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Subaru B9 Tribeca (B9X)



  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    My dealer is getting me contact info on a company that has purchased B9 wheels from SOA.

    They stripped and Chrome Plated them.

    They send you the Chromed wheels and you mount your tires and return the painted ones to them.

    I will definitely do it - especially if the price is as quoted at $600.00

    I will post the info when received.

    If you find 20" wheels what size tire would they take? I would think the tire would have to be a very low profile and wouldn't that make for a much harsher ride and limit the ability to handle rough roads and pot holes?
  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    PIcked up my Satin White Pearl B9 Tribeca 7 passenger limited with Desert Beige leather, DVD & NAV, and puddle lights yesterday!

    To my pleaseant surprise it also has dual beige pin stripe! I prob wouldn't have paid extra for it but the fact that it has it was a nice bonus and makes the sides less plain looking especially on the white. Speaking of which the satin white pearl is a great color and what seems like all the colors offered for the B9 it is metallic which really adds the affect and makes even the white appear different in different lighting. My dad liked the satin white pearls metallic color better then his plain gloss white BMW 5 series believe it or not so kudos to Sub on the ext. colors.

    I will try to get some pictures of the puddle lights as someone requested. I imagine they are the same on everyones but for some reason on mine they seemed wider but less deep then i remember them and also you can actually see them from the side sometimes where as before you used to have to bend down to see them. They don't show up during the day much as they are some type of bluish white led bulbs or something but at night they really are a cool effect and when we came out of the movies and hit unlock ppl who were walking by in parking lot already looking at beca and wondering what type of car it was were like whoaaa when the puddle lights came on.

    Speaking of getting looks which is always fun wiht a new model ppl haven't seen I'm thinking of taking off the subaru lettering to add to the mystery more. You'd be surprised not only how many ppl just dont know about the B9 yet but also how many don't know the 5-6 star Subaru symbol which btw when you look close is a cool carbon fibre blue. So i would leave the sub symbols on front and back and just take off the Subaru lettering.

    Anyone know the best way to get the silvering Subaru lettering off? I think I have read how before as it is the same for all cars.

    Have to go take her for a spin and my woman is calling for me so... but real quick the DVD player is great but i think its over precautious that you have to put parking brake on to watch on NAV screen, park would be sufficient but its worth a really cool feature. Portable mp3 player to the rear audio inputs is the best and overall everything is just great.

    Just to not sound like a biased owner I will say reinforce what others have said that the cargo cover is a real disappointment and annoying getting on and off, but if you leave it either on or off then its not so bad. The only excuse i can think for them is that with the 3rd row they couldn't make a more permanent one but still the 5 passenger version should have got a better one since it doesnt' have that problem but then 7 passenger ppl like myself who really only got it for the NAV would be pissed.

    more later...
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Glad to see all the comments from new owners!! You guys make a very compelling case for the vehicle.

    Dental floss is pretty effective getting badges off -- just slide it under the lettering and saw/pull to cut through the adhesive. Follow up with something safe to get the residue off -- I prefer WD-40 myself, and/or rubbing alcohol. Even a good cleaner wax will do. Rub/blot gently with a soft cloth so as to not leave swirls/scratches.

    Regarding the line in for iPod -- if the B9 is like the 05 Legacy/Outback, the stereo, CD changer, and HVAC controls are integrated into one big unit. There is an internal connection between the CD changer and stereo (a ribbon cable). You can hack into the radio to intercept this connection, and use it for aux-in purposes. But it requires a lot of practical experience with electronics, soldering, etc...

    Given that the upgraded stereo system (ie, 9-speaker) in the B9 is required for DVD/NAV/AUX, I would expect those systems to have an additional connecter on the back of the radio for additional inputs. What we need is for someone to do some exploratory studies on their B9 to see what's up. From there, we would require a way to get the radio to recognize/trigger these additional inputs for vehicles without the DVD/NAV/AUX. Usually it's a fairly simple hack.

    For those of you with the DVD that are running wires to the rear aux inputs, keep in mind that another option is to meet up with the aux harness at the back of the radio, which may or may not be easier.

    Within a few months of the 05 Legacy/Outback debut, people on other enthusiast websites had figured how to hack into the radio. I imagine it will only be a matter of time before similar info is available for the B9.

  • ladywclassladywclass Posts: 1,713
    OK, guys, I'm still working through the posts in order, and I'm replying to one from a month ago ... it might be addressed in the next 750 posts (lol) but I have to put in my 2cents worth ...

    that divided tray ... quite possibly it's divided to keep things 'organized' .. not everyone wants to carry LARGE items .. maybe you want to hide a laptop computer .. or a digital camera ... or some other item so that it's not in FULL VIEW, but if you leave it there while driving it's not banging all over in a huge compartment! ...

    ok .. back to reading from a month ago ...
  • nhstevenhsteve Posts: 78
    PLease be sure to post the contact info for the chrome wheels. COunt me in when you speak with them.

