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#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?
#2687 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [jhouse1]
Jan 06, 2005 (6:13 pm)
Sounds like you have had some troubles too. Sorry. I know of someone in my town that has also had their engine replaced in their 2002 Tribute. She is not happy about it either. It was a replacement car after her Escape was totaled in an accident. It's my biggest fear that I'll be driving down the highway at 65 MPH and have the engine die. Every little sound I hear makes me think what's next.
Did your problems start early on? About how many miles?
#2688 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [kibbles]
Jan 07, 2005 (3:14 pm)
Yeah we did. Two weeks after I bought the vehicle, we had taken a trip to Vancouver and back, and about a week later I noticed the oil light flickering on and off. That was when they had to replace the engine because they say the oil pump wasn't working at normal operating temperature. After that it's all downhill. Headlights, Coolant reservoir, Power Steering Pump and hoses twice now, rear hatch lift's 3 times now, Rims re-cut and polished due to chipping of clear coat. tie rods, rear wiper motor, sunroof button box due to button not working. Brake pads replaced very early. If you need to replace your brake pads and your sick of the brake dust all over your rims get ceramic pads. They work like a charm.
3 days ago was the last time the power steering hose's broke. It's was -34 C outside with windchill it was -48 C. I wasn't the only one that this has happened to. There was 7 Tribute's at my Mazda Dealer. All with the same problem. There was also a pile of Protege's.
The dealer tells us that it's the cold that brakes the hoses. I said to them that they shouldn't be selling these vehicle's here when the temperature will always get down this low in the Canadian Prairies. They had no response. What else is new.
So all of the above has happened in the span of 2 years. I hope that answers your question
#2689 of 4149 Re: 2002 ESCAPE Engine Failure [tmcgrain]
Jan 08, 2005 (1:52 pm)
sorry to hear about your troubles. if you didn't rant at the service department, maybe they can get ford to provide an 'after warranty adjustment'. they kind of split the cost of the repair with you, but it is discressionary.
#2690 of 4149 Re: Tribute engine starts and dies [tennis]
Jan 08, 2005 (8:12 pm)
I have a similar problem with my 2001 LX 4x4. I live in Minnesota and it only happens when the temperature is near 90 deg. and high humidity. If the car is hot and I park for a few minutes, the ignition will not even crank, as if the security lock is not responding. I usually open the hood, and let the car sit for 10-20 minutes, and then it will start. After experiencing this 6+ times, I think it's related to engine heat that is not dispursed when the car is off.
The dealer has not recreated the problem, because it occurs only when it is very hot and I've driven for an hour or so. Whenever it happens, I call the service dept. and insist they log my call in my car's service records.
I can't offer anything else, but to let you know that even though I've had some problems with my Tribute, I have decided to keep it when the lease is up.
#2691 of 4149 Re: Tribute engine starts and dies [trib2001]
Jan 11, 2005 (6:54 am)
I think the biggest part of your problem is your incompetent dealer. Instead of trying to regenerate the issue, they should start measuring-testing sensors.
This looks like engine coolant temperature sensor to me. It is well known problem for many make and model.
#2692 of 4149 Snowman/tansmission fluid
Jan 11, 2005 (10:57 am)
I thought the same thing because my owner's manual said Mercon, and the actual dipstick in my '01 XLT V6 indicated Mercon V. If this is not correct, then I've been running the wrong stuff for last two (2)flushes. The shop that changed the fluid said they go by whatever is specified on the dipstick. I trust(ed) their judgement.
I suppose if it was wrong the trannie may have cratered by now, but maybe not. In any case, the
Mobil 1 seems to be doing the job o.k.
FYI to All: At 63K my brake booster went nuts, hissing and groaning. Be aware that this may happen with advancing mileage to any car. The diaphragm went bad inside the housing. The dealer wants $172.59, however, my mechanic-buddy will pick one up for $119.00 and I'll install it with him. Rebuilt ones are available from a parts-house for ~$90.00, but there is a core charge of $40.00 until the bad one is brought-in.
It started with a barely audible hiss that my daughter heard, but I didn't (a function of aging). It progressively got worse over a week period, until it was diagnosed by my friend as the problem. If the work was done at a dealer then it would cost ~$260.00+ for parts and labor.
#2693 of 4149 Re: Snowman/tansmission fluid [escapenut]
Jan 11, 2005 (1:36 pm)
I am sorry to tell you but your dipstick is wrong. Ford used wrong dipstick on some of its models. It is well documented issue over the internet.
I've known this transmission from my 97 Mazda 626. Also dipsticks in my 05 Escape and Trib says Mercon. And transmission was not updated since 2001 in terms of oil.
#2694 of 4149 Re: Snowman/tansmission fluid [snowman]
Jan 11, 2005 (1:48 pm)
Ford used wrong dipstick on some of its models...
I can't seem to find a reference to that. Do you have a link?