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#2250 of 4149 in response to #2237 - happymister
Oct 04, 2003 (3:22 am)
(reply to: #2237 of 2249 problems with 03 tributes ? by happymister)
THANKS for the reply...... much appreciated !!
I was born & raised in Connecticut, spent my first 48 years (48 winters) there, but the last two years we went to an "extreme"..... moved to Tampa, Florida.
I'm a "musclecar gearhead" from the 60's/70's and always had my "beauty" stored away in the garage Dec. thru April and used my "beater" for the slush, snow & sand winters. I've mellowed out the past few years (after mid-life crisis) but I'm still a "semi-agressive" driver.... just hate being behind a vehicle going under the posted speed limit. My '00 Acura TL is getting "old" and while looking for a new car I've noticed the S.U.V.'s of present are so much more refined than those just 5 years ago. Proof of this is our '03 Acura MDX. Sure wish we could have TWO, but we still owe 80% on that one.
So..... bottom line: I am trying to get decent "handling" and very good accelleration in an ALL wheel drive S.U.V. that will burn regular gas and still get around 20 MPG for under $26K. We are planning to move "out in the Country" in Connecticut and from past experience I know those streets are often the very last to get plowed.
I've driven quite a few Mazda Tributes and one Ford Escape. I found the interior is so "plasticy" and the rear drums (to me) are a step backwards, but compared to a KIA Sorento that has solid rear axle and gets 15MPG, the Tribute is still on my "wish list". I am hoping that by March - April 2004, ALL (or most) of the MAJOR Tribute/Escape bugs will be worked out. After reading many of the above forum posts from owners that had to have engine replacements, brake problems, etc. DOES put some "doubt" in my mind as to the integrity of the Tribute / Escape.
Oct 04, 2003 (3:14 pm)
I have owned a 01 Tribute & just recently bought a 03. I have allready put on 27,000 kilo,s(21,000 miles) on my 03 & it has been rock solid dead nuts reliable. My 01 had a problem before the odometer reached 50 kilos(fuel smell) & it had a lot of problems including a new tranny at 40,000 kilos. It was such a blast to drive tho I gambled on a new one & it is vastly improved over the 01. I can tell my 03 es awd will easily go 200k with out a wimper!
#2252 of 4149 tribute reliability and snow
Oct 07, 2003 (8:37 am)
i guess if u are familiar with connecticut.. i neednn't say anymore !!
if r willing to wait until 2004.. then an alternative to consider might be the escape hybrid. it should be as reliable as the '03s but with better gas mileage.
I ruled out all Kias because of their horrible gas mileage.
I agree that the Tribute rear drum brakes are a surprise.. since in the last decade all sedans i owned were disk brakes. but the braking is very smooth even in the rains this summer.. so i quite ok with my 03 so far. FWIW.
#2253 of 4149 Once again, thank you happymister ......
Oct 08, 2003 (2:24 am)
....for the reply. (#2252 tribute reliability and snow)
as you know, I originally had my eyes on a Mazda6 and (out of curiosity) I look back at that forum from time to time (have you recently read about the door frame rusting?) and it makes me happy I did not buy a "first year model".
Yes, I am willing to wait and actually plan to buy a 2004 S.U.V. (hopefully a Tribute) sometime in March, April or May. Perhaps by then many "bugs and problems" will be worked out, and 99% of the comments in this forum will be extremely positive and about very minor bugs or annoyances. Back in '99 I was on Edmunds.com for two months (every day) trying to decide between an '00 Acura TL or an '00 Lexus 300ES, finally chosing the Acura. As I mentioned before, I am currently living with a "timebomb" as my Acura TL has that famous transmission failure problem, which has reduced it's resale value drastically.... and the '00 was a second year model build.
I think MY biggest problem when deciding which '04 S.U.V. to buy is made difficult because we own a "top of the line" '03 Acura MDX w/Touring, NAV, Tow pkg. etc. and although I know it's a $42K vehicle, I subconsciously "compare" these $25K S.U.V.'s like Escape/Tribute/Sorento/Santa Fe to the MDX. Perhaps I should just bite the bullet and get a Honda Pilot ($32K) but I DO like the way the Tribute accelerates and handles.
You mentioned a "hybrid".... I may be confused here, but what did you mean?
I mentioned before that the color I fell in love with (a sissy thing for a guy to say?) is Light Tundra Metallic, which only Mazda (Tribute) offers. To me, Ford has NO exciting colors that I would want (Escape).
#2254 of 4149 Battery light staying on
Oct 08, 2003 (5:54 am)
My wife drives an 02 Ford Escape. Lately, the battery light has been staying on when she starts the car. Any ideas on what is causing this?
#2255 of 4149 Battery light
Oct 08, 2003 (6:21 am)
You have a problem with your chargin system. You need to have both the charging system and the battery state-of-charge tested.
Oct 08, 2003 (7:30 am)
For those who don't get Wenreder1's rust reference, you won't be able to avoid hearing about it soon. Some Mazda6 owners have found rust and the issue is expanding exponentially here and around the net.
Best check under your door and trunk gaskets just to calm yourself before the storm
#2257 of 4149 Problems We Have With '01 Tribute
Oct 09, 2003 (6:29 am)
We have an '01 Tribute ESV6. It has 30k miles on it now. So far, our "idiot" lights have gone whacko--they blink or stay on all the time; right now, it's the airbag one that's acting up. The transmission started slipping and grinding back in the summer, at about 25k. It sounds terrible. In the past month, the truck lost all power at 25mph, under normal driving conditions. This was very scary; I've spoken to a mechanic who says he has seen this twice now in a Tribute--some valve gets "carbed up." Any comments on this? Also, the windshield wipers stopped working a few days ago. We are pretty frustrated at this point.
Oct 09, 2003 (8:52 am)
The hybrid escape i was mentioning is that if u are willing to give up on ur color choice and don't mind owning a ford instead of a Mazda.. then the 04 has a good choice via Ford Escape Hybrid model.. which is will give about 35mpg in city driving..
available in late summer 2004. so later than when u want one... it will be a new model year for 2004.. but since the hybrid is part of the powertrain.. the powertrain warranty will take care of it.
it is really worth it if u r putting high miles on ur cars. I calculated the price... and for my use.. where in put < 10k miles a year.. the price premium was not worth it... so i decided not to wait for it.
since u r planing to buy in Mar 04.. u should definitely consider it. The prototype had a light ice blue color.. which was pretty new and cool. if production versions also have it.. it might be a nice alternative for ur light tundra mettalic
Have fun researching in the mean time..
#2259 of 4149 Thanks once again, happymister........
Oct 09, 2003 (6:06 pm)
...... just went to the web site and WOW !!
This Hybrid is gonna be a red-hot seller.... betcha' there will actually be a long waiting list. They claim the "power" of a V6 and fantastic mileage figures.... definitely a "vehicle of the future - here today" (or summer '04).
F.Y.I. - I just changed oil & filter in my '00 Acura TL today (Mobil 1), a "dirty" job but I get to make sure all is done right, plus I can "inspect" too, and during my inspection I found gobs of grease thrown out of the driver's side C.V. joint boot (I must fix this A.S.A.P.) I just purchased and installed a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires, PowerStop cross-drilled front rotors and ceramicool pads (all wheels), then just recently the S.R.S. light has come on and my TL has only 35K miles. Let's hope this Winter in Connecticut will NOT be nearly as brutal as last year, so at least my TL will make it thru until Spring '04 without major problems. Remember, the "Acura transmission timebomb" !! I sure do wish I can "dump it" down here (in Florida) and buy a NEW vehicle for the drive up to Connecticut next month.