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Subaru B9 Tribeca (B9X)

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    How often do you leave your car idling with the lights on? How much night bumper to bumper traffic do you drive in? Just curious because that's when the films will heat up.

    -mike
  • I have it on my 2000 Passat for over 5 years now. It won't turn yellow. However, after awhile, you will see little tiny bubbles between the film and the light service at certain spot where the light concentrate the most, kinda like in the middle of the headlight.

    No big deal. You can only notice it at close distance..
  • mikejlmikejl Posts: 78
    I don't leave my car idling with the lights on and the bumper-to-bumper portion of my commute rarely exceeds 20 minutes or so.

    Please don't infer that I doubt anything that's been said in this forum about the film. I don't. But, my experience is what it is.

    There can be many reasons why it is different from others - fog lamp wattage, heat transmission through the lens, film composition or thickness, driving conditions, etc.

    For me, the benefits of having the protective film far outweigh the risk of not having it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We all get different results, YMMV as they say.

    When I got my windows tinted everyone told me SolarGard dyed film would go purple.

    9 years later it hasn't. Looks perfect, actually.

    -juice
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I wasn't doubting it at all. I wanted to see what conditions were different than my experience so I could narrow down why mine (and a bunch of folks I know) have had their melt and burn. It's most likely the long idling at the track in the rain/night and the constant BtoB traffic I sit in in NYC that did them in.

    -mike
  • I drove my passat for 5 years in NYC and the film is still on ok. I go out to Tribeca, (not the car ;) every sunday and get stick in traffic trying to get in Holland Tunnel to get back NJ. I have the B9 for over a year and the film is fine. My co-worker has a x3 with HID and his film on the lights is fine.
    The only think I can think of is maybe the film is not the 'thick' 3M film for lights? They do have the thinner ones for body panel, which is ALOT easier to work with being that the lights is so curvy and very hard to put on.
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 323
    I am seriously impressed with the range on my 'beca's remote (door locks). From my office door to the far end of the parking lot- which includes trees, humps and *not* a direct line of site to the car I paced off about 150 yards, and the remote door opener works at this range. I've never had a vehicle that could do more than 20 yards or so. Amazing!
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    Mike,

    Any chance its because of the 1000 watt after-market fog lamps you bought? :P
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Any chance its because of the 1000 watt after-market fog lamps you bought?

    Actually the fogs are stock. I rarely ever upgrade the stock bulbs as it's the reflectors you want to upgrade. As I said there are at least 3 others (Nissan Frontier, Dodge Durango, and my Nissan Armada) all had them burn on the fogs due to leaving the fogs on all the time.

    My aftermarket Hella 4000s have plastic covers you leave on until you are ready to run the lights then you remove em, but I've never had those chip at all, even leaving the covers off.

    -mike
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    It was humor..... :(
  • jerrys2jerrys2 Posts: 188
    Well, we are back to the "Table of Contents" approach. IMO the Board is much more effective (and fun)with a handful of general topics as in the past.

    There are other Subaru discussion groups out there and after 4 Subarus and many years on Edmunds I am ready to look for a new forum. :mad:

    Jerry
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We created the Subaru Crew topics for this exact reason.

    The cars all have a lot in common (the H6 is shared with the Outback for instance), and so do the owners. We found a lot of pet owners, Mac users, educators, basically we have a lot in common.

    So come here for the one catch-all topic for Subaru owners:

    ateixeira, "Subaru Crew - Meet The Members II" #27758, 7 Dec 2006 7:09 am

    -juice
  • jerrys2jerrys2 Posts: 188
    See you there!

    Jerry
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    We found a lot of pet owners, Mac users, educators, basically we have a lot in common.

    Oh, my gosh...you mean to tell me that on this forum I'm actually considered "normal"???

    -Karen in AZ-
    Mac user, teacher, former pet owner, and Subie nut
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yes. Welcome home. :D

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,688
    ...and they aren't good. :(

    http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/first_drive.php?sid=334&page=1

    Nothing really new here being said, but I suspect the Tribeca will be a much harder sell in Europe than here because of the lack of a diesel.

