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#1601 of 1866 Factory stereo
Apr 16, 2005 (2:16 pm)
Does anybody know if the factory stereo in the 2005 Tribute have an auxiliary jack in the back? Or perhaps a CD changer port?
I'm talking about the regular one with the four speakers.
I would like to be able to hook up an iPod, and I'm trying to find the best way to do this, but it's not easy finding info on the factory stereo, particularly since I don't own a Tribute yet.
Thanks for any info you can supply.
By the way, the guy from Mazda USA called back and basically said they had no knowledge of the buy backs and could not find out anything either. I think it was BS because when I originally called he claimed that they had a program where they could look within a radius that I defined from where I live and check stock on a vehicle that I was looking for. When I asked about this after the call back, he said that he couldn't do that.
I think audia8q is right though that if there was a problem, it would be out by now. I never got an answer about whether a 4 cyl, manual, 4WD version would be available as a 2006 model.
#1602 of 1866 Re: Factory stereo [ryukyu]
Apr 18, 2005 (3:24 am)
As I put more miles on my "rare" Tribute, the 4 cyl, 5 speed 4WD, I am liking it more and more. While there is not a lot of reserve power, it will run 80 mph up the slight mountains between Frederick and Hagerstown, MD with no sweat. Just don't ask it to then accelerate to that speed from 60 mph in the middle of the climb. Gas mileage with about a 60/40 city / highway split is on the order of 23 mpg. I am looking for that to improve.
Right now my biggest gripe of all things is the unbelievable amount of static shock I receive when getting out of the vehicle. It snaps and hurts like heck. Must be the tire compound I guess. I need to remember the procedure for getting out of a vehicle prone to that.
The other complaint is the brake dust on the front wheels. Even though it is under warranty, I will probably switch to a ceramic pad.
#1603 of 1866 Static shock
Apr 18, 2005 (5:09 am)
I can remember way back when....you could purchase an anti-static strap that attached to the underside of the vehicle and (I guess) grounded the car against same.They might still sell same (Pep Boys, AutoZone)????
#1604 of 1866 Re: Static shock [nortsr1]
Apr 18, 2005 (6:59 am)
I was thinking about those as well this weekend. Shades of JC Whitney
#1606 of 1866 Re: 4cyl [rcinmd]
Apr 18, 2005 (10:09 am)
After much searching, I found my FWD, Manual, 4 Cyl '05 Tribute. I wanted something roomy that would handle well in in the snow (and some minor off-roading) and would get good gas mileage. So far, I am only disappointed in the gas mileage (after 10K mi, I consistently get 24mi/gal, and that's probably 75/25 hwy/city). Best I've seen is 27, and that was all Hwy. Don't know what's going on there.
Handles great in the snow, though. A little too well, it's hard to play around.
I had cruise installed for about $300 through the dealer. A little steep, but I factored it into the negotiation at sale time.
Overall great ride, but I would love to know where the 29 mpg hwy is.
#1607 of 1866 Re: 4cyl [lothar23]
Apr 18, 2005 (6:25 pm)
I just picked up my new Trib tonight as well. Same setup as you.
Just curious about the cruise. Is it a factory Mazda one, or is it an aftermarket cruise? I would really like to have the steering wheel controls instead of another stalk.
It really is a very nice vehicle.
#1608 of 1866 Re: 4cyl [ryukyu]
Apr 19, 2005 (3:29 am)
Do the newest Tributes have the rear storage compartment Ford began installing on Escapes around December? I have not been by a dealer to check.
I rarely use cruise, but if I could get the "factory" setup for $300, I would.
I did finally install the bug deflector I bought for mine last year. Wouldn't it be nice if that increased gas mileage...... very doubtful. Based on my results to date, I doubt I'll ever see 30 mpg out of it, at least not in my local terrain. Next install is the casette deck I have laying around as well.
The vehicle is certainly more fun to drive now that I am nearly past my standard break-in of 1000 miles. I'll go for redline this weekend.
#1609 of 1866 Re: 4cyl [rcinmd]
Apr 19, 2005 (2:49 pm)
I'm not sure what rear storage compartment you mean, but mine has the compartment where the jack is stored and a sort of pocket on each side with elastic netting .
I called to ask if anybody knew if the factory cruise would work with a manual model. They said they didn't know, but that I should talk to someone in parts. The guys in parts had no clue. They said tat they guessed not because Mazda didn't offer it as a factory option. When I asked what they thought would keep it from working, they said they didn't know. Anybody know of any good reason why an aftermarket one would work, but not the factory one??
#1610 of 1866 Re: 4cyl [ryukyu]
Apr 20, 2005 (4:21 am)
When Ford moved the spare tire to the outside this year, they did so in order to provide space for the battery pack on the hybrid Escape. That eliminated the compartment under the load floor in back, where the tire had been. That was one of my "complaints" with the new design, in not having a sizable hidden storage area. And apparently others felt the same way, because in December, Ford began to offer an optional under floor storage compartment on the Escape, on all but the Hybrids. When I checked to see how that was accomplished, I saw that under the carpet in mine is a board of sorts to which a 3 inch thick or so piece of styrofoam type material is bonded. That entire structure bolts in in four places. It looks like they simply designed a shallow bolt-in tray with lid to take the place of the piece I now have. So it can go into any 2005 model. I was not sure if Mazda has begun offering it as well.
As for cruise, it is offered on the 4 cyl 5 speed Escape from the factory