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Subaru B9 Tribeca (B9X)



  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    I wish someone one put a Tribeca in my garage at home. :) ...and leave the keys... and the title.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Congrats to you!
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  • rblnrrblnr Posts: 124
    Hey all,

    I'm a very happy Tribeca owner, and it's a head-scratcher to me that Subaru's don't sell better overall. Ineffective marketing is obviously an important part of this.

    A question: would you characterize the Tribeca as a sales failure so far?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,971
    Sales of the B9 haven't quite met projections, and sales were down last month:

    "Sales of the B9 Tribeca, which averaged approximately 2,100 units per month since it was introduced in late May of last year, totaled 1,560 in February." ((

    "Subaru officials point to rising gas prices and deadly hurricanes as key reasons why the company fell about 2,000 units short of its goal of selling 17,000 of the SIA-built B9 Tribecas in 2005."

    Half the B9 sales are to people new to the Subaru brand, per the link above, so the news isn't all doom and gloom. But the looks are somewhat polarizing ("distinctive" in Subie speak) and that may be keeping people out of the showroom.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats, you got the Beige, eh? Cool.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Subaru positioned the Tribeca a bit higher than its usual competitors, both in terms of equipment and price. So the forecasts were just a bit optimistic. 15k ain't far from their goal, IMO.

  • rblnrrblnr Posts: 124
    Agreed, it is positioned higher than the usual suspects. And that's what's behind my question; how is Subaru doing w/their upmarket move? I think the car should be a success, but then I can't understand why anyone would want to use Windows vs. the Mac OS.

    And as you (I think) pointed out, had Alfa introduced the model, the looks, and front end in particular, would be less controversial. Writers complain about it then beef that cars are getting homogeneous and Subaru should stick w/its utilitarian roots. LOL. Brand perception is tough to change and takes time.
  • deebryandeebryan Posts: 3
    If you have bad AC on your 7 passenger. Please take to your dealer and get a recharge. This was the number one warranty item on the early builds of the Tribeca. A counter measure is now in place for improper AC fill.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The upmarket move isn't really complete yet. I think the 05 Legacy and Outback were the first hints, and the Tribeca was the first upscale model. Let's see if they stick with that plan or go more utilitarian in the future.

    I'm a bit torn, because I like the utilitarian aspects, but I do like certain gadgets, like NAV.

  • There is no reason why SOA can't it both ways. By intelligently building an options and features list they can keep the core buyer happy and also reach out and attract the upscale crowd.

    As an example: keep the B9 as we know it now but add SOME of the 07 features and options to the options list.

    Create an upscale version (I love Juices' acronym "caribe". The Caribe can have a unique grill, paint colors, richer interior, A Turbo Engine, Larger brakes and wheels, blue tooth, high quality dolby sound system, voice recognition and other advanced technology features etc.

    They must reach new buyers. If the data is correct and about 50% of B9 sales went to subie customers, was there a noticeable drop or reduced growth in models that were priced near the B9. I realize that with less than 15K units sold it is hard to determine that.

    If SOA did what I am proposing and improve their marketing strategy they could steal sales from the likes of the higher priced brands like, BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, Acura & VW. If they could seal 5,000 from each, in aggregate that's all new sub stantial salesand can help to grow sales of the other models as well.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Whatever high-end model they come out with would probably require a powertrain upgrade.

