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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
    Good question.

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  • greetings, just read your situation with the 2005 tribute, I have a 2005 also and cannot locate or find OEM mudguards from mazda and wrote to Mazdausa and some dealers and came up empty, have you found out any more info yet? Thanks! Ron :cry:
  • greetings, I also have a 2005 tribute and cannot find the OEM mudguards, but thinking to order the 2004 type to see if they fit but color of the painted ones won't match being the cladding has a different (shade) color on the 2005's, please send any info you might have, Thanks! Ron :cry:
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    I noticed that the inside release for the fuel door has been eliminated on the '06 models, apparently as a cost-saving measure. Or have there been issues with that feature? I have an '05.
    Any other changes I have missed?
  • stigstig Posts: 4
    I'm still flap-less, waiting for a while to see if Mazda eventually will come out with them (wishful thinking maybe). My Mazda dealer told me that the 2004 mud flaps probably would not be a perfect fit on the 2005.
  • Can anyone tell me how to replace my blown fog light bulbs? I'm half tempted to remove the lower cowling right under the light itself but I can't find anyone who can tell me if I'm right. I don't have time to mess around with it so if you can help ....Thanks
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    The Ford Escape mudflaps should fit.
  • I have a 2001 Mazda Tribute that started to have an idling problem just after the warranty ran out. It generally starts after the car has had a chance to warm up and races up to about 2K RPM's while in drive and goes totally out of control when the car is shifted in to park. I have to hurry to shut it off or I am afraid that my engine will be blown. I've had the idle valve and EGR sensor replaced twice and it still ran the same way. My mechanic washed his hands of it and told me to take it to the dealership. At first they didn't have a clue but not they have come up with the solution that I need a new throttle body (which according to the svc manager is equivalent to a carburator.) The mechanic said he'd never seen one do this. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm worried the mechanic is grasping at straws and just trying to find something he can fix.
  • j30j30 Posts: 30
    I am hearing a low rattle when I am coasting and ease the gas back on to come up to speed. The RPM's are at 1500-2000 when the rattle occurs. The noise does not happen when I hit the gas hard enough to cause a downshift. I am lugging the engine by using a light foot or is this a characteristic of a timing chain? Anyone else hear this slight rattle, it is really low, turn off the radio and be on a nice smooth road. :confuse:

    05 Trib V6 with 12k on the clock.
  • bfkbfk Posts: 5
    How does the Tribute/Escape perform on sandy beach?

  • bfkbfk Posts: 5
    I always wonder what Mazda means by "Advance Torque Control Coupling" in their 2005 Tribute and wonder whether they have made BIG a mistake by removing the manual 4wd (high) setting in earlier model (therefore make the Tribute less offroad/sand capable).

    However after doing a bit of research on their ATCC, I feel a bit more comfortable and find that the new system may be better than the older manual system:

    1- The system is running in a locked 4WD (50/50 locked?) when start up until a certain minimum speed (not sure when it switches over to 2WD - from gear 2?)
    2- It is running as a 2WD from a certain minimum speed (from gear 2?) until the system decide to engage 4WD (variable torque distribution depending on the situation - probably using a multi-plate clutch) BEFORE the front wheels slip (not sure how the system detects this but apparently via many inputs: throttle, wheels' speed, etc.).
    3- Not sure when the system will switch back to 2WD (when the front wheels and the rear wheels travel at the same speed?)
    3- The system will switch to a locked 4WD driving mode (50/50 ?) IF it found that the 2WD to 4WD switching hapens too often to prevent system overheating.
    4- 4WD will be disengaged when the system overheats (should not happens if the system works properly?)
    5- When the system overheat it will run in 2WD and will function again when it cool down enough.

    I would feel very comfortable with this system if it works as I have just described (except for missing of 4WD low but that is a different story).

    Can someone knows the Tribute/Escape or work on the Tribute/Escape comment on this?

  • hcorhcor Posts: 15
    Any update on the availability of that rear hidden storage kit for the 2005 and newer Tributes? I am talking of the one that uses the space where the spare tire used to be in the back. My dealer has no knowledge of any here in Canada.
  • saz61saz61 Posts: 2
    Help! Is extensive front end work typical on these cars at 55,000 miles?

