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  • I would like to replace the stock stereo in my 2001 Tribute with a AM/FM radio, CD, and cassette player. Does anyone know what brands will fit?
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    Check out Circuit City or someplace similar. You need Double DIN unit to fit properly.
    Pioneer makes a pretty decent setup, also Alpine and Sony have some nice sets. Good luck on you new stereo when you get.

    Odie
  • orlieorlie Posts: 12
    Does anyone know of a source for a speed grille insert for the Tribute? Street Scene Equipment has an application for the Escape, but nobody seems to have this for the Tribute. I've been checking for the past several months and contacted a few manufacturers ... still nothing.

    Please share any info you may have. I'll post again about this if/when I find out something new.
  • www.zetaproducts.net sells center armrests for the escape and tribute.
  • Would someone please verify one way or another whether the 2000 Ford escape cargo cover will fit the 2001 Mazda Tribute?

    Thanks.
  • orlieorlie Posts: 12
    Yes, the retractable cargo area cover for the Escape will fit the Tribute. (An owner of both the Escape & Tribute tested this for us a while back.) 'Looking to get that part? I'm sure http://www.partscheap.com has it, but I don't know if their price is that good.
  • gibbousgibbous Posts: 2
    Ever since I saw the midnight package on the 02's I have been drooling to put it on my Black 01. The day I first saw one up close, I didn't like the claddings. Just from talking to the parts departments, and reading forum posts online I know it can be done, but what else is there to consider beyond sand to smooth, prime, and paint? What's the best tool to use for sanding?, how smooth should it get?, what's the best primer?, and which paint should you use to prevent (or delay as long as possible) peeling? What paint should you use to match the original color?

    Alternatively, can this be done professionally?, or are the parts available from aftermarket sources? (parts departments want around 1000 bucks for them).

    Thanks! I so love my Escape. :o)
  • bortz62bortz62 Posts: 2
    I just picked up my 2002 Midnight XLT with the Mach MP3. I'm an older guy and I won't ever use the MP3 functionality, but I do need to have a cassette player for audiobooks. I would like to swap out the MP3 stereo for a dual mode unit. To maintain the look of the dash, I'd like to stick with a Ford OEM unit and as best as I can tell, the MP3 head unit has the exact same dimensions as the dual mode unit that is in the Escape XLS (as well as the units that I've seen in other Ford Trucks, like the Explorer).

    My question:
    Does anyone know if there will be a problem taking a dual mode unit from an XLS and swapping it for the MP3 unit? (When I picked up my car I asked the dealer if he though there would be any XLS buyers who might want to take my MP3 in trade, and he said that the two units weren't compatible - but I'm pretty sure he didn't have any idea what he talking about).

    How about swapping it for a dual mode from another Ford Truck? They look exactly the same as the unit in the XLS. I see a bunch of Ford dual mode stereos for sale on Ebay and could pick one up pretty easy.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
  • I'm buying a 2003 Tribute in the next couple of weeks. Anyone have any comments on hauling things on the factory roof rack on the Tribute? Or maybe a suitable after market rack system? In particular I want to be able to tie a 16' canoe to the top. I currently have the Yakima track/Locking Railrider Tower system on my 2001 Ford Ranger (with fib topper). Originally, when I was in the market for an Escape, my existing towers would fit perfectly into the Escape factory tracks. With the Tribute, if I want to use the Yakima system, I'll have to buy either LowRider towers, Q-Towers, or a combination of the two. Or possibly install tracks on the roof of the Tribute, if they fit with the existing rack system.

    I know some of this Yakima jargon should be reserved for Yakima technical support employees, but I thought maybe someone out there has been down this road.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,431
    I think you get an extra margin of safety with separate towers myself. I tried some railriders briefly but didn't think they were stout enough. I'd go with the Q-Towers or similar. I hauled a 17' canoe 32,000 miles in '99/'00 with that setup on my van.


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  • I talked with a very helpful Yakima Tech again. She said they have not tested the Tribute for Q-Towers, since the Low Riders (clamp onto factory rack) tested to be fine. Also, Q-towers would only mount near the front doors and you would have to use the Lowrider towers in the back. However, this would give you more spread.

    I also inquired about mounting tracks inside of the factory racks (after further review there appears to be room to do this on my Tribute) so I could use the locking Railrider towers I already own. The Yakima tech said you can't just drill and screw anywhere. You would need a map of the Triburte roof or pull the inside apart to find the best place to mount the tracks. This sounded like way too much of a risk and/or hassle so I just ordered the Lowrider towers.

    After I get them and tie a canoe down for the first time (probably spring 2003), I will post a message on how well this works.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    Goto this site for some neat stuff...

    http://www.autoanything.com


    I am personally looking at a full front grille guard and rear taillight covers.


    Odie

  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    here's some pics of the stuff I want to get (Front, Rear and Taillight guards)

    Now granted they part pictures of the tribute but you'll get the idea.


    Http://www.autoanything.com/images/waag_pg/enlarged/Mazda_Tribute-Front01_enlarged.jpg


    Http://www.autoanything.com/images/waag_pg/enlarged/Mazda_Tribute-Rear01_enlarged.jpg


    Odie

  • There are more important things in this life to worry about...I know. But....

