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Mazda Tribute



  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    it will be similar to the Escape...

    What are your thoughts about the gas mileage results on the hybrids not being up to expectations?? I have seem some people really bugged that they spent the extra $$$ to buy a hybrid only to find out the gas mileage in real world driving is 30% less than the EPA rating on the window sticker.
  • big_guybig_guy Posts: 372
    I too have read about the EPA ratings and the lesser mileage that people are getting. In my comparisons, I look at the hybrid versus the V6 models. My idea is as follows;

    The hybrid Escape/Tribute is reported to have performance comparable to the V6 powered engine (whether this is accurate or not I won't be able to tell until I test drive the vehicle). The reported numbers are in the 35 mpg range. Even if the numbers are 30% less based on city driving, that is still around 7 mpg more in city based driving than the V6 model. Having a smaller fuel tank saddled with the lower fuel economy of the Duratec V6 makes the in town range of the Tribute pretty poor. That additional 7 mpg adds over 100 miles in range to the Tribute. The majority of my driving is 50/50 city hwy so I would more than likely see a pretty good jump in total range if I was to be driving a Hybrid vs the V6 vehicle. Not to mention the reduction in pollutants driving the hybrid.

    Now, I haven't test driven a Escape/Tribute with the new 2.3L 4 cyl engine yet. I have driven the V6 model and the previous generation 4 cyl engine. The V6 was great but the 4 cyl was not anything to get excited about. I have driven a Mazda 3 with the 2.3L 4 cylinder engine and it was very peppy. I may need to take another test drive in the Tribute i using the new 2.3L 4 banger. If only Mazda offered the 2.3L Tribute with AWD and a 5 speed manual transmission like they do with the Escape. I much prefer the body lines of the Tribute to that of the Escape and I would prefer to row my own gears when driving a vehicle with a smaller displacement engine.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Looked at 4 Mazda dealerships for an 05 Tribute "i" automatic AWD. NONE to be found. Of course they can "locate" one for me but didn't want to deal with the dealer trade garbage. While looking the wife came across a white with gold trim V6ES version. Fell in love and that was all she wrote. So, now I own an 01 Escape XLT V6 and an 04 Tribue ESV6... Went home and found out Mazda had $3,500 cash back! Negotiated down to 22K for the vehicle. Showing them ads for Escape Limiteds that are pretty much the same equipped. Noticed the Mazda sits higher than my Escape. Same tires and wheel size too..
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,915
    Congrats Scape, and good timing - we just reopened the Honda CR-V vs Mazda Tribute discussion a couple of days ago.

    [edit] lol, nevermind - I see you found it :-)

    Steve, Host
  • rhouser2rhouser2 Posts: 114
    i have read reviews that the 01-04 tribute/escape have excessive road and wind noise. ford says they have addressed the problems on the 05 escapes with the addition of more sound deadening material and new window seals. i assume the same has been done for the tribute. does anyone have any real world comparision to know if the 05 tribute is quieter than the 01-04 models? i know that tire brand and tread design can make a difference.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    I own both an 01 Escape XLT V6 4WD and an 04 Tribute ES V6 4WD. I expected my insurance to go up from our 2000 Accord SE, it actually stayed the same. And the real shocker is it is about $100 less than my Escape a year in the premium..
    Go figure...
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,915
    Mazda chat starts any minute now - link's on the left!

    Steve, Host
  • kalabankalaban Posts: 17
    I was very sure I was going to buy a Honda CR-V, but after reading some of the Boards here, I decided to look at a 2004 Tribute.

    I talked with a salesman after test driving one and couldn't get to a price I was comfortable with. Admittedly, I wasn't very serious in negotiating. After a week, he called me at home and told me they were offering another $2500 incentive on top of the $2500 incentive they currently have for a total of $5,000 off (The LX version)

    This ends 6/30 and although I was going to hold out until August, this may be hard to pass up.

    Without serious negotiations, I had them at $22,500 with the luxury package which would bring me around $20,000. I'm going back on 6/29 (good time for quota pressure) and try to knock them down another $1000 and then tell them I am trading in my 98 Nissan Altima.

    For those of you who bought, is this a good price???

    Any concerns about the 2004 Tribute??

    Thanks for any feedback!

