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Mazda Tribute

meredithmeredith Posts: 578
This topic is a continuation of Topic 3127....

Mazda Tribute - II. Please continue these
discussions here. Thanks!

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  • I really do. Bad things have happened to my trib too ( fuel leak ) but I still love it! I know that I don't sound objective but......I love my trib!
  • I just bought ES-V6 4WD and wondering if
    anybody has the same issue with the car: once I
    stop on the uphill, the car would roll back and I
    have to press and hold break pedal. My old car
    would just stand still on the uphill, with no gas
    or break pedals pressed. Is this really a problem,
    or all Tributes do this? Any response is greatly
  • What type of fuel do I have to put into my new Trib? I know it's unleaded, but is it Regular or Super/Premium?
  • I'm going to be buying an Escape as soon as the
    dealer can find the one I want. I have
    both the Escape and Tribute and I have not noticed
    appreciable wind noise that others are complaining
    about. I went 70mph in both and didn't notice
    excessive road or wind noise. Granted, I own a
    ragtop now and my previous car had T-tops, so
    I'm so used to noise that I don't pay attention

    I guess I'm going to have to test-drive again and
    pay attention especially for that!

  • dimpsdimps Posts: 5
    I also have an ESv6 4wd and my trib would roll backwards on an uphill also. I have owned other mazdas, olds, etc. and you had to apply pressure to the brake on all of them when on an uphill. I was told to use regular unleaded gas - no premium or upgrade needed. Also, I have never noticed excessive wind noise with the Tribute.
  • ruskiruski Posts: 1,566
    many cars roll back on an uphill, don't sweat it.
  • Took our Tribute to the hills of Pennsylvania this weekend. It was the first long trip we,ve made since buying it. I averaged 23 mpg on 2 tanks of gas and about 425 miles. I do find the mirrors to generate wind noise but only around 72mph and higher - below that I really didn't notice. It drove great - quiet, tight, and smooth. My only wish would be to get the steering wheel closer to me (that's subjective because my wife likes it where it is) and extend the door arm rest so the width of my arm would rest on the whole thing. I am very happy and have no regrets about buying this truck.
  • if you have the trib w/ V6 engine the manual says to use at least 87 octane fuel which depending on
    where you live is either regular or mid-grade unleaded. we live at ~7000 ft so for us it is midgrade, I know that at sea level it is regular.
    i did notice in the manual that the compression ratio of the V6 is 10:1 which is why they want you to use at least 87 octane.
  • Here's my two cents on the Tribute. The vehicle runs great. The ride is nice...Some of my family is tall but everyone fits... Its a first year production so there will be some problems (hopefully not any major ones). My guess it that Ford/Mazda will probably be extra careful because of recent PR problems. I paid just under MSRP. I would have probably gotten a car but I very occasionally need extra cargo space for work. The Suburu Forester is nice, but boring (and tight in the back seat)...My tall family did not fit in a Honda CRV. In the Nissan Pathfinder (drivers side) my soon to be driving sons knees were half way up the steering wheel.I probably would have gotten a Ford F150 but will not stick my wife (or myself) in the back, because the rest of the family is too tall...So, maybe the vehicle is a niche item (for me), or maybe just fun to drive (or maybe it was the price) compared to a used/new 4-Runner or Expedition. Or maybe it was the gas mileage, weight and driveability. I did not buy it to take offroad (once in a while). I think the ultimate arguement to take it beyond a "niche" will be reliability (and rollover), the news for which won't be out for awhile.
  • Anyone know why the Escape discussion can have over 11000 entries and continue and the Tribute get bumped to a new discussion after a couple of hundred? It makes it a little more difficult maintaining the continuity of the different threads.
  • Well that really should be answered by the Edmunds' moderator. But, I believe the 11000 entry figure you refer to is on the Yahoo Ford Escape Club, not Edmunds.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    Hey, I don't have my Tribute yet but Saulmar was asking what kind of wax people are using. A couple of years ago someone told me about & I started using Race Glaze Polish/Wax. It does a great job (especially with fine scratches) & is probably the easiest wax I have ever taken off of a vehicle. LIGHT rubbing with a towel is all it takes & the longer it has to dry, the easier it seems to be to remove. I'm a firefighter & we now use this on all our trucks with great results. It's not the easiest wax to find but their web site may be able to help:


