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  • candacefcandacef Posts: 1
    My advice, Get rid of it as soon as possible. My 02 Tribute has been in the shop for 33 days. Complete engine failure on the Highway. Very scary! I am now on my third computer and Ford does not want to honor the warranty on the parts or labor. Something keeps blowing out the computers. They do not know what the problem is. They have called Mazda for technical support and they are just real sorry...I guess I will have to plant flowers in mine. Ford and Mazda know about this and they do not care. This is a dangerous vehicle. I have read over 100 reviews with similar problems. Some people have had to tow their Mazdas back in the yard. I have know idea what to do. Some people have had to replace the engine. I will never buy Ford or Mazda again. They do not stand behind their product.
  • nastyman1nastyman1 Posts: 5
    Hey I'm Flick, I own a '01 Escape xlt 4wd, 5spd, 4 cyl. I Love it to death Its got 129k miles on it. The only issue I had in the time I've owned it is spiratic idle. New tps, and its good as gold expecting several more years of continued use. I live in Michigan so rust is inevitable but as far as that goes a little body work on the rear quarters and she'll be right as rain. I have been raised on Ford, and have been true to my heritage
  • nastyman1nastyman1 Posts: 5
    I had a similar problem on my 01 Escape, The shift cables were starting to seize. Three years ago they cost about $170 with labor it should be about $250. I ordered them and the day before they came in my cables broke I thought it was the transmition, so I had it towed. It was the cables, and instead of the $170 and 30 minutes to do it my self payed over $300 to include the tow. Anyway I suggest you have the cables checked it may be in your best interest.
  • nastyman1nastyman1 Posts: 5
    have your alternator tested
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    .........since I visited the Escape chat board. I am thinking of buying an 08 4x4 XLT leftover but not sure if I should get the 2.3 or the 3.0. I gave my oldest son my 01 Escape 4x4 XLT V6 a year ago. It has roughly 140,000+ miles and still runs great. I want to buy a commuter vehicle and I'm not sure if the 2.3 is a better commuter or go with the V6 like my 01. I do way too many highway miles to even consider the hybrid. I see the 09's have a 2.5 with a 6 speed auto, but I hate to leave $3,750K on the table that Ford's offering me. How many miles do you think I can get out of the 2.3 before I have any trouble? I push 100 mile commute everyday, mostly highway.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    I'd feel like a sitting duck every time I tried to merge. Even the 3.0 is not speedster.

    Very min fuel econ gain for big time performance loss.

    Personally I feel the 2.3L isn't even close to being able to handle the weight of the FWD, let alone the 4WD.

  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    I took the 2.3 again for a second ride and I agree there just wasn't enough pop for the highway. I choose the 3.0 and took the $3750 from Ford. My dealer sold me the 08 XLT for $200 over invoice ontop of Ford's cash rebates. I may take a 09 2.5 for a ride next President's Day when they are offering rebates on the 09's. Until then I will use Ford's money on the gas and enjoy the extra gas money for my 5.4 Shelby.
  • boyceboyce Bossier City, La.Posts: 48
    Been a while since I've been on. Got my Trib back from dealer in July. They kept it for almost 2 months. (Trib had been caught in a flash flood and it killed the engine.) Had minor interior damage, carpet had to be replaced. They replaced engine and torque convertor. Aug. 8th started my much delayed vacation. Traveled from Louisiana to coastal NC. Overall put about 3000 miles round trip. No mechanical problems during the trip. Averaged about 24-25 mpg. Did have one problem on the trip some truck dropped some sheet metal on the road and of course we ran over it. Had to replace a tire, but the Trib performed fine. Bud

    2012 Mazda 3 Skyactive 6spd. auto 2008 Mazda Tribute S 4spd auto.

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,036
    how are you feeling aboutthe next few days?
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • boyceboyce Bossier City, La.Posts: 48
    Not looking forward to it. We are in Bossier City in the Northwest corner of the state, maybe we won't get hit too hard. There is a possibility of 65 mph winds and possibly 9-10 inches of rain. Luckily our home is not in a flood prone area. Thanks for asking. Bud

    2012 Mazda 3 Skyactive 6spd. auto 2008 Mazda Tribute S 4spd auto.

  • j84j84 Posts: 1
    I bought an 04 Ford Escape XLT 4wd in June 07 with 44K miles on it. I have put 20K+ problem free miles on it. It is gold with tan leather, sunroof, side airbags,premium sound system :). Heated seats and radio controls on steering wheel would be nice. I'm get about 19 MPG in Town and 25MPG Hwy. I would love to trade for an 08 Escape or Tribute.
  • hello, i'm dave. bought mine oct,07. it has been great, all around, also i use premium gas, shell is my preference, but will use bp if nessecary. also use shell oil. noticed an increase of about 1 mpg more using shell oil, not much, but any little bit helps. have not had a chance to try out 4x4 yet, but looking forward to it. :shades:
  • I have a 2001 Ford Escape which I LOVE. Unfortunately the transmission is starting to go so I started looking for something to replace it. I found a 2002 Mazda Tribute which is a lot like my Escape only has more toys and bigger tires so it feels bigger. I need to decide by Wed. that's 2 days if I want it... I like the looks, the toys, the similarity to my Escape, which gets good gas mileage for an SUV.
    Who thinks I could be happy in a 2002 Tribute? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
    cherrilu in MA
  • If you love your Escape so much why not replace your tranny with a Ford remanufactured transmission? Ford offers 3yr/100,000 mile warranty on their reman trannys. If you give me the last 8 numbers of your VIN I can provide you with true list price and part number for the replacement tranny if you wish.
  • Looking at a 2002 Tribute. Will 16 in. tires make a difference as far as gas mileage? My 2001 Escape (15 in. tires) gets 18mpg around town and up to 25 on the highway.. Can I expect the same or better from the Tribute with bigger tires?
    Thanks again,
    cherrilu :)
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 571
    Shouldn't make any difference. As the diameter of the wheel increased to 16 in., the sidewall height of the tire decreased so the overall tire and rim size is approx. the same Do both vehicles have the same engine configuration? That is are both 4 cyl. or is one a V6 and the other a 4?
  • Thanks for putting my mind at ease. They are both V6. Would you guess the mileage will change with the newer Tribute?
    Thanks again
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 571
    If the engine is tuned properly and has approx. the same mileage as the Escape there shouldn't be much difference at all.
  • The mileage is half as much as the Escape. I'm looking forward to seeing how that works out.
    Thanks for your help
  • I own a 2003 Tribute that I loved until about a month ago when my paint starting *literally* falling off :(. My looking in another forum it seems there are a few of us this has happened too (both Escape & Tribute). I'm wondering if those who have had issues couldn't help each other somehow? Anyone interested please check out this other forum posting link title
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