    Steve in NH
  • nhstevenhsteve Posts: 78

    While you are parked or driving... just press the map and a POI button appears. Press the POI button and make your selection. You scale must be 1/2 miles or less to display POI info. press a POI icon and get name, address and phone number. It works fine.

  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458

    Thanks a lot.

    That was so easy I feel silly for asking the question.

  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    This may not sound like much - but yesterday I removing the ugly dealer plate frame and noticed that the tribeca has 4 screw holes to fasten the rear plate.

    My last 4 really expensive cars only had only the top 2 holes. So every time you slam the trunk down you get that clanking sound.

    Looks like SOA thinks about h\the little details also.

    Thanks SOA
  • nhstevenhsteve Posts: 78
    No problem John. I had to find out for myself too.

  • nhstevenhsteve Posts: 78
    So.... after all that conversation I finally hooked up my camper and went for a test drive today, just a short one. The B9 performed perfectly. Honestly, i could not tell i was pulling anything. As she sat this mornign, I was pulling about 1800-2000lbs. Accceleration from a stop, braking and handeling, all perfect, no problems. I will be taking the B9/trailer up to the White Mountains the end of this month and will report back.

    This car grows on me more each day. Very happy with my purchase. If you don't have one, you should go right out and get one. Tell them Steve sent you!
  • shane850shane850 Posts: 36
    When you find out about the chrome wheels let me know as well. I would be very interested and may just stay with the 18" at that price. I was going to switch to 20" for the summer and put winter tires on the stock 18" wheels but am having to wait for the wheel manufacturers to figure out what fits the Tribeca. Part of the problem seems to be the very large offset. The information I have gotten says it is 55mm and the aftermarket wheel dealers do not have any information.

    As for the size of tires on the 20" wheels, they would be 255/45/20 and are the same diameter as the stock 18" wheels and tires. You can not really go any wider as there would be a good chance that the tires would rub on the fenders. If you look at the clearance between the tire and fender on the outside, it is minimal. Feeling to the inside it seems minimal as well.

  • b9driverb9driver Posts: 118
    I just bought a B9 Atlantic Blue with tan interior, limited. I'm going to install an aftermarket DVD system because I feel the stock version was pretty poor and not flexible for the money. My detailed review/comments can be found easily on Epinions, but I'm waiting for any info on how to use the AUX connections off the radio back as we're installing a 3 screen system and would prefer not to use a modulator. We didn't want the overhead because it's rather poor when there's more than one person back there (off axis), it blocks the rear visibility (yikes!) and it's only one screen. For less money you can have a system with headrest mounts (7 inch screens) and a visor screen (7 inch screen) with the ability to watch two different DVDs, so a child can watch Elmo in the rear, and Casablana can play up front. Just something to consider when buying a 7 passenger or if you have the 5 passenger and feel slighted! After market is usually much better when it comes to audio and video..and less expensive.
    This is a great car. Quiet ride, plenty of real world power and here in NY, the B9 has gotten nothing but compliments on it's design. I think people are pretty happy to see ANY car that doesn't look like everything else. As to the interior, no other SUV can match the B9, it's really well done. We looked at the Acura MDX, Nissan Murano and all the rest. This is truly a great car, especially if it's quality is true to the Subaru name.

    Robert B
  • b9driverb9driver Posts: 118
    We have the 5 passenger Limited and still in the break-in period. Even under 4000 RPM there is ample power. A 4000 lb SUV that does 0-60 in eight and a half seconds is just fine. It's certainly a rocket compared to my 99 Outback. That car barely had enough power. If you want a faster ride go with the Outback XT. This is an SUV. Even if they add 50 more HP, it will still be a heavy SUV and best driven within the limits of the chasis. I'd like to see real world driving/usage improvements before any power increases.
    1) Improve rear visibility
    2) Make wheel telescoping
    3) Improve rear seat legroom across the board
    4) Fix that silly cargo cover..are they kidding with that?
    5) Make wheel radio controls defeatable. They are too easy to hit while turning.
    6) Make stereo system more friendly to additions such as Sat. Radio and Ipods.
    7) Automatic lift gate please!
    8) Improve readout quality on LCD display on dash.
    9) Armrest should slide back/front.
    10) 2X seat memory please.
    11) Better 12V placement for radar detector please.

    But seriously...we love our new B9 and will wait patiently for the 2008 model!

