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Mazda Tribute



  • I have had the similar experience with Honda dealers here in Minnesota. In the past I have owned 4 honda cars and I think they are probably some of the best made cars in the world. But this "pompous attitude" of the Honda dealers needs to go. Also, during my last car search in 2003, I found out that the Honda dealers offered me the worst trade-in allowance for my car(Nissan) yet they were not willing to lower the price on their product. Guess what... I went with the Tribute. I think Mr. Honda needs to invest some time in re-engineering the mindset of their dealerships. It is one thing to be good but it's another to be arrogant.
  • Got some more snow in the metro DC area this weekend, but the worst was the ice. It's funny last year I hated trying to go out and drive in bad road conditions, but with the Tribute, I actually can't wait to go out in the snow!


    As I said before, my favorite feature is the heated seats :) We have numerous days in the 10 degree and below territiry and the leather heated seats are awesome!
  • My brother is a mechanic and recommends I replace the rear shocks on my '02 Tribute. The dealer says it does not qualify as warranty work because the shocks are "seeping" not "leaking". Nonetheless, I would like to replace them. Any advice on a brand of high performance shocks to consider other than the standard aftermarket KPB ones? Thanks!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,916
    No recommendations, but this post will give you some food for thought as you quiz the shock seller:


    idahodoug, "Toyota Land Cruiser" #2373, 10 Feb 2003 8:24 pm


    Steve, Host
  • dc-driver:


    I'm glad to hear the Tribute has helped take the sting out of winter for you. Taking up skiing a few years back has done this for me. Every time that I'm shovelling the driveway I see it as part of the means to get to the hill - and I almost enjoy the exercise!


    And it is this need to get to the hill in bad weather that is fueling the desire for a Tribute. Your comments just keep helping this desire along.


    The Alpin tires on the Cirrus gave me lots of confidence on icy roads. While driving to MSA in Quebec a while back I found myself on ice and didn't realize it until I was passing a salt truck.


    Have you put any studs in your stock all season tires or do they just grab that well without them? We all can slide on ice. Be careful!


  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    My wife and I own both an 01 Escape XLt V6 4wd and an 04 Mazda Tribute ES V6 4WD. We did get the recall notice about the possible throttle calble sticking and took it to the dealership. This took all of about 45 minutes. My wife primarly drives the Tribute. There must have been some sort of noise improvments between even the 01 and 04 model years of these vehicles. The Tribute is more quiet on the road. Tribute also just feels tighter and has a more sporty feel than my Escape. Wife enjoys the Tribute.
  • j30j30 Posts: 30
    Has anyone changed the cabin air filter on an 05 Tribute? I have read where alot of new cars are equiped to have them but do not include them when built. Anyway, I've noticed my dash is getting dusty pretty quick and think that I do not have a filter installed. I researched the manual and online and can not find the instructions for replacing the filter. I know it can be housed in the dash, glove box or under the hood in front of the firewall but don't want to tear apart my new car when maybe one of you can point me in the right direction.
  • mphxazmphxaz Posts: 27
    Hi J30
    Go to the Ford Escape/Tribute Owners: Problems & Solutions forum message # 2803. dc_driver recently posted the instructions on how to replace the cabin air filter. Ignore the message title, it was a reply to another message and it gives no clue that the cabin filter replacement instructions are in the message, but the instructions are very clearly detailed.
  • j30j30 Posts: 30
    Thanks for steering me over there!
    I found the filter for 20.50 at does anyone know of a cheaper source?
    I really need to put one in because we are entering pollen season in Florida and everything is turning yellow...
  • I have a 05 Tribute, love the vehicle; however, this past weekend the engine developed a knock and threw a rod through the oil pan at 4700 miles, Mazda roadside assistance is great got a tow truck within an hour. My question is has anyone else had a similar problem with their tribute all maintenance and service has been done at the dealer I purchased it from. Now it is in Indiana 800 miles from home till the dealership there orders a new enging.
  • I bought my Mazda Tribute 2005(V-6)about 2 months ago. Problem i am facing, when i start the engine in the morning, engine starts with no problem. But a huge whistle blowing noise comes up(noise was so loud, my neighbor was scared one day) and stays for 30-40 sec and then goes away. So far, it happened 7/8 times. I went to the dealer and explain this situation and couldn't prove that to them. They want to listen to the noise. Did any one face this problem?? If so, could you please let me know, what exactly is the problem?
    I would really appreciate this.
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    My Tribute has never done that.. Sounds like a belt, but I strongly recommend that you drop it off at the dealer and let them hold it overnight to try and replicate the problem in the morning. They should be able to give you a loaner since the car is only two months old.
  • About three weeks ago I bought myself a Mazda Tribute and all was well, until a week later the brakes starting making a creaking/crunk type noise when you press them suddenly or when releasing the brakes slowly. It is annoying, as if there is too much friction with the wheel disks when braking. I took it to my Mazda dealer's shop (which is one of the most known dealers down here) and they checked it out and after 3 hours of waiting told me there was nothing wrong with the brakes and that they work fine. I figured they had solved the noise problem but I still heard it so to make a long story short, after having tested their patience, and after they had tested mine, I ended up talking to the manager of the shop and all he said was that the car was completely fine and that's just a noise the car will make and there's nothing they can do about it and that all their Mazda cars make that noise.

