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Mazda Tribute

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  • hoo320hoo320 Posts: 46
    appreciated.
    just got an ES-V6 3 weeks ago.
    Compared to my other car, 10 years old Diamante, there are two differences I want to point out.
    1. the power steering of trib is not strong enough, so the wheel feel heavy for me.
    2. the suspension is nothing compare to diamante. I can feel all the bumps of the road in the tribute, while I can feel nothing in my diamante. is it normal or something wrong with my tribute's suspension system
    thanks
  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    I HAVE A 2002 TRIB ES LOADED.. 17,500 MILES... NO PROBLEMS! NOT ONE.. WAS A PLEASURE TO DRIVE IT THROUGH LAST WINTERS SNOW!
    AS FOR EXPECTING AN SUV TO FEEL LIKE A CAR THATS SOMEWHAT IN THE LUXURY RANGE..A SEDAN.. COMON GET REAL! WHY DID YOU BUY AN SUV? OR... WHY DIDNT YOU BY THE LEXUS?PROBABLY THE MOST CAR LIKE FEEL... OF COURSE THAT WILL SET YA BACK 40 GRAND.
    FOR THOSE THAT ARE CONCERNED ABOUT RETAINING ITS VALUE.... LOOK IF YOURE NOT BUYING A BEEMER... OR A LEXUS.. OR AN AUDI OR A PASSAT... YA BETTER ANTE UP A BIGGER DOWN PAYMENT SO YOURE NOT "UPSIDE DOWN" ON THE LOAN....CARS,WITH RARE EXCEPTIONS JUST DONT HOLD VALUE.PERIOD!
    ENJOY YOUR TRIBS AS MUCH AS IM ENJOYING MINE!!
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    hoo320: A mini-SUV is not meant to be a quiet-cruising car. Still, you might want to check your tire pressure.

    zmeenow: THAT'S GREAT TO HEAR!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    PLEASE! Lose the caps!

    Thanks.

    tidester, host
  • phaedrysphaedrys Posts: 37
    I am just starting to shop for a mini SUV, and the Escape/Tribute seemed on paper to best fit my needs. I test drove an Escape this morning and found it to be ok. The interior was pretty bland, the seats weren't that comfy, and I felt like I was ten feet above the steering wheel!

    Now, in the Escape's defense, I am currently driving a 2002 GTI...so I am looking at an entirely different type of vehicle here. I guess my question is how is the Tribute different than the Escape? Is it that much noisier or harsher than the Escape? Is the interior any better (I was in an XLT with leather, I would get an ES fully loaded)? Why did you guys pick the Tribute over the Escape?

    I've read through a lot of these posts, but I figured the best way to get a good answer was to just ask. Thanks for all your help :-)
  • hoo320hoo320 Posts: 46
    Couple things by suvshopper4 May 17, 2003 (1:27 pm)
    hoo320: A mini-SUV is not meant to be a quiet-cruising car. Still, you might want to check your tire pressure.

    thanx, you mean that my problems are common feathers with SUV. right? So, my tribute is all right?
    I bought this SUV for more cargo room and the winter ski trip to colorado.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Yeah, that's pretty much what I meant, especially for the lower-end mini-utes.

    And if I recall correctly, the Diamante had a pretty sophisticated suspension. Probably had more sound-deadening material, too. I think the mini-utes have virtually none.

    Good luck.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    the Trib has quicker steering if you buy the V-6, and tighter (harder) suspension on all trim levels.

    To my eye, it has a nicer interior than Escape too.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    There are quite a few reasons to select the Tribute over the Escape. The first reason is the warranty. The Escape has a 3yr/36K bumper to bumper and the Tribute has 4yr/50K bumper to bumper. The Tribute has better incentives also. 60 months @ 0% financing. Have you driven the Tribute also>?? if not, try to do it right after the Escape. There is quite a bit of difference in the ride and drive....

