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How similar are the Escape and Tribute? I need new a new HVAC control unit for my 2005 Escape and was looking on eBay and came across these two:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250684353131
http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250556066644

The first lists for Tribute 01-04 and second for Escape 02-07 & Mariner 05-07.

The second covers my vehicle, while the first covers some of the same years but in Tribute form. They look similar but since I can't see the connections on the rear I don't know for sure. Does anyone know if the HVAC connectors for say a 2004 Tribute are the same as for a 2004 Escape? I like the look of the Tribute's temp control which is why I'm asking.
 

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My money is on that they are in fact cross compatible. It would be silly and more expensive to use different connectors unless there was different types of information or etc. to be had. Since they are both manual operation, you should be okay. Can't say the same when going from manual to auto HVAC (since more information/operation is involved there).

Some users here have put Tribute dashboards into their Escapes. That is an example../
 
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