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#2677 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [kibbles]
Jan 01, 2005 (11:33 am)
I see there are other people out there that have piles of problems like me. I to have had engine replaced, coolant reservoir replaced, rear hatch door gas shocks replaced twice now, headlights replaced, windshield recocked, rear wiper motor replaced, rear hatch re-aligned, aluminium rims re cut do to clear coat shipping off, tie rods replaced, drive shaft replaced.....I think that's it. Mine is a 2002 Tribute. It is the first and the last Ford built vehicle I will ever buy and I spread the word as much as possible around town. It's stupid how they were even allowed to build this vehicle in the first place. Thank god I bought it through Mazda so that I have up to 7 years of extended waranty.
#2678 of 4149 no trouble... just a question
Jan 03, 2005 (10:53 pm)
in an automatic '04 tribute v6, does anyone know how to change tachometer settings so that it switches gears at a lower rpm?
#2679 of 4149 Engine Noise
Jan 04, 2005 (6:56 am)
We have a 2002 Mazda Tribute 4x4 LX 4-cyl. engine with 5 speed trans. For about the past three thousand miles, we have heard (off and on) a noise coming from engine compartment. To give an analogy, it sounds like the teeth of a saw blade when it first hits wood.
I first thought about flywheel, etc., but we took it to dealer, and as usual, they could not hear the noise. If you are inside the car with radio on, you cannot hear it.
Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem and related fix. Thanks.
#2680 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [jhouse1]
Jan 04, 2005 (7:57 am)
Wow! I feel for you!!! I would not be so nice! As is, I wrote 3 letters to Ford (and got nowhere with them). The shot tie rods (at 36.5k miles) was the last straw! Finally traded in my lemon for a Santa Fe and have been extremely happy ever since! At the very least, the warranty is better on the Santa Fe. We'll see how well it holds up.
#2681 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [metrowmn]
Jan 05, 2005 (12:35 pm)
I had to go to dealer today. I went to start the damn thing and I could hear a wistling noise so I opened the hood and there was some kind of oil shot all over the inside of the engine compartment. I think the power steering hose blew off but what else is new! Dealer is looking into making a deal with us to trade in the crappy one for a new one....will see what they say. I don't count on anything from the dealership. The miss's is hopping.
Jan 05, 2005 (12:56 pm)
Been der dun dat. Power steering hoses exploding is very common in Tribs & Escapes in very cold weather.
Jan 05, 2005 (1:06 pm)
Power steering hoses exploding is very common in Tribs & Escapes in very cold weather.
Really? I've been actively reading and posting in Escape forums for three years now and this is the first I've heard of a power steering hose "exploding". Maybe the second one if you posted it before and I just missed it.
#2684 of 4149 parking brake failure, cd player, changer and radio failure
Jan 06, 2005 (10:05 am)
I have a 03 Tribute with 26k. First at 21k, the radio went out, 21,5k the cd player and changer went out, and now, at 26k my parking brake is DEAD. This happened this morning and I am afraid to even drive it for fear of other brake problems. Has anyone had problems with their parking brake? Forgot to mention, the heated seat on the passenger side is ALWAYS on.. and most of the time, no one is sitting in the seat!
#2685 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [dc_driver]
Jan 06, 2005 (4:34 pm)
Thanks for the advice and your sympathy. Sorry that you had similar troubles with your Volkswagon. It's a shame for everyone that has problems with a vehicle, but it is comforting to know that others have and are experiencing these type of problems.
FYI, we have already begun the process regarding the lemon law. A letter has already been sent to Mazda. We are now waiting for their response. I was told this could take up to 18 months to resolve completely. Hope it doesn't.
Actually the dealer is nice enough, they just don't know how to fix our problems. They always have a loaner car for us and are honest when it comes to how long we should expect to be without our car. I think their inability to fix the problems is reason enough to take my business to some other manufacturer. I guess if they come back with an offer I can't refuse, then I'll consider staying with them, but some of the other postings in this message board scare me about future trouble(s) I may encounter. The dealer has never even suggested that we might be able to trade it in. I ask them what else can I do but bring it in to be checked over again and again.
I know that this can happen to with car, so I am not holding out for a great experience with another make/model. I am going in with a bad attitude/outlook and expecting the worse. This way when it turns out OK, I'll be a satisfied consumer. Ha Ha.
Seriously, thanks for the positive input. I appreciate it.
#2686 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [jhouse1]
Jan 06, 2005 (4:56 pm)
7 years warranty? Has the calender gone the way of the dollar?