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#1782 of 1866 Mazda Tribute gas mileage
Sep 27, 2006 (8:47 pm)
My 2004 Tribute with V6 only gets about 15mpg around town, if I am lucky. It has about 14,000 so I really don't drive it much. Using Royal Purple oil helped but it is very expensive.
I keep the SUV in perfect condition, always garaged, and all of that. I'm using the best air filters, low restriction Tried all of that. K and N actually reduced performance. Best filters are WIX makes the best for intake and for A/C filter. No engine warning lights ever on. Sort of wonder about the exhaust sensors but light should come on (I think.)
Anyone have any ideas so is this the gas mileage I need to live with.
#1783 of 1866 Re: "Break-in" period [tjrob]
Sep 27, 2006 (8:54 pm)
The most important thing is to vary the speed during the first 2,000 miles. I believe in changing oil and filter at the first 1,000 miles. When you get to your destination, let the engine have a chance to cool down a bit before you shut it down. If your final destination is a mile or two from the freeway and you can slow down during that period, that would work just fine. After a couple of thousand miles, let her rip.
Forget what the book says. Change oil and filter every 3,000.
I've owned 97 cars and all of the above worked great for me. Besides I was a professional mechanic for 23 years.
#1784 of 1866 Re: Mazda Tribute gas mileage [peterlt]
Oct 07, 2006 (8:19 am)
We own a 2004 Tribute ES V6 4WD. My wife is the main driver. She is averaging 18.7 MPG for around town driving. On our last freeway trip we averaged 24.7 MPG doing an average of 70MPH. Maybe be time to have your PCM reprogrammed?
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Nov 12, 2006 (3:41 pm)
#1788 of 1866 Re: 2001 Idling out of control [01owner]
Nov 25, 2006 (9:08 pm)
Dear Fellow Tribute owner,
I am having the exact same problem where the idle just shoots up out of control and I have to turn my car off as fast as i can. I just got my PCM replaced and my throttle cable replaced because that's what the mechanic is saying is wrong with it, it has costed me over 1000 dollars and it still has not fixed the problem. I am at my wits end with what to do. I was wondering if you have found a solution yet. I am about to almost give up and get a new car!!!
#1789 of 1866 Idlling out of control
Nov 25, 2006 (9:12 pm)
Can anybody help me? I have a tribute 2001 and I have had the PCM replaced, throttle cable, and even put in a new battery to try and fix my problem. The car is reving up out of control when placed in park. I have to shut off my car as fast as I can before it happens. The mechanics replaced the PCM saying for sure that it would fix the problem and it hasn't I am up to my ears in bills on trying to fix the problem. Does anybody else have the same problem that can give me a solution???
Nov 28, 2006 (12:37 pm)
davanac1, did they also replace the idle bypass control valve/solenoid? That should have been the first part to check/replace in my opinion, not the $$$ PCM. Seems to be somewhat common with Tributes/Escapes, and Fords in general.
Jan 12, 2007 (10:29 am)
Hey guys I was wondering if anyone knew when the new 2008 Mazda Tribute/ Cx-5 is going to be in dealerships. I heard rumors about this spring, but I am not sure of the exact time. I think the new look of the Mazda Tribute is sweet looking, as they have improved the front grille and interior a lot. Hope to hear back soon.