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Subaru B9 Tribeca (B9X)



  • cpp788xcpp788x Posts: 47
    You don't mention anywhere in your post about contacting Subaru. I would have brought them into the picture after the second visit. Contact coporate in NJ and make them get involved - You will get results.

  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    Hi Steve

    What tire are you considering for an up-grade?

    Do you know the brand & model of the 255/55 18s that come from the factory?

    I want to up-grade my B9's tires also. I don't go offroad and want tires that will serve me well during an Chicag winter - but my primary desire is a tire that will maximize the corning and handling of the B9 and still is quite and provide a comfortable (not Soft) ride.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    My e-mail is:

  • subyctsubyct Posts: 4
    The Subaru dealer in Branford, CT had about 4.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Call SoA when you encounter a problem like that, 800-SUBARU3. That's what Patti used to do when she frequented these boards (supervise dealer relations), though now she works in a different department.

    Drove an ML in the M Class Road Rally and honestly can say I'd pick a Tribeca over an ML350. Mercedes estimates 0-60 in 8.2s but it felt comparatively slow after recently sampling the Tribeca. To be honet the Benz just didn't do anything for me, especially considering the price.

    The ML500 was another story, much more fun, but still didn't handle as well as the Subie due to it being much taller. Plus it's $50k plus.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Got the print edition of the Washington Post today, and found an extremely flattering review of the Tribeca. Warren Brown compares it favorably to competitors from Mercedes, BMW, Acura, Lexus, and Land Rover.

    His reviews are generally kind but he really pours praise all over this one, saying SoA has "engineered a miracle".


  • eric102eric102 Posts: 122
    As I was flying down the freeway in the Outback today, late for an appointment as usual, I glance over at my local Subie dealer (Marysville, WA.) and I spot 3 B9s! Late or not I had to take a quick look.

    The exterior looked just as weird as the photo's, but I liked it, very distinctive, very Subaru like, not boring like the Pilot or some of the other boxes out there. Unlike most others the wife really liked the front end but was unsure of the back end (to busy she said). Overall she gave a thumbs up for the exterior styling (this would be her car or truck or whatever it is).

    We only had a few minutes to check out the interior. Lot's of leg, elbow and head room for me in the drivers seat (I'm the one who had to modify the seat in my Outback), but for some reason the passenger side didn't have nearly as much leg room. I know I wouldn't be comfortable there for long trips, probably a good excuse to be the driver. The wife fell in love with the interior and didn't want to get out, she has always had Hondas or Acuras and felt that the B9 was a step up in quality. We didn't have time to really look at all the knobs, switch's and gizmos but everything looked logically laid out and of high quality.

    So our first impression was "we like it". I know, not much of a review but I thought maybe some tall people would like to know they might fit in it. For sure will take it for a test drive soon.

  • junior5junior5 Posts: 15
    Agree with that juice. Warren Brown almost waxes poetic during this review which he does not do often. No notes however about the interior noise levels of the Tribeca. Hopefullly with the framed windows they will be lower compared to my 03 Forester.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ain't hard to fall in love with that, not at all.

  • irish24irish24 Posts: 43
    Was at the local subaru dealer on thurs. saw a new tribeca in the parking lot. Salesguy said 3 had come in 2 days before. one was sold and gone as soon as it came in. Price is getting up there. The 5 seater had a price tag of 31+ the 7 seater w nav was slightly more than 38 Looked like a cross between a Murano and some of the other SUV's coming out.
  • irnmdnirnmdn Posts: 245
    just like they did for WRX? Seems yet another well engineered vehicle from Subaru won't enjoy the sales success it deserves due to polarizing styling.
  • newsubunewsubu Posts: 39
    The NEW Subaru B9 Tribeca website is upgraded and live! Much new specific info, including competitor comparisons, warranty info, dealer inventory, complete interior & exterior accessories, options, a few new pics, etc. Even has a section for anticipated reviews. Nice job, check it out:

    link title
  • rblnrrblnr Posts: 124
    Test drove both the Tribeca and Legacy GT wagon today in NJ. The Legacy lists at 97.4 cu. ft. of cabin space and the Tribeca at 141.8. The 43 or so cu. ft. of extra space seems to come mostly from the extra width of the Tribeca. How much more useful do you all think the Tribeca is from a space standpoint vs. the Legacy wagon? Back seat room is essentially the same -- do you think the width and/ or slightly larger cargo space plays out on longer trips? As the Legacy GT is more fun to drive IMO (hey, it's several hundred pounds lighter and has similar hp), I'm wondering if the Tribeca is worth it to me. Interior is nicer, but not sure I want to pay simply for a more luxurious and slightly quieter interior.

    Just had kid #2, am moving up from the Forester and trying to figure my next move.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    Unless I made some serious error in the math - those 255/55 tires have a side wall height of about 5.6 inches.

    It that still considered low profile?

    John, that would be 5.6 cm, not 5.6 inches! Translates to about 2.25 inches which is not a lot of rubber. Factor in squat (as the aspect ratio is a no-load measurement), and it gets even smaller.

  • sdufordsduford Posts: 577
    Actually no, that's 5.6" not cm.

