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  • maztribmaztrib Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 Mazda Tribute ES V6, 31k and it died, all the lights came on, and it locked up on me on the freeway yesterday going 60 mph! I see here that others have had this problem with this car and the Escape and was wondering if anyone has had any luck figuring out what is going on? I took it right over to my mechanic who hooked my car up to a computer which said "No Failure." i've seen that there have been many recalls on this car but i don't know what it is. HELP!!!!!!
  • carguydccarguydc Posts: 46
    I used to have an Explorer and moved to an Escape. I've been real happy with the Escape - it's really all the SUV I need. In addition, it's more fun to drive than the Explorer.

    I used to tow a 21" boat with the Explorer - but I sold that a couple years ago, so no need for a vehicle as large as Explorer.

    We have one small child and everything fits fine in the Escape.

    Just my experience.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,859
    fun to drive is a mustang gt; not an explorer or escape. :)
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • carguydccarguydc Posts: 46
    It's all relative - I've had both an Explorer, a Mustang, and now an Escape.

    200HP in that small a package is fun to drive - 4 wheel independent suspension and a car-based SUV contribute to this.

    Mine is a FWD vehicle and I can spin the tires from a dead stop on a dry, smooth surface. While not great for tires, it is sometimes fun!

    Lastly, I can take turns at a far higher speed than my old Explorer - again, not a Mustang, but a lot of fun on some exit ramps, etc.
  • maztribmaztrib Posts: 2
    My mechanic is a member of Alldata online and pays a monthly fee for it. It's a website you pay $200 a month to have access too, so that you can simply go on, punch in the problem, and it tells you how to fix it. SO, for all of you who have had this problem with your Escape or Tribute stalling in the middle of rush hour......and have taken your car to the dealership without it being fixed or them not knowing what is wrong...i have the paperwork here describing the computer glich in our car and how to fix it. If you've been in this situation like i just was, you know how dangerous this is, and hopefully this will save lives! Please e-mail me at and i can either fax this to you or e-mail it to you so we can take this to the dealerships to correct this before someone gets killed!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Is there a reason why you can't tell us here what the fix is?

    tidester, host
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    My local library subscribes to Alldata, so it's not like it's a secret resource available only to mechanics. Mere mortals like me can get our hands on the tsb info easily enough.

    Steve, Host
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    Maybe it's too large of a file to display here. Some TSBs can run four or five pages with pictures included. Alldata subscriptions are only $25 per year per vehicle, the $200/month fee is for unlimited access to all vehicle information for professionals. The information can be downloaded, too, so you don't have to pay $25/year to see the same stuff.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Assuming it's Service Bulletin Number 0101402R (NHTSA Item Number 635764), it should be easy enough to summarize for everyone. That's the improperly functioning Evaporative Vapor Management Valve one I think.

    Steve, Host
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 11,859
    driving in dc is not fun. i'd rather take the metro. maybe i'll get a chance to drive one of those escapes soon(if my wife buys one).
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • carguydccarguydc Posts: 46

    Agree with you there!!! Luckily I'm able to stay off the Beltway for my regular commute!
  • tribstertribster Posts: 20
    Help!! anyone...