    I'm no car expert but I'm pretty sure cars are not supposed to make that noise when braking. I even told him my brother bought a Mazda in that same dealership and it doesn't make that noise and he stayed quiet. He just said the car is fine again. I feel I'm getting cheated since I'm not paying for the car repair since free repair for 30,000 miles or 2 yrs, whichever comes first, was included when I bought the car. I'm taking it back again and my dad is coming with me as well but I am pretty sure they will say the same thing.

    What do you suggest I do? Is this a common problem? Why did I not hear this noise in another Tribute I test drove before buying my Tribute?
  • Thanks for your quick response. But the problem is not consistent. It doesn't happen in every morning. And for the last 7/8 instances, it happened only in the morning, not in the other time of the day. I wanted to drop off the vehicle at the dealer, but they won't keep it as they are not seeing any symptoms. So, i am littlebit confused.
    Anything else do i need to check? Please advice.
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    I would not be happy with the dealers response to this.. Any chance there is another Mazda dealer nearby that can look into this for you? Here is another idea, any chance you can try and capture the noise on a camcorder? Perhaps the dealer can hear and also confirm that you do indeed have a problem :)
  • autonutsautonuts Posts: 138
    about the Tribute v6 and the 2.3l 4 cyl. Can any of you out there who have driven these two shed any info on how you felt they performed next to each other? Edmund's owners of the 4cyl. in the new car section have said that the 2.3l had enough power and didn't seem to miss the v6. I'm kinda looking at the Tribute and don't want to spend the extra money or gas if it's not really needed. Thanks to all who can reply!
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    The last generation 4 cyl Tribute engine was a poor seller for us and it was underpowered...I decided to take a shot with the new 2.3 and stock more than the typical "ad car" and it has worked out well for us. Selling well and the buyers have not been disappointed.

    My personal opinion is this....if most of your driving is around town without a full load the 2.3 will be fine. save the $$$.
  • autonutsautonuts Posts: 138
    thank you for your reply and opinion. Does anyone else have comments? Thanks in advance!
  • nfldrocknfldrock Posts: 5
    Hi, just bought a 05 Gold Ash Tribute. 4 cyl fwd
    Love it so far, my snowblower fits in there and it doesn't fit in my brothers xterra!

    Do you guys think awd is a necessity....I won't be doing any offroading and I've always driven in the snow the past 10 years fine without an awd.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,916
    You live in a great place, although I've only been there in the summer (your winters sound extreme!).

    I got by 20 winters in Anchorage with FWD, so it's not necessarily a necessity (maybe if you are regularly plowing through ten inches of snow or have to navigate a steep driveway, it's needed).

    Good tires and a bit of clearance will go a long way - or just stay home on the snow dump days.

    And welcome to Edmunds!

    Steve, Host
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