    Robert B
  • ladywclassladywclass Posts: 1,713
    I got a master's degree ... period
  • ladywclassladywclass Posts: 1,713
    reading all the posts from the last couple of months make me want a tribeca and i have yet to see one up close and in person .. lol .. you lucky stiffs!
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Try shopping online places that sell wheels for other Subarus -- that offset is typical of other Subarus, which use offsets from 48-55. Places like subydude and oakos are some places to start looking. Pretty much any place that caters to the WRX / Legacy GT crowd will have some awesome wheels.

    TireRack also has a good selection of wheels that fit Subarus. Even if they have not specifically "test fit" the Tribeca yet, other wheels with the correct offset should fit as long as the bolt pattern is the same. Most Subarus are 5x100, but recent years of the STi are 5x114.

    In lieu of a prior test fit, don't deviate far from the stock width and outer diameter to be on the safe side -- things to check are the clearance between the inside edge of the stock wheel/tire combo and the struts/suspension links).

  • photoguy2photoguy2 Posts: 164
    Glad you enjoyed the reading! I'm sure your Masters Degree was helpful! :)

    Now go get yourself out to a dealer and take a B9 for a drive! You'll like it even better when you do! My wife thinks I clean mine much to much! I keep a Microfiber towel in the car at all times! :)
  • ladywclassladywclass Posts: 1,713
    well I feel I'm almost at the 'advantage' now after reading about all your experiences and almost feeling as if I 'know' some of you while I haven't posted much at all in the last few months ...

    I'd LOVE to be in the market for a Tribeca, but with a daughter still in college and two stepsons close behind ...

    my 'best chance' is when daughter graduates next spring .. if she can get a job and buy my 2001 outback .. THEN I'll get serious about the next soobie
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    reading all the posts from the last couple of months...

    I'm impressed. Consider yourself entitled to a B9!

    tidester, host
  • gwilsongwilson Posts: 46
    I am having a problem with the nav system display not going into "night mode". I have the Map Mode setting in the User Selections set to "Auto" and according to the user manual when the headlights are turned on the display on the nav should go into night mode. When I set "Map Mode" to "Night" it does darken the screen but "Auto" does not seem to work. Am I doing something wrong? Anyone have this problem or similar problems?
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    Try adjusting your dash dimmer switch (to the left of the steering wheel). This can override the Nav brightness settings if turned all the way up to its brightest setting.

    -Karen in AZ-
  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    My last SUV only had 2 screw holes for license plate as well but I didn't realize that most/all don't have 4 either so that is a great little plus for the B9 and its important we notice/mention those things along with the complaints.

    Speaking of which I do have a few just to get out of the way that may have already been mentioned. While at first I tried to defend no auto up window as not a big deal it is a feature I had on my 2001 Pathfinder and therefore something I noticed in recent use that I actually did miss. I don't quite understand how you have auto down but not auto up as I can't imagine it costing anymore if auto down is in place? Where as some of these features ppl complain are missing in comparing to especially the Murano would have added to cost and you have to remember the things it does have that others don't and the fact that it is less money comparably equipped.

    Now again for me coming from non electronic adjustable cloth seats I don't miss what I didn't have like memory seats but I did have time and temperature always readable and that seems to be a problem in the B9. You only see temp when in info so not when in the nav map or anything and I think my time is in 24 hr time (hopefully can be changed?) and also i believe only while in info or similar modes. This is a bit worrisome as i'm always keeping my eye on both and dont want to have to switch anything to see. Someone mentioned before they should have put temp in the auto dimming/compass mirror option and I agree and add that both time and temp should be always viewable in some other location then nav screen where again it is not displayed when in certain modes.

    Speaking of the Murano, I feel it seems to end up being the main "arch rival" to the Tribeca as they are most similar in styling, price and features. I find myself battling again Muranos on the road and parking next to them in parking lot, heh. I even parked side by side with a white one same color as my B9 as the ppl in that were getting out and loved it when i hit lock and it showed the side mirror blinker and puddle lights as they are 2 cool features readily distinguishable on the exterior that the Murano doesn't have. But this worries me that part of why I am competing with Murano so hard is that it is somewhat of a worthy competitor. I am/was somewhat of a Nissan/Infiniti loyalist and do like the 350 Z like tail lights of the Murano and the white lights on either side of the license plate (though lame Honda Pilot has those too). Overall I think I like the back end of the B9 better though somehow and it just looks a little more substantial or tougher or something. I love the B9 from behind as the rear wheel wells almost stick out a little (not unlike some porsche). Sometimes I hear the back end compared to the high up minivan looks of the Buick Rendevous and Chrysler Pacifica but I think it is much better then those as I dont care for those at all and again I personally like it even better then the Murano plus remember the Lexus RX has the high up tail lights on the new models and it makes the older RX with the lower down tail lights look bad now. Another example of styling growing on you which is the true test.

