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Subaru B9 Tribeca (B9X)



  • Ill go home and check out the name but it was actually used all the time for hours at a time too...
  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    ok thanks yeah i'd be eager to know which it was. if it worked for yours with heavy usage and hours in a row then i'm sure its good. though i'd feel better if you also said you had no problems using it with a modded xbox with larger hdd but i'm assuming not.
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    I saw some waterproof blue/white LED lights at the local boat supply shop that looked very similar to Subaru's puddle lights (they were intended for floor lighting in a power boat). Get a couple of those, install them in the rocker panel, and run the wiring! They were about $15 per unit.

    I know what you meant about the dark interior with the huge sunroof -- had the same problem in my OB XT. If you're up for a project, it is possible to connect the front map lights so that they come on with the rear dome light when the doors open. Actually, I started a topic about it on the "other" Legacy GT forum. While I was messing with that, I put the LED in the map light lens and put LEDs in the front footwells. The car is a lot friendlier at night. Part of me thinks Subaru stole all these ideas since they're on the Tribeca now, but it must have already been in final design by then. And European cars have used these lighting cues for years.

  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    I brought this up before and gave up on it after stripping one of the screws underneath the mirror to take it off. I got the other mirror off only to find yous till couldn't really get inside it to access the led bulbs (6 orange ones in each mirror).

    I wanted to change them to white or blue but someone told me it was illegal. i wouldnt' think it should be as not everyone has signal mirros so its just additional signal lights to the normal ones. ppl change the ones on the side of the car that mostly only euro cars have. speaking of which I wish the tribeca had those in addition but some cars dont have that or signal mirros and otherwise its one or the other (don't know of any cars with both factory) but its same thing with those side markers as signal mirros, its this nice clear/white casing with ugly orange bulb(s) inside. some cars have the glass is orange on side marker like odler bmw, but new ones and even vw like passat have a nice clear side marker signal but then orange bulb inside. Also some gmc and others have ugly orange plastic signal mirrors but becas is white/clear like vw, mercedes, etc. so it would be shame not to change the ugly orange leds.

    Anyway, is there any hope on chaging the leds in the signal mirrors? what do they do when one goes bad, make you buy a whole new mirror?

    any other bulbs worth changing? maybe front signal lights from orange to white or blue (but that would prob be more against some mildly enforced law) or anyone change the headlights to whiter imitation HID/xenon bulbs?

    is it easy to access the front headlight bulbs?i know on my former pathfinder it was a squeeze to get your hand in there but back signal lights came off easy and the white rear signals were nice in the white rear tail lights. tribecas are all red so no use changing back there. just mostly want to upgrde the headlight bulbs and change the signal mirror leds.
  • robotb9robotb9 Posts: 82
    It's highly unlikely that an LED will fail during the lifetime of the vehicle, so I doubt there is any provision for replacing them individually. I wish the Tribeca had LEDs rather than incandescent bulbs in the tail lights. Note that the center brake light is a row of red LEDs in a clear housing.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I prefer the beige ones in terms of how they look but I do prefer perforated leather. That would be tough.

  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    I'd avoid adding any blue lights to your vehicle - especially ones that flash. Blue is reserved for police use in most states.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    I just got back from the Columbia Mall in Columbia, MD. On display there were two Tribecas, a base 5-seater w/cloth, and the other a loaded 7-seater w/NAV & DVD. In addition, there were two reps from Subaru, and both vehicles were open so that mall shoppers could sit in and explore. I spent about a half hour with the two Subie reps, and they said the response so far has been overwhelming, and very positive. The two reps were taking down comments, which will passed on to SOA marketing folks.

    This is very smart marketing on Subaru's part. The two reps said that there were several other malls in the Baltimore/Washington area that were doing this; one in Towson, and I think the others were in the suburban DC area. The cars will be there for a month. It's quite possible Subaru will expand this type of marketing to other malls across the country, if it proves successful with these initial malls.