    I have 03 Tribute LX 4x4 with 10K miles. Last couple of months I have noticed this whining noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. This only happens around 50-55 MPH. Took it to the dealer... they claimed it was the tires... not true. They rotated the tires to the front wheels but the noise is still there. Has anyone else had a similar problem? I think it is coming from the rear differential but I cannot prove it. They said to drive it till it gets worse and more noticeable. RIGHT!!! Easy for them to say, they don't have to drive it everyday. Could it be the bearings in the rear wheels? Oh by the way I have noticed that there is a leak in the exhaust(with only 10K miles) and when I park the car the water deposits drip from the exhaust box right before the tail pipe. Any help would be greatly appreciated. (Saw the 05 model looks the same to me. The shifter is on the floor and the fog lights look a bit different. That's it.
  • jhouse1jhouse1 Posts: 7
    Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to the whining in the rear but, the leak in your exhaust is actually supposed to be there. It helps get rid of the moisture in the piping so it doesn't rust as fast. Good luck with your problem, I have a few of my own that I'm taking mazda to court over.
  • rotarykidrotarykid Posts: 191
    two problems I have seen with tributes that are similar to yours. Four wheel drive models have had bad diffs in rear, replaced two under warranty and they usually act up under 10k. The other was a bad drive shaft that caused noise and vibration.(front to rear shaft).
  • kcallon1kcallon1 Posts: 4
    I took my Escape in for the 2nd time, after it had died twice while driving up-hill. The computer always came back that everything was fin-no problems. They ended up calling "Ford" and they ended up recallibrating it. Everything is fine, runs like brand new.
  • johnb1johnb1 Posts: 3
    Hello Dino,
    I searched for "idle" in all posted messages and found that you had a problem similar to the one I presently have, that is, "I encountered several incidents where I would come to a stop and the engine would lose power, with the idle loping to 250rpms. The vehicle would shudder and almost stall."

    I have a 2002 Tribute with the V6 engine and have had an intermittent problem with the idle oscillating around 500-700 rpm when I stop at a light. The whole SUV shakes and the engine feels like it is going to stall, but hasn't so far. I've had it into the dealer for 4 visits. Each visit corrects the problem for awhile, then it reoccurs. The dealer has replaced an EGR sensor (3 times), reprogrammed the computer (2 times) and cleaned the whole intake system with spray to remove any deposits.

    I was wondering what was done by the dealer you went to to correct your problem (if it indeed was successfully corrected).

  • johnb1johnb1 Posts: 3
    Hello group...
    I have a 2002 Tribute with the V6 engine, automatic and approx. 43,000 miles. The Tribute ran very well until about 40,500 miles. Since then, there has been an intermittent problem with the engine idle oscillating around 500-700 rpm when I stop at a light (engine is thoroughly warmed up). The Tribute's body shakes and the engine feels like it is going to stall, but hasn't so far.

    I've had it back to the dealer for 4 visits so far. Each visit corrects the problem for awhile, then it reoccurs. The dealer has replaced the EGR sensor (3 times), reprogrammed the computer (2 times), replaced the solenoid valve and cleaned the whole intake system with spray to remove any deposits.

    The problem started again today. This time the check engine light is on (it has come on only once before I took it to the dealer for repair), but this time is a little different because now the engine is getting hard to start.

    Has anyone had similar problems? Were they corrected by your dealer (and how was it done)?

  • djp2104djp2104 Posts: 11
    Have searched the discussion board and might have missed something, but .... My wife's 03 EX-V6, 4WD, has approx. 15K miles on it. In the past 1000 miles, the brakes started squeaking, but only at very low speed deceleration. Dealer says everything looks fine. Wife says it's like fingernails on a chalkboard (I agree) and if it can't be fixed, the car is mine and she takes my Lexus. Aside from the expected comments about my being a wimp, anyone have any ideas?
  • zeenzeen Posts: 401
    If the brakes check out fine, there is an anti-squeal spray you can get at an auto parts store that you spray on the rotors periodically. I have never used it so I can't endorse it.
  • rotarykidrotarykid Posts: 191
    It might be a good idea to verify that the trib doesnt actually need brakes. Take it in for an oil change and rotation (usually done around 15k) Any competent tech will check your brakes while the wheels are off anyway. If the squealing is very noticeable when you bring it in, and it's verified by a service writer or manager, they have the ability to machine a new surface on front or rear rotors under warranty. I have done it myself a few times (usually rear drums are the culprit).
  • djp2104djp2104 Posts: 11
    Thanks all for the advice. Had the 15K check done but they said they couldn't duplicate the problem. Told me to try to identify whether it's front or back. I'll do that today and bring it back. Again, appreciate the help.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,229 oryID=4815493

    This one's actually good news! It's to fix the stalling problem that many of us have experienced.