    Bob
  • tupintupin Posts: 71
    Anything that breaks new ground is often subject to ridicule. We all know the looks grow on you. I don't like how that review left out some important stuff...like the sport mode or tiptronic aspect of the transmission. It's funny how the people who don't like the looks really try to not like the whole vehicle.

    It is strange to see the steering wheel on the other side of the vehicle.
  • well it does answer the one question. the tail lights on the Euro model are not clear.

    they do have yellow turn signals (which I prefer to all red). I was following a B9 the other day and its tough at first to tell when she was breaking and when she turned on her turnsignal. both being red in the USA models.
  • ajm831ajm831 Posts: 11
    I am interested in buying a 2007(trading in my 2000 outback) but am not interested in xm satelite radio but want sirius instead. Is it possible to have that installed in place of xm without it being an add on with dangling wires? thanks AJM
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    I stayed in a Marriot Hotel in Mesa, AZ, with some friends last year for a conference. We were on the 10th floor, and the car was parked about 100 yards from the hotel's back door in direct sight of my hotel window. I found that I could lock it from there, too. That was kind of fun to show off :-)

    -Karen in AZ-
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I prefer the model names they use, SE5 and SE7 for instance. Shopping for used ones it's hard to tell what's what. Even Fitzmall labels them with obscure names like "Ltraudio+".

    Base and Limited aren't descriptive enough.

    -juice
  • I think it is a little to far... Great to scare people as they walk by or trying to find your car in during holiday season in the mall parking lot... but it can also accidentally unlock your car if you have the keys in your pocket, which is not good at all.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,899
    but it can also accidentally unlock your car if you have the keys in your pocket, which is not good at all.

    Every vehicle I've owned with remote unlock will relock itself within 1 minute if the doors are not opened.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,688
    I recently read that the optional 3.6L H-6 to be found on the '08 Tribeca may have a timing belt, and not a timing chain.

    Not sure why, other than the fact that timing chain-equipped 3.0 H6s, unless you're religious about oil changes, can be troublesome, or so I've been told.

    Bob
  • I just bought a new Tribeca and I was told to only use 91 or better octane. Is there any problem if I don't, I don't want to void my warranty if some thing goes wrong. The dealer said the computers were all set for high octane and it will cause problems down the road. Maybe they are sleeping with enemy (gas producers).
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,899
    What does the manual recommend?

    If it calls for 91 octane and you run lower, the engine management system will compensate for the lower octane. But more than likely you'll reduce your fuel economy to the point that it's economically better to spend more for premium. Using a higher grade than recommended typically does nothing for performance or economy.

    Use whatever the manual calls for.
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 323
    This one has been hashed over a number of times here. The summary: The Tribeca was designed for 91 octane, and the Hp and torque ratings were determined based on 91. However, Subaru has officially said that you can put regular in the vehicle. Your performance will be slightly less. Some people have reported a fuel economy difference of a mpg or 2. Others, none at all- probably has to do with how you drive. You will not void or affect your warranty in any way by putting in 87.

    As I understand the difference- if you are going to do any towing, moutain driving, or anything that requires low-end grunt, then definately use 91. If you do mostly higher rpm driving, like highway/high speed driving, then you'll be fine with 87.

    Hmmm. I guess there's mid-grade as an option as well.

    I'd probably run 91 for the first 1000 mile break-in period to ensure that knocking doesn't affect early engine wear, but after that, report back to us and let us know if you feel any difference or see any mpg dropoff.
  • I will probably use 91 for the first 1000 miles and then try a tank of lower octane. Other than vacations we use the car for back and forth to work.
  • ipod itself doesn't make one for the b9 i was just curious to see what others have done? :confuse:
  • well after 25k miles I got back a rattle in the front suspension. they fixed it last time with a sway bar and I think bushing replacement.

    it was fine for 25k miles. took it in and they heard it. sounds like the suspension is loose over large bumps when the suspension unloads. they ordered a new sway bar to replace. thank god I got the GOLD extended zero deductable warranty for 50k miles!
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