AnswerID: 207918 Submitted: Friday, Dec 01, 2006 at 10:30
First of all I would suggest you join the USA forums, there are two of them one for Tributes and one for Escapes, which mechanically the same.
Both the engine and the gearboxes are made by Ford, and the engine was also fitted to the Taurus.
We had a 2003 Tribute and Mazda changed the gearbox under warrantee, and as we were leaving the shop
forman told us the Ford CD4 transmission was a heap of crap. The CD4E which is the 4WD version will be no better. If you are going to continue towing your little poptop says he, get rid of it.
On the USA Forums you can searce for similair problems, and you can also post yours, and I think that will be the quickest way to get to the root of the problem.
I hope it is not too expensive, nice car spoilt by the joint venture items.
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