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Subaru B9 Tribeca (B9X)

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  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Those diesel rumors are old news -- newer articles I have seen say that is no longer an issue. I wish I remembered where I read the latest update (it was late July), but as far I have been keeping track of this, the Saab 9-6X is once again a "go" and will be based on the Tribeca.

    Craig
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Host Steve posted this back in June, which states 9-6X is back on track after talk of not producing it. Does anyone have a link to anything newer than this?

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=105934

    juice: it also says the interior will be the same and the H6 will be the same.
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    I have the TransPod. I've had it for nearly a year now. It's OK, but not great. Varies with FM reception, engine/electrical noise interference, etc.

    iPods and Subarus deserve better :-)

    -Karen in AZ-
  • robotb9robotb9 Posts: 82
    We just got back from a ~1600 mile trip to North Dakota (I call first Tribeca in Mohall, ND). Driving mostly freeway and 4-lane divided highway at 70-75mph, with driver, 2 passengers, and luggage, we got 22.5mpg on the way there, 22.8 on the way home. I haven't driven it around town enough to have a feel for what sort of city mileage I'll get.

    A few impressions from the trip: I'm getting used to using the side mirrors a lot to compensate for the not-so-good rearward visibility, and that helps quite a bit. I find the fuel and temperature gauges hard to read in daytime, especially when I'm wearing sunglasses. And I agree with an earlier poster that steering effort is a bit light at highway speeds. But that's about it for the negatives. It's very pleasant to drive for long distances. I have yet to hear a squeak or rattle in 2000 miles. The air conditioning (it's 5 passenger Limited) is adequate to keep front and rear seat passengers comfortable, even with temperatures in the high 90s. The seats are very comfortable. The reclining rear seat was much appreciated by my father-in-law. We love the puddle lights -- don't buy one without 'em.
  • b9driverb9driver Posts: 118
    The folks at Icon TV who installed my 3 screen DVD system put in a wireless transmitter that is 100% solid and driving through 3 states has deleivered great sound. I plan to use it for Sat. Radio as well. They, among others, are working on a harness that will allow proper direct connection. In the meantime, the system sounds great and never drifts. In PA there's a station on the same Frequency and the wireless is still never compromised. They claim it has three times the power of any competing system. It's so powerful that I can wear the wireless headphones and walk well away from the car and STILL hear the movie.
    In the end I will still want the direct connection because there's full frequency response.

    Robert B
    Blue 5 Pass. Limited
    NY
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I wouldn't blame the SAE, if Acura was using special oil and removing accessories then their numbers were just optimistic.

    I remember back in F1 that Ayrton Senna would qualify with just enough fuel to get across the finish line and run out. To meet weight restrictions he would even drive over gravel to add weight to meet the minimum weight requirements.

    More recently with turbo boost exceeding limits, though they figured out a way to fool the device that measures it to read a little low.

    They're pretty sneaky. Not that most race teams aren't.

    SAE caught them cheating, basically.

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They've been back and forth so many times, who knows?

    But yeah, after the diesel story we did hear reports that the Saabaru was back on track. They could change their minds again, but I believe SIA is preparing to build it.

    There are pros and cons. Surely the Subaru one would be more costly to produce. If they use the Pontiac Torrent (Equinox/Vue) platform they could build it for the cost of a Forester. But I don't think Saab should be making cars that cheap, literally.

    Mayberryguy - can you confirm that?

    robotb9: you gotta share your driving tips, that mileage is great! :)

    -juice
  • There is a story from July 18th about the 9-6X crossover still being planned for.

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=106481

    "When will you publicly unveil the new 9-6X crossover based on the Subaru B9 Tribeca?
    Not determined yet. Right now, we've made some requests from the folks helping us with the 9-6 about making sure we have the proper differentiation and the things that will make it uniquely Saab.

    When is the earliest it could go on sale?
    Probably spring of '06 — the earliest. Any later than spring puts you into the '07 model year."
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,040
    I wouldn't blame the SAE, if Acura was using special oil and removing accessories then their numbers were just optimistic.

    Were they really cheating or just following rules that have been changed? How many other manufacturers did the same?
  • wvroadswvroads Posts: 23
    We have had our B9 for just a little over a month now and have 2600 miles on it. We normally don't drive that much per month but with a few extra trips and the fact that it is so much fun to drive we have been in it alot.

    So far we have averaged 22.8 mpg since we got it. My wife drives it to work each day on a rural county road - about 28 miles round trip.

    We just came back from a trip to visit my sister in Buffalo, NY and we got 23.4 on the way up and 23.1 on the way back. Mileage around town in Buffalo was about 20.5. This was with AC on most of the time and cruising around 70 mph.
    The total milage each way was 340 with the portion of it near home here in WV/Western MD being rural and hilly/mountainous until hitting the PA turnpike at Somerset and from then on all interstate.

    Thats my MPG report for now.

    PS: I do tend to drive with a lighter foot now in order to keep the numbers looking better - much like when I was a kid and didn't have much gas money and had one of those vacuum gauges on my car that showed "poor mileage" when you were pulling the vacuum down. NOT a bad idea now with the price of gas what it is.
  • But I don't think Saab should be making cars that cheap, literally.

    Isn't the 9-7 already based on a cheaper GM model that is inferior to Saab vehicles. I understand that the engine is a GM not Saab.

