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Mazda Tribute, SUV
#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!
#1638 of 1866 overall 2001 tribute rating
Jun 10, 2005 (11:15 pm)
I just picked up a 2001 tribute to test-drive for the weekend. Can anyone offer their thoughts on this vehicle. I am finding that the gears are difficult to shift - is this typical or a problem? I have yet to get my mechanic to inspect the car, but so far it seems nice (aside from the gears).
#1639 of 1866 Re: overall 2001 tribute rating [kstressed]
Jun 15, 2005 (7:45 am)
What do you mean? We need more specific info about the "gears are difficult.."
#1640 of 1866 Re: overall 2001 tribute rating [kstressed]
Jun 15, 2005 (8:59 am)
I have a 2001 Tribute and have had problems with the clutch ..... it shudders in first gear. Check this out! The gears are a bit difficult to shift too, but that doesnt seem to be a problem.
Jun 17, 2005 (5:21 am)
2002 Tribute EX - I obtained 4 DIN tools to remove the factory radio but the top 2 tools do not seem to be catching. Any advice?
Jun 17, 2005 (5:25 am)
My read passenger side door will not open from the inside or the outside. I took the door panel off (very easy) and had a family member unlock the doors with the electronic lock control on the driver's door and heard the receiving unit (generic name) try to unlock the door. However I cannot open the door still. Any idea what I can do to open that door to fix the problem?
#1643 of 1866 Hello to all...
Jun 18, 2005 (5:12 pm)
can anyone tell me from your experience how the Tribute/Escape performs with the 2.3L - 4cyl. all-wheel-drive? What I'm considering to use it for is occassional camping trips pulling a smaller trailor with canoe and camping gear in the trailor and 4 people. Would this engine driveline configuration be up to the task for the occassional camping trip? I'd appreciate anyone who owns this type of vehicle with the above described layout! All others, too!
#1644 of 1866 Re: Hello to all... [autonuts]
Jun 19, 2005 (1:46 pm)
I bought the 2.3 L auto 4x4 about a month ago (tribute-2005). I picked the 2.3L for better gas mileage. I just took it on a 400 mile trip and it did well. With any 4 cyc it down shifts more than I like but it was very responsive and its meant to work for you at higher Rpm's. Being that it can only tow 1500 lbs I not sure how it would do pulling a trailer and 4 people. Maybe if the trip is short but I would lean towards the v6 if you plan on longer and more frequent trips. I know you said occasionally, Im not sure what the weight of the camper is. That would be the driving factor. The 2.3L can be a little sluggish at first (taking off) but then it gets its zoom zoom. It was worth saving on gas and about 1500 to 2k over the v6. I would lean to the Tribute due to the higher rebate and longer warranty. I also think the resale is going to be a little higher (less on the road). (Engine is suppose to have more aluminum and geared differently but Im not sure about that.) Good Luck. I paid 16750 for a 22800 sticker price.
#1645 of 1866 Re: creak,creak,creak [kelleyartist]
Jun 19, 2005 (4:30 pm)
What your dealer tells you is correct, but one thing I don't get that it is very easy to fix it. I don't get why they brush you off like that...
In fact, you can fix it your self and not ruin new car experience. You need to apply silicone (spray can) to rubber moldings and inside of the door frame where molding meets the door. For some reason,I guess due to nature of the rubber they used, this flex sounds may come and they are normal.
I have 05 XLT and 05 S, heard the same creaking sound from door frames last week when temperature raised above 90 and applied silicone spray. After 10 minutes and $4.5, the creaking sound was gone. and since then never heart it again.