    We sell both the Escape and the Tribute and we seem to sell more Tributes than Escapes, when people compare the two.
  • hoo320hoo320 Posts: 46
    #1235 of 1235 phaedrys. by audia8q May 19, 2003 (12:41 pm)
    There are quite a few reasons to select the Tribute over the Escape. The first reason is the warranty. The Escape has a 3yr/36K bumper to bumper and the Tribute has 4yr/50K bumper to bumper. The Tribute has better incentives also. 60 months @ 0% financing. Have you driven the Tribute also>?? if not, try to do it right after the Escape. There is quite a bit of difference in the ride and drive....

    thanks for the info. when I bought my trib, the dealer told it was 4/50 warranty . However, the warranty booklet coming with the owner's manual says it is only 3/36. is there any way, I can get a warranty booklet with the right info?
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    Your problem is not unique. Since mazda made the warranty change after the 2003 model year started, quite a few vehicles were shipped with the "old" warranty booklet.....just stop by your dealer and show them you have an "old" warranty booklet and would like a "new" one showing the 4/50 warranty. We got a box of them for just that reason.

    Rich
  • avanteguyavanteguy Posts: 15
    sorry for off topic question, how ever i am looking for a site like this for people around Toronto ,ont. (GTA),and i can't seem to find one ,does anyone know of such a site ?
  • wheelz4wheelz4 Posts: 569
    Not sure about 2004, but next gen tribute to be built off 'Mazda4' platform. Mazda4 is upcoming
    "mini"minivan on same platform as Focus C-Max but will be a 7 seater as opposed to the C-Max's 5.
    Mazda4 will be available with front or AWD and will also spawn the next gen Tribute.
    I imagine Mazda will grow the next gen MPV to put it inline with the sienna, quest, odyssey etc.....opening up some room if they want to bring in a sporty van/wagon such as the Mazda4. (Especially if Honda makes good and launches their Latitude and Mitsubishi and Toyota counter with their Grandis and Wish respectively.
  • Hi All..
    Just made a heck of a deal on a Tribute 2WD ES with all options (Cold Package, Towing Package, Lux package) in Texas!
    List Price $25,680
    Current Rebate $2,000
    Final Neg. Price $21,000!!!
    Process:
    The best way to deal on a car is to have two different dealerships fight each other on price. Here's how;I went to the first dealership, test drove the car, got a business card from the Salesman. Told him I am shopping around and left. (I made sure he knew my name and the Tribute style that I wanted) The next day I went to a second dealership and again Test drove the car. I stated to the salesman "I will buy this Tribute today, question is will it be from you?". I then asked the dealer his best price. After which I then called the original salesman and stated the offer, he of course countered with a lower price. I did this for about an hour and each time the opposite salesman would offer a lower price. Finally got them down to $21,000 price! Tip: Make sure you threaten to walk out at least once, if they don't stop you, then you know it's the bottom price. Always gets an extra $200!
    Also, when it comes to Financing (if you are buying) you can bargain on the Extended warranty, I got 6/75 for $600 (well worth it)
    Love the tribute, WAY better than Escape in features, price and quality.
    If anybody wants to know more please respond to this article. Good luck to you all. Make sure you get the best deal!!!
    -J
  • twdnj08721twdnj08721 Posts: 6
    did you also get 0% financing? had read something about extra $2000 off or 0%financing
  • avanteguyavanteguy Posts: 15
    finally i am here , i know it has taken me a while but if any one is in the market for a tribute ,you can ask me anything you like , anything you need to know i will let you know ......i have been working for mazda now for a while and i drive a tribute so i have hands on info for any one who may have concerns .ask away people
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Please remember that soliciting business is not permitted on the Town Hall boards!

    tidester, host
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Where is his post does he offer to sell anything?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Where is his post does he offer to sell anything?

