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Ford Escape Mazda Tribute Owners Meet the Members

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
edited June 1 in Mazda
Introduce yourself and get to know other Escape/Tribute owners here!

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  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540

    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...
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    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!
  • mphxazmphxaz Posts: 27
    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!
  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    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.
  • escapenutescapenut Posts: 117
    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.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    I was beginning to wonder if anyone was going to show up here. :-) Welcome and hope you enjoy the place!

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email,, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • 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!
  • nanas2nanas2 Posts: 4
    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.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    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.
  • I have a 2004 Escape with a leaky transmission. It has been to the shop twice. They say it was a problem with a gromet on the dipstick. It was replaced and it still leaks. Anyone else experiencing the same problem?
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    Sorry you're having troubles. Please post over in Problems & Solutions topic. You will get a much quicker response from other owners there.

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email,, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • normkolnormkol Posts: 134
    I own a 2002 Tribute ES, V-6 4WD. I'm very happy with it. Had to have the steering rack changed, the sticky gas pedal will have to be dealt with for the second time, but otherwise the car has been reliable.


    I have 40k miles, the tires have probably another 10k left, and I'm still on the original brakes.


    Now my wife wants an 05, so we are checking it out.
  • Hi,

    I have been reading the forums and posting in some. I am now within 2 weeks of purchaseing my new mid SUV. I have decided on the Escape or Tribute. Both have incentives that are attractive right now. In your opinion which vehicle would you get if you had the choice and why? I have yet to drive a Tribute, but will. I have been in both though. Looking to get only FWD Leather and upgraded stereo system. Looking forward to being a member. Help a brother out in deciding. Both dealers have pointed out differences with the Ford dealer stateing resale as their main advantage.


  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    Congratulations, I am one of the forum members that I have both 05 Trib and Escape. Both AWD and V6 models and with side airbags.

    Here is what I see:

    If you live in north east, I highly recommend getting AWD. I pulled out my trib 2 feet of snow covered driveway with no sweat.Regardless which one you pick, get V6.


    Even though they are almost same vehicles, there are some minor differences.

    Escape has little soft brake pedal, trib has very firm one. Escape gas pedal is very sensitive, Trib requires some push. But both of them are very powerful vehicles.

    Escape CD player doesn't play home made CDs, Trib's does.

    Transmission: Shifting characteristics and maintenance are the same. Engine and everything else is the same. And, as you know Mazda comes with longer warranty.

    I like Escape more because it has rugged look.
  • >Escape CD player doesn't play home made CDs


    That's not true, for 6 disk changer at least.
  • 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! =)
  • 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!
  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    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.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    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..
  • 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.
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