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#3556 of 4149 Re: Buying a 2005 tribute [genome1]
Mar 20, 2007 (3:00 pm)
Hi! I just started experiencing the exact same problem a month ago on my 2003. It was intermittent but now it is happening at least once every day. Since it is intermittent my dealer won't do anything either! Apparently if the light doesn't come on and tell these yahoos exactly what is wrong with the vehicle they are incapable diagnosing anything. This is also not my first problem that they have refused to fix -- I had a stalling & failure to start problem but learned here at Edmunds what was causing that. Have you been able to find out what is wrong and get it repaired? I am afraid one day the brakes won't hold. This is not my first Mazda but since Ford bought the company and can't put together a safe vehicle, this is definitely the last!
#3557 of 4149 Re: Buying a 2005 tribute [rhiannon1]
Mar 20, 2007 (3:30 pm)
No luck. After 2 weeks with the dealer, during which one of the staff drove it home and back to work a few times, they could not duplicate the problem. A Transport Canada rep. also drove it and the problem didn't occur. I had no choice but to take the vehicle. The problem has recurred sporadically. I believe the ABS is too sensitive and it looks like I'm stuck with the problem. The other side of the coin: the ABS does behave properly on icy/rough roads; however, I hate it. I'd rather skid than plow into the back of another vehicle or slide into an intersection. This is my first and last Mazda!
#3558 of 4149 Re: Buying a 2005 tribute [genome1]
May 06, 2007 (12:16 pm)
I took mine in to the dealer & they said the most likely cause was uneven tire wear so I bought new tires and had a front end alignment done and it has had no effect. The ABS still deploys for no apparent reason on dry pavement and low speeds. Last week I almost rear-ended someone because I couldn't stop. So I spent hundreds and still am no closer to getting this resolved. If anyone has any ideas I really can use some help. The warranty expires in 2 months and my dealer is in no hurry to solve any of the problems I have with this car.
#3559 of 4149 Three new rims for 2007 Escape Limited
May 09, 2007 (3:59 am)
Cleaned up the wheels on my 07 Limited 5400km. Noticed corrosion around the hubs/centre cap area. Dealer ordered three new rims. The driver's front seems okay, but I will keep watching it. Dealer will replace if it goes bad. This must be a bad batch of rims. Just one winter and not driven on a daily basis. Washed weekly.
#3560 of 4149 Re: Three new rims for 2007 Escape Limited [bdyment]
May 09, 2007 (4:03 pm)
do you mean chipping around the center cap?
#3561 of 4149 Re: Three new rims for 2007 Escape Limited [explorerx4]
May 09, 2007 (5:13 pm)
Chipping and corrosion on the wheel rim around the cap.
#3562 of 4149 Re: 2001 Tribute Pwer Steering Pump [escapenut]
May 13, 2007 (4:16 am)
Hi, what brand of struts & shocks did you uses on your truck?
I have a 2001 tribute, it's ready for new struts & shocks.
#3563 of 4149 Re: Buying a 2005 tribute [genome1]
May 25, 2007 (12:10 pm)
Finally the dealer listened!! My ABS has started to stay on while I am driving and not even going near the brake! I took it back to the dealer and they fianlly took a look at it & said the rings are cracked on both sides so it is not safe to drive. They are keeping the car --will be another week as they still need parts -- but are replacing the rings, drive axels and the bushings under the warranty. Don't let them drag their feet - everyone told me it was safe and now they are saying it is dangerous & not drivable!
#3564 of 4149 2003 Escape Tranmission Failure
Jun 19, 2007 (5:50 am)
Well, our '03 Escape just turned 27,000 miles and while the wife was driving it, it stopped. Bottom line, catastrophic transmission failure and $3,500! I have been surfing the internet and found that this is not the only Escape to have this problem! Now, Ford warranty on the Escape transmission is 5yr/60,000! But, as of right now, Ford will NOT STAND BEHIND THIS TRANSMISSION! I have not even reached the first transmission maintenance service at 30,000! The dealership even stated that our Escape shows no signs of abuse! Never been off road! So, has anyone else experienced transmission failures like this? Is it time for a class action suit??? Depending on what Ford will do for us, this may be our very last Ford Product! We were looking at the Escape Hybrid but as this repair will cost 1/3 of what we were offered trading our '03 Escape in for a '08 Escape Hybrid, I really don't know!
#3565 of 4149 Re: 2003 Escape Tranmission Failure [jcgreenberg]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 19, 2007 (6:36 am)
If it's under warranty, why isn't Ford going to fix it or put a remanufactured transmission in? I don't understand why the repair is going to cost you $3,500.