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Mazda Tribute, SUV
#1 of 1866 Front Porch Philosopher
Dec 03, 2000 (4:41 pm)
This topic is a continuation of Topic 3127....
Mazda Tribute - II. Please continue these
discussions here. Thanks!
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#2 of 1866 I love my trib!
Dec 04, 2000 (12:57 am)
I really do. Bad things have happened to my trib too ( fuel leak ) but I still love it! I know that I don't sound objective but......I love my trib!
Dec 04, 2000 (6:44 pm)
I just bought ES-V6 4WD and wondering if
anybody has the same issue with the car: once I
stop on the uphill, the car would roll back and I
have to press and hold break pedal. My old car
would just stand still on the uphill, with no gas
or break pedals pressed. Is this really a problem,
or all Tributes do this? Any response is greatly
Dec 04, 2000 (7:10 pm)
What type of fuel do I have to put into my new Trib? I know it's unleaded, but is it Regular or Super/Premium?
#5 of 1866 Wind Noise
Dec 04, 2000 (7:27 pm)
I'm going to be buying an Escape as soon as the
dealer can find the one I want. I have
both the Escape and Tribute and I have not noticed
appreciable wind noise that others are complaining
about. I went 70mph in both and didn't notice
excessive road or wind noise. Granted, I own a
ragtop now and my previous car had T-tops, so
I'm so used to noise that I don't pay attention
I guess I'm going to have to test-drive again and
pay attention especially for that!
#6 of 1866 #2 Krolik99 stopping on hill
Dec 04, 2000 (8:05 pm)
I also have an ESv6 4wd and my trib would roll backwards on an uphill also. I have owned other mazdas, olds, etc. and you had to apply pressure to the brake on all of them when on an uphill. I was told to use regular unleaded gas - no premium or upgrade needed. Also, I have never noticed excessive wind noise with the Tribute.
#7 of 1866 hey zaets
Dec 04, 2000 (8:09 pm)
many cars roll back on an uphill, don't sweat it.
Dec 04, 2000 (8:22 pm)
Took our Tribute to the hills of Pennsylvania this weekend. It was the first long trip we,ve made since buying it. I averaged 23 mpg on 2 tanks of gas and about 425 miles. I do find the mirrors to generate wind noise but only around 72mph and higher - below that I really didn't notice. It drove great - quiet, tight, and smooth. My only wish would be to get the steering wheel closer to me (that's subjective because my wife likes it where it is) and extend the door arm rest so the width of my arm would rest on the whole thing. I am very happy and have no regrets about buying this truck.
#9 of 1866 fuel for trib V6
Dec 04, 2000 (11:26 pm)
if you have the trib w/ V6 engine the manual says to use at least 87 octane fuel which depending on
where you live is either regular or mid-grade unleaded. we live at ~7000 ft so for us it is midgrade, I know that at sea level it is regular.
i did notice in the manual that the compression ratio of the V6 is 10:1 which is why they want you to use at least 87 octane.
#10 of 1866 another new owner
Dec 05, 2000 (4:23 am)
Here's my two cents on the Tribute. The vehicle runs great. The ride is nice...Some of my family is tall but everyone fits... Its a first year production so there will be some problems (hopefully not any major ones). My guess it that Ford/Mazda will probably be extra careful because of recent PR problems. I paid just under MSRP. I would have probably gotten a car but I very occasionally need extra cargo space for work. The Suburu Forester is nice, but boring (and tight in the back seat)...My tall family did not fit in a Honda CRV. In the Nissan Pathfinder (drivers side) my soon to be driving sons knees were half way up the steering wheel.I probably would have gotten a Ford F150 but will not stick my wife (or myself) in the back, because the rest of the family is too tall...So, maybe the vehicle is a niche item (for me), or maybe just fun to drive (or maybe it was the price) compared to a used/new 4-Runner or Expedition. Or maybe it was the gas mileage, weight and driveability. I did not buy it to take offroad (once in a while). I think the ultimate arguement to take it beyond a "niche" will be reliability (and rollover), the news for which won't be out for awhile.