    You likely would not have seen the post had he offered anything to sell. I merely posted a friendly reminder! :-)

    tidester, host
  • firstovfirstov Posts: 31
    Hey, has anyone experienced tranny shudder?
    It happens on my ES-V6 sometimes at about 40-45 mph on low RPMs when going downhill and I'm trying to accelerate (gently).
    Sounds like it does not know to which gear to switch for 0.5 sec producing "drrrrrr" sounds..
  • jgriffjgriff Posts: 362
    OK, I've spent the last several days reading a lot of posts stating good & bad regarding the Tribute. The setup seems to be a pretty good fit for the wife & I, as we are looking to get back to 4-doors & some cargo space.

    The problem is, that I simply can't get a feeling on whether or not a new '03 model is going to be reasonably reliable vehicle. I don't care to trade one set of problems with another.

    I would love to take advantage of Mazda's 0%/60-months financing incentives. And I think it is great that Mazda has move to a 4/50k warranty + loaner car on maintenance.

    Can I get some people to chime-in their gut feelings, like the Trib is xx% good or scale of 1-10 (10 best) as far as being a solid machine worthy of purchasing etc. etc. And yes I've read all the Consumer Reviews (posted on Edmunds), seems out-dated.

    Thanks in advance.
  • redpr5redpr5 Posts: 23
    We have 24,000 miles on our 02 Tribute ES. The only problems we have had are a one time stall problem that the dealer has fixed, and our back window's hinges come loose and the window rattles. They may have to replace the hinges to stop the rattling.

    We generally get 18 - 19 mpg in town and around 25 mpg on the road, have plenty of room for 4 people and just enough for 5, able to carry whatever cargo we have need to carry, and feel comfortable driving in traffic or on the road. Our Continental tires still look brand new.

    We feel that overall this vehicle is very good and reliable and would recommend it to others.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    with the '03 has had no problems at all - approaching 18K miles now. His is an LX-V6. I ride in it all the time, and I must say it would be cramped with five people in for very long, but with four it is plenty roomy. His has the Continental tires too, and with almost 20K they barely look used at all.

    I think he gets 19-20 in mostly city driving. When I drive it, the impression I get is noticeably powerful!

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • mcallijmcallij Posts: 1
    03 Tribute LX V6 Lux package Wheel locks MSRP 24700 Got it for 21155.Had a trade which I feel got decent value for so all and all thought I did all right.Anybody?
  • phaedrysphaedrys Posts: 37
    Congrats! Sounds like a good deal. Did you get the special financing, 2000 dealer cash back, or any other goodies? (Not sure what's available in your area). I just picked up a 2003 EX with Lux, Cold, and Towing packages on Wed. Couldn't be happier :-)
  • kurokuro Posts: 8
    Just purchased a 2003 LX V6. Noticed that the remote for the door locking system has a panic switch that sounds and lights like a burgler alarm. Is it possible that when you order the alarm system, some technician just flips a switch or makes a connection? Has anyone figured a way to activiate the system or do you really need additional equipment? Sorry if this has been discussed previously--didn't want to look at all the previous messages.
  • onthehuntonthehunt Posts: 5
    I had read quite a while back that the Ford was going to put a hybrid engine in the 2003 Escape. That didn't happen for 2003 so has anyone heard if Ford or Mazda is going to use a hybrid engine in the near future? Thanks.

    Oh...one more thing. I'm leaning towards buying the silver color Tribute and live in south TX. A couple people told me that metallic paint does not hold up well in the heat and sun down here. Anyone have any feedback about that?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    keeps saying "six more months". The Escape HEV is supposed to be available late this year as a 2004 model.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • hoo320hoo320 Posts: 46
    just want to know some fact about the tribute and how good it is.
    Here is mine:
    Idle : 600 RPM
    20 MPH: 1100~1200 RPM
    30 MPH: 1700~2000 RPM
    40 MPH: 2000~2200 RPM
    50 MPH: 2500~2700 RPM
    75 MPH(cruise): 2750 RPM
    75 MPH(accelerate): 2900~3100 RPM
    Thanks for taking this survey
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