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Mazda Tribute, SUV
#1491 of 1866 Re: So you bought a 2005 Tribute... [mike835]
Jan 09, 2005 (4:38 pm)
I've been researching every SUV made, for 8 months. I went to the Anaheim car show and compared suv's. Tribute offered the options I wanted at the best price and the best warranty.
I drove the Toyota, Jeep, Ford, Subaru, Hyundai,
and Honda. What helped me a lot was the side by side comparison on Edmunds.com . I only had 17 miles on the engine when I bought the car and you can't really tell about gas mileage for about 3 months. I've owned Toyota's in the past, this is my first Mazda. So far I love it. (But it's only been a week.) All it's known is rain, so far and it handles really well.
#1492 of 1866 Re: I've been checking....... [dodgedude]
Jan 09, 2005 (4:57 pm)
I believe oil change are kind of a personal choice these days. Some say, let it go unitl 4K or 5K. Myself I change it every 3K or so. Don't forget about the transmission fluid changes too!! I truely believe this is why automatic transmissions fail from EVERY automaker. You will get the story from people that have had their transmissions fail. Yes, I do feel sorry for them. But you have to ask did they service it? abuse it possibly? Keep fluids changed like oil, transmission fluid, radiator fluid ect.. Have tires rotated ect.. your vehicle will last you for many, many miles. All vehicles these days should last easily 100K when properly maintained.
Jan 10, 2005 (7:05 am)
Mazda will offer a hybrid Tribute for the 2007 model year.
#1494 of 1866 Re: So you bought a 2005 Tribute... [abbey]
Jan 10, 2005 (11:22 am)
Congrats on your Tribute, we sound alot alike.. I really wanted an 05 Outback XT, but the car cost almost 10K more then the loaded Tribute that I purchased. I cannot complain about my purchase either, and will have to wait to comment on reliability, but I can say that the dealer experience has been very good.
#1495 of 1866 Re: So you bought a 2005 Tribute... [mike835]
Jan 10, 2005 (11:31 am)
I looked at everything very carefully and went with the Tribute based on price, performance, reliability, etc.
I am averaging about 21mpg in mixed driving (80% city, 20% highway). Since the car is new (bought in November) I am not pushing it very hard, but I also expext gas mpg to possible increase when the engine is more worn in.
Prior to this car, I have owned two other Mazda's (RX-7's) but this is the first Mazda I have owned in about eight years. The dealer is great, and I cannot complain about my decision.
My other car is a 2002 Nissan Altima SE and I really liked Nissan.. They do not sell the X-trail in the US.. Is this similar to the Xterra? If so, the Tribute and the Xterra are really different from each other. The Tribute is meant for more onroad driving whereas the Xterra really shines offroad...
#1497 of 1866 brake noise
Jan 10, 2005 (6:46 pm)
My Tribute is a week old now, and I've noticed something that I'm not sure was there when I bought it. When I first start the car and back out and have to use the brakes, there's a slight noise. It almost sounds like it's rubbing. It's very faint. BUt then it goes away in about 100 feet. Has anyone else experienced this???
Jan 10, 2005 (8:39 pm)
Most likely it's the ABS brakes doing their initial self test.
Congrats on the new Tribute!
Jan 11, 2005 (5:26 pm)
You're right Steve, it is the ABS brakes doing their test. I called the service dept. at Mazda and they confirmed it. I listen to every new noise it makes though.
I know it's not broken in yet, but it just turned 200 miles and it doesn't need gas for another almost 1/4 of a tank. I love it.
Jan 11, 2005 (5:48 pm)
When you have NVH, you're attuned to NVH!
Translation - when you have new vehicle high, you're attuned to noise, vibration and harshness.
After 20,000 miles, you'll just turn up the radio and shrug off everything except the muffler dragging on the pavement, LOL.
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