  • bubba.werkbubba.werk Posts: 11
    Yeah I have been talking to some internet sales people and one dealership said that they would give $3k and $3k total of $6k off MSRP. I am not sure about this but it is listed on their site. I am in Dallas and have been talking with a Dealership in McKinney, Tx. It is El Dorado and they were going to match real easy. I thought I would wait and let them sweat it out to see if I could get it cheaper. I am going to wait until The very last day of the month when the sale is over. I am suspecting that there is going to be more sales in the next few months. I have been in the same situation as you with the CRV in mind.
  • kalabankalaban Posts: 17

    It makes me nervous to go with Mazda when Honda is so reliable.
    I really liked the CRV (ES) and I'm trying to get local Honda dealer to compete with the Mazda deal. So far, they are insulting my intelligence ($750 off MSRP, especially after my wife and I have bought our last 3 cars from them. I just don't like the 4 cylinder engine in the CRV as compared to V6 in the Mazda.
  • smehdersmehder Posts: 18
    Does anyone know what the rebates will be on the '05 Tributes in July?
  • after i have my IAC sensor changed for stalling problem and PCM flashing/computer upgrade done... heard some annoying shuddering noises and hesitation during acceleration/deceleration.... the first Mazda service in one dealer was not able to fix it.... then brought it to the dealer where i bought it... and have the technician test drive it with me.... and found the noise is caused by uneven tire wear ...but Firestone doesn`t want to do something about it...

    I HOPE THE DEALER/TECHNICIAN DID NOT LIE TO ME... they said he re-upgraded my PCM computer module... so far it fixes the problem.... NO LEMON this time...

    ANY SUGGESTION FOR THE BEST TIRE... with AA grade... with less traction noise ?
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,674
    Hi trib2001esv6, and welcome to Town Hall!

    First, uneven tire wear can be caused by a number of problems, including improperly balanced or rotated tires, or improperly and unevenly inflated tires, so there's no way to prove that the tires themselves were faulty - that's likely why they're not getting involved.

    We have a couple of discussions dedicated to questions and advice about tires, so I'm going to suggest you visit one of them by clicking on my links:
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    Tires, tires, tires

    Good luck!

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  • doc1539doc1539 Posts: 1
    We are looking at an 02 Tribute for our 20 yr old son. His previous Nissan was recently totaled in a rear ending accident that was not his fault. He wants something "cooler" this time since he will be driving it till he can afford his own next car!! He liked the looks a bit better than the Escape.

      My concern is about all the problems people here seem to have had with this vehicle. We want something safe and reliable for him. Not something that will stall and die on the highway, which I read about. We ran a check on the VIN and it appears to have had all the recalls that were required taken care of. Does that mean it shouldn't have some of the problems people have mentioned??
    Are also considering a "safe" sedan for him.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    for Escape/Tribute. After having an 01 Escape XLT 4x4 with about 43,000 trouble free miles (mine) the wife wanted to dump the 00 Accord. She really like the styling of the Tribute. We bought an 04 Tribute ES 4x4 about a month ago now and its been fine. Granted its only been a month, but we have had it on several trips into Central Oregon and its been fine. Now that I can compare an 04 Tribute to an 01 Escape there are some differences. The Mazda feels tighter, more nimble, less road noise too. For those mentioning the V6 vs the 4cyl in the CRV... I can tell you. Get the V6! Mileage is about 2-3 miles per gallon advantage. However when you are going over mountains with a full load you will notice the difference between the power of the V6 and a 4cyl. Look at the weight of these vehicles vs HP/Torque ect.. Ford/Mazda made the right choice in having a small V6 available in these small utes...
  • big_guybig_guy Posts: 372
    Will Mazda offer the '05 Tribute i with AWD and a manual transmission like Ford offers with the Escape?

    I seems that the manual trasmission would fit with the "Zoom-Zoom" image that Mazda has been promoting lately. I prefer to row my own gears in smaller displacement engines ... and since Ford offers it on the Escape I don't see why Mazda couldn't do the same with the Tribute.

    Just curious.
  • lynn1lynn1 Posts: 2
    I'm interested in buying the new Mazda Tribute but am concerned about long-term reliability of Mazda. The car would be used for regular round the town & highway driving - no off-roading.

    I saw 1 message on the board with positive feedback for long term ownership. Anyone else have any feedback on this top?

    I am also looking at honda crv, but i'm thinking that mazda will deal more on the price so i'm hoping i can get the v6 for less than the top of line crv.

  • norrmanndonorrmanndo Posts: 81
    I have a 2002 ES V6. The tires still have plenty of tread. I've taken it in for oil changes, and they reset the computer for the one recall. But that's it. My old Mazda 626 had some problems after about 85,000 miles - clutch, distributor, abs sensor, but that was about it.
  • I need help!
    There is a hissing sound when the engine is running. It has gotten worse in the last week. When the brakes are depressed, it seems to kind-of go away. Obviously a vacuum leak, right? Is there a replaceable bushing or gasket on the interior side of the firewall.
    I had the brakes done a few weeks ago. But I don't think they touched the booster.
    Anyone heard of this issue?
    Thanks to all who respond,
  • 2001 Automatic, 2WD, 90K miles, $8900. Is it a good deal? How many more miles I can drive on this truck?

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