    Following up on a noise in the front end, I took the car to the dealer and was told I need: the "rack and pinion, tie rod ends, front pads and rotors replaced; an alignment, and new tires;" plus assorted other work unrelated to the front end. I have to wonder how much of this work is necessary. :confuse:
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    The hidden storage "module" as I call it, became available on Escapes last December or so. It has yet to be shown as an option on Tributes for some reason. But based on what I have seen, it will drop into the Tribute easily. That was my biggest gripe with the redesign initially, not having storage back there, but it seems Ford's primary focus at first was dealing with the Hybrid, and that is where the battery pack is installed. It is such an cheap option on the Escape, packaging both the hidden storage compartment and the roll up shade for $150. My suggestion is to keep looking for an Escape with the package which has been driven by the numerous tailgating make-up application artists who had been sidetracked by dialing the cell phone......oh oh, now I'm in trouble.

    My biggest gripe with the vehicle now? An interior that sounds like I have filled it with milk and Rice Krispees, or however you spell it. Otherwise, not a bad vehicle. The 2.3 at just over 5000 miles, following very careful break in, is starting to feel its oats. There's far more power now climbing a couple of the interstate 'mountains' near here.
  • sjaaksjaak Posts: 2
    Last september I bought me a 2001 Tribute ES (3.0 V6 4wd 40.000 miles) The car was imported from USA to The Netherlands in 2003.
    Two weeks ago we drove to Paris (France) towing a 1000 kg caravan. Driving 100 km/h the motor ran 5000 rpm, a little uphill on the motorway. I heard a strange, ticking sound. Better slow down I tought: driving 80 km/h and 400 rpm the noise didnt dissappear. After another 5 km there was a place for a safe stop, there I phoned for assistance.
    A french monteur called it a "grande problem", the Trib on transport back to Holland and we got alternative transport: in a Volkswagen Touran I towed the caravan one day later to Paris and our holiday could start.
    Louvre, Eiffeltower, Montmartre etc. Real nice.

    Now the Trib is back, my dealer found a damaged crankshaft, the ......bearings (I dont know the word for the connection from piston to crancshaft) were found back in little pieces. The only way to get this kind of damage is to run a motor without oil, but oil was on max level.

    So far my Trib experience.
    Anyone with this kind of problem? Bad buy or just bad luck and after repair no problem any more?
  • saz61saz61 Posts: 2

    It pays to get a second opinion...

    After consulting several mechanics, it was clear problems like this were not typical. I had one look at the car: nothing wrong with the rack and pinion that a little spray lubricant on the knuckle wouldn't take care of; no problems with the tie rod ends; the front pads and rotors were in good condition; and no need for the other assortment of work they recommended. The only work the dealer recommended worth doing was the tires and an alignment, both of which I planned to do before the northeast winter was upon me.

    ...this dealer won't get the job, or ever sell me another car. :D
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Wow! this doesn't look good for the dealership. Did you report this to anyone above in Mazda? I own both an Escape and a Tribute. My Escape had to have rotors and pads done at about 50k. This is typical for these vehicles because of the V6 weight over the front tires. I figure this as normal wear and tear. Glad to see you got another opinion.. :surprise:
  • I am not to sure if I am having the same problem as this one. I have a Tribute 2002 V6. When I start my car, (which does start), it then feels like it will stall on me. And the truck starts to shake. Then after driving 20 minutes, problem goes away. I have brought it to the delear but everytime I bring it there, truck is fine and when he does his tests on the computer, everything passes. It has been a waste of time. Is this the same stalling issue that you have had? What was the fix? For me, it seems that I am getting this problem whenever there is a sudden change in temperature or when there is humidity in the air.

    I hope anyone out there has had the same problem and what you have done to fix this. I really would appreciate it.


  • taidtaid Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Mazda tribute and the OD(overdrive) light is flashing. Does anyone know what may be wrong with it? Please advise.

  • I just had the same high idle problem where my 2001 tribute lurched forward when downshifting at stops. The dealer replaced the throttle body and Idle Air valve and all is now fine. They had to do this twice since the first throttle body was apparently defective.
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