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Mazda Tribute, SUV
Feb 01, 2003 (6:51 pm)
I just purchased a 2003 Tribute ES last Saturday. This is the wife's car, and she put over 300 miles on it this week. Filled it up and it had averaged 23.2. Her commute is 35 miles each way, with about 1/3 being stop and go. She absolutely LOVES this car! Calls it her zoom zoom SUV...I kinda like it myself, but a little small for my personal taste. (I'm a big guy) Ours has the luxury pkg and the cold pkg, which is the main options she wanted, pebble ash color. Color was not my first choice, but she liked it and it was equipped the way she wanted. 23,306, plus a 2 grand better trade than offered by any other dealer. We took the 0% also, got the extended warranty to 60 mo./75000 mi, for an extra 600 plus. Painless dealer to work with, but still spent more than 5 hours at the dealership. This was at a dealer in the DFW metroplex, Hiley Mazda of Arlington. I had taken it back to the dealer Wed. to get the compass/temperature dimming rear view mirror installed, and was thoroughly shocked that the labor would be 360 dollars! Part was bad enough at 236, but it seems Mazda did not stub the wire up to the front of the headliner on these vehicles, and the entire headliner has to be removed. Not sure I want them to do that on a brand new car, so told the spouse she would have to stick heer finger to the wind for temps and direction...
#1181 of 1866 Purchase Advice
Feb 02, 2003 (6:36 am)
officeroz - Thanks very much for the response. This message board is great. I'll give my feedback in a couple of weeks. On Saturday, we went to another dealer. No stupid markup or added dealer profit. Had the vehicle we wanted on the lot. Gave me the MSRP and Invoice numbers which matched all the website numbers I had. Sold it to me at $200 over invoice with the 0% financing. We were in and out in 90 minutes. $27,445 and paid $25,686. Could I have done better? Maybe, but we had to figure what our time is worth. Concerning the mirror. Last week I drove one with that option. Really ugly thick nylon cord cover running from the mirror to the headliner. Real tacky looking and would have driven us crazy. We can do without that. Have my fingers crossed. Thanks again.
Feb 02, 2003 (9:06 am)
we went sat 2/1 got an lx 4x4 lux package all opections dont like leather thats why no es model
we pick it up monday after the inservice
#1183 of 1866 2003 reliability
Feb 02, 2003 (7:32 pm)
Some others have asked if problems with 2001-02 have been resolved in 2003. I haven't seen much feedback -- does that mean there are no problems?I am currently comparing the 2003 CRV. Are there any issues with stalling or otherwise with the 2003 Tribute? If not, what was done to correct the serious problems? Thanks for any comments.
Feb 03, 2003 (1:57 pm)
IF you have brought it back numerous times, maybe it would qualify for a lemon law buy back? A nice little lawsuit against mazda/ford may help them take you seriously
Feb 04, 2003 (3:00 am)
I am still trying to get some resolution to my problem Troubute. I am now spewing brake fluid all over the engine b/c the idiots can't even give me a new cap until they can verify that this is an actual problem. I refuse to pay for it! If I am in an accident or have an engine fire Mazda will be in deep do-do.
#1186 of 1866 Rest up Ray
Feb 04, 2003 (7:29 am)
Brake fluid isn't flamable at those temps.
#1187 of 1866 Tire Replacement Advice Requested
Feb 07, 2003 (8:36 am)
Iím looking for advice on replacing my original tires on my 2001 Tribute. The Firestone Wilderness HTís are worn out after 36000 miles, and I think I can do better. But it seems like the P235/70-16 size is not common enough to be stocked and/or on sale.
Right now Iím being steered toward many different types by various dealers, which basically seems to be whatever type they have in stock and/or have the most of (and even different sizes, which Iím really not sure about). Some of the brands Iíve never even heard of before.
Right now Iím leaning toward the Yokahama Geolander HT or Michelins Ė either the LTX M/S or Cross Terrains, all of which Iíd have to order since none are in stock anywhere near me. This is based on the reviews Iíve read at TireRack.com, which believe it or not has a lot of consumer reviews, good and bad, for all of the many tires they sell. Itís amazing so many people take time to write about their tire experiences.
Any advice on these two types, or any other recommendations? Now that these vehicles have been around for a few years, what types have you other Tribute/Escape owners used for replacements, and with what results?
Feb 08, 2003 (12:09 pm)
Bought an '03 ES two weeks ago today. Leather, lux, tow, perim alarm, auto dim, & all weather mats for $23.6K 0% for 60 mos. 1622 miles and only problem has been a CD changer that ate 3 CD's and wouldn't play them or spit them out. 1 trip to dealer, quick changer swap, good fix, no huhu! I love it! I guess research and perseverance does pay ...
#1189 of 1866 '02 vs. '03?
Feb 08, 2003 (11:37 pm)
Hi all! Test drove the Trib today, LOVED it. However, the salesman told me it was simply impossible to get a cloth interior, with a power driver's seat. What he failed to mention was, it's perfectly possible to get it on an '02, just not the '03. I absolutely MUST have a power driver's seat, there is an 11 inch height difference between my husband and I! Cloth is just a preference, I hate how hot leather gets, but if that's what I have to have to get the power seat, I'll (grudgingly) take it. However, I've now located an '02 with the cloth interior, plus power seat. Is there is big quality difference between the '02s and '03s? Would I be better off sacraficing the cloth for the quality of an '03? Opinions, please!