  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    > I don't know the difference between 5-seater and 7-seater. But my 7-seat Ltd w/Nav costs me less than my 2003 WRX Wagon in insurance.

    if you look at the IIHS data, the WRX has the highest accident claims rate for its class! it also has about the lowest injuries claims rate too!
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    where exactly is the one in front, its not in the dash. is it in the center console?? forgot to check and since I'm wavering on factory NAV vs getting another magellan I'm hoping I don;t have to have the power cord stretching too far.

    also, does anyone have a champagne gold?? on the dealership lot its almost impossible to characterize the color, thought it was the silver, except they had a silver also which almost seemed grey next to the gold. it almost looks like the seacrest green though I haven;t seen two side by side yet.

    getting ready to pull the trigger on getting one, just can't decide on the NAV and color. too bad you can;t get NAV without leather, I hate leather!!
  • b9driverb9driver Posts: 118
    The nav looks cool, but it's sure not a 2K worth of cool. I'm a yachtsman, so GPS has been in my life for 10 years +. A unit that can be shared makes more sense, but let me warn you that the power cord will have a LONG run. You'll probably need to set up a dedicated line. I ended up passing on the Nav, made up for it with a better DVD system keeping the "cool" factor for me!
    But my advice is, if you plan to really use NAV is to poney up the 2K for it. Or...If you have a boat like me, then get a high end unit and swap it back and forth.

    Good Luck,

    Robert B
  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    The front power outlets (two of them) are located inside the center console storage bin, i.e. under the armrest.

    Champagne Gold can be found in a lot of early SOA press photos about B9. Personally, I think dark colors look better for the styling of the B9.

    NAV, if you do a lof of travel and you want a integrated system that has nothing hanging out or can mute your music when voice intrstruction is playing, it is worth to get one. However, most of my friends who bought Nav with their cars rarely use it anymore after first a few months of excitement.
  • spfoteyspfotey Posts: 131
    I'd like to hear/read what you guys think of the vehicle -- and how you compared it to other vehicles. thx.
  • photoguy2photoguy2 Posts: 164
    Huh? You're kidding right? Have you spent any amount of time reading past posts? I don't mean to be rude but there is a LOT of worthwhile reading if you are truely interested. Lot's of personal commentary about owners impressions and comparisons as well.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    They had two at a mall near me, too (Alderwood, upscale mall north of Seattle). Silver/gray 5-pass Ltd and a black/beige 7-pass w/DVD & NAV. There were folks crawling all over them and reaction seemed very good. Gosh it looks sharp in black! Unfortunately, I heard several people wondering aloud if it comes with all-wheel drive. The Subaru rep there seemed reasonably knowledgeable but was not proactive in showing the cars' features. That would've been extremely beneficial for those trying to figure out the 2nd & 3rd rows.

    No a soul was interested in the Saturn vans at the other end of the mall. You want an ugly nose, look at those! At least the Tribeca's looks European instead of just snout-like.
  • tyyeh0tyyeh0 Posts: 43
    Same here. Waiting for the safety tests since that's one main reason we are getting this car and selling a small compact sedan that my wife drives.

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059

    A simple "Welcome aboard!" and invitation to read previous messages would have sufficed! :)

    tidester, host
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    I have had NAV first in an Acura 3.2 TL and loved it. used almost once per week. and perfect for when I was using the car for work. then got a Toyota Highlander with no NAV. wow withdrawal was tough

    then a Pacifica with NAV and now the B9 with NAV. If you know how to max out the information and use it does become a great tool. I use it to estimate my time to destination even if I know where I am going. it will tell me how much time is left to get there. or searching for directions to a place I am meeting friends such as a restaruant. :D
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Good idea, Bob. I always check out cars and rarely is someone there to open them up. Usually local dealers just display a car, period. I'm impressed that they had two models, also.

    foxbat: I prefer the darker colors as well.

    NAV is good for people that go to different/new addresses frequently, i.e. jobs like a traveling salesman or someone that visits different clients all the time. I'm fairly confident my wife will use ours - should arrive any day now....

