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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, SUV
#33 of 93 Re: Paint on 2003 Tribute ES [mbd57]
May 21, 2006 (6:59 pm)
I also have a 2003 Tribute with paint problems. I purchased my car,new, in April 2003. It now has approx. 75,000 miles. About a month ago I noticed 2 bare spots, between nickle & quarter size, on the roof just above the windshield. The Service Rep. at the dealers' body shop said that it is a paint defect. He also found a couple of smaller spots back near the roof rack. A Mazda rep. inspected the car last week. I'm still waiting to hear back from them. I have also learned that Mazda only puts a single coat of paint on the roof. No clear coat.
#34 of 93 Transmisson Problems
Jul 11, 2006 (4:46 pm)
After reading some of the postings guess I'm one of the luck ones or unlucky ones. I purchased my 2003 Mazda Tribute new about 2 1/2 years ago. I liked how it drove handled in snow and on ice. Except for a few minor problems like too noisy(highway & gravel)and lots of dust coming in will driving on gravel roads I've had no major problems. I have had one recall which took about 5 months to have fixed kept telling me they didn't have the part.
This was getting close to the time my warrenty was up, they looked at my service book told me everything looked fine. No mention that I should have the transmisson flushed before warrenty was off.
Shortly after warrenty was off the transmisson went, now I have to pay $5000. to have transmisson rebilt. Called dealer to express how unhappy I was about this, didn't seem to care and told us if the transmisson had been flushed probably wouldn't be having this trouble and it wasn't their problem because I hadn't bought extended warrenty. Sounded to me like even if I'd bought the extended warrenty the transmisson wouldn't of been covered because my Tribute wasn't in shop for $48,000 mile service call. This is the first and last time I buy something other than a GM or Dodge. Drove them until they had over 300- 400 thousand with no problems. No Ford for me, Mazda's to closely related
#35 of 93 2002 tribute brake information
Jul 14, 2006 (10:32 am)
I went to a mom&pop service shop that was offering free brake inspections and was advised that my front brake pads need to be changed. I have about 35k miles on it and have not noticed any audible signs of problem with my brakes.
I was also told that Mazda tribute is equipped with BMW styled brakes and the front brake pads cannot be changed without changing the rotors.
Could anyone please advise if the fact about rotors is true and what signs should one look for before deciding to replace brakes if the brakes seem to function just fine?
#36 of 93 Re: 2002 tribute brake information [himanshusoni]
Jul 14, 2006 (5:16 pm)
i would be concerned if you have any shaking when applying the brakes. if not, i doubt the rotors need to be replaced.
i would not get my brakes serviced there.
#37 of 93 Got My New Transmission
Jul 15, 2006 (6:05 pm)
Have my rebuilt transmission still not very happy.
Was given one year or 20,000 km warrenty on it. That's not much for having paid out $5000. They told me not to worry it would more than likely last longer since they put all the updates on it. Didn't really understand what they all were for, but if there has to be updates made on Mazda transmissions maybe mazda should be letting their customers know.
#39 of 93 2003 Escape Paint Problems
Jul 16, 2006 (8:26 pm)
I recently found two spots just over the top of the windshield which are now about 5 inches long and two inches wide where the paint is peeling off down to the metal. I also found two spots at the lower corners of the back window. My 2003 Escape has 72,000 miles but is in great condition otherwise. I am waiting for the Ford rep to check it (this week, I hope). The service manager was doubtful that Ford would pay to have it repainted because it is so far out of warranty. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Any help from Ford/Mazda in getting it repainted?
#40 of 93 Re: 2003 Escape Paint Problems [73deacon]
Jul 16, 2006 (9:48 pm)
I just waxed my 2003 Escape which has Black paint. I was amazed how many blemishes and places where the paint appears to have fallen off. I have never seen a 3 year old car with this type of paint failure. I see by the other messages that Ford may have an issue.
I would never by another black car. It looks bad 2 days after a wash.
But I am disappointed with Fords fit and finish. I have so many squeaks and rattles in the car it's more like a 20 year old car.
Next time I will go with a Toyota 4runner.
#41 of 93 Re: 2003 Escape Paint Problems [utahescape]
Jul 17, 2006 (3:56 pm)
black(looking dirty soon after washing)has been that way since the model t.
our '04 has some chips in the hood and the spats in front of the rear wheels have the paint worn off. other than that, it looks new. it's kept in a garage.
#42 of 93 Re: 2003 Escape Paint Problems [utahescape]
Jul 20, 2006 (12:49 pm)
My daughter's 2003 Escape is White. It has a patch of paint the size of a sunroof that is peeling off of the primer on top of the car in front of the luggage rack. She only has 30K miles on it. From looking at the many posts here, I don't think that color is the problem, just poor quality at the factory.. but what else is new? I agree with utahescape... next time I will buy a toyota. Made in USA.. just doesn't mean the same as it use to.
Can't wait to hear the run around I get from Ford.. It took us forever for them to have the transmission replaced when it failed only after 22K miles.