    Good News and Bad News:
    Good News: You may not have discovered this, but in the center console, there is a bracket designed to hold Kleenex Little Traveler boxes.
    Bad News: Kimberly-Clark has discontinued producing them. (I have not checked to see if the "Juniors" fit.)

    You can call Kimberly-Clark (1-800-553-3639) and tell them you own a Tribute and that you'd like them to bring back the "Little Traveler". Maybe the guys in Marketing will re-introduce them.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,431
    Not much traffic in here lately - did everyone get their suvs all tricked out and stopped modding them?

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  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    nah, just don't have the extra money to do all that I want to mine since the new child arrived.

    Things to do;
    1. upgrade the 6"x9" and 10" speakers to titanium JBL's
    2. add power amp (550w) for stereo system
    3. add turbo (will involve upgrading the axle's)
    4. add rear dvd E.S. (for daughter of coarse)
    5. upgrading front headlamps to xenon
    6. adding full gaurds (grille, rear, lights)
    as seen here - http://waag.com/showcar/post-gallery.php
    and here - http://waag.com/showroom/1.php

    Odie
  • fpdafishfpdafish Posts: 20
    I just bought an '03 Tribute ES in Merlot Pearl with a beige leather interior. The top half of the dash is black, and the bottom half is beige. My problem lies in the area of the dash surrounding the radio. Mazda makes a big deal out of this "carbon fiber-look trim" (or as I would call it, silver) as if it were attractive. I don't think it is at all. Especially on the window controls on the doors, the silver looks extremely out of place against the beige. Anyone else agree with me, or am I all alone on this?
  • fpdafishfpdafish Posts: 20
    Looking into a wood dash trim kit to cover the silver on the dash and doors. From what I have found, some companies offer a kit that uses a 3M Primerless Acrylic Foam Tape that requires no priming or adhesive promoters (which damage the area applied to). You only have to clean the area to be covered with 3M Prep Solvent (supposedly NOT an adhesive promoter). Other companies offer their kit with the type of 3M tape that requires the 3M adhesive promoter, which like I said will most likely damage the dash. Anyone know of a good kit that uses the primerless tape? Also, if anyone knows which tape adheres better (longer)?
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    Did you try Http://www.autoanything.com
    I myself am thinking about the Stainless Steel 16pcs kit for the Escape. ($142.50)

    Odie
  • ormandormand Posts: 11
    Go to www.autodash.com big selection of choices
  • fpdafishfpdafish Posts: 20
    Thanks for the link. I checked out the trim kit for the Tribute and emailed the company to see which type of adhesive their product uses. One big difference I noticed was the price. You said the dash kit for the Escape is $142.50 for a 16 piece kit, while the only kit available for the Tribute is $309.60 for a 9 or 12 piece kit. They're practically the same vehicle. I wonder what gives?
  • fpdafishfpdafish Posts: 20
    Thanks for the link. You're right about the huge selection. The general installation instructions posted on the site mention the use of the adhesive promoter, which I am trying to avoid. They have about 3 different companies that supply the dash kit for the Tribute, so I am going to email the company to find out if any of the products don't require the use of the adhesive promoter. Thanks again.
  • Want rubber mats for my 03 trib and I'm wondering if I should go w/the acutal OEM Tribute mats from a dealership or should I look into the Weathertech mats or the Huskys or something besides the Trib ones?

    Input appreciated.
    Chimpy
  • I actually just received the OEM mates a few days ago in the mail (ordered them online from Mazda South). They are great! Much better than the aftermarket ones they were replacing. They are perfectly form fitting, and look great in the truck.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    the OEM mats are better because of the fit.

    Odie
  • hi,
    i just bought a 03 tribute ES model without the audio package and it has only the CD player.

    Is there an aftermarket mp3 player that
    is available for this ?

    can the ford escape's mach audio system or some
    such thing be added ?

    - Sridhar.
  • How do the black OEM mats look in a vehicle w/a primarily tan interior?

    Right now I have tan rug-mats, but really really want the rubber ones. Thinking of OEM due to fit, but thought they made tan ones, but I guess not.

    Just want to know if anybody else out there has the black and how they look.
    Thanks
    Chimpy
  • My 2003 ES awd came with black mats for the cargo area.
    I didn't like the look of the black rubber Mats.

    so i ended up buying a set of tan Mats from BJs
    for $20 .. and they are not an exact fit.. but
    not bad in the front driver/passenger seats.
    The rear mats are not good fit at all... but for $20 it is good enough for me... since i only have
    my kid in the car seat behind.. and so no one is going to step on the rear mats much.
  • I have the black OEM mats in my Tribute (tan leather interior). It is definitely a different look than the standard brown mats, but I think it looks more rugged. It also gives more definition to the interior by breaking up all of the tan. I had originally purchased tan aftermarket mats for the front and they looked awful. The OEM were definitely the way to go for me.
  • We got the all-weather mats (as well as the carpet ones) with our '04 Tribute, and I'm just wondering if you're supposed to put the rubber ones on TOP of the carpet ones? Or do you put the rubber ones straight on the floor? Seems like when it gets wet and snowy, the water from the rubber ones will leak down and get the carpet ones wet, so I suppose they shouldn't BOTH be in the car at the same time.
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