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#2996 of 4149 Extended warranty Tribute 2002 ESV6
May 19, 2005 (7:21 pm)
I have almost 27,000 miles on it. It still under original warranty until Sept. 05.
I started to shop around for ext. warranty. The prices range from $2,500 and up for 7y/100k miles and around $2000 for 5y/75k-100k miles
Basically I have 3 questions.
1) Should I wait until end of August and buy day before expiration or buy it now with current mileage?
2) Should I stick with warranty from Mazda dealership or third-party warranty like DS(Dealer Services) letters we're getting by mail periodically?
3) Are the prices I getting from dealerships seem right?
Thanks a lot!
#2997 of 4149 03 escape tranny mixup
May 22, 2005 (5:59 am)
Took my wife's escape to the dealer yesterday for tranny flush. After I got back home I looked at the invoice closely, says they replaced the fluid with Mercon V, not Mercon. I'm hoping this is just a typo on their part. Mercon V is no good in this tranny correct?????
I am going back to the dealer tomorrow morning when they are open to complain. Any chance you think they put Mercon in, just typed Mercon V? They charged me $19.00 for 12 quarts of Mercon V, which seems cheap to me.
Also , if damage occurs, do you think the dealer is at fault? I don't see how it could not be.
#2998 of 4149 Re: 03 escape tranny mixup [mrshark]
May 22, 2005 (3:57 pm)
On some other Escape/Tribute message boards it has been made pretty clear that you should always use Mercon vs. Mercon V. I know the owners manual states to use Mercon.. I would take it back in, and have them re flush with Mercon (and it had better be free). At this point, I would not take the dealers word on it. I would also document this in case you have any issues with your transmission after your warranty expires.. In the grand scheme of things, you are probably okay, but better to be safe than sorry.
May 23, 2005 (6:50 am)
Any older Escape/Trib. owners experience an odd engine whine ? Mine just cropped-up a couple of weeks ago. Not sure what it is yet, but I'm trying to trace it as best I can. It's annoying at lower speeds when you can really hear it. It's a high-pitched whine like something is winding up-down. Oil level's fine, tranny fluid's o.k. too. Had it at the dealer for re-flash, wonder if there's any correlation.
Just had the latest computer flash done. Seems very odd, but everytime I get one of the purported 'PCM-upgrades' done my mileage seems to go down. For instance June 2004, I had the re-flash done per recall. Mileage went from 18-19 City to 16-17 City. With the latest upgrade (done ~2-weeks ago) I expected to
re-coup my mileage or so at least I thought. I've been through 2 (soon to be 3) full-tanks of gas and my average mileage is about 14-16. I don't know what kind of upgrades Ford is doing, but it's obviously not working to improve mileage figures.
I could get a full-size V8 pick-up and get the same mileage in-town. This really sucks big-time. I'm going to request that the dealer re-flash the PCM back to
at least one program-back.
I've had the upper-induction service and fuel injector service done several thousand
miles back. Either the engine is getting less efficient or there has to be something else wrong. Any ideas appreciated.
#3000 of 4149 Re: Odd Whine [escapenut]
May 23, 2005 (8:16 am)
This is not a pleasure for me to tell you but this sounds like tranny. I am very familar to CD4E whines from my 97-626. Have your truck put onto lift or dyno, so you can listen your tranny...
#3001 of 4149 Re: Odd Whine [snowman]
May 23, 2005 (9:27 am)
Snowman: ThanKs for your reply. I started hearing about the infamous CD4E
tranny problems long before I had the Escape. I had a friend who had a 1997
Mazda 626. His transmission gave-out at 75K miles. I didn't know that the
Escape had a modified (and hopefully) improved version of the CD4E transmission
until about 1-year after I purchased the Escape. Looks like it may not be that much improved, if any, from what Mazda is loading into the 626's in the past and present.
I have contacted a reputable transmission specialist who obviously needs to put it on the dyno immediately. Judging from my description, he thinks it may be the
torque convertor, which can be replaced separately, but may have caused enough damage (if it's the problem) to warrant a complete rebuild. I'll let you know once I
have it done what the diagnosis/prognosis is.
#3003 of 4149 Re: Considering an Escape [idntnvu]
May 25, 2005 (12:05 pm)
I've had my Ford Escape XLT V-6 since September 2000. I've been obtaining 265-280 miles per tankful with maybe 1.5 - 2.0 gallons left in the tank when I fill her up again. I've a slight lead foot that has me travelling around 70-75 mph when traffic permits. I've racked up 83,460 miles on the odometer and I'm very happy with the vehicle even though mileage would probably be better if I modify my driving. Two sets of tires going on my third replaced the OEM with Goodyear Forteza tires and it improved road noise and handling. No problems with the vehicle just a persistent overtemp light (red radiator) which was due to a crack overflow bottle took the mechanic a while to figure that one out. Ex-Explorer 1992 owner - miss that vehicle but I'm content with my Escape.
#3004 of 4149 Re: parking brake failure, cd player, changer and radio failure [cj1998]
May 27, 2005 (5:57 am)
My cd player just went out today, 2002 Tribute with 27,000, 6 cd player.
Cannot load any cds, remains in the wait position. It is empty.
How did you resolve your cd player problem?
May 27, 2005 (6:32 am)
i am thinking of moving from my '04 sable to a new 05 escape. the one thing holding me back is gas mileage. i am looking at a 2wd xlt v-6. anyone have any experience/thoughts on this.?