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You are in the Mazda Tribute
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Mazda Tribute, SUV
Mar 10, 2003 (2:13 pm)
mazda is famous for doing mid-cycle updates where they make running changes in the middle of a model year. sorta like a 2003.5 model. This years mid year update they eliminated the cargo cover as a standard feature and added some trim rings around the speedometer, improved the seating and eliminated some of the body emblems....Many car mfg. make running changes during the model year....
So you did fine, the dealer was correct about no more stinkin' badges but
the best part is you got a "fresh" Trubute, not one that has been sitting around the lot all winter....
Enjoy your Tribute!!! my mom just got one also..It is a nice addition to her Miata.
Mar 11, 2003 (5:37 pm)
I Purchased a 2003 Tribute ES 4WD which was manufactured in 1/03 my vehicle has no ES & no 4WD emblems on it. I do have the cargo cover as this was standard eqp. with the Lux Pag. now.
#1211 of 1866 2003 ES 4WD Emblems
Mar 15, 2003 (6:42 pm)
I just purchased my 2003 Tribute ES 4wd last Saturday (3/8) and noticed the emblems were missing as well. I only knew that they were supposed to be there because the dealer had a model on the floor with the emblems showing. When I asked the salesperson about it he said that they had run out and the emblems were on backorder. He wrote me up a receipt and said that they would have them in a couple of weeks. Not sure what to believe at this point though.
Mar 16, 2003 (11:54 am)
I removed the tailgate emblems on my Tribute... I thought they were too busy and interfered with what is a nice tailgate design and overall clean look of the SUV. That center chrome piece with the Mazda logo is enough for me!
#1213 of 1866 Tribute Resale Value Is Terrible
Mar 23, 2003 (6:32 pm)
Has anyone noticed how lousy the resale value on Tributes are? Was thinking about selling my 2001 LX but can't afford to. It didn't hold its value at all and after almost two years with a 6.6% interest rate we are still upside down. Another concern of mine if its stolen or totalled, we will still owe another $4,000 on it after the insurance is paid off.
I'll never buy another Ford/Mazda product again.
#1214 of 1866 MIKELEVINE/PARKER
Mar 24, 2003 (3:53 pm)
The mid-cycle update on the Tribute eliminated the emblems and cargo cover (LX) as standard features. They added the trim rings around the speedometerplus some additional trim work and they improved the seat cushions.
So if your Tribute was built after the mid-cycle update you Tribute will not have the emblems and cargo cover. The cover is now a $30 option on the LX. The ES still has the cover as standard.
#1215 of 1866 replacement of fog lights
Mar 27, 2003 (12:46 pm)
I have a cracked lense on one of my OEM fog lights for my 2001 tribute. The replacement cost of one light is over $100.00 Anybody know of a replacement light or lights that fit in place of the OEM foglights that might be cheaper?
Mar 29, 2003 (12:09 am)
Check ebay... I had the same problem and managed to get a pair of OEM foglights from one of the sellers for $40 + shipping. I've seen them go for as little as $10...
I don't see any on there right now... but there are usually 1 or 2 pairs up for auction every 2 weeks or so.
Word of caution: Don't go for those generic auto body parts that google lists for tribute parts. They'll usually screw you over, took me the longest time to get my money back from a taillight they didn't have in stock...
#1218 of 1866 Service Bulletin Drivers Sideview mirror
Apr 05, 2003 (5:07 pm)
I have a 2002 Tribute LX with 6000 miles on it. Great car, no real problems. Appreciate performance and appearance. Anyhow on a 500 mile trip to Vegas noticed that glass in mirror vibrated. When I returned from trip, it was time for 5000 mile oil change (I changed at 3000 mile also even though not required). Pointed out to dealer vibration in mirror. He stated there was a service bulletin and it would take him about 5 minutes to add some nylon washers that would fix the problem. Only other problem was there was some residue in the line to the rear window washer that made it just dribble out instead of spray. Alls fixed. The service mgr. was great! One thing bothers me, but ALL car manufacturer's do this, is that we aren't notifie about service bulletins. Hope this post helps some of you if your having same problem. Don't fix it if it's not broke....