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#1746 of 1866 Rattle in cargo area of Tribute 2005
Mar 18, 2006 (4:19 pm)
My 2005 Tribute 6cyl is one year old with 20,000 miles. I just started hearing a rattle at the rear of the vehicle in the cargo area. I checked out the spare tire and any other area that might have a loose bolt and found nothing. As soon as I drive down the road, I hear the rattle and loose nuts and bolts hitting one another. Has anyone else out there experienced this phenomena? I would like to fix it myself if I can. If not I will have to bring it back to dealer... which means bucks. The dealer told me that the warranty is up at 12,000 miles. I thought Mazda had a 48,000 warranty... so much for warranties. Let me know if you have experienced this also.
#1747 of 1866 Re: Rattle in cargo area of Tribute 2005 [lancer2006]
Mar 18, 2006 (6:33 pm)
You dealer is filling you full of garbage. Mazda warranty is 4 years 50,000 miles. Some people bought Mazda Tribute over Escape just because the warranty is a little longer. Get back into that dealer and read him the riot act!
#1748 of 1866 Re: Overdrive light flashing for 2001 Mazda tribute [taid]
Mar 19, 2006 (10:27 am)
Did you ever find out what was wrong with your car? I am having a similar problem with my 05 tribute. The check engine light is on and the O/D light is flashing. Just strated happening this am.
#1749 of 1866 Duel Exhaust Capable?
Mar 19, 2006 (6:52 pm)
I am contemplating having a duel exhaust system installed on my '05 Tribute, V6. Has anyone else done this, or is there anyone who can advise me as to the results or feasibility and/or neg/pos aspects of this suggestion?
#1750 of 1866 Re: Rattle in cargo area of Tribute 2005 [lancer2006]
Mar 19, 2006 (7:16 pm)
Although you mentioned checking out the cargo area, have you removed the cover and looked into the jack storage compartment to see if something could have come loose?
Also, you indicated that you checked out the spare. I believe the spare is securely bolted to the undercarriage and should not cause any movement on its stud.
Also, have someone ride in the cargo area to see if they can pin-point the area of your complaint. You will, or course, want to do this on an untravelled, or abandoned road for safety.
While in the back, make sure your cargo "rider" eliminates the hatch hardware as a possible source of the rattle, making sure all of the fasteners at the latch are tight.
Also, with the vehicle parked, check the exhaust system hangers and brackets for any
Hope this helps.
Mar 26, 2006 (7:19 pm)
Thanks for your advice in these forums. I have an 06 Tribute. 4 cylinder, 5 speed.
1 question, 1 concern.
Does anyone have a recommendation for an after market cruise control?
The concern is wind noise. At speeds 50 and higher, there is a noticeable amount. I am planning to visit the dealer first, but would those wind deflectors on the side windows help?
Thank you in advance.
#1752 of 1866 Re: Cruise, Wind [mztribute]
Mar 28, 2006 (4:07 pm)
Regarding excessive wind noise, there have been posts here before, reporting that roof rack crossbars installed backwards caused a lot of noise that was eliminated by reversing them to the correct direction. Window deflectors would not reduce wind noise, unless you are talking about driving with the windows cracked open.
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#1754 of 1866 Seat (Step-In) Height?
Mar 29, 2006 (11:33 am)
My wife has a suprisingly short list of things her next car MUST have. At the top of that list are a sunroof/moonroof and a seat height (a.k.a. step-in height), above ground level, that is somewhere between that of her Mazda 626 (20") and my Dodge Ram (33").
She runs a lot of errands during a normal day. Falling down into, and climbing up out of her 626, is exhausting. The truck has the opposite effect, but is not as objectionable and she doesn't use it as much.
I cannot find this measurement for any car/suv on the web and I am disinclined to visit all of the dealerships with my yardstick. I estimate it by subtracting the front headroom value from the overall vehicle height value, but I think this is wildly inaccurate.
Since the list of possible-next cars includes the subject of this forum, I was hoping that somebody would, in their spare time, measure the height above ground to the middle (more or less) of the seat cushion (i.e. the top-center of the horizontal seating surface) and post that value here.
I have read these forums extensively over the past few weeks and I have not seen any discussion of this. I beg your pardon if I missed it and am being redundant.
Thanks in advance.
#1755 of 1866 Re: Seat (Step-In) Height? [nickelpete]
Mar 29, 2006 (1:50 pm)
Posting the same message over and over in different forums is called "spamming" and is frowned upon. Please focus your queries a little better and refrain from repetitious posts.