    I don't know if Mazda will be releasing one too but I don't see why not.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    I agree, good news. However, why is it when GM/Ford or Dodge have recalls I read about them all over the net, in papers ect, hear about them in the worldnews.. But when Toyota or Honda have one, noone knows about them? I don't read about them in the newspaper, nor do I hear much about them on the internet, nor do they make the evening news?
    Its obvious Ford found the problem. I have just over 40K on my Escape with never a stall. I'll call the dealership and see what they recommend.
  • trm1trm1 Posts: 1
    I am looking for advice regarding my 2001 Ford Escape. On Oct 15, 2001 (a few months after purchasing), I was driving down a HUGE hill in Austin, TX, when my Escape suddenly died without warning. I was unable to stop, slow down, or steer! Luckily, I was able to coast to a stop in a parking lot at the bottom of the hill. I had it towed to the dealership and after 2 days, they returned it - they "couldn't find any problems". I had never experienced a loss of power like this in 16 yrs of driving. It really caught me off guard, and I'm not all that strong, so it was very difficult to try to pull the steering wheel to the right or left .... (and very frightening!) I couldn't get answers or reassurance that it was safe (I even called the CEO/President of Maxwell Ford in Austin, where I bought it to express my concern/ fears - no help there!) I finally took the car home and hoped it was just a one-time fluke.

    For the past 2.5 years, it has worked fine. Not a single problem..... until last Friday (4/9/04)and then it happened again! I was going about 40mph around a curve in a subdivision and suddenly, it felt like I couldn't steer, stop, or slow down! It happened without any warning at all. Once again, I was very (very) lucky to be on a road where I could coast to a stop and avoid a really bad situation. Since I was a few blocks from home, I started it back up (after I stopped shaking!) and drove 2mph to my driveway and parked it - I have an appt to take it in to a different dealership this Friday.

    My problem is this...... I am not that experienced with cars, car talk, car problems, etc.... I've just always followed my maintenance guidelines, driven safe and defensive, and the few times I've had a flat or a small problem, I've selected the dealership with the highest-quality ratings and hoped that they won't take advantage of me when I got the bill. Now, I've had this bigger problem that seems potentially very dangerous for some drivers (who aren't as prepared to deal with sudden loss of control over their car). I am uncomfortable driving this car -- no matter what happens from here! I feel like I'm tempting fate now, and I honestly don't know if I could keep my cool if this suddenly happened on a highway while moving at 70mph in heavy city traffic! Any suggestions on best way to proceed from here? Any advice is appreciated.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Pulaski, VirginiaPosts: 254
    Read the above posts, especially post #2440, about the new recall on the Ford Escape that addresses the issue of it stalling. This seems to be a common problem with the Escape.
  • mhaynie1mhaynie1 Posts: 15
    I am the lucky owner of a 2001 Tribute (V6). My Tribute was recently recalled because of a problem with the seatbelt latch. Now a recall for the engine stall. Add that to the presently illuminating check engine light and I am in great shape. At least Mazda is finally doing something about the stall issue.

    By the way, other past problems include: replacing both headlights because of condensation build-up; replacing a bad sensor in the engine coolant reservoir; leaking rear window; a transmission that shudders; and the whole brake rotors fiasco.

    Owning a Tribute really is a love-hate relationship.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I was the unfortunate victim/owner of a 1994 "Mazda B2300SE" (aka Ford Ranger) pickup. I continue to be a Mazda owner -- but of Mazdas stamped "Made in Japan."

    There IS a difference, folks.

    2000 Protege ES
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    Thanks for the info.. I wonder why I haven't read this in the paper about this recall of Hondas, heard it on the evening news? This is a lot of vehicles.. If it were Ford/GM or Dodge it would be plastered all over the news...
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