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Mazda Tribute, SUV
Jun 30, 2006 (12:35 pm)
Does anyone have a good picture or other representation of the color Mazda calls "violet gray"?
I am interested because Mazda says this will be a new color for the Mazda6. The only references I can find to this color are for the Tribute.
I found a few posts on here from 2005 that refer to that color and this from Mazda of Puerto Rico, which shows one in that color, but the actual color is not very clear.
#1766 of 1866 So long to a not so old friend...
Jul 15, 2006 (6:43 pm)
With the latest addition to our family, my wife and I traded in our Nissan Altima SE for a Honda Odyssey EX-L back in April. What the heck does this have to do with this forum you ask? Well, with the new Odyssey the Tribute became my commuter car (about 30 miles per day), and average around 12K miles a year. The problem is that I drive about 90% city driving and living in Northern Va, that means a lot of stop and go traffic, A/C running constantly, etc. My 05 Tribute S (4WD, purchased in 04) was averaging anywhere between 15-17MPG and with gas prices hovering around $3 (or more) a gallon here, it was starting to hurt at the pump a little...
So, I looked at my options (Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda3) and was able to get the Mazda dealer where I purchased the Tribute to do an even trade on a loaded Mazda3i Touring sedan (side airbags, moonroof, 6 disc changer, rear lip spoiler, etc). All I had to pay was TT&L (about $500). On my first tank of gas, I got close to 27MPG, and the second tank looks like it will be close to 30MPG (the EPA ratings on the 3 are 28/35).
The Tribute was a great vehicle (reliable, good in snow, comfortable), but if gas stays at $3 I will save over $1K per year. If gas prices hit $4 I would save over $1400 per year, and at $5 per gallon I would save close to $1800 per year...
Gas was not the only thing though.. I really wanted something a little more fun to drive and thought the Mazda3 was the perfect balance with owning a minivan (even though the Odyssey drove smoother than my Altima and is quicker than my Mazda3).
I also found that selling the Mazda Tribute privately was very difficult right now. I tried for several weeks and got zero hits posting on Autotrader, Ebay, Cars.com, Craigslist, etc.. I was asking for well under the Kelly Blue Book private party asking price and nobody came knocking.. I think the SUV market is starting to dry up here. For that reason I was very happy that the dealer gave me an even trade (invoice on the 3 was 17,100, and the dealer also applied another $300 on the Tribute to cover their processing fees). I was glad that the Mazda dealer stepped up and gave me a good deal..
#1767 of 1866 Re: Rattle in cargo area of Tribute 2005 [lancer2006]
Jul 19, 2006 (8:23 am)
Had the identical problem. It began after Mazda repaired my liftgate latch as part of a recall. The rattle was caused by a loose part inside the liftgate latch. They were able to repair it easily, however, when they finished, the rattle was gone, but the glass wouldn't lock on the liftgate. Brought it back again for another easy fix. Now everything is fine. Sounds like you may be having the same problem.
#1768 of 1866 Re: Rattle in cargo area of Tribute 2005 [ddoyle42]
Jul 20, 2006 (4:10 am)
Had the same happen to mine. However, now that the lock has been fixed, the rattle is back. I'll get it looked at again.
#1769 of 1866 Regular chirp being heard??
Jul 20, 2006 (4:15 am)
In my 2005 Tribute, I am hearing a chirp that seems to be coming at a somewhat regular interval from the mid to rear section of the vehicle. I comes on mostly on acceleration, but it can also be heard at other times. It sounds like metal to metal touching. There are times when it is not heard. Any ideas??
#1771 of 1866 Re: Trailer Wiring Connector [rg8729]
Aug 04, 2006 (5:27 am)
I bought the connector for this but the trailer lights did not work, There must be something else that is needed to make it work. Uhaul had to rig the harness to my tial lights which caused my cruise control to stop working when the night tail lights came on. Anyone else know what else is need to make the trailer lights work?
Aug 04, 2006 (11:35 am)
I think I jinxed myself, lol. I asked a couple of weeks ago what I can expect from my 03 Trib w/80K+ miles on it as far as longevity goes, etc. (with proper maintenance of course)
Well mid July I had an O/C and sticker put on it, then noticed w/in the next week that my tranny started to slip, dropped it off the dealer last Sunday - needs a new tranny, thank dog I dropped 1300 for the extended warranty when I bought it, so I think this will be a $100 deductable, plus the $80 I'm spending on a rental for the weekend.
"new" tranny only comes w/a 12 month/12K warranty on it, I think that's a bunch of BS.
Whaddya think now, should I still pay her off and keep her? I like my truck, would love to hang onto it, but that NEW tranny that came w/it only lasted 80K, what can I expect out of a rebuilt/reconditioned one?
~sigh~ I really don't want to have to buy a new vehicle, I was so looking forward to getting rid of my car payment.
I wonder how much extending my extended warranty would cost, according to the company (CNA) I can call shortly before the one I have expires and renew it but I don't know if its worth it.
#1773 of 1866 Re: 2001 Tribute V6, Strange Sound [sloride]
Aug 07, 2006 (11:22 am)
I have them same thing anyone have any ideas?
#1774 of 1866 Re: Trailer Wiring Connector [fuchsrr]
Aug 08, 2006 (6:34 am)
What year is your Tribute? I have a 2005 model and I had to get it wired by the dealership as I was advised that my waranty would be voided if I went aftermarket. From what I understood, when you buy and select the towing packadge, the whole wiring harness is different in the vehicle. In my case, I did not get the towing packadge so they had to modify the harness to be able to connect the towing wirring harness. This was a 6 hour process.