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Mazda Tribute, SUV
#1136 of 1866 Tribute vs CRV
Nov 09, 2002 (2:51 pm)
As a employee of a company that participates in the Ford X plan (Mazda S plan), I was assuming that I could get a better deal on the Tribute than with other vehicles such as the Honda CRV. I was shocked by the amount of money that the Mazda and Ford dealers were willing to accept for my trade (98 Jeep Cherokee Sport with many extras ($5100). $5200 at a Ford dealer). We left both dealers with no plans to purchase an Escape/Tribute. We liked the way the Tribute/ Escape handled with the exception of how the transmission upshifted and seemed never to be satified with the gear it was in. This morning we got a price on a 2003 Honda CRV 4wd LX ($20000) and $7100 trade for our Cherokee with 77k. We drove the CRV and really enjoyed the way it handled, The transmission shifted much smoother than the Tribute and overall the CRV seemed more pleasant to drive. If we would have purchased the Tribute LX 4wd (no extras) we would have paid over $2500 over the deal we got on the CRV. I guess you can tell which vehicle we purchased.
Nov 10, 2002 (9:14 am)
I posted the following on another related message board, but thought I could get more readers here:
I'm buying a 2003 Tribute in the next couple of weeks. Anyone have any comments on hauling things on the factory roof rack on the Tribute? Or maybe a suitable after market rack system? In particular I want to be able to tie a 16' canoe to the top. I currently have the Yakima track/Locking Railrider Tower system on my 2001 Ford Ranger (with fib topper). Originally, when I was in the market for an Escape, my existing towers would fit perfectly into the Escape factory tracks. With the Tribute, if I want to use the Yakima system, I'll have to buy either LowRider towers, Q-Towers, or a combination of the two. Or possibly install tracks on the roof of the Tribute, if they fit with the existing rack system.
I know some of this Yakima jargon should be reserved for Yakima technical support employees, but I thought maybe someone out there has been down this road.
Dec 02, 2002 (6:27 pm)
Last month of our long term road test.
#1139 of 1866 Road test
Dec 03, 2002 (8:55 am)
How can the Best Fuel Economy be lower than the Average Fuel Economy?
Best Fuel Economy: 17.7 mpg
Worst Fuel Economy: 13.5 mpg
Average Fuel Economy (over the life of the vehicle): 18.1 mpg
Dec 03, 2002 (9:02 am)
That always confuses me too - the best and worst are just for that month. The average is over the life of the vehicle - almost 2 years in this case.
Freeway traffic must have been really bad last month, LOL.
#1141 of 1866 ohhh, ok
Dec 03, 2002 (9:59 am)
Why they'd report those together makes little sense other than you can tell that some months they have lead feet and others they don't.
Dec 04, 2002 (9:15 am)
that Ford HVAC too - I want that separate recirc switch!
#1143 of 1866 the car is ok,,,!
Dec 05, 2002 (5:15 am)
now with 8300 miles on it,,,no rattles,squeaks,etc..fun to drive... power when I needed it and comfortable.yes,some minor annoyances(key slot hard to find)... but.. I have a mercedes c240..the light bulbs are constantly needing replacement and they cant find out why!!.... so..... remember... perfection is an ideal... not a reality.
#1144 of 1866 incentives
Dec 09, 2002 (6:12 am)
Anybody (hosts) know why edmunds has no incentives listed for mazda? They changed on Dec. 3rd. I called the 800 number and got the info. Why can't edmunds?
#1145 of 1866 re: incentives
Dec 09, 2002 (11:50 am)
I have no idea. I'll see what I can find out.