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Subaru B9 Tribeca (B9X)

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  • ladywclassladywclass Posts: 1,684
    to a tour in Lafayette ....
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    At least you will know what color to get, "A Touch of Gray". ;)

    Frank
  • newsubunewsubu Posts: 39
    Touch of Grey interior, definitely! Trying to decide on Mohogany Red or Black. Wife likes the Seacrest Green, but i'd rather it be darker. Of course, I've seen none of these colors in person.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wow, on a weekend no less.

    Group Buy: while I did make the suggestion, I'll admit I'm not certain about the timing of our purchase, plus I might wait and buy one used. But please proceed, seems like there would be 3-5 parties interested just here in this thread.

    The 3rd row is roomier than the Highlander and about the same as the MDX. Only the Pilot and LR3 are roomier. My 5 year old is 99th percentile in size for her age and fit comfortably with the middle seat 4" forward.

    Considering you have another 4" of leg room if you need it, I imagine all but large adults would fit there just fine.

    Here's the thing, it's not a bus. You're not going to go on a 7 hour road trip with 7 people, where would the luggage even fit?

    Even if you did get the bigger Pilot, the "hump" position is not comfortable, 2nd or 3rd row, so only 6 people would fit. 8 is very, very optimistic. For current Pilot owners, be honest, have you ever sat 8 people in your car? I doubt it.

    Face it - if you want to travel long distances with 7 people you need a van, period.

    The point is this - when you have 2 kids and you car pool, you some times need to carry 6-7 passengers for short distances. I can imagine taking the 2 kids, the nanny, and maybe one of my daughters' friends to the apple orchard, where you need AWD to get to the best trees.

    Or to the beach, about 3 hour trip. I think sitting 2/2/2 would be reasonable with Finding Nemo playing on the huge 9" DVD screen, don't you? You really think a 5 (or 8) year old is going to complain when she can sit next to her best friend and watch her favorite movie?

    Heck no! Ask your kid, seriously, if she'd rather have 2" more legroom or 2" bigger DVD screen! LOL

    I bet every kid picks the bigger movie screen.

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sticker idea, that is. Cracked me up! :)

    For your bean counter wife: remember you can get Subaru Bucks if you get their Chase Master Card.

    Shall we do some, err, bean counting?

    OK. Fitz let me put $2000 worth of my down payment on my credit card. Ka-ching, $60 in Subaru bucks right there.

    If you're like us, you put everything on your credit card, if only for the protection it gives you.

    My wife adds her reimbursed business expenses on top of that.

    For us, that adds up to about $30 worth of Subaru bucks per month.

    Over the long haul that means you can get free service or accessories, never mind the possibility of accumulating your next down payment.

    The only catch? You have to spend $100 at a time. But you can get an oil change for $22, and then spend $78 on a cargo liner or ski rack, or even Subaru logo'd T-shirts. Or you could use 3 $100 coupons to pay for the full 30,000 mile service, so it ends up being free.

    Now compare to the competition. For free service, you're talking a much more expensive BMW X5 or the upcoming Audi Q7. SUVs in the Tribeca's price range don't offer free service or a rewards program like Subaru's. ML350 is nice, but I think Mercedes discontinued the free service program and for $40,500 you do not get leather, DVD, Nav, heated seats, or a moonroof.

    Count those beans. ;)

    We used ours to buy a tune-up kit, since I do my own service, cabin air filters, oil filters, etc. Still have a few hundred accumulated, too.

    -juice
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    My wife's version is that I do all the service so it costs her nothing. :cry:

    We do use CCs for the protection, but put big purchases on a card that pays back cash, so it can be spent anywhere. The card used has a longer grace period than the Subaru card, so we get to use "their" money longer, for free, and then they pay us. What a country! :D

    Frank
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    But how much do you get, 1%?

    We had a Toys R Us card with the same bank, but I convinced my wife that three times the amount of Subaru bucks was better than a few free diapers.

    I could buy a tune-up kit, tow hitch, tranny cooler, extra wireless headphones, etc. Stuff like that. Even on-line wholesalers accept Subaru bucks - I just spent some at 1stSubarupart.com.

    Just noticed something - the Baja thread has only 1985 posts, and that vehicle has been out for 3 model years now.

    The Tribeca thread has a lot more already and it's not even out yet, may not be for more than a month!

    That's a very unscientific way to conclude there is a lot more interest in this SUV, which is nice considering the price points are a lot higher.

    -juice
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    Not sure, but it changes with amount. That is the bean counter's department, I am the engineer. It is more than 1% though. Besides, the wife spends "her" rebate check that resulted from "our" purchases, anywhere "she" wants, so "she" is way ahead. :(

    I don't like store specific "credits" because it forces me to get things I don't really need, even if a good deal. We have a lot of "stuff", and the vehicles have a lot of "stuff", so we don't need more.

    Perhaps there would be more Baja discussion if they had put an Alfa nose on it, and didn't have any around to drive. ;)

    Frank
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, that or make the Greatful Dead sticker standard. :D

    -juice
  • saustinsaustin Posts: 68
    Funny but the dealer said the opposite as he also had a 10 year old in the back seat. Due to the perforations he was confident the beige would come clean (at least with some magic cleaning solution). The grey had the downside of drinking in any soda, chewing gum etc. that his "little terrorist" in the backseat (as he put it)chose to dispose of.
    We are torn between the Blue/beige and Mahogany/beige. Having seen the Blue/grey in person, it's a gorgeous exterior. Wife did not like the gold exterior.
  • saustinsaustin Posts: 68
    Better sooner than later. Just found one dealer selling closer to invoice. Not as good as the NY price (they claim to pay $300 more in New England for cars) but here is the info.

    http://www.premiersubaru.com/

    B9 Tribeca 7 Passenger Limited
    (with Rear Seat DVD system and Navigation system) will cost $36,574

    Prices include everything except sales tax, registration and dealer conveyance.
    Conveyance is $200.

