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#3103 of 4133 Re: Clutch problem 2001 Tribute DX [heyjude1]
Aug 02, 2005 (10:34 am)
I took my 2003 Tribute to the Mazda dealer in Seattle (rated #1 Customer Satisfaction Dealer For the Last Seven Years). I began experiencing the clutch slippage sometime after 25,000 miles. The Seattle Mazda dealer insinuated that I must have let someone drive my car who was really hard on the clutch. Which is a croc, I maintain my vehicles to the point where one could eat off the engine block if you wanted to, and no one besides myself had ever driven my Mazda. Of course the warranty on the clutch ran out at 12,000 miles. Mazda wanted 1,500.00 to fix the problem. I am HAPPY to say that I am now the PROUD owner of a brand new Honda CRV. Based on my experience with the # 1 Rated Mazda Dealer in Seattle, I will NEVER own another Mazda!
#3104 of 4133 Re: Clutch problem 2001 Tribute DX [kimberly_aloha]
Aug 02, 2005 (1:07 pm)
Kimberly, I hope you were able to get the situation with the clutch on your Tribute DX handled satisfactorily. I recently took my 2003 Tribute into Mazda because the clutch began shuddering when I attempted to start out in first gear. I guess I noticed it earlier than 25,000 miles but didn't really start to become concerned until it was happening all the time around 25,000 miles. Mazda told me that as far as they were concerned it was normal wear and tear, and that the problem wasn't really anything to be concerned about, more an annoyance than anything. (Of course they would say this they weren't the ones risking life and limb pulling out into traffic in the vehicle on a daily basis). The guys at the service desk told me that if it were them they would wait until the clutch went totally out and then have it replaced. I personally feel that this is a "known" problem with Tribute, and most likely the Escape counterpart, with the same 4 cly 5 speed manual configuration. I did not get satisfaction from Mazda, so the next day I went out and traded my Mazda for a Honda. It sounds like the problem has been around since model year 2001, still happening in 2003 model year and probably still today. I am very sorry for folks who have to deal with this because I know only too well the grief it has caused me.
#3105 of 4133 Re: 01 escape low miles - many problems+6 [rchlslmn]
Aug 02, 2005 (11:17 pm)
I have a 2002 Escape. Engine light comes on when gas gets low, but once I fill up and let it sit overnight, it goes out. Have no idea what the problem is. Read all other forums on this topic and the only 2 solutions I've seen is to replace the EGR and make sure the gas caps is sealing (or replace it with a locking one). I've looked at the gas cap and it doesn't look like it has or ever had a seal. The next thing I'll try is to take it to AAMCO transmissions as I've seen a commercial that says they'll run diagnostics on engine lights for free. Just need to find the time to take it in when the light is on.Any one else seen this?
#3106 of 4133 Re: High Pitch Whistle from Break Pedal [rib]
Aug 03, 2005 (1:47 pm)
I got replaced the brake booster and the master cylinder and for some reason stop working you mention High Pitch Whistle from Break Pedal , I dont now any thing about it , can you help , may be the mechanic install some thing wrong thanks
#3107 of 4133 After Market Gas Tank
Aug 05, 2005 (11:21 am)
Does anybody know if there is an after market gas tank available with at least 4 more gallons capacity? (2005 Escape, AWD, 4 cyl, automatic). I barely get 300 miles per tank, and I drive enough that it means twice a week stops at the gas station.
#3108 of 4133 Re: After Market Gas Tank [smudgejet]
Aug 05, 2005 (1:03 pm)
Don't know if there is an aftermarket tank that wouldn't require substantial modifcation to the underside of the Escape. May be able to be done, maybe not.
I've got an '01 V-6 FWD XLT, and my mileage generally runs 17-18 City, 20-ish Hwy. Seems to me you should be getting a little better if yourengine is broken-in.
I've got a friend who has an '01 XLS 4-cyl. and it's getting 25+ mpg Hwy. consistently and about 21-22 City. Sounds like you're only getting ~20 mpg, but I don't know what the break-out is between City/Hwy driving.
#3110 of 4133 WIll not stay Idleing
Aug 06, 2005 (11:15 am)
I have a 2001 Mazda Tribute V6 . It will not stay idleing . You must keep one foot on the gas and the other on the brake to keep it running .
Any Suggestions ??
#3111 of 4133 Re: After Market Gas Tank [escapenut]
Aug 07, 2005 (11:43 am)
Thanks for the feedback about a bigger gas tank. I got 19-20 mpg before break-in, and now get ~21-22 mpg ('05 I-4 AWD XLS Automatic). The mileage I get now seems consistent with my old Ford Ranger ('95 I-4 RWD XLS Manual) at 23-24 mpg. I see 1/4 winding country roads (fun), 1/4 hwy and 1/2 city. When I leave the city, I don't pass any gas stations, so I usually fill up with some reserve, average fill 15 gallons.
If my driving habits give me 15 gallons out of the tank of gas, 4 more gallons would mean a lot less time spent at the gas station.
For the record, 10K miles, no vehicle problems, other than the one deer. I almost stopped in time, less than $1K damage, all cosmetic. Also a plug for Middleton Ford (near Madison WI)
#3112 of 4133 Missing Hood light?
Aug 07, 2005 (6:10 pm)
Since I had a nice Excalibur alarm system I bought for another vehicle in 1999 laying in the shed, I decided to add this to my new 05 Tribute. I went back to the dealer and they gave me the wiring information for the 05. In there it has:
Hood Pin purple/orange - pin switch or SJB, conn. B, pin 5
When I go and checked , I was surprised to see that there is no hood light on my 2005 Tribute. I still don't believe this. I looked and don't see a hood pin? Anybody know where the hood pin is located?