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Mazda Tribute, SUV
May 28, 2005 (5:44 pm)
My 2005 Mazda Tribute have been creaking, ticking, groaning since 2000 miles. It now has 8000 miles on it. The Dealer (wood pontiac mazda) calls it "flex" sounds, says they can do nothing to fix it, and since they hear it in various intensity in all Tributes they test drive, they call it "normal;" I disagree. A brand new car should not sound like an old wooden boat. I got the Factory Rep to drive it; he determined that sure, it has alot of noise, but this does not affect the value of the car and said Mazda will do nothing to take care of it. So now I have a new car that is driving me crazy. The sounds come from all doors. I have to pursue the Lemon Law. I hope anyone else who experiences this will contact their dealer to complain. Who else has this problem with their Tribute?
May 31, 2005 (7:42 am)
This is my second Tribute-the first being a 2001. This year's model is quieter than the 01 for sure! There is much less wind noise and tire thrum. I still think the Tribute is a great buy for the money! I do wish there was the on demand 4 wheel drive feature like on the CRV but all and all I like the vehicle
#1630 of 1866 Re: creak,creak,creak [kelleyartist]
May 31, 2005 (7:45 am)
Bummer kelley! Have you tried contacting the store manager as well as Mazda themselves? My first Tribute had a slight rattle in back but they fixed that by replacing a back door latch. Try applying some WD-4- to the door rubber mouldings. That will stop the creaking..I hope..
#1631 of 1866 Re: 4cyl [ryukyu]
Jun 01, 2005 (6:36 am)
Any news on installing cruise on your 5-speed? Just bought ours 3 days ago, it's a wonderful pocket SUV at a diminutive price, the only feature missing being the cruise control.... I am interested in finding out whether the Ford unit actually fits/works on the Tribute (can't think of any reason why it wouldn't) and whether I can just buy the module from a Ford dealer or I'd have to go through some shenanigans to get it. Also, since the automatic has steering wheel mounted controls and replacing the whole wheel would be rather expensive, where would you place the dash controls for the unit? Also, any experience on installing non-OEM kits, such as Audiovox? Thanks....
Jun 03, 2005 (12:44 pm)
Definietly try some WD-40 or a silicon lubricant. Also, if the doors are creaking the delership can tighten/adjust hinges. Get mad, get serious, don't give them room to move and squiggle out of this one. My wifes 04 Tribute ES V6 4WD has absolutly no squeaks/rattles and is hands down more quiet than my 01 Escape XLT V6 4WD
#1633 of 1866 Re: Creaks [scape2]
Jun 03, 2005 (8:31 pm)
I tried using a spray silicone all around the window and let it run down the tracks but this did not help my creaking window. I plan on bringing it up again when it is in for the next service call.
The tape on the rear hatch window does work, so if anyone is getting a cluncking noise from the hatch when hitting a bump, just put electrical tape on the "U" on the glass hatch.
#1634 of 1866 Re: Creaks [j30]
Jun 06, 2005 (8:18 am)
It really is a shame that we even have to talk about this in 2005! I firmly believe the fit and finish, squeaks and creaks issues are STRICTLY Ford related!-remember the gear shift lever on 2001 models! My Madza 6 was flawless build wise in this regard and built in a Michigan plant-not by Ford! You said the Trib is quieter than your Escape? My 2005 Tribute is much quieter than the first 2001 Trib I had and maybe close to or a smidgen quieter than my M azda 6
#1635 of 1866 2005 Mystic Black Paint
Jun 08, 2005 (4:44 am)
I purchased my 2005 Tribute in Sept 2004 and love it. I must have had a senior moment cuz I ordered the Mystic Black paint. I guess I figured I had nothing to do but wash and wax my car. My model has the matching trim on the Bumpers, Door panels and Rockers. (Not the charcoal) By late winter I noticed a little grey on the raised profiles of the trims after I washed the winter salt spray off especially just in front of the rear wheel. I thought it was just poor washing but after investigating I found the paint was turning grey. Now, months later, every raised edge, bottom edge, flair and even the bottom of the rear bumper cover is turning grey. Its especially noticeable with the gloss black and I'm sure the charcoal doesn't show at all. I've been to the dealer and body shop several times who all agree it's a paint adhesion or hardness problem on the trim panels. The problem is that MAZDA'S District Rep disagrees and says its due to the environmental conditions and road conditions. Has anyone had any similar experience?
#1636 of 1866 Re: 2005 Mystic Black Paint [boxers]
Jun 08, 2005 (6:04 pm)
Definitely pursue this. I too have had poor response from Mazda District Rep regarding the maddening noise in my Tribute (see #1628 above). Mazda has to be responsible for such an obvious defect. Don't let them off the hook--contact Mazda itself, in fact, ask the district rep for the name of his supervisor. I am currently collecting data from other Tribute owners and going to present it to the Mazda North American Operations--the district rep gave me the name of his supervisor. You should be furious at being treated like an idiot. They will always try to wiggle out of obvious criticisms so they are not out any money. My district rep told me that Mazda will only take up to a $4000 loss of any vehicle (if a buy back is involved), and if he had filed a report (as he did in my case) they will never take the car back because they have to loose too much money. Of course, Mazda's motto is "always have a satisfied customer" but in our cases that does not apply.
#1637 of 1866 Re: 2005 Mystic Black Paint [kelleyartist]
Jun 09, 2005 (8:03 am)
WOW! SCARY as mine is black also. It's really hard to believe (although I do believe you!) that Mazda would give you the brush-off like that! It seems at least the dealer would help some! I cannot help but believe that Ford's in this some place! At the rate they're going the AND GM will soon be bankrupt!