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Tribeca Accessories & Modifications



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It would not be a deal-killer on any car I was going to buy.

    I care more about how it drives, not how it looks! :shades:

    Edit: in the case of the van, how it rides, more so than how it drives.
  • We just bought an almost new demo 2007 Tribeca. I like almost everything about it so far, and the build quality and fit an finish are quite a bit above the competition.

    My wife drives this car and has one major complaint, the arm rest on both sides is useless. Here arms (and mine when I drive) don't even get anywhere close to the arm rests. What the hell was Subaru doing and does anybody have any suggestions on fixes? I fear that driving this car may lead to a lot of fatigue as a result.
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 384
    You're quite right. After driving vehicles where I could always rest my elbows with my hands on the wheel- in the 'beca I cannot. It was almost a deal breaker for me, but there was still no other car I wanted more.

    Strangely- after a year of ownership, I kinda' forgot all about this difference.

    Think of the extra 'strength training' that you'll get :)
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 384
    Nothing looks better than black. Go for it.
    You'll enjoy washing it as looks so beautiful when it's clean.

    Cars are an emotional purchase, not a practical one. Go with what makes you happy. You won't regret it.

    I've got the titanium silver. Hides the dirt well, but frankly- it doesn't look nearly as sharp as the Black.
  • irollitirollit Posts: 20
    To anyone who has the Backup Sensors on their Tribeca:

    How exactly do these sensors work? How close would the object have to be before it makes a sound? It seems like it would make a sound every time in a parking lot when backing up.

    It wouldn't help me if it went off every time I put my vehicle in reverse. I would expect it to really alert me to an object I could not see in my mirrors.

    I am not fond of high pitched sounds. Is the sound annoying? I read that there is more than one sound option on these. Are they both high pitched? Is there a sound level adjustment?

    They will be available late summer for the 2009 Forester. I was told it will be the same as the ones installed on the Tribeca before the backup camera was available.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    I have an aftermarket system on my 06 Tribeca so it may be a little different to the factory system. it starts beeping at maybe 4 feet from an object. the sound has to be distinctive and loud enough or you end up ignoring it.
  • irollitirollit Posts: 20
    Thank you for that information. The parts dept. told me 20 feet away. That seemed too far to be even noticed when I really needed it.

    Does anyone else have the Subaru reverse sensors? If so, please read the first post.
  • jerrys2jerrys2 Western massachusettsPosts: 189
    Assume you had it installed by a dealer, what was the cost?


  • Hi January, my Beca is going to the body shop to paint the hood and front fenders as I have big chips of paint missing from rocks hitting it int he road. It's very noticable on the black. OK, I'm also taking it there to repair the bumper as I messed it up backing into the garage door.

    The body shop guy told me about the clear hood and fender protectors...this is better than the "bra" that some cars use. I've seen the films online that are they make a hard shell? Has anyone gotten these to protect their front ends? This also will help with bug stains as well as it gets really buggy down here.

    Anyone have any luck with these? Did you install it yourself? I also want to put some door bumpers on my car as people keep dinging me and I'm going to get those fixed too. This will be the 2nd time I'm getting dings fixed!!!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The "clear bra" as they are called is pretty decent in protecting the paint. They aren't hard but rather soft to absorb the impact of stones etc. Just don't put em on the lights as they can and will get brittle from the headlights heat and get burn spots.

    I would also get it professionally installed. It really looks BAD when done by a non-pro.

    Subaru Guru and Track Instructor
  • Speaking of protection, has anyone found a place that sells door edge molding that will fit on the Tribeca Doors?

    I'm looking for something to go on the door edge like my Accord has, protects when the door swings wide, the rear doors on the Tribeca have a particulary sharp edge.

    Body color would be nice (diamond grey for me)..

  • I'll answer my own question, a site called Brandsport sells door edge guards in two types and various colors. I'll try one to see if it works with the door, there is a stick-on style that hopefully can contour to the door edge, which is not particularly flat.

  • Please let me know how this works out. A year ago I had 2 dings removed. Today I now have 3 more!!!! I'm tired of this. Maybe it will help a little.
  • if dings in your door are the issue, look at body side molding, I found aftermarket kit at , they have color match and just matte black. I haven't put it on yet, but that would help avoid people dinging your door.
  • Here are some pictures of the Tribeca door moldings I bought. I had a guy come out to first fix the dings that were in my doors then he applied these easy moldings. Hopefully they'll keep the dings away. They don't look too bad either!

    Hopefully these pics will come up


  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    What stands out to me are those mesh grille inserts - very nice with that black. :shades:
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,913
    I suspect those will help for larger vehicles, but not the smaller ones where the contact point is low on your Tribeca's door. I cannot quite tell if there is a factory-mounted strip low on the door panel, but if not, you may end up with dings continuing in that area. It looks nice, though.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Thanks for the compliments. I put those moldings where I'm always getting dings. From big SUVs!!!

    This was my second time I've had to get ding removal and they are always high up. Seems like everyone here in South FL loves big old cars.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,913
    You should be good to go, then! I notice that trucks and (large) SUVs tend to be the door-ding culprits around here (Alaska) as well. Those of us who drive small cars are far more considerate. :D
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Hello All,

    We just purchased a new 2008 Tribeca (2/26/09) and so far are very happy. We take several road trips per year and like to have a clothes hanging rod across the rear end of the cargo area. There are what appear to be access plugs near the hatch opening in a position that would allow hanging of a rod.

    Do these "pop" out? If so, what's behind them?


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  • have a 2008 tribeca with roof rail installed

    where can i get best price for a set of crossbars for this model


    please reply with cc to netcommuner at gmail dot com
  • Any suggestions as to where to pick up unswitched 12 volt power in or near the center console? The existing accessory outlets have power available only when the ignition switch is on or in "accessory" positions. This is a pain.

    I found the fuse that supplies the outlets but the power goes through a relay between the fuse and the outlet that interrupts power when the ignition switch is not on.


    Dave M.
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