don't have time to keep running this one to the shop and need something safe to drive two little ones around in. Thanks!
#2224 of 4149 wenreder
Sep 23, 2003 (7:03 pm)
I have an 01 Escape with 33k miles on it. No problems, good mileage, excellent performance, and more importantly the wife and kids love it.. I self installed a ceiling mounted vcr/dvd video system the first week I had it.
The Escape has been a great step UP from the mini-van we used to drive.