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#1519 of 1866 Re: Mazda Mania chat [steve_]
Jan 16, 2005 (8:19 am)
I need some help here Steve. I'm looking for a third car which needs to be used for skiing, errands and a 16 year old. Have narrowed it down to three vehicles, used Volvo, 2004 Mazda Tribute with 15,000 miles,so it still has a warranty, or a Ford Escape (understand Tribute and Escape are basically the same car.)
Did read yesterday on forum about quite a few people having some service problems with Tribute so now I'm a bit concerned, before that I was ready to buy the Tribute. Can you help? Thanks
#1520 of 1866 Re: took the plunge [mphxaz]
Jan 16, 2005 (8:28 am)
Dealing on a 04 Tribute and dealer wants $18k for it with about 15k miles on it. Won't budge from the price after a day of waiting. Should I wait and hope he'll budge or go for it? Look somewhere else? Thanks
#1521 of 1866 Re: took the plunge [got2go]
Jan 16, 2005 (9:43 am)
Can you be more specific about the model? Is it an ES, LX, etc? Is it AWD, and what other major options does it have (leather, munroof, cd changer, etc)? 18K does not sound bad, but I would definitely use Edmunds used car apprasal tool to determine if you are getting ripped off or not.
#1522 of 1866 Re: Mazda Mania chat [got2go]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 16, 2005 (9:47 am)
The Escape and Tribute are twins, with some mostly cosmetic differences. Check the TMV prices to see how good the dealer price is - SUV sales are down in general but compact SUVs like the Tribute are doing better than the bigger ones, from what I'm reading.
Here's the TMV link:
Used Car Appraiser
Any more owners care to comment on the suitability of the Trib for Got2go's situation?
#1523 of 1866 Re: took the plunge [got2go]
Jan 16, 2005 (9:57 am)
You don't mention the trim level or drive train, but a quick look on carsdirect has a new Tribute S 4x4 20,800 granted with no goodies. If the 04 is an ES with all the goodies, now your carsdirect price is about 23.
I did not test drive the Escape, but I did drive a Mariner(same thing) and it did not handle as well as the Tribute it felt like a looser suspension and also, only the Tribute has 4 wheel disc brakes and a longer warranty...
I have never put a link in here so I don't know if it will work, but right here on Edmunds you can find out if the price is right with the trim level and options:
#1524 of 1866 Re: Mazda Mania chat [steve_]
Jan 16, 2005 (10:04 am)
Personally, I would choose the Tribute (although I am somewhat biased!). Used Volvo's will have high maintenance and repair costs and will cost more money up front. The Tribute has a better warranty than the Escape and is usually a little cheaper. The only other vehicle I would look at is a used Subaru Outback..
#1525 of 1866 Re: Mazda Radio Question [dc_driver]
Jan 16, 2005 (6:51 pm)
No problem DC, didn't think you were complaining. I enjoy the radio also! I read some information regarding after market mods that allow for hook up of an ipod or mp3 players to the Mazda factory system on a Mazda3 site, that apparently can be added to the Tribute premium radio also, but nothing that says who exactly makes the Tribute factory radio.
#1526 of 1866 Re: took the plunge [dc_driver]
Jan 16, 2005 (10:54 pm)
The Tribute I was looking at is an LX, cloth seats, CD, air, cruise, V6. They sold the one I wanted while they tried to convince me to take a new one instead, so I lost that one. This other one has 17,800 miles, with same as above. They are willing to give it to me for $20,660. Should I bite? Thanks
#1527 of 1866 Re: should you bite ?
Jan 17, 2005 (5:16 am)
That's entirely your call; but my humble suggestions, and observations follow:
They know they have you hooked and it sounds that they are working on you with mind games. If you can hold off and want to play their game, find another dealer and maybe a better deal. One way to be sure of a good price is to be willing to walk away. They are playing tough and now it's you turn to play tough back. It may fail but if it works you will be even happier with your purchase. There are lots of Tributes out there and from these forums it seems that there are some great dealers too.
Nova Scotia is being snowed under right now -- how are the Tributes in the snow?
Good luck ...
#1528 of 1866 Re: Ooops... sorry about that Scott! [mike835]
Jan 17, 2005 (9:26 am)
The 4'x8' sheet of plywood will definitely fit, but from what I can tell the back window will need to be opened.