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Mazda Tribute, SUV
#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.
Jan 17, 2005 (9:43 am)
Just found this Tribute review posted on the New Car Test Drive site:
I thought the author captured many of the positives that I did about the Tribute, and he offers many comparisons to other SUV's in the same class as the Tribute. We defintitely agreed on the following:
- Handling. The Tribute is simply the best handling SUV that I drove, period. The electronic steering of the Equinox and VUE are at a severe disadvantage over the Tribute.
- Power/performance. While the Tribute's V6 is not the most advanced on the market, it is a solid, proven engine and gets the job done and then some. The engine packs plenty of power and torque and has an advantage to the many 4cyl competitors.
- Interior/exterior design. I have heard quite a few people complain about the Tribute's interior, but they made some changes in 05, and too be honest what do you expect for a car that is priced in the low 20's? Overall, it is not as cheap feeling as the Equinox/VUE/Sante Fe, and the seats are more than comfortable. My Tribute came completely loaded, and the only feature that I really want is the audio contols on the steering wheel. Overall, the exterior is wonderful, and I think the Escape/Tribute is one of the better looking (if not best looking) small SUV on the market.
#1530 of 1866 Re: Tribute Review [dc_driver]
Jan 17, 2005 (12:10 pm)
Thanks for your reply on the plywood fit.
The friend with the X-Trail has to leave his rear window open and I think the sheet would rest on top of the wheel well "humps".
The review link is exactly the type of thing that is helpful to the likes of me. Thanks.
#1531 of 1866 Re: Tribute Review [mike835]
Jan 17, 2005 (1:16 pm)
Your welcome. As much as people do not want to admit (myself included several months ago), Ford always made me think of poorly engineered, boring, unreliable vehicles. I can tell you that after researching and buying the Tribute this is just not the case. The Ford 500 is getting rave reviews, as is the Freestyle, and new Mustang GT. So far, my car has been reliable and is well engineered and certainly is fun to drive. If I do not have any major issues with this vehicle, I could definitely see myself buying a Ford or a joint developed Ford product in the future. This is coming from a strict Nissan family (right now there are five Altimas between me and my immediate family!) If the Tribute has major mechanical issues over the next few years, I will most likely get rid of it (before the warranty expires!) and buy another Nissan....
It was about 10 degrees when I drove into work this morning, and needless to say, the heated leather seats in my Tribute definitely seem like a good investment now
Now I can understand why Subaru makes heated seats standard equipment in their cars
#1532 of 1866 Re: should you bite ? [mike835]
Jan 17, 2005 (1:54 pm)
Thanks for the advice Mike. Unfortunately I played the wrong hand and the car was sold soon after I walked away. So the hunt goes on. Thanks