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Mazda Tribute, SUV
#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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#1501 of 1866 Re: So you bought a 2005 Tribute... [dc_driver]
Jan 11, 2005 (5:58 pm)
The X-trail has been in Canada for a few months if not longer ( more likely a year ?) They must be using us as a N.A. proving ground after acceptance in Australia and Europe. When they bring it to the States they know they will be grabbed up in a hurry because we all want what we can't have ... but when we can - well, look out! I think the X-trail is more for the wanna be off roader but really for the nice presence at the ski hill. From the little I understand the Xterra is much more rugged and in line with the Land Rover - but I'm wide open for correction on all fronts!
I'm glad you're happy with the Tribute - thanks for your comments.
#1502 of 1866 Re: 2007 [audia8q]
Jan 11, 2005 (6:06 pm)
But isn't it the ugly "car/truck/station wagon" that a link was posted here a while back ?
Hybrid is good but we want to look good too !?
#1503 of 1866 Re: So you bought a 2005 Tribute... [abbey]
Jan 11, 2005 (6:11 pm)
Thanks for your comments Abbey. Glad to see the brake noise wasn't a problem. We don't want to pay out a bundle to have unexpected noises or problems so soon. Kind of shakes your confidence for a while. I'm driving a Cirrus which is nothing but a money pit and confidence shaker - that's why I'm looking ...
#1504 of 1866 took the plunge
Jan 11, 2005 (9:38 pm)
After researching for a year I finally took the plunge and picked up an 05 Tribute and really like it so far.
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This is my first SUV but I think I will be comfortable in this and I really did not need a monster SUV. I only hope that it will be as dependable as my Mazda Millenia which has been great, we are now a two Mazda family!