  • b9driverb9driver Posts: 118
    I had the chance to compare my 5 passenger B9 to my father's new Forester Turbo on his estate roads at blistering speeds (That means it was legal folks).
    The B9 has no where near the FXT's lunging speed, though she pulls very strongly in 3rd gear above 65 MPH. In four, searching for tripple digit speeds, 110 and 120 MPH take some time. The FXT gets there much sooner.
    Where the B9 impressed was in it's civility and driveability at such speeds. You could literally drive the Tribeca at 100 MPH all day long. The chassis is very capable and feedback, thought light, is more than ample. At 125 MPH the wind and steering make for more constant corrections and I don't think 135 would smooth out.
    The FXT was loud, rough and quite jittery at those same speeds. I felt that to achieve anything close to the B9's performance/Comfort ratio, the FXT was best at 85 MPH. Above 95 the FXT started to feel unglued. Perhaps this would have been less apparent if the Tribeca wasn't so sure footed at higher speeds.
    I came away finally certain that the B9 chassis is VERY capable. A bit more HP and a bit less body roll and this would be a class leader. At present I'd say the B9 is very competative, but doesn't blow away an X5 or Murano. It's FAR better than a Pilot or MDX. Perhaps the B9's most obvious battle mate is the Lexus RX330.
    While these types of test drives may seem unimportant to some, understand that cars show plenty of flaws at their limits. Once discovered, they are often a factor if day to day driving.
    I remain very impressed with the B9. My impression of the 2006 FXT is that it's far too rough for it's price point. I'm much prefer the Outback XT if I wanted a small around town runner with some speed and comfort.

    Robert B
    See my Blue Beauty!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I guess it's good to know you have excees capability at legal speeds, given how they behave at super-legal speeds.

    To be honest I think 85 is plenty for US roads, there's no autobahn here.

  • b9driverb9driver Posts: 118
    I guess it's good to know you have excees capability at legal speeds, given how they behave at super-legal speeds. >>

    Exactly. If the B9 is stable at 120 MPH, she's like a rock at normal speeds.

    Robert B
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    When I bought my 05 OB last May (2004) the insurance company had to "guess" at the rate because it was so new. But after all the crash tests came out several months later, I got a rebate check from Met Life (a whopping $15.00, if I remember right). Not sure if it was because of the safe vehicle status, or other factors. Maybe the Tribeca's will have a similar rebate later, down the road...

    Every little bit helps :D

    -Karen in AZ-
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    My last battery was an unselaed one, as well. Mechanics forgot to check it for several months until I inquired...guess the just assumed all are sealed, but not so.

  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    I chose the grey perforated leather because when you wear shorts, you don't stick to it as much when it's hot and humid (you still stick to it, but not as much :-)

    In Arizona, it's pretty muggy and miserable from July until mid-September or so. My parents Park Avenue has the solid leather seats, and I have seriously lost a few layers of skin off the backs of my legs in their car more than once. Also, the AC vents on the Tribeca can point close to the thigh areas and help some.

    I have seen the blue with the beige, and it is very attractive, as well, but very light in color, in my opinion. However, I decided I was tired of beige because it's harder to keep clean, and also since my last two vehicles had beige upholstery, and my new house has beige everything, too.

    For comparison, I went to two different had the grey leather in a silver (I think?), and I sat in it for a while in the heat just to see. Then I tried a black one with beige interior, and decided I thought it might be cooler, and I just liked it better with the 2-cents' worth only.

    -Karen in AZ-
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    I'm sitting here howling to myself, too...very funny, Robert!

  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    any other bulbs worth changing?

    I mentioned a while back that I would like to have blue or white lights for the ambient floor lighting inside the vehicle. The amber just doesn't put out much light, and I think the blue or white (low wattage?) would be more helpful without being distracting.

    Also, my dad thinks he read somewhere that flashing blue is reserved for police in most states (he is a retired law enforcement officer). I would check with your local police agency first before doing something that drastic (anything seen from the exterior, that is).

  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    There are two power outlets in the front console (one has my cell phone, one for my iPod). I have the fuzz buster in the dash up front that's connected with a 10-foot extension cord running under the floor mats to the third row rear outlet. Still have one more outlet free in the very back for a compressor, cooler, whatever.

    Also, I had a champagne gold 05 OB (same exact color). It's a chameleon, turning silvery in overcast daylight, greenish under mercury or flourescent lighting at night, but is definitely a gorgeous light gold in bright sunlight. If you're on a budget, think "light beer" instead of "champagne" :-)

    -Karen in AZ-
  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    The B9 does blow away the X5 3.0 but not the other models/engines (4.4, 4.6)

    And what do you mean it doesnt blow away the Murano? in what aspect? because it did beat it pretty convincingly in handling tests.
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    Spfotey, you came to the right place to research this vehicle, because you'll find lots of honest opinions and first-hand impressions. Take a few hours and persue through the past posts and you'll find TONS of stuff...too much to summarize briefly.

    Also, check out the reviews links I have posted for some of the professional opinions not already found here. For the most part, you're gonna find that those of us here really, REALLY like this vehicle, but don't just take our word for your homework first!

    Best wishes...Karen
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