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#2709 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [kibbles]
Jan 17, 2005 (8:19 pm)
kibbles- Stay alert in a Tribute! In about 1 year, my whole front sterring sector was replaced, tires were eaten up, brake pads and rotors had to be replaced. Now at 2 years,and just over mileage warranty, transmission is gone and dealer says Mazda has run out of customer assistance money- can't fix. Want over $3000- Mazda USA won't return my phone calls and I can't speak to regional rep.Won't answer emails either. My car shut off at 40mph- lucky no one hurt. Mazda is dropping the Ford/Mazda SUV in 2007- bringing in a complete Japan built SUV- guess they've had enough. Check out the 33 recalls, and hopefully you'll be lucky enough to deal with a dealership that recognizes Mazda has a problem, and will do the right thing for you. Looks like my problem goes legal now-whoopee- the lawyers win! Mazda ought to be ashamed.
#2710 of 4149 short knocking sound only in the morning
Jan 18, 2005 (7:32 am)
I have an 03 Tribute DX (5 speeds), 36k miles, and overall I'm satisfied with it.
The only problem I have with it, since I bought it, is a knocking sound coming from the front right side of the car. It's as if I try to start the car in the 3rd speed.
Funny is that this noise can be heard every morning, but only when I start driving the car. It lasts for 1-2 seconds, after that is gone for the whole day.
I keep my car in the garage. First thing is to put the car in reverse and drive it backwards out of the garage to the front of the house. Then I start moving forward and this is when the noise can be heard.
Went three times to the dealer. First time they changed something at the stabilizer. Then they could not find anything wrong. They said they can't reproduce the problem. But my wife, me and some friends all noticed this problem, so I'm sure there must be something.
Anybody has a similar problem?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
#2711 of 4149 CD4E Trans. update
Jan 18, 2005 (8:46 am)
Talked to purchasing dealer Friday at length about the dipstick/trans. fluid issue. Their last word is that is if there is no problem now
or has been no problem with my maintenance schedule, fluid used, etc., then don't worry about it.
Wijoco: You are right, without litigation involved
Ford would do nothing. Plus all manufacturers are getting real sticky about records and paper back-up and I don;t have all the paperwork to back me up, so I'm really SOL. I'll just keep tooling along and keep the vehicle for as long as necessary or needed. I still like the way it drives/handles/true-roominess for four (4), but the gas-mileage is not that great. Currently, I've got 63K+, and it seems to be running/shifting fine for now.
Just had the rear-brakes cleaned and adjusted with a brake-fluid flush. According to mechanic rear-brakes have about 1/2 wear left on them. Front ceramic-enhance brakes perform well and do not dust-up the wheeels like the OEM pads did. After two (2) OEM pad-changes I decided to go after-market and try the cermic-enhanced pads. It's been worth it and the pads were actually cheaper than OEM's. The aftermarket rotors are turnable too unlike the OEM rotors. I would like to add a Gibson or Magna-Flow exhaust system, but do not know if I'll have the vehicle long enough to justify the cost. I may trade for a pick-up by this time next year. I do between 18-19K miles per year, so I'm raking-up miles pretty fast. Like I say, I don't anticipate anything happening to the Escape mechanically, but you can never tell. All machines are prone to wear and breakage.
The exterior is in great shape, if I do say so myself, with a couple of wax-jobs a year with
frequent washes. Luckily it's warm enough with few exceptions to wash vehicles year-round here.
#2712 of 4149 Re: short knocking sound only in the morning [cparis64]
Jan 18, 2005 (1:38 pm)
I had a similar problem on my 02 Ford Escape. Drove me crazy. They changed the stabilizer bar too but it didn't fix it and eventually it got worse. Turns out the engine mounts were bad! They changed those and then the tie rods went.... I'll spare you the details. I got rid of the car but do have them check the engine mounts... It may be what's making your clunk noise.
#2713 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [kibbles]
Jan 19, 2005 (11:26 am)
I have a 2004 Escape with 29K miles. The car stalls when it is put in Reverse, and sometimes in Park.
I have been to the dealer 4 times already. I have had the PCM module reprogrammed twice already, the accelerator plug (recall) changed, and one other fix. I just picked the car up yesterday and I've stalled 4 times since then.
A friendly FORD mechanic told me that this is something that is happening often. Not sure what to do. I am over the 2yr/18k lemon law option, FORD customer relations has suggested that I work with the dealer. I am at my wits end here.
I have owned 2 Toyotas with no major problems (190K and 130K) and upgraded to an SUV because of my growing family and the lure of new car reliability. BOY was I fooled...
Jan 19, 2005 (12:46 pm)
2005 Tribute - Auto, FWD, Purchased Fall 04
1st problem noticed around 10K Km
1st Problem - ABS Indicator - intermittent on/off. Also intermittent brake pedal vibration.
2nd problem noticed shortly after 1st:
2nd Problem - Oil Leak - steady droplet flow.
Brought vehicle in for service before Christmas, whereby they stated that a speed sensor needed to be replaced for 1st problem and new oil pump for 2nd problem. A month later, still waiting to get problem fixed.
Vehicle is in the shop as I type, so can update later as to whether the problems were fixed.
As a side note, not impressed with the level (or lack there of) of service from the Erin Mills Mazda dealer. Vehicle was brought in yesterday for all day service, yet nothing was done since 2 out of 5 mechanics did not show.
Update and impressions to follow.
#2715 of 4149 Re: 05 Tribute Problemos [tributelations]
Jan 19, 2005 (8:14 pm)
Mazda provides rental car for Trib, why don't you take your car to a dealer that has better service department?
It sound complete nonsense that these repairs take 2 months. First repair at most 1 hour, second repair I guess around 3 hours. Parts can be ordered over night as well.
#2716 of 4149 No offense to anyone
Jan 19, 2005 (8:25 pm)
but lately I see new members with existing Escape/Tribute vehicles that are running problems.
I find interesting that, as an owner why they couldn't get their membership before to post their existing car problems to seek solutions? As, 2-3 years old escape /trib with 20-30K mile, according to owner,problems have been there since purchase, and when I look at the profile, membership is created either today or yesterday.
Another interesting part that some of them never shows up again after posting couple messages.
#2717 of 4149 Re: No offense to anyone [snowman]
Jan 20, 2005 (5:48 am)
That is precisely why you don't use web forums to judge the quality of anything.
#2718 of 4149 Re: 05 Tribute Problemos [tributelations]
Jan 20, 2005 (8:27 am)
05 Tribute Problemos Update:
Just to clarify, it took as long as it did to fix the problem due to a back-order on the speed sensor. Erin Mills Mazda did not provide a loaner for the day that my vehicle sat there for nothing. They did provide a rental that evening for the following day while the service was being done.
Now with the service completed, everything seems fine. No more ABS indicator light or oil leak.
As for the veteran posters asking "why they (new members) couldn't get their membership before to post their existing car problems to seek solutions?" - simple, you're supposed to first go to the dealer to resolve problems. If the problem is not resolved, then you turn to forums to see if i. anyone else is having the same problem, and ii. if and how it was resolved.