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#2877 of 4149 6 services in 2.5 years
Mar 16, 2005 (5:31 pm)
I bought my 2002 Tribute on a Saturday and didn't drive it again until the following Tuesday where it died in the middle of the freeway. After it was towed to the dealership I was told nothing's wrong; 2 months later they found the battery was never tied down and was split in 1/2 leaking battery acid. Six months later it was in the shop because the gas cap indicator light wouldn't go off - found out the seal to stop fumes from coming in the car was defective. Then the parking brake light wouldn't go off - oops this time the master cylinder had fluid on it- from where - who knows. Finally made it to 29k miles - took it in for a check up - they found an axle broken - interesting since the suv is only driven 26 miles on the hwy a day. Then the brakes went bad - only to be told by the dealership that the brakes are European and tend to wear out because they can't support the weight of the vehicle - interesting...and finally it will be back in the shop again for the parking brake light -this time the dealer thinks there is a break in the brake fuel line. My Lemon-Law attorney has agreed to take my case. Mazda/Ford can have their vehicle back...give me a Toyota.
#2878 of 4149 "new fix" update
Mar 17, 2005 (10:42 am)
Car is back, two weeks to round up new head assy, gaskets, etc. from all over U.S.A. Diag. was burnt valves and seats on cyl. #4. (oil changed faithfully every 5k mi.) Seems to run good, fingers crossed, thank goodness for Ext. Warranty.
#2879 of 4149 Re: Engine Ticking Sound [ryan41]
Mar 18, 2005 (12:09 pm)
Sorry, to have not written sooner...
I have a post, somewhere around #2800?!
I had the same problem with my 2002 Tribute...and finally, at 29,000 miles; they service writer "acknowledged" it.
They removed the head covers, and removed, and re-torqued the keepers...at least this is my understanding. That's all...and voila; no more valve train noise!
In talks with the service manager...I learned there was a recall for this, in December, 2003.
#2880 of 4149 Re: Engine Ticking Sound [jag617]
Mar 19, 2005 (1:57 pm)
Thanks for the info, I went into the dealer that used to service my 02, service writer knew exactly what I was talking about and said it is a cap thrust adjustment, he said they did a 05 last week and said that it was no big deal. I am taking the car there on Wednesday for the adjustment. Its funny it is the same exact noise as my 02. Hope this works. Thanks again for the info.
#2881 of 4149 odomoter light
Mar 19, 2005 (6:00 pm)
light in dash panel comes on& off ,have to tap
on inst panel to get it to come on.
what type of bulb is in instrement panel ,and how do you get axcess to it.
on 2004 trib.
#2882 of 4149 Squeaking, barking, noise tires
Mar 20, 2005 (10:25 pm)
This weekend we test-drove three 2005 Tributes (V4 and V-6) and all three seem to have the tires squeak or bark when ever we turned. Is this normal for a mid-size SUV or Mazda vehicles. We also drove the Ford Escape, Santa Fe. Outlander, CRV and none of these made the noise with the tires. Has anyone else ever had this problem? I read of noisy tires on other forums about the Tribute but no one explains what the noise is. Would different tires make a difference? I was not turning fast or turning to sharp or even accelerating through the turn. I drove all the others the same way. We really like the Tribute but not sure if I could put up with noise EVERY time I turn. Anyone else experience this?
#2883 of 4149 Re: Squeaking, barking, noise tires [laa]
Mar 21, 2005 (10:35 am)
Hmmm.. This sounds rather strange. For a test, I took my Tribute out for lunch today (05 AWD V6), lowered the windows (thankfully it has finally warmed up a little here in Northern VA), and listened. No weird squeaking or barking during routine turns.
The fact that multiple Tributes did this is weird, but perhaps that dealer has their tires inflated improperly. I had to add some air to all of my tires after purchase (I like them be at the higher side of the recommended PSI).
The problem that most people talk about with regards to tire noise and the Escape/Tribute, is that the tires that come standard have some noticeable road noise at highway speeds. I have noticed it with mine (it is not unbearable, mind you) but will definitely replace with better tires when the originals need to be replaced. My co-worker recently put on Michelin's on his Escape and has noticed a definite decrease in road noise and better handling. I would suggest going to a different dealer and test again.
#2884 of 4149 Re: Squeaking, barking, noise tires [dc_driver]
Mar 21, 2005 (8:15 pm)
Thanks for the advice. I will try another one and have them check the tire pressure. I will also watch to see if I am turning to sharp or acclerating into the turn. Any one have actual mpg on V4 and V6 that they are getting? Thanks again?
#2885 of 4149 Re: Squeaking, barking, noise tires [laa]
Mar 22, 2005 (1:19 pm)
Now mind you, I have the AWD V6, and it is not broken in all the way yet, but here is what I am averaging:
This is about normal for a V6 Escape/Tribute, but I also should mention that I live in DC and the cold weather, and stop and go traffic definitely affect my numbers. Some V6 owners average higher than mine, and I also have a case of the lead foot sometimes
I figure if you pay for the V6, you may as well enjoy it:)
For comparison, my Tribute gets almost identical mpg to my V6 Nissan Altima.
#2886 of 4149 Re: o1 escape lemon [nattan]
Mar 23, 2005 (7:47 am)
Hey there, I am currently driving a 02 eacape xls 5 speed, and have had the same problem, shuddering at 36000km, and having them say nmothing is wrong with it, I have had the clutch flywheel and pressure plate replaced which fixed it for the time being, but starting to get it back again, have you had problems with transmission bearings?>