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#2524 of 4149 Idle Dilema
Aug 04, 2004 (2:09 pm)
I drive a 2004 Mazda, Tribute. It has approx. 6700 miles on it. I bought it new last October 28, 2003. I recently brought my car back to the dealership where purchased because the Idle was fluctuating (extremely) upon 1st start-up of the day (when the car is cold) and the V-Belt was making chatter/noise sounding like tapping or pinging. They replaced the IAC valve after having my car for 3 days. And also replace the Drive Belt Tensioner and V-Belt, AC. I took the car home and the very next day the same problem occured with the Idle, only the fluctuations are not as extreme. The noise was back with the V-Belt, AC. The car is back at the dealership and they have had it for a week. The Service manager is confounded because they can not identify what is wrong with the idle. I also told them about all the cabin noise and squeeking especially when taking corners. It sounds like wind and a lot of flexing is taking place...The manager told me they lubricated the door gaskets.???I have not picked up my car yet because they have not identified the idle problem on their second go around. He said it may be humidity affecting the idle. I say the car should not be temper mental in regards to weather unless a part is defective and being affected by moisture. I can't wait till this winter's snow. They also rotated my tires without telling me and checked my brakes without telling me. I noticed it on my receipt.???What's up with that. No report was issued...as customary. Because after they rotated my tires the car is really noisy and has a lousy ride. The manager told me there was uneven tire wear and that the tires needed to be balanced and rotated .??? I purchased a Mazda once again, my third one, because I never have problems with them. Please anyone any feedback on the idle, tires and cabin noise would be apprediated. Thank you DCG
#2525 of 4149 re; Transmission Shudder
Aug 05, 2004 (8:19 pm)
Just received my 01 Escape back from Ford service today. I have 71,000 miles and have replaced the fluid twice once at around 30,000 miles and again around 60,000 miles for transmission shuddering. Unfortunately this time it came back again shortly after the second fluid change. Ford service department had to replace the torque convertor and if I had not had the 100,000 mile power train warranty it would have cost me three days for a rental and $800 for repair. Also replaced front wheel bearings back in June for front end whining, again covered under warranty. Thank goodness for warranties.
#2526 of 4149 Re: Idle Dilema [dcg]
Aug 06, 2004 (4:27 pm)
It sounds like you have an unusual problem. At least you know they are making an effort to correct it, even if they're so far unsuccessful. My advice would be to be patient and give them another chance or two to correct it; if they can't fix the original problem after three tries on a warranted vehicle, then you're eligible for Lemon Law compensation. Hopefully it won't come to that. And no, humidity should have no effect on a fluctutaing idle. He's probably just trying to come up with some type of stall tactic until they can figure out the real trouble.
#2527 of 4149 Re: Idle Dilema [wijoco]
Aug 06, 2004 (6:24 pm)
I wonder any of you guys read the content of the lemon law.
He can't pursue Lemon Law. It is too late for that, 70 some thousand miles and almost 4 years of usage...
#2528 of 4149 Re: Idle Dilema [wijoco]
Aug 06, 2004 (7:10 pm)
Sorry, for some reason I took your posting as response to #2525.
This is what happens when you rich the end of the Internet, your eyes start loosing focus....
#2529 of 4149 05 Escape xlt- Transmission vibration
Aug 07, 2004 (1:08 pm)
1,500 miles on the vehicle & has done it since I got it....When the tranny kicks into 3rd gear I feel a little vibration & in 4th a little more pronounced...You feel it coming from under the vehicle & on the accelerator pedal......What do you think, bad torque converter??.....
#2530 of 4149 05 Escape Powertrain warranty
Aug 07, 2004 (1:14 pm)
Just realized that Ford only covers the powertrain under the 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, WHAT A JOKE......They must have alot of confidence in the durablity of their products....This is my 1st Ford purchase & will be my last unless it changes....Thank god it's paid for & won't put 36,000 miles on it in 3 years...After those 3 years I'll trade it in for a vehicle whose manufacturer backs up their products with a better warranty....
#2531 of 4149 re; warranty
Aug 08, 2004 (1:40 am)
You definitely want to bring your Escape in for service. With only 1,500 miles you shouldn't be feeling any shuddering from your transmission. From what your describing it sounds exactly the same problem that I had. If you have no plans for keeping it after the 36 months you'll be all set, but if you do you may want to talk to your dealer about a 100,000 mile warranty. So far mine has paid for itself.
Aug 10, 2004 (7:21 am)
Just realized that Ford only covers the powertrain under the 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, WHAT A JOKE......
So why didn't you buy the Mazda Tribute? essentially the same vehicle but they come with a 4 year 50K warranty.
Aug 10, 2004 (8:54 pm)
That was a factor in my looking at a Quest instead of a Villager the last time I got a new car - the Nissan powertrain warranty was better, and they are the same van under the trim.
Longer warranties have become a big competitive weapon. Mitsu is counting a Hyundai style warranty to bail them out of the zero/zero/zero mess they got in:
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