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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
#18 of 87 Re: Escape or Tribute???? [huskerdoo1]
by techno geek
Feb 13, 2005 (8:25 pm)
I found the ride to be a little 'cushier' in the Ford. The Trib on the other hand, was a little tighter on the bumps, but felt more nimble in turns. Mazda supposedly put an extra 6 months tweaking their steering/suspension to feel more like a Miata. Evidently they got it right, since the Trib outslalomed the Accord in Edmunds' road test by 3.1 mph (in 2001).
Of course, this all pertains to the 01-04 models, because I haven't kept up with what changes they made in 05.
I chose the Trib for its sportier handling and better warranty. I ended up not getting the factory premium sound. The standard CD player is not bad, but I couldn't bring myself to spend $500.00 for an in-dash changer when I could pick up an aftermarket unit that is light years ahead of it and costs about the same. I'll post a "hello, my name is ____" message shortly, where you can see what kind of stereo stuff I found for the Trib.
I never thought I'd use 4WD in sunny Florida - until hurricane Ivan hit us (Pensacola-Panama City) and flooded our roads. 4WD is one of those features you never miss.... until you need it in the worst possible way. BTW - All you 4WD folks should check your rear diff if you enter high water; water can get into the diff through the vent quite easily, causing all kinds of nasty stuff!
Well, both the Ford and Mazda are fine vehicles, but one thing you should keep in mind is that Mazda offers a 4yr/50,000mi, as opposed to Ford's 3yr/36,000mi drivetrain warranty.
Resale is nice, if you are intending to sell within a few years. I usually keep my vehicles 7-8 years and put a ton of miles on them (100k+). No car will have a decent resale after that.
Good luck in your choice, and remember - I'll be jealous of your 4-wheel disc brakes! =)
#19 of 87 Re: Ford Escape/Tribute Owners: Meet the Members [KarenS]
by techno geek
Feb 13, 2005 (8:58 pm)
Hello from Florida!
I bought my '04 Tribute last July. I guess it was the LX version, as 04 did away with the DX/LX/EX badges. It's the 3.0L 4WD version, White with Mineral Brown cladding, tan cloth interior, tow package, step plate. No sunroof, no side airbags (unfortunately), no premium sound. For a stocker, though, the CD player is not all that bad.
I've had a couple of things go haywire on me, so far. The first thing that happened was a leak in the thermostat housing. The dealer found it to be a bad O-ring, but replaced the entire housing anyway, which I thought was nice. I just recently took the car in for an oil change, and they supposedly found leaking rear shocks, which were replaced. They cracked one of my interior panels in the process, but replaced that, too. And, of course, there's the accelerator cable recall. After being fitted with a new cable that moves easier, the gas is a little touchy, but my cruise control no longer surges. Go figure. Other than that, it's been very reliable. I've got 9,000 miles on it, and it's still going strong. Surprising, since it's been through 4 tropical storms and a cat-5 hurricane.
As far as add-ons:
Front + Rear mud flaps
Kenwood DDX-7015 touchscreen/DVD player
Kenwood KNA-DV4100 GPS navigation unit
MB Quart RCE-268 6x8 component speakers (2 sets)
I decided not to shell out the money for the premium sound. I used that cash to pick up the stereo stuff off ebay for about the same price. If you're looking for a fantastic stereo replacement, look at the Kenwood - it handles mp3 and wma formats, and accepts DVD R/RW data discs. That lets me keep around 180 albums on one disc, eliminating the need for a changer.
Well, hello again to all my sibling Trib owners. It's nice to meet you!
#20 of 87 Re: Escape or Tribute???? [ottawan]
Feb 14, 2005 (6:19 am)
This is my experience, none of my copy CDs are playing in my Escape but they play in my Trib. And my escape has 6 disk changer.
Feb 14, 2005 (5:14 pm)
I own an 01 V6 XLT 4WD Escape in black. Now have almost 50,000 trouble free miles. Use this vehicle to tow my two watercraft, visit ski areas in the Cascade range (MT Hood, MT ST Helens, MT Adams, ect..), and fishing spots too! The wife and I took this vehicle everywhere. Sooo... I sold the Accord and bought here an 04 Tribute ES V6 4WD and she won't let this one go! She claims to love to drive this vehicle. I feel Ford/Mazda hit a good homerun with these small utes..
#22 of 87 Escape or Tribute
Feb 15, 2005 (9:19 am)
Hi everyone, I bought a used 02 Tribute ES and got the certified used car warranty from Mazda for another 3 years. It has around 50k on it and so far it runs solid. I did notice it is a little noisy on the highway compared to the Caravan I replaced it with. It was fully loaded and it great shape so I am very pleased with the purchase so far.
Feb 19, 2005 (2:22 pm)
I have a 02 XLT AWD escape, with just under 40,000km (? about 25000 miles)almost entirely city driving in Calgary, Alberta. There had been one engine stall and a sticky gas pedal in the first year, the 6-CD stereo wouldn't eject CDs, had no other trouble I can remember.
Just bought 3 more years warranty. dealer is calling me to do cooling system flush and for a brake calipers check, but assured me that normally brake rotors can be turned once and that I don't need to flush the transmission for another 10000km.
The 6-CD stereo in my excape would take home-made CDS, but the Hyundai tucson and the Kia Sportage would take MP3 as well (the USA models have more features and priced lower than in Canada, you don't know how lucky you are).
This reminds me to chase Ford to return the 6 CDs stuck in the old stereo, they were all 1950 oldies and very precious.
#24 of 87 Re: Escape or Tribute???? [snowman]
Feb 21, 2005 (4:13 pm)
I have 6 disk changer as well, stock 2005 job #2
It plays all home-made CDs.
Try some friend's CDs or different brand.
#25 of 87 Re: Escape or Tribute???? [ottawan]
Feb 22, 2005 (5:56 pm)
I had a problem in my Bose stereo in my Altima. It would not play Memorex CD's but played TDK's with no problem. Have had no issue playing TDK's in my Tribute.
Mar 02, 2005 (7:37 am)
I have a tribute with 66k on it. 4cyl, manual.
Im getting these squeaks while acclerating but doesnt seem to be a normall belt issue. I can put under a load, downshift and hammer it with no noise at all. But when Im crusing at any speed and touch gas, i get the squeak. Like little mice under the hood. The belt looks fine but I have another to put on anyway.
Couldnt get tensioner to budge- not like other trucks I have worked on. any help on the above would be greatly appreciated!!!
#27 of 87 Re: tribute squeaks [horsecreek]
Mar 13, 2005 (7:30 am)
You might want to visit problems forum... but this could be pulley itself...