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Mazda Tribute



  • I have 1400 miles on my Tribute and have not had any wiper or gas odors. My only complaint is gear selector is too long and blocks volume control when in drive position and driving range seems short(under 300 miles).Ihope that will improve after break in.
  • >>And we don't need
    Zaino posts here.<<

    tronsr, with all due respect, why not? I just learned of the product today, and am glad he mentioned it.

    Why did you jump on this guy so hard and quickly? Are you the board's official wax police?
  • Picked up the white ES model last week. MSRP was $25505. I paid $25000 and the salesman threw in the after market wood grain dash board kit. I was quoted MSRP at other dealers for the ES. They dealt a little more on the other models, but their ES's flew out the door. Have about 550 miles and everything works well. NO Gas Smell. Two minor things : 1) road noist is loud on the highway, but I think that may be the tires.The great sound system has to be cranked up a notch 1) long gear lever partially blocks the radio volume control.
    These things are minor and are really of no consequence. The vehicle(is it a car of truck?)looks great, rides well. Gas mileage is good for an SUV with this engine size. I got about 22+ on mostly highway driving. It may improve after break -in. I am
  • I have ordered my Tribute Sept. 28, 2000. The dealer now tell's me that they ran out of sun roofs and my Tribute won't be in until the 1st quarter. Has anyone else had or have this long wait?
  • I just came from the dealer and was asking about a sun roof for a Tribute. And he informed me that it will take up to 12 weeks or longer due to the high demand of these vehicles. They are hot this year. I test drove an ES-v6 4wd and could not believe how wonderful it was. I was looking for a small suv and test all different kinds from kia's to toyota rav 4, but have to say for the money, the Tribute was outstanding. I can't wait to get mine and drive it. My advise, be patient.
  • I ordered a galaxy blue in September. I wanted an ES but without the sunroof. I wanted the premium audio, but you have to get the sunroof with it. I ordered an ES with the ABS and side air bags, no luxury package. I'm still waiting. I don't know if it's because I wanted it without the lux. package, if it's thrown them for a loop or what, but yes, I'm still waiting and considering a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo, blue. Anyone know anything about the Rodeo's?
  • dwsiisdwsiis Posts: 16
    Had anyone else had bad experiences dealing with their local Mazda dealer? Friday our Mazda Dealer got a loaded LX in. I drove it,liked it, and negotiated a price of $500.00 below the list of $24500. They wouldn't accept a credit card or personel check as payment, so I went to my bank and had them cut me a certified check for the total amount. Upon returning 1/2 hour later, the salesman told me someone else was test-driving the vehicle. He told me that they had a hard time getting the Tributes in so they would sell the thing to someone else if they could get full price for it.I told him I considered the Tribute mine and I didn't appreciate someone else driving it. When the people testing the Tribute returned ,the sales manager told the people that I had the Tribute unless they could beat my price. They told him they needed to check on financing and the sales manager held it overnight for them to come up with the money.All this time I was standing there with the check and a negotiated deal. Saturday morning they called me and told me the other people came up with the money.... too bad.
    I have never heard of any business doing anything close to that crappy to a customer before. I will NEVER even think about buying a Mazda again. Any company that would allow their dealers to treat their customers so poorly will not have me as a customer. In a way I feel lucky as I can only imagine how poorly they would've treated me WHEN I needed warranty repairs. They have lost a customer for LIFE and everyone else I know that values my opinion.
  • Sounds as though you came upon a lousy dealership that doesn't have the scruples we expect. Don't think that all dealers are made in that mode. No, I'm not a dealer talking here, just a very happy Tribute owner who had an excellant buying and service experience from my dealership. I've read that many others have had the same experience. I've also read that many others have shared your experience or something close to it. If you really like the Tribute then don't let one bad experience from a certain dealer to turn you away. Also know that if Mazda knew of this dealership and it's practices, they wouldn't stand for it. You should find out who the District Service rep is for this dealership and complain to him about it. If you're not the kind of person that takes that direct approach, just find another dealer. LOL!
  • Had a Blue LX 4X4 w/ABS ordered since end of Sept.
    Manager of Mazda dealer called me last Thursday to tell me bad news on orders with ABS and/or sunroof. Apparently, Ford/Mazda didn't anticipate the demand for this vehicle and have run out of parts.
    He did offer me a LX 4X4 in Red that had a few more options and of course cost $800+ over the one we had ordered. The price was MSRP and no negotiating.
