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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
#1 of 82 Ford Escape/Tribute Owners: Meet the Members
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Jan 13, 2005 (1:39 pm)
Introduce yourself and get to know other Escape/Tribute owners here!
#2 of 82 Hugs from Snowman
Jan 20, 2005 (1:38 pm)
I am hoping to know every Escape/Trib owner here. I've got 05 Escape XLT AWD and 05 Trib S AWD.
Very satisfied with both of them. Wife drives the Escape she loves it. In fact when I was driving 00 Taursu, she didn't even let me drive it and told me to buy another one. So here I am...
#3 of 82 Zoom, zoom in DC
Jan 20, 2005 (8:59 pm)
Own an 05 Tribute S AWD with side curtain airbags, auto-dimming mirror, and Package 3 (leather, sunroof, heated seats, 6 disc changer, etc).. I love this car! My Tribute is Silver.
Snowman, were you a previous Escape/Tribute owner prior to the 05 models? I test drove everything in the small (although I do not consider the Tribute small) and mid size SUV category (to include Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota) and I kept coming back to the Tribute..
Anyway, hope some more members post here!
#4 of 82 New Tribute Owner in AZ
Jan 20, 2005 (9:29 pm)
Hi snowman & dc
Picked up our 05 Tribute S FWD in December for my wife. Side curtain airbags, auto dimming mirror, Package 2 (Leather, 6 disc cd, no sun roof) in Arizona white. So far she loves it and I find it a blast to drive also (when I get the chance!).
Been eyeing the Tribute for several years, but didn't care for the auto on the column. With the 05 design change to a floor mounted shifter and the excellent end of year incentives, we felt it was the right time to go for it. Looking forward to many years of zoom-zoom!
#5 of 82 Re: Zoom, zoom in DC [dc_driver]
Jan 21, 2005 (7:15 am)
No, this is my first Trib. The reason I bought my Trib is my wife's Escape, LOL.
I did a long research on Escape/Trib before buying.
Read all forums. And I am satisfied with my decision so far.
I looked at Vue, CRV, Equinox and test drove them.
Vue has major reliability issues.
I find CRV over priced. Also latest engine fire issue (I change my own oil), along with pulling problems and I4 engine made me walk away.
Equinox has extremely cheap plastic interiors and made in China engine.
Escape/Trib has what I wanted to have in a compact SUV.
Jan 21, 2005 (8:37 am)
Own a 2001 Escape XLT V6 FWD. 63K reasonably trouble-free miles with regular maintenance and oil-changes. Running complete synthetic Mobil 1
oil and tranny-fluid. Power steering flushed once, brake system flushed twice, coolant system flushed twice, tranny flushed three times to date.
Serpentine belt changed at 60K. Water-pump belt not changed yet as it seems to rotate slower with
not much wear on it still. Original OEM front brakes changed at 28K (at dealer $495), then went to aftermarket ceramic-enhanced pads and new rotors at ~55K, cheaper than OEM and don;t dust-up front wheels like OEM pads. From what I've seen of the '04-'05 OEM pads they're not much better with the wheel dust that my '01 was. Have added a K&N air filter, but after hearing about problems with K&N type-oil gumming-up airflow meters, am thinking about switching back to regular-type OEM filter. Have been religious about changing even my synthetic oil every 3K miles.
Changed out the original Conti's at 30K to a store brand at Discount Tire called Pathfinders. I believe that they are made by Cooper. Started out much quieter, but 18 mos. and 33K miles later they are almost as loud on the road. Guess I will suck it up and buy Michelin's or another brand next time. But I'm convinced that any SUV tire is louder than a touring-tire regardless.
No stalls or breakdowns on road yet, but have had the PCM reflash recall. I'm expecting to get a letter from Ford about the just recently announced recall on the hatch-back for Escapes and Tribs.
Jan 21, 2005 (11:04 am)
I was beginning to wonder if anyone was going to show up here. Welcome and hope you enjoy the place!
#8 of 82 Lovin' the tribute
Jan 22, 2005 (11:11 am)
I bought an '05 Tribute in mid-December (auto, 4 cyl., FWD, no frills). Great SUV! After just over 1 month and 2200 miles, I think this truck is awesome! So far, haven't noticed any squeaks, rattles, NVH, or anything like that. I've already had to drive it several times on snow and very slick ice, and I'm amazed how well it handles.
Other cars went sliding into ditches, but I had no problems (I'm sure brand new tires helped!). It holds a lot of stuff with seats down, too (moved a large buffet and a chest of drawers in one trip, with the hatch down).
I had a Mazda6 before this, which I loved, but the driving position was terrible for me so I traded up to my first SUV. I think I made a good decision, just hope I can get a lot of miles out of it. I researched a lot of SUV's and found that the Trib could be had with a lot of nice standard features (alloy wheels, longer standard warranty, etc.). What was odd to me is that the Trib handles better on the road than the Escape and had more standard features, but cost less. I don't understand the logic there, but I definitely took advantage of it. Love my tribute!
#9 of 82 Nanas2 Tribute
Jan 22, 2005 (2:07 pm)
Bought my wife an 05 S 4WD, we have only driven it once so far and love it. Got her the car for upstate NY-I am going on recruiting duty and wanted something warrantied and reliable for her. Now I wanna go get me one.... Look forward to hearing about y'all.
#10 of 82 guess i'll jump in...
Jan 22, 2005 (7:31 pm)
actually, my wife is the owner. have a loaded '04 escape limited 4wd black/black. like the stereo, leather is nicer than my explorer, gas mileage is in the epa range. startup traction in snow is a-ok. best part for me is i don't have to give up my explorer on snowy days. my wife only drove her previous highline euro car a few times in the snow, then we just switched vehicles. about to hit 10k miles in 10 months. i think the escape is kind of pricey, only one cosmetic trim problem. tires have been noisy depending on rotation. i also find the gas pedal a bit jumpy compared to my explorer, but get used to it after driving it a bit. i wish it had the keypad entry and autolocking doors.