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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
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#3006 of 4149 Re: Creak, creak, creak [rcinmd]
May 28, 2005 (5:56 pm)
I am so glad I found your message. My Tribute is creaking, ticking and groaning most of the time. I have a 2005 with 8000 miles on it. The dealer (wood pontiac Mazda) call it "flex" sounds and say they can do nothing about it. I have complained extensively to Mazda and they sent the Factory Rep to deal with it. He said sure, it makes alot of noise, but so do all the Tributes (in varying degree of noise) and so it is considered "normal". I disagree, and told him a brand new car should not sound like an old wooden boat. I am pursuing the Lemon Law. And I would encourage you to complain to the Dealer; my dealer said there is no other complaint on record with Mazda. Of course they will try to wiggle out of it. My car gets louder with time. And probably your will too. They should not be able to get away with such shoddy workmanship.
#3007 of 4149 Re: Creak, creak, creak [kelleyartist]
May 28, 2005 (6:03 pm)
My 05 Tribute does not have this problem (creaking all over). As a matter of fact, as far as rattles and squeaks go, this car is the most solidly built, rattle/creak free vehicle I have ever owned. I have owned multiple Nissans, multiple Mazda's, a Saturn, and a Volkswagen.
Not sure what to tall you. I find it hard to believe that "all Tributes", as your dealer rep stated, make these noises. Have you tried another dealer? Have you tried driving a different Tribute? I have never seen complaints like this one on other Escape/Tribute message boards...
#3008 of 4149 Re: Creak, creak, creak [kelleyartist]
May 28, 2005 (7:57 pm)
Mine (05) is a solid built vehicle, haven't heard and ding, ping, creak or any other strange sound you describe. Very happy with the performance also, specially during past PA winter.
#3009 of 4149 Re: Creak, creak, creak [kelleyartist]
May 28, 2005 (8:28 pm)
No creaks in ours. We've been throughly satisfied so far 10,000 miles ....
#3010 of 4149 I am Quite Amazed
May 28, 2005 (11:25 pm)
Why would someone with no problems post how great their vehicles are on a message board for individuals that are having problems and seeking advice from owners with similar problems?
#3011 of 4149 Re: I am Quite Amazed [bri66]
May 29, 2005 (1:22 am)
Only when the original poster claims ALL of a particular vehicle have the same problem .........
#3012 of 4149 Re: I am Quite Amazed [bri66]
May 29, 2005 (6:53 am)
Why not? This forum is not designated ONLY for complaints. Owners post + and - experiences with their vehicles.
Frankly, since I can't verify the identity and ownership of posters, I don't believe everyhting I read in Internet, I recommend you the same thing.
#3013 of 4149 Re: Creak, creak, creak [mphxaz]
May 29, 2005 (8:37 pm)
The structure of mine is fine, no moaning from body flex. But the drivers window just might drive me a little crazy over the years. I find myself listening to more music than talk shows to cover up the creak of the window in my ear, but between every song I get to hear that great creak. Also my back hatch is now making a noise when I hit a bump, but not every time, only once or twice per commute. I have said many times over the years that I would never buy another American car, but this was such a good deal that as long as the car holds up mechanically I can over look some minor things.
Mazda does know about my problem. Also, when I filled out the survey after the new car purchase I mentioned the window creaking and the cheap inside door handles and last week Mazda called and did a follow up survey over the phone that lasted at least ten minutes.
#3014 of 4149 Re: Creak
May 30, 2005 (3:51 am)
I currently have 92,000 miles on my 2001 XLT V6 Escape. Absolutely love my Escape as I do all my Fords. It has had it's problems over the 3 1\2 years while I have owned it, but it's still in my opinion a great little SUV. About two years ago I was getting a lot of creaks mostly from the front end. A year and a half later it's starting again. I replaced these little piston like parts to the front end called Links. They cost me around $20 a piece and it quieted the front end completely. Hopefully this info might help solve a lot of these noises other owners are having.
I am fast approaching the end of my 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Without it the past year would have cost me a couple thousand dollars for two transmission overhauls, front wheel bearings, and front axle CV joints. What wasn't covered was the motor to the rear wiper that cost me $336.
Would I purchase a vehicle based on any posts on Edmunds? I guess that would be silly. Do I believe everything I read, absolutely not. I believe some people would, but I believe in doing my homework before I spend $20,000+. Would I go out of my way to accuse posters of lying, thats not my style. I find it silly that someone would take the time to sit and post messages that aren't true, but I guess there are people that might.
My last purchase was a 2004 Freestar that has been maintenance free, knock on wood. Because of that little rear window motor on the Escape I purchased the Extra care bumper to bumper 100,000 warranty for it. Now everything is covered with a $50 deductible as will all my future Fords I purchase. Spending thousands on new vehicles, these extra warranties are pennies a day for piece of mind.
#3015 of 4149 Re: Creak, creak, creak [j30]
May 30, 2005 (6:51 am)
"Also my back hatch is now making a noise when I hit a bump, but not every time..."
You need to apply two layers of electric tape to latch. After that, you are not going to hear that noise.
For your windows, search in Honda forums. Honda mechanics use slicone spray to quite down/eliminate the windows sound on Honda models. You might want to do the same thing.