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#3740 of 4149 Tribute - loss of power, then OK at the dealer
Dec 30, 2008 (5:57 am)
I have a 2002 Tribute LX V-6 with 122K that is well maintained and has been running fine. Unexpectedly, the steering wheel started to shake at 65 mph, the engine felt like it was running rough at 1800 rpm and below (but the engine was smooth above 1800 rpm), and the Check Engine light started to flash. I drove home right away and the engine ran rough the whole way. Opened the hood and there was no obvious problem. Turned the engine off and called the tow truck. The operator restarted it and the Check Engine light did not flash but the engine ran a little rough. Had it towed to the local Mazda dealer. They ran the computer diagnostic check the next morning and found no codes had been recorded (strange!) and no problems were found after driving it around during the day. Any ideas???
#3741 of 4149 Re: ignition coil [es1975]
Jan 01, 2009 (6:18 pm)
I have just joined so this is a late response. I have a 03 Escape. I was vacationing in the south. Same thing, had a coil fail. 19 days later, 2 more failed. Reason? The boots failed and let moisture in. On the 2nd repair I told the mechanic as long as the engine was apart to replace the plugs and other boots. He agreed it was a good idea! I had 75,000 on the vehicle. Total bill $1200. I contacted Ford and after lengthy conversations, letters, support from my dealership, and copies of the repair bills, they refused to admit there was a problem or contribute to the bills. I was requesting 1/2 of the repair. So a word to the wise, while they claim the plugs are good for 100,000, the boots won't last that long and you'll be paying for expensive coils. Change the plugs and boots early. I just found out the other day from a dealership they have changed the compound of the boots. Don't know why if the originals were fine?? While my dealership is fine (for a dealership) Ford Customer Relations really put off this customer for $550 bucks. I'll remember that when I purchase a new vehicle again.
#3742 of 4149 RE: any number of postings by scape2 [drew1070]
Jan 03, 2009 (8:17 pm)
Back in the day I had any number of cars that did not have power steering. I built up some pretty nice bicepts for a girl. Imagine how glad I was to have those muscles when the big ol' Pontiac Lemans I had lost the power steering on a sharp curve.... I feel for you and can well understand how your darling wife must feel right now (vulnerable).
Ignore the guy who thinks you are "making it up"; he must be either very young and foolish--or very lucky.
#3743 of 4149 Where can I get the TSBs?
Jan 03, 2009 (8:25 pm)
Hey guys and gals,
I traded my RX-8 ("internal engine failure" ) in yesterday for a 2005 Mazda Tribute. This is my third Mazda, and I have never received a single TSB or recall notice from Mazda. This is especially troublesome when I purchased new, but now I am wondering where/how I can get my hands on the TSBs or recalls for the Tribute. Any suggestions? I know from experience that mazdausa.com is worthless as far as posting them.
Thanks for your input!
#3746 of 4149 Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move
Jan 06, 2009 (7:58 am)
Last night my car gear shifter stuck in reverse and wouldn't move when sitting parked at a traffic light.(had to have it towed to the garage) The mechanic says he can repair my shifter cable for $396 this seems very high just for a cable repair - they are not replacing it. Has anyone had a similar problem that can share any insight on what it cost/took to fix theirs?
#3747 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move [SharonMac]
by vg33e power
Jan 06, 2009 (8:28 am)
I highly doubt the mechanic is going to "fix" the shifter cable, I am almost positive that he is going to "replace" it. Most faulty parts now are just replaced and not fixed as the old days, and I am truly sorry if I offend a mechanic out there, but most mechanics are not really mechanics like before they are technicians that replace parts.
In anyway, here is the Ford part number and price.
2-Hour Labor at $85.00 (average) = $170.00
Part - $64.99
Labor - $170.00
Total - $234.99
I think your are getting overcharged.
#3748 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move [SharonMac]
Jan 06, 2009 (8:35 am)
same problem on my 2001 tribute . On the drivers side under the hood you can look down and see the shift lever that is where the cable end is. if the cable came off the lever there all you have to do is reattach the cable to the lever end and what I used was a push nut to hold it in place cost about .05 cents time it took five minutes to repair.
#3749 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move [vg33e power]
Jan 06, 2009 (9:10 am)
Thanks just chatted with the mechanic and expressed my concerns at the price. He explained that the $396 included a transmission service also. I told him to hold off in doing that and just fix the cable for $301 - he says he repairs it by repairing the ends so the problem never happens again!!! seemed wierd to me, how do you repair a cable when it is broken? It's with Mr.Transmission.