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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
Jan 17, 2005 (2:42 pm)
Can anyone tell me if the Tribute AWD is on all the time, or does it just kick on when necessary? I believe the research I did said that you do not want to have an AWD that is "on" all the time(hope that makes sense)because it really slows the vehicle down (which is my experience from my last car. Thaks
#1534 of 1866 Road Trip!
Jan 17, 2005 (7:58 pm)
Took the wifes 04 Trib ES V6 4x4 out to the Coast this weekend. Here in the NW we just had an ice/snow storm come through. the Trib handled great, made it through with no issues... Wife really enjoys this vehicle..
Jan 21, 2005 (8:42 pm)
went to look at a 2005 tribute S today. asked the sales person about whether one should buy fwd or awd. after some discussion he said he was sure the fwd version had a limited slip differential? he looked through his sales info but could not confirm the limited slip. is this true?
#1536 of 1866 Re: FWD question [rhouser2]
Jan 21, 2005 (9:37 pm)
I've got an 05 Tribute S FWD and am not aware of having a limited slip differential. Nothing mentioned in the owner's manual or on the MSRP sticker. Just giving him the benefit of the doubt, he might have been thinking of the new ATCC Active Torque Control Coupling 4WD system. But more than likely, he was just trying to say anything to make a sale ...
#1537 of 1866 Re: FWD question [mphxaz]
Jan 21, 2005 (10:01 pm)
i had a feeling the sales pitch was the reason, but anyway i like the tribute. the one i saw was violet gray(?). how do you like your tribute? wind noise/ride handling? what did you have before the tribute. i don't mean to be real nosey but buying an auto is a large money outlay.
#1538 of 1866 Re: FWD question [rhouser2]
Jan 21, 2005 (10:20 pm)
We love it so far, 2250 miles. We live in Arizona, so ours is White with the Titanium lower body trim. I've read that the wind noise is better in the 05's than earlier models, I find the Trib better than our 01 Grand Prix in that regard. Your best bet would be to test drive one for yourself since wind noise can be a subjective thing. In my case, I like driving with the window down, so I may be able to tolerate more. The Pontiac is better off the line, but the V6 Trib has plenty of "zoom-zoom". The Trib is now my wife's ride and she's very happy with it. I find it a lot of fun to drive too, when I get a chance! Traded in a 94 Ford Ranger 4WD Super cab 130K for the Tribute.