    By the way, just tried the Race Glaze Auto Trim Renewer & it works really well on faded or waxed black trim.
  • bgritzbgritz Posts: 139
    Look at Zaino, it's a show car waz/polish system. A friend of mine uses Zaino on his Bimmer. I have never seen a wax/polish go on so easy and look so great for so long!! I had never heard of it before, but am planning on ordering some soon.

    here are some pictures.
    there have also been many VERY Happy customers on the '01 Pathfinder forum.
  • bironbbironb Posts: 63
    I was examining Tributes’ at a local dealer’s lot
    and noticed that the lower body plastic cladding
    were all wavy and some were actually pulling away
    from the body of the vehicles door panels and
    exposing the insert plastic clips. Now I don’t
    know whether this is weather related, as it’s
    getting quite cold here and maybe the plastic is
    warping or something.

    Anyone else noticed this problem?
  • tronsrtronsr Posts: 46
    Please be advised there is a "wax" topic under Maintenance and Repair board. And we don't need Zaino posts here.
  • Desert Metallic ES, Luxury Package, Moonroof, ABS, Premium Stereo, Towing Package, Cargo Net, Cargo Liner. Less than 1000 miles, no fuel smell, no wiper problem. FOR SALE $30,000! No wait, no hassle. I live in upstate SC. email @

    Get it now!!!!
  • dimpsdimps Posts: 5
    Is this for real?
  • I have been wanting a Tribute since June. I have been checking this and other sites since that time. I, like everyone else, was disappointed when there were so many problems with them. Since my car was paid for and running great, I was in no real hurry to have a new car. I decided to wait until things were worked out.

    I went by our Mazda dealership in Lexington, KY. the week before Thanksgiving. They had over 20 Tributes in stock! (ES, LX, and DX) I thought that they might be willing to deal right before Thanksgiving with so many in stock. I had been there a 2 months earlier and they would not come off the sticker at all.

    They did not have exactly what I wanted in options, but I settled for a LX silver 4x4. I asked them about the recalls, and they said they had repaired them. I feel I got a good price ($800 over invoice), and picked it up Wednesday evening.

    I now have 1100 miles on it and LOVE it. I do have the gas smell problem, but it is very minor and is gone in 2-3 seconds. Windshield wipers work great. Cruise works great. Stereo is awesome!

    I love the way this automobile handles! I am glad that I waited for a better price and for these recalls to be fixed. I am also glad to have my new car and am glad I didn't wait till Spring!

    I have no problem with the interior. The gear shift is too long, but I am already used to it - no big deal.

    After reading many negative posts through the months, I feel that this site can discourage a lot of people from getting an automobile they would really enjoy. I appreciate all the helpful comments, but if you want a really fun auto to drive - reconsider the Tribute!
  • After you stop the car, get out, pop the hood, and smell the engine. If you can smell gas around the left side of the block, then it might be an intake manifold problem.

    I have an Platinum ES that developed the gas smell at around 800 miles, and it ended up being the manifold gasket, which had to be replaced.

    At least one other person had a cracked manifold that had to be replaced.

    So, I'd take it back to your dealer and discuss the fuel smell issue.

    Glad you love your Trib, I love mine too. :) I do wish they had some bolder, brighter colors available. The color selections on the Escape and Tribute (with the exception of the Yellow Escape) were somewhat conservative for my tastes.

  • I appreciate your help, James. I will check it out. I only notice it when I restart the engine after it has been running - similar to what others have reported.

    I agree about the colors. I like the silver; however, my last two vehicles have been silver and I would have liked a change. I much preferred the grey interior to the tan, so the platinum seemed the best choice. Blue was okay, but did not look as rich. A vibrant red would have been nice. I look for some new color choices with the 2002 models.
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