    Not as good as the http://www.vanbortelsubaru.com/BuildYourCar.asp price which is at $36,150 but close.

    Steve.
  • saustinsaustin Posts: 68
    Road trip ! Count us in.
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    wow ! this tells me i can get 3-4k off by December.
  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    as the prices will be 6-7k lower
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Actually, my ideal price is "free". Yes, that's right zero.

    Strangely Subaru does not return my calls. ;)

    -juice
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    With a license plate/username like mine, who deserves a free Subie? ME! ;)

    DW would like one, but she's mentioned that she also would like to move to a new house within a few years. So, her mind is on not picking up another car payment...for now.

    -Brian
  • carguy1234carguy1234 Posts: 233
    Sorry to break in on this love fest, but I'm wondering about the following:

    1) will the Tribeca gas milage be even worse than the combined 18 MPG CR gets in their Outback 6-cyl?

    2) Just how bad is the visibility with the "style over functionality" design of the rear side windows?

    It's funny how the Infiniti FX got slammed by Forester owners for having comparatively worse rearward visibility, but now that the Tribeca has a similar design to the FX, the Subaru faithful are in awe of the awesome design!

    I'm not here to slam the Tribeca, in fact it's on my consideration list for this fall. I am concerned about the gas milage though, due to the weight and Subaru's traditionally poor milage figures.

    It will be interesting in a year when the redesigned MDX is out with possibly a 40-50% real world gas milage advantage over the Tribeca.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We don't know even what the EPA estimates are for mileage right now, so any answer would just be speculation.

    I was one of the people that slammed the FX, so I plead guilty as charged.

    However, the FX is much, much worse. The window tapers away more towards the front, and the small windows are completely blocked by the head rests.

    The Murano is a little better. The Tribeca is slightly better than the Murano, and not nearly as bad as the FX. That's because the window tapers up near the D-pillar, but it's much farther back than in the FX.

    That plus the Tribeca's rear head rests tuck down into the seat nicely, you can even fold the 2nd row flat without removing them.

    Visibility will not be a strong point, however. At least the side mirrors are oversized to compensate.

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Check it out, it's not that bad. I'll see if I can find one of the FX. Imagine having no rear quarter window at all, and you get the idea. ;)

    This photo was taken from the perspective of the driver seat. Notice how the head rests are not in the way.

    -juice
  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    with that tiny window. do they have a hurling car icon?
  • carguy1234carguy1234 Posts: 233
    Thanks for the pic. I do think the Tribeca will not be quite so bad in this respect. I will be test driving to make sure though.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Picture that 3rd row with the middle row moved forward 8", and you'll paint a different picture.

    I'm all photo-happy today so let me try to find one that shows that...found one, with the seat all the way back there is no space for your legs, but the left side slides up 8" and room isn't as bas as some are saying.

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The scale is a little off on that thumbnail, click it to see the full picture.

    The funny thing is that photo (scaled that way) seems to support swampy's theory. LOL

    -juice
  • carguy1234carguy1234 Posts: 233
    The third row would be purely for overflow (kid's friends) for us, and even then for short trips. If anybody needs a third row for daily use, you will most likely be happiest in a minivan.
  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    my point is not about the leg room, but the lack of window space for the 3rd row passengers. it may have been you that said something about the murano/fx people trading it in cuz people were getting sick back there cuz of the small windows?

    when driving the hills of nj where i live, a good sized window seem to offset the nausea of being tossed around. you put people in with no window, i better supply the barf bags
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If the window were big, you'd be complaining that it would not be safe since the side curtain air bags do not reach the 3rd row. :P

    I hadn't heard about any car sickness complaints, so that must've been someone else. I did mention the blind spots on the FX, however.

    -juice
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    If the window were big, you'd be complaining that it would not be safe since the side curtain air bags do not reach the 3rd row.

    Yes, this is the reason for the 3rd qtr windows. i read it in one of the places.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's the one thing I liked about the XC90 - nice big window plus SAC to protect that row. The seats themselves are not as good, there is scant leg room.

    -juice
  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    found the fx kids gettting sick post...


    Subaru did a good job pricing the Tribeca. It's a good alternative to stretching for an Acura/Lexus/Infiniti SUV. Given the great interior - sat in 2 different B9's at the NY car show Subaru pre-show - I'm wondering where they cut corners?

    Just have to wait for a test drive...

    Someone mentioned 28 mpg highway. NO WAY! My LLBan was stickered at 20 city /28 highway and I haven't gotten over 20 in a long time. Just did a fuel induction service - waiting to see if it improves. 28? NO WAY!

    Also, comparison to FX is all wrong. It's a bouncy sports car, not a family hauler. I have yet to see an FX with anyone in the back - especially kids. Test drove the FX 4 times before buying an MDX - hoping it would soften up. My 8 yr. old daughter asked for me to stop her test drive so she could get out after my wife bounced over on top of her! Also read Edmunds posts of people who sold the FX after their kids kept getting sick. No joke...but it is really fun to drive if you are holding on to the steering wheel!

    Ralph
  • deerlake7deerlake7 Posts: 162
    The window sticker on the B9 I drove Saturday said 18 city, 23 highway.
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