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Mazda Tribute



  • nfldrocknfldrock Posts: 5
    Thanks for the welcome, what would you consider good tires for the tribute?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,621
    Ah, best let a Tribute owner reply. Or try a Search This Discussion. We also have a dedicated tire discussion (Tires, tires, tires).

    Steve, Host
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    I too feel you'll be fine. Just get either/or both a good set of tires/snow/studded tires for winter driving. The Continentals are not that great of a tire for traction.
  • Try ebay first. I got two for the price of one ($20.50) Make sure you look for part number 000-8M-G01 and you'll be fine. Just don't pay more than what it would cost new at the dealer including shipping and you'll both make out.
  • rfrfrfrf Posts: 31
    Does the ABS sound the same when it actually engages in a driving situation as it does during the self test?
  • mo4mo4 Posts: 4
    I have a 2001 Tribute V6 with 20000 miles. Gas mileage is awful, average 14-15, worst 12 best on real easy highway trip was 21-22. Going to sell it as mpg is so bad!!! Had it checked twice at Mazda!!!

  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    Wow, your MPG is bad. My wifes 04 ES V6 is averaging about 18 between city/highway. On a steady cruising speed of 75MPH I got a solid 23MPG.. Don't blame you for wanting to get rid of it with these gas prices...
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    Has it always been so low? Do you have a lead foot? My 05 (AWD S with V6) is around 18mpg mixed and nearly 24hwy (and I do have a lead foot!)..
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    These V6's are a blast to put your foot into.. and you will pay.... :P
  • andy05andy05 Posts: 2
    Just a heads up for anyone in the Indianapolis/Planefield area I strongly urge anyone considering purchasing a vehicle from Hubler Mazda West not to at this dealership, also avoid the service dept. I have a 05 Tribute and the engine had to be replaced at 4700 miles while on a trip. Needless to say the service I recieved was less than complimentry. It took 3 weeks for them to "fix" the vehicle and that was with the district rep involved. When it was delivered to me I took it to the dealership I purchased it at in Oklahoma, because it was delivered to me with body damage, a cracked winshield and the ABS light was on so I had them check out the workmanship. Now it has been in the shop almost 6 weeks with a laundry list of things wrong with it. From a exhaust leak, wrong coolant, oil leak because they had used an aftermarket one brake lines mis routed heater hoses mis routed
    heater hoses mis routed wiring mis routed causing the speed sensor to fail. Needless to say I have been in contact with the area rep for my area and the one over the indianapolis area. Im currently working on getting Mazda to buy back the vehicle. One way or another im getting rid of the vehicle and buying a NISSAN Pathfinder. Oh and If anyone needs to get in touch with the rep over the Indiana area I have his address and phone number.
  • j647j647 Posts: 4
    Where can I get a cargo cover? besides the dealer.
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139

    They have the retractable cover at the lowest price for new that I have seen.

    What I want to find is an Escape with the front end totaled, so I can get the recent rear storage compartment out of it.
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    Wow! So in the 4700 miles that you owned the vehicle, your 05 Tribute was in the shop for approximately 9 weeks! That is crazy, and I do not blame you for asking for a dealer buyback. Sounds like this dealer needs to pick another career...
  • sloridesloride Posts: 1
    Have 2001 Tribute V6 with 40,000 mi. Have recently been hearing a barely audible low pitch ringing sound,similar to a ringing in ones ear. It happens at speed and idle intermittently and then goes away. My wife hears it also so Its not my ears. Can not pin point it, but want to say its coming from between the seats or center dash area. At idle I tap the brake and it stops. Some days its there others not. Have not taken it in yet, any one else or ideas?
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,124
    Dealerships can really make or break a deal. Why did the engine fail at 4,700miles? They should have given you a reason. These days engines just don't fail. Manufacturing of engines is completly different from 10 years ago. If your engine failed all the 3.0 engines should be failing in all Escapes and Tributes at about 5,000 miles. You still have a good case for the dealership to buy this vehicle back from you. Keep fighting, they will do everything in thier power to disuade you. Talk to a lawyer now....
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    talking to lawyer won't be helpful yet...unless you like giving them money for nothing.. many cases the dealership may not be able to tell why the engine failed unless they completely tear it apart, and they won't be doing that. The failed engine will get shipped back to mazda and they will tear it down. Engines, like anything have a certain failure rate..for any number of reasons. We have found that if there is going to be a total failure it often happens sooner than later.

