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Mazda Tribute, SUV
#1724 of 1866 Re: no power to the wheels [hcor]
Dec 26, 2005 (6:10 pm)
My Tribute is "left hand drive" (used in Australia) and is a 2005 model with 4wd lock. I loose power on all 4 wheels when they are bogged in soft sand or going up a steep hill slowly. Engine response is normal when push down on accelerator (like being in "Neutral"). Mazda says this is normal and has something to do with the torque converter. This doesn't help me next time I'm bogged in sand and nobody there to pull me out.
Jan 02, 2006 (12:11 pm)
I have a '04, 6cyl, 25k Tribute. The best mileage I have gotten is 18 m/g with about 1/2 city and 1/2 highway. Can this be improved mechanically?
#1726 of 1866 Is mine a lemon?
Jan 23, 2006 (6:09 am)
I just purchased a 2006 Tribute, 4cyl, 5speed 4 days ago. I fell in love with it and on the way home from the dealership within a mile the check engine light came on and the temp flew to hot. We called the dealership and they came and got us. The clamp on the radiator hose wasn't completely right and blew off. They towed it back and fixed it assuring us that it was a factory mistake. OK this morning the check engine came on again. I pulled off the road and after about a minute it went off. Temp gauge didn't move. I had heard nothing but good about these vehicles, should I ask for another as I'm afraid this one is junk or what?
#1727 of 1866 Re: Is mine a lemon? [lily62004]
Jan 23, 2006 (7:07 am)
Looks like it may have overheated. That is bad for the engine. I would not take any chance and ask that the engine be looked over carefully to ensure that no damage has occured. That should be a waranty item.
#1728 of 1866 Re: Is mine a lemon? [hcor]
Jan 23, 2006 (12:58 pm)
It was looked over that day and no damage was done. Today I found out the computer needs to be replaced. I am so disappointed. My very first brand new vehicle and I have had it in the shop for two days. Warranty or not the inconvenience isn't worth it. I told them to get me another one as I feel this one was not properly checked before leaving the factory.
#1729 of 1866 You are right
Jan 23, 2006 (6:37 pm)
The Tribute is a good vehicle. You need to make them give you another like vehicle you purchased. Let the dealer work out the bugs with the factory, not on your time or your $$$.. My wifes Tribute is now about 1.5 years old and it has been a great vehicle... Good luck to you..
#1730 of 1866 Re: Is mine a lemon? [lily62004]
Jan 24, 2006 (4:30 am)
Good for you, it looks like you picked-up one that was built on a bad day. We have had ours for close to 2 years now without any problems. I hope Mazda comes through for you and realizes that they have responsibility in this.
#1731 of 1866 Demize of the Tribute
Jan 24, 2006 (4:37 am)
The latest news is that Mazda will discontinue both the Tribute and the MPV and replace them with a more upscale CX-9. Ford is considering the same with the Escape. Who in the h.... came up with that one? I hope people from Ford/Mazda monitor these discussions as I for one am not interested in paying an extra 10k for an upscale vehicle that could look like the Murano (Yuk!) How can we get our voices heard and stop this stupidity. The Tribute/Escape are proven vehicles with a good following, give us something comparable. Now, the above is based on sketchy reports, someone please correct me and provide information to the contrary.
#1732 of 1866 Re: Is mine a lemon? [hcor]
Jan 24, 2006 (5:41 am)
You won't believe it but the loaner Tribute tore up this morning. The anti-theft light came on, vehicle started jerking and stalling, check engine light came on. They are coming to get it with a wrecker. What is the deal? I'm just sick.
#1733 of 1866 Re: Is mine a lemon? [lily62004]
Jan 24, 2006 (12:29 pm)
Computer went out in the loaner vehicle, today after work I have to go pick up another one and wait for them to find me one.