    If that is true I feel sorry for those who shelled out big bucks thinking they are getting a real Saab only to find out that it is a GMC in drag.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, if Acura's numbers went down, and others didn't (some even went up), at a minimum Acura knew how to make it's numbers look good.

    I seriously doubt it was unintentional. Both engines in the Accord actually went up, though Honda claims it's new tuning and throttle-by-wire that explains the change.

    Perhaps they lowered Honda numbers and raised Acura numbers to differentiate the two brands, even?

    Though Ford's done worse, the Mustang went from 225 hp to 205hp. Some Cobras had to be recalled, even. Mazda has also had trouble before with the Miata in '00 and the RX-8 more recently.

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The 9-7x sort of replace the Oldsmobile version of the Blazer in my mind.

    -juice
  • photoguy2photoguy2 Posts: 164
    I've got 5,000 miles on mine. Just went on a road trip yesterday. 23.6 MPG over a 70 stretch of highway from PA to MD. 65-70 MPH. As I then went into the city I was making sales calls to and then came home the end result of a 300 mile day was 21.6 MPG. Overall since purchase I'm averaging 19.8 MPG. Granted about 3000 of the 5000 are highway miles...
  • photoguy2photoguy2 Posts: 164
    I sat in one for about 10 seconds and was so embarrased I had to get out. I've owned 3 Saab's and loved them. The 9-7 is an embarrasment.
  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    GM basically destory the SAAB brand. Instead of investing R&D for new SAABs, GM went with rebagging road. From what I saw in a Saabaru 9-2x, all GM wanted to do is spend minimum amount of money on rebagging effort. That is no major changes (cost $$$ on production line). Only small changes here and there. Interesting enough the new 06 WRX center console seems to use the same exact components used in 9-2x which is basically a new face plat plus different knobs for AC control.
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Believe it or not, that interior rolled out with the 05 WRX, and it was extremely similar to the interior already on the 03+ Forester. So there's even less to the Saab.....
  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    Didn't know that. So basically what GM did is pay for a badge to be sticked on the car and select a few items from STi parts bin :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I bet you'll break the 20mpg barrier soon. Mileage should improve with age.

    Actually, the 2005 WRX got that 9-2x interior. It's just that the Saab came out a little earlier and it took all the credit.

    But look back even further, and the interior really debuted in the 2003 Forester!

    (craig beat me to it)

    -juice
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Saab offered option packages that Subaru did not let us have in the US, like moonroof on the wagon, leather seats, etc... Unfortunately, now you can get that stuff on the 06 WRX!

    Craig
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Though you could get some of that stuff in Canada.

    It was just strange. GM limits what Subaru can do when they sell mere clones.

    -juice
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963
    The 9-7 is an embarrassment.

    What's really embarrassing are the crash test results.

    mistermark, "Saab 9-7X" #272, 26 Jul 2005 1:54 pm

    Steve, Host

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • robotb9robotb9 Posts: 82
    As you might expect, mileage declines rapidly at speeds above 70 MPH. We canna change the laws o' physics. So cruising at 65-70 MPH ought to put you close to the EPA highway estimate of 23 MPG. That checks out with my 22-23 MPG on the NoDak trip at 70-75 MPH, and the 25.6 MPG I got on the engine breakin run to Duluth where I rarely went over 65 MPH. Not too bad considering the size of the vehicle. I think the prominent MPG display on the dash acts as an incentive to drive economically.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That would be embarassing for Kia, never mind Saab.

    robotb9: I felt the same way. The feedback helps you drive more smoothly and economically, if you choose to at least.

    -juice
  • Tribeca version Saabaru deemed "01G" is a go, as of this very moment. It will launch sometime in '07 as an '08 model. I'm cautiously optimistic that Saab can stay afloat that long. Time will tell.............
  • About in the same boat here. Got my Tribeca on 7/1 and I now have 2700 miles on it. Took a long road trip from Seattle to Klamath Falls, OR. last week. On a portion of Hwy 97 in Oregon, I got 28mpg for 75 miles doing 64mph. Back home in Seattle, mostly heavy traffic and I am averaging about 17-18mpg.
  • b9driverb9driver Posts: 118
    Drove 260 miles to and from NJ today, hit some traffic and drove 80 MPH most of the time with some sprints above 100 MPH. 21.6 MPG.
    I'm very pleased with the economy, which is really pretty good when I drive at more human speeds.
    And of course the drive was about 200 times nicer than in my Outback, or the new Forester. The B9 is a true road car, quietly swallowing the miles.

    Robert B
    Blue B9 5 Pass.
    NY
  • I too had the same conundrum and after deciding to buy the MDX realized one more "advantage". For some reason I no longer had tailgaters and other vehicles trying to "intimidate" me out of my lane. My old Forester somehow always elicited that treatment and the Acura nameplate seems to have taken care of that nowadays.
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    I think it's in your head. I encounter the same kinds of bozos on the road when driving any of the Subarus, Acuras, or Hondas we have owned. In fact, I doubt the worst offenders even take notice of what other make/model cars are on the road.

    Craig
  • The worst ones maybe, but I've seen a definite drop in these incidents post MDX and this is a relief for me. It may also be the added heft of the Acura MDX when viewed from behind in addition to the nameplate. I wonder what is the experience of the B9 owners so that I could have a what if? moment.
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