    2. The dealership does not buy back cars. The manufacturer buys back cars if it meets the states lemon law requirements. one failed and replaced engine isnt enough to trigger lemon law. The consumer should keep detailed records of all service records and repairs. If the consumer has multiple repairs for the same item, then lemon laws may very well apply, but if the consumer does not keep all records it may not be easy...

    3. Does the consumers state have arbitration or not? if it gets to this, then a lawyer may help..but they don't come free and many states don't require the manufacturer to pay for the lawyer...some states make lemon law easy for the consumer and some don't. The owners manual/portfolio should have a booklet that has each states lemon law info.
  • gaspig1gaspig1 Posts: 3
    I just recently purchased a 2001 Tribute ES. Its got the V6, leather, moonroof, the works.

    I love absolutely everything about this SUV, although, I havent had a chance to try the 4WD out yet as we have not had any snow since I bought it.

    My only problem with it is the gas mileage. I am averaging 13 MPG in the city, about 18 MPG on the highway. This thing is costing me a fortune to drive. I've tried fuel injector cleaners, gas additives and stuff like that. Nothing helps. Mileage has not gotten better at all. I drive it like a little old lady in hopes of improving the mileage.... nada.

    Also, on occasion, when I start it, the engine revs really hard for about 30 seconds, its almost like the gas pedal is stuck down. It doesnt happen every time, but often enough to cause some concern.

    Anyone have any ideas as to why this is happening?? Any suggestions on how to improve the mileage? At this rate, I just may have to get rid of it to get something more economical. :cry:
  • rsworderrsworder Posts: 1
    Anyone had experience towing a boat with a Tribute. Factory says rated up to
    3500 lbs but would it be safe and even able to get boat and trailer out of water
    with 2 wheel drive?

  • ryukyuryukyu Posts: 12
    I have recently looked at the Mazda Tribute and thought I found exactly what I wanted, but a couple of things are a little dismaying.

    First of all, I want a manual transmission. No cruise control is available with a manual transmission. Does anybody have any experience with adding a cruise control, and if so, how is it?

    Second, I can't seem to locate a 4 cyl, 4WD, manual trans. model within 200 miles of western NY. Are these that hard to come by? I really don't like auto transmissions, and unfortunately my options are very limited by wanting a manual, regardless of what manufacturer I look at.

  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    4 cyl with 4wd and manual trans are very very rare in the northeast. We have several orders that we couldnt fill via locates and they eneded up ordering 2006's.
  • ryukyuryukyu Posts: 12
    Does that mean that they will be producing 4x4 with manual trannys in the 2006 model?
    I was told today that Mazda has discontinued them all together.
    Now let me ask this as well. How effective is the front wheel drive in the snows that we get up here in the northeast? How much better will a 4x4 be for this? Is it really noticeable or is it negligible?
    In other words, what would you prefer?
    I've had other 4x4 vehicles, but never had a FWD vehicle that I've driven in the snow and ice.
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    When I began shopping for a Tribute back in November I initially looked at FWD 5 speeds. They were tough enough to find, but there were a couple within a short distance of me. I then decided to attempt to locate one with AWD The local Ford dealer had an Escape AWD with a stick, as did another dealer nearby. But Tributes were like hen's teeth. I did a search on Mazda's site from Florida to New England, and found one in Fairfax, Va. It was the color I wanted, and I ran over there the day after Thanksgiving, and got it. It's not as light on its feet as the FWD was, but I am pleased. The last time I did the search, there were absolutely none around. I just hit 700 miles on it (still need to sell the Honda), and apart from crunching 3rd gear from time to time, it is a nice ride. If that continues, I'll have it looked at. I nearly caved and bought one with an automatic. That would have been my first automatic in over 30 years. Thank goodness I did the search when I did.
    As for cruise, again, Ford gets the nod. You can get cruise with a 5 speed Escape. I asked the Ford dealership about purchasing the components from them, and having them do the installation. I was told the cost would be through the roof.
  • ryukyuryukyu Posts: 12
    I spoke to a local dealer and he told me that there were 2 Tributes available with manual, 4 cyl. and 4WD in the northeast.
    When he placed the call to find out about getting one he was informed that Mazda had bought them back and is discontinuing the production of these. So bottom line is that I can't get one. That leaves me wih having to decide to get an automatic (which probably means V6) or a FWD 4 banger with manual.
    There are several disadvantages from my point of view with the Fords. The warranty is not as good, and the list of standard equipment is not as good. The incentives right now are nowhere near as good.
    Tough decisions.
    Has anybody spent much time with a FWD model in the snow??
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    Why is Mazda buying them back? I wonder if there is an issue with the vehicle I should be concerned about. Thus far, mine has been just fine, but again, I have hardly used it. Maybe I have another collector's item to park alongside the other ones I don't driveway can't handle any more monuments.