    Went to the dealership on Saturday and met with the Ford salesman we worked with originally as we intended to buy an Escape, but wife liked the Tribute better. He went over the managers' head to the GM of the dealership and got us a deal and a price break equal to the deal we originally had. We pick up the Tribute this week depending on our schedule.
    Oh, by the way, the Mazda manager wouldn't even raise his head to acknowledge we were at the dealership......not to pissed is he?
  • We drove an ES this weekend & feel that this will be our next car, but financially will be in better position (cash) next spring. Without telling the salesman our schedule, he causually said that Mazda would raise the price Jan 1, 2001. Does anyone know if this is true, rumor, or just a sales tactic?
  • i have not heard of an official price increase on the tribute for 2001. i've only read that mazda 'value priced' the tribute for it's introduction, which has been a great success or a incredible disaster depending on who you talk to.
    what common sense tells me is that when demand out strips supply you increase the price of whatever you are selling. this is supposed to reduce demand on your production efforts and increase per unit profit. so who knows what they will do, i think first they have to find good parts and replace defective ones before they raise the price.
  • wnbwnb Posts: 2
    I dropped my Trib off last week to get a new bumper cover, minor accident. I had made sure they had the parts in before leaving it in case of a back order delay. One week later I find out that they haven't done anything yet because they (The auto body shop at the dealer) don't know the color code for the cladding for the Dessert Metalic color. Needless to say I am furious... but if anyone here might be able to help me out, I'd really appreciate it.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    Hey, you'd probably be better off waiting for your Tribute rather than buying a Rodeo. They are probably the worst SUV as far as reliability. I own a 1995.5 Rodeo. Check out Consumer Reports & Edmunds, but you'd probably be better off talking to some Rodeo owners on that message board.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I am having this problem. The SF is cheaper and has a longer warranty, but I trust Mazda's reliability more. Also, should I wait for all the bugs to be worked out or get one now? And which one? Help!!! :)
  • wnbwnb Posts: 2
    I really don't believe this. It took me 2 minutes on the phone to get this paint code that the auto body shop said they were waiting for. I gave them the code but their only response to holding my Trib for a week, while I had a rental car, was that they will give me a loaner when I come back in to have the bumper done this time.
    I would NOT recommend that anyone bring their Mazda into the Gallery Group in Norwood MA for auto body work. I do love my Tribute, but part of having the vehicle is dealing with the dealership. Remember to check out BOTH if you are buying a new car.
  • well why did you settle for the tahoe? you could have got a rx3000 for a measly $40,000...better yet opt for the V8 and get the lx470 for a paltry
    $58,000. there are some nice ml430's out there in the $46,000 range and while were at it why not the range rover 4.6hse for a mere $65,000....
    lest we not forget to mention the badest of all
    suv's the hummer that rings in at about $85,000
    depending on why the tahoe? i believe all these vehicles are superior to the tribute, in quality and PRICE!
  • kbaerkbaer Posts: 16
    Paul, I thought you were going to hold on to the Protege 'til it quits. Now you're obsessing over the Tribute. What gives?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I just bought a house and could use the room to move stuff around because I am renovating. Plus I need something to get through the snow with, which means 4WD. I like the power and look of the Tribute. We shall see though.
  • Smokey75, thanks for the tip. There are things I'd be sacrifing on if I got it. I did go to the Isuzu message boards, but I didn't read anything that indicated people loved their Rodeos. With the Trib. people are loving them or hating them. So, if mine ever comes in, I may take it, but I'm still not sure. The problems with it have almost cured my new-car fever. I will wait as long as they need to get the problems worked out, but then I'd hate to have waited and then find some problems. Oh well.
  • I just got a call from my dealer and he informed me that my totally loaded Tribute ES is coming in within the next two weeks. He told me that I got one of the last ones with the sunroofs and ABS that are to be made within the next 3 months. I guess I feel lucky but I have been waiting since August 25th. I also negotiated a price $1000 under sticker price back then and they have to honor it although they told me that they could sell it for sticker price without a problem. I guess the wait hasn't been that bad. Hopefully before the year is up I will be driving my new Tribute and can participate in the discussions.

    I do have one question. The dealer told me that Mazda called them and wanted the names of people who have been waiting for a long time to get their Tributes because they want to send them a gift for waiting. Does anyone know what the gift is?
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