    255 * .55 = 140.25 mm = 5.52"
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    check out the OB XT, they have good deals on 2005 now. I just bought one & is nice !!!!
  • ktpklossktpkloss Posts: 28
    and... well...mixed feelings , i'm about to get a new car (currently own classic '98 forester :) )

    it's roomier overall (than forester) --> except for headroom, it's hard to beat forester in that respect...interior is really good-looking, honestly, i liked cloth (dark one) better than leather. from short time i drove it i think: it would benefit greatly from slightly stronger engine, it basically performed the same as my 7 ys old forester (plus ugly engine noise as it struggled to accelerate, went over 5000 prm very quickly, and i didn't really step on the gas that hard, just regular hwy merger)...very small sunroof, and yes, it's not that quiet...nothing exceptional....wel i'll be looking at more different cars (X90, tuareg, new saab ect) but still don't exclude Tribeca, overall a pretty good car.
  • coastercoaster Posts: 46
    Still waiting in Tucson for the first Tribeca to arrive. It seems the distribution is not equally allocated.
    I do not need a third row of seats but I am wondering, if I order a Tribeca with the third row of seats and keep them folded, will it help to reduce the road noise in the back of the vehicle??
  • shirtshirt Posts: 1
    I'm quite interested in this car but have a few space requirements and am wondering if anyone who's got one can give me a feeling if they'll be met.

    IF I get the 7-passenger, and IF I fold down half of the third row and the second row seat in front of it, can I fit a road bike in length-wise with only the front wheel removed? I have yet to find reliable interior space specs.

    IF one has the 5-passenger, how feasible are three car seats in a row? If the answer is "not very," how happy would a normal length/width 10 year-old be in the 3rd row of the 7-passenger?

    IF you have the 7-passenger with all seats at attention, how laughable is the storage space in the back?


    My wife has a Sienna which has room up the wazoo, and I currently drive a Protege-5 which is gutless but still very fun to drive. We recently moved to a *very* snowy, steep place and the Protege-5 was worthless for about 2 months this winter. I can only really fit two kids in my car and need something bigger but would like to do something a little smaller than a minivan and with all-wheel drive a little more advanced than the unit that comes with the Sienna.

    And yes, the road bikes ride inside with me to the races...


  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    I found the engine very noisy as well when i test drove. my wife & i were very surprised. The same H6 engine in OB, i didn;t find noisy. is it the extra weight ?

    I am finding it hard to tell my wife to sell her MPV (whose interior space is excellent). Tribeca's cargo is less than sedan's when seated 7 ?
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394

  • rblnrrblnr Posts: 124
    I found the Tribeca to be extremely quiet on my drive, more so that the Legacy GT which I drove right after. Both are noticeably quieter than the '03 Forester I own. Just haven't decided yet whether the Tribeca is worth the extra $$$ to me over a Legacy wagon given that there doesn't seem to be that much more space. Probably have to go to a minivan to make a real jump in space, but don't think I ready or willing to go there yet.
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    try OB XT, you will love it.
  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    I can't say for sure about the Tribeca fitting the bicycles, but I don't see why not. Before I picked up a hitch rack, I was able to fit 2 mountain bikes (with tires on) inside my OBW with back seat folded down. Since the Tribeca is a bit bigger, you should have no problem. I take it a hitch rack is not an option?

  • lesholesho Posts: 3
    I'm in the market for a new vehicle and am planning on test driving a Tribeca tonight. I am currently driving a Volvo 850 Glt Wagon w/ 5 speed, and am looking for something that is more comfortable, larger, and has decent gas mileage. So far I've looked at a Highlander, which my husband and I like, but find a bit boring, and a Prius, which is very intriguing but not worth the premium cost as I have an almost non-existent commute. We want something that is a comfortable traveling car - again, with good mileage.

    Here's my problem - my husband is opposed (and I am too somewhat) to buying a vehicle that requires premium fuel. The Tribeca appears to fall in the category as does the Murano, which would also be on our list were this not the case.

    I realize premium fuel is required for engines designed in a certain fashion, but in a mid-priced vehicle, given current gas prices, this seems frankly stupid. The Toyota Highlander is probably going to win-out over the Tribeca (or Murano) with us because of the fact that regular fuel is fine to use (as it is in all Toyotas). Does anyone have any insight about this? I've never owned a Subaru, but given it's rep as a very practical car, it surprises me that premium fuel is required. I would also think that most car companies should be considering this element in their design of cars, given the cost of gas today.
  • rblnrrblnr Posts: 124
    Outback XT -- thanks for the rec. Why this vs. the Legacy GT wagon? thx
  • gwilsongwilson Posts: 46
    I really like the Tribeca and have one on order but is anyone else disappointed in the size of the fuel tank? The specs say 16.9 gallons, that seems small to me and if you compare to other competitors Tribeca is the smallest. Wish they had a option for a extended fuel tank...
  • bigelmbigelm Posts: 995
    Let me start by saying that the best way to 'measure' the interior is by sitting in one. Numbers written on paper is just that...
    I've never understood how auto manufacturers measure the interior because my experience has always been unrelated to the 'numbers'.

    Take the B9 for instance, many of you say that the B9 doesn't have that much space than the Legacy. Meanwhile a 6'5" person like myself sits in it and says there's a world of difference. The interior has alot of space for the driver. Maybe the co-driver space has been sacrificed alittle, but it's still more than the Legacy offers. The 2nd row's advantage is the ability to slide forward or back (to increase space). Sliding all the way back makes it comfortable even for my height. Yes, you sacrifice 3rd row space but show me a vehicle who has ample 3rd row space and I'll show you a Twin Scroll Turbo B9 :p

    IMO, interior space numbers don't mean anything. Everyone's body torsoe is different, so the best way is to sit your butt in one. Heck, even edmunds says the SRX has ample room, and quite honestly, it felt cramped to me.

    With that said, I'm still waiting for (my wife's) B9.
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