    My local dealer may still have a 4 cyl automatic AWD on the lot.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    4 cyl with an auto is a little tough but they can be found....

    I have 2006's on order that have been accepted so they arent canceled yet.....but I expect the very limited availability to continue. If you want one you should get your order in by this thursday. This is when this months allocation runs...
  • ryukyuryukyu Posts: 12
    I was looking for the 4 cyl., manual trans, and 4WD. That's what's been discontinued.
    I drove a 4 cyl. auto trans today. I wouldn't really recommend it. It was pretty sluggish compared to the 4 cyl., manual, FWD. The auto with V6 was nice though.
    My issue is that I want a manual transmission so I guess I will have to settle for FWD instead of 4WD.
    The local dealer's guess is that Mazda has had problems with the manuals with 4WD. Makes me wonder about the Escapes with the same setup.
    I think the Mazdas are nicer than the Fords. Better incentives and better value IMHO.
    New question: Does anybody know why Mazda only offers cruise control with auto trannys? Is there any reason that the factory cruise won't work with a manula tranny??
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    I contacted Mazda USA yesterday to ask about the 4 cyl / 5 spd / AWD topic being discussed here. I have an interest, since that is what I bought back in November. The guy I was speaking with checked with Product Development, and told me there was no buy back on those models. He did not have any information regarding any issues, and said he would contact me if he learned of any. Naturally I am still looking to investigate further. So if anyone has any concrete documentation regarding this, I would appreciate receiving it. Thus far, I have had no problems with mine, but then, I have not yet turned 700 miles. I did notice that the Denver, CO dealers have loads of 4 cyl automatic AWDs, but no sticks. So there must be something going on.

    I will say that the FWD 5 speed was more lively than mine is, but perhaps not by much. I am sure the gas mileage is better with the FWD.
  • ryukyuryukyu Posts: 12
    I called Mazda USA today and did not get an answer, but the guy I talked to said he would look into it and give me a call back.
    I want to find out if maybe the local dealer just doesn't want to be bothered so he can sell something that's already sitting on his lot.
    When I hear back from him, I will let you kno what he says.
    I understand your concern and hope that this is just misinformation.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    I can tell you with 100% certantly that the folks at 1-800 mazda know nothing about product developement or anything else that is going on with the operational side of things....The only things they might know and the only things they can discuss are item's essentially found in a brochure.
  • rcinmdrcinmd Posts: 139
    If you hear anything concrete, I'd appreciate that information. Who knows, maybe I have an EBay item here.... I ran it up to 4000 rpm today. I'll go for redline when it hits 1000 miles. It's averaging about 22 mpg. I guess that's not so bad, but I had hoped for a bit more. I would imagine the FWD would improve upon that by about 3 mpg. What I continue to find interesting is that the vehicle does not gain speed at all, and even slows a tad, while coasting down the "mountain" in neutral on the interstate. Keeping it in fifth gear in that situation is like applying the brakes. Aerodynamics plays a role with that I am sure, but I am wondering if the AWD system has lots of frictional component drag. As I am beginning to drive it in my normal style ( read: treat it like a fun car ), I am finding it is in fact a fun SUV.
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