  • mjk7mjk7 Posts: 8
    Thanks to your informative posts I am on the verge of taking the plunge. I've got what I think is a great lease deal on a 7 passenger LX with Nav and DVD $700 down (which includes first month payment, tag fees, and a few extra bucks) at $403/month 12K miles 36 months. I am turning in a 2003 Murano on lease which I got 3 weeks after they came out. It has been a good car but I was looking to get into something with a 7 seat option would be handy. I was considering the Pilot and the Highlander, the XC90 as well. The XC90 although quite a bit more expensive does have an attractive lease going now but it still is significantly more money and the complaints about reliablilty are deafening. The Pilot is much larger but along with the Highlander has to be the most boring car created. The lease deal on the B9 is unbeatable on a 40K car!! Besides that the car handles better than all of the above including the Murano. The other thing that attracted me is Subaru's AWD system which in my opinion is superior to the others mentioned. We had a 2nd hand outback impreza wagon years ago and it was the best car in the snow by far. Thanks to your informative posts I was informed about the 2 lever issue with the 2nd row seating allowing for much more glide in the 2nd seat to accomodate third row passengers. Before going to my local dealer (who did know about this) I was at the Philly car show and the model demonstrating the 3rd row seat access had no clue. I walked away very disappointed thinking the 3rd row was for small pets only. Clearly there is decent room in the third row (compared to comparable vehicles)if you know how to adjust the 2nd seat properly. I am 6'3" and although I have no intention on sitting anywhere but the driver's seat, even I was able to get back there. I am truly excited about the Tribeca. I am in disbelief after reading many not so complimentary reviews focusing on the looks. In my opinion ( and I must give you the backround that I drove Saabs for 10 years), I think the looks of the Subaru are awsome. If the same car was released by Porsche the magazines would all hail the style. I don't get it. The frontis cool. Who wants to drive a car that looks so generic like a Pilot? As far as what I read about the upcoming 07 changes, they seem minor to me and not worth the wait given this lease deal. What I would like to see in the future models is blue tooth, satellite radio, a better roof rack (thule and Yakima do not yet have fit kits), better colors, and a 6 speed manual transmission. Sorry about going on and on but I've read so many posts that I had to vent. A few qustions though--- the lease deal I was quoted is thier special with alot of the down money worked into the lease. Money factor .0032 int .08% with 56% residual ( which apparently came down from 60% when first released - when it goes lower they probably won't be able to lower the interest rate to off set it). Is there any wiggle room? Might I get rubber mats or some accessories thrown in if I push in anybodies opinion? Secondly tan or slat grey leather? I've always had tan but it does tend to show the dirt much more any thoughts??
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    If you want to push for a couple extras, you can find the invoice cost of most of the accessories here:
    For example, those rubber mats are only about $52 bucks for all three rows, so I'm sure a dealer would throw those in to close a deal.

    Tough call on the leather color. The grey leather is perforated, so if you've got little folks who might be spill-prone, I'm not sure how well it would handle liquids. If that's not an issue, the grey perforated is probably a little more comfortable, though I think the tan, which isn't perforated, feels a little richer and helps the cabin look more airy and warmer. The carpeting is dark regardless of color of leather, so the dirt should hide well in the footwells, at least.
  • Hi everyone! I too am a new Tribeca Owner and i'm proud of it. My wife and I both went to Subaru two weeks ago and purchased ourselves a brand new Silver Tribeca Limited 5 seater. No nav because I like the idea of being able to upgrade my navigation system to whatever's hot on the market, hehe. I'm proud to drive the tribeca! I've already added a hood deflector and the roof racks as well! All season mat's have been in since day one and i'm loving it.

    I've just had a couple of questions though. Is it possible to get the puddle lamps installed? They truly look incredible! Also... does anyone have any ideas having to do with... being able to connect something to the auxilary input that the stereo currently has (which was probably for the rear entertainment system that is not installed in my tribeca).

    Anyway! I'm truly happy with my tribeca and have been comparing it to the 07 that's coming out. Eh, sure the new features are awesome as well, but i'm proud of what i've got =).

    Thanks very much in advance for your help!
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  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    I'm pretty sure the puddle lights are only factory installed.
  • Ay... that pretty much bites... But I'll live =). It's weird though... how Subaru puts the puddle lights as one of their accessories 'to have' or something... giving the buying the impression that they can be added on. Chat in 22 minutes, nice.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    I thought the puddle lights were a port-installed option, which would mean it could still be done, but it'd probably be tough to find a dealer who'd do it.
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