    A lot of these designs ppl reject at first all because they are not used to them but then later end up loving. Specifically the front end/grill of the B9, funny how many early opinion even on online forums was that it was so ugly and all this other stuff. Everyone that has seen my B9 in person loves the front end and thinks it looks great and I myself also don't even see it as being that extreme or "controversial" as it was called and actually think it is quite pleasing now. I will say Next to the Murano there was something about the flat hood shape and headlights of the Murano looked a little i'm not sure solid or even had a heigher height (it was on higher ground though in the lot). Overall though I think the sloped in the middle hood and headlight placement is different and cool and just needs getting used to as it is just a little sports car-ish like but then so is porsche cayennes hood & headlights. And, Muranos front grill straight across is kind of boring and minivan-ish or something.

    Its interesting how in some ways the B9 blends right in as some ppl don't even take a second look assuming it is one of the other ones they've seen. But you notice that the drivers of those similar SUV's do make second takes at it, stare and try to figure out what it is and try to read a brand. Even more reason I want to take off the small Subaru lettering, not that I am not proud of Subaru as i think they are a great make but just to leave some mystery because surprisingly as i think i mentioned before many don't know the Subaru wordless badge/symbol of stars by just that alone.

    Speaking of Subie, I hope if they do come out with an STi, XT, or other higher performance even Turbo B9, in some ways that it is long enough from now that will make sense for all of us early adapters of Tribecas that took the risk on a new model to trade in for the higher performance model. Because if its like next year then that wont make sense to trade in for it whether your stuck in a lease or bought outright and would therefore suck if you really wanted to upgrade but just bought the old/regular version B9. Also, I imagine at least some of these other minor complaints and issues as you see in any new model (and even ones that are not new and supposed to be perfected) might be addressed. Again that is a good thing but will just suck for us early adapters unless they are things they can somehow add/fix on existing models but i doubt that will be possible or happen on many of these even minor issues because I don't know/haven't heard of that happening very often in the past.

    To end this diatribe on a good note, The truth and bottom line is that I love my B9 and that it is an improvement in almost every way over my last SUV. It really depends what you are coming from into a B9 and what you are comparing it to while remembering price differences, but regardless it is a great car overall. I think what will really reassure myself and some others is seeing Consumer Reports not only recommend the Tribeca but rate it above the Murano and right with the Highlander, Pilot and RX at which point I will know for sure I did the right thing. Going by Subies track record and the car(s) the B9 is loosely based on, the odds are in its favor for being recommended and getting a good overall rating.

    In the meantime the risk of being an early adopter has been well worth the fun.
  • papahawkpapahawk Posts: 24
    Even though the Tribeca will never become a "me too" vehicle.... me too on the chrome wheels!!!

  • papahawkpapahawk Posts: 24
    My wife complains about the incessant cleaning as well, and I too have a collection of microfiber towels (aren't they the best? no dust!). I hand wash the towels after use so that they do not get mixed up with my childrens' dirty clothes in the wash. Don't want any dirt or grime touching the new "baby" ya know?! :D

  • nhstevenhsteve Posts: 78

    The time display can be changed from 12 to 24 hours (in the setup I believe) and is always visible in the top left corner of the map. did post earlier, the outside temp should be visible to the driver at all times, either in the mirror or in the dash... safety.

    Nice write-up. I suggest that you do not put much credibility in the CR write-up. You clearly love your B9, as do I. Subaru has been making quality products for a long time. Don't worry about the magazine article and go for a drive!

  • mikejlmikejl Posts: 78
    The time is displayed in the upper left corner of the nav screen. It can be changed through the set up routine to display in 12-hour format. I also wish the outside temp was always visible. I guess the simple answer is to have the audio or info screen up instead of the map, but the map provides entertainment to the passengers, so I tend to leave it up. I especially like to keep an eye on the temp in the winter when it is hovering around the freezing mark. Maybe I'll be tired of the map screen by then.
  • gwilsongwilson Posts: 46
    Thanks Karen! Yes, that does dim the nav but shouldn't it dim when in 'auto' mode when the headlights are turned on also?

  • gwilsongwilson Posts: 46
    Thanks Karen - that did work. It turns out there is a setting past Ill.6 on the dimmer switch that overrides the nav map mode. I had it cranked all the way past Ill.6 and was overriding the nav setting. Thanks again!!

  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    Yep...that's what I discovered, too.

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