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Subaru B9 Tribeca: Problems & Solutions



  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    Though the mapping is not perfect the fact that using the fastest option was a couple of miles longer is not a defect or error in and of itself.

    Fastest means fastest NOT shortest. Being routed onto a super highway may be longer but it will also get you there faster.

    Conversely, using shortest could actually take longer and use more gas.
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    I wish that was the what happens but its not :(

    It routes me OFF a larger road onto a small backroad for a 3 mile loop then back onto the same larger road 1 mile down :mad:

    it is DEFINITELY not faster. they have either an error in their software OR an error in their map data reading the size of the roads. I am hoping its an error in the map data and the updated DVD will be improved.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've used this excuse for GPS systems before, but basically you learn how to use them over time and often ignore the commands (as you should) when you know a certain area.

    They get you there, reliably, not necessarily the best route, but you arrive, and it removes the stress because you don't have to worry about how.

    Even when I know a route, I like having the miles-to-next-turn feature so I can relax in between turns.

    Also, use the map display to your advantage, you have context sensitive help right in front of your eyes. Looks for alternate paths, maybe even more fun twisty roads you did not know about!

    Those are neither quickest nor fastest, but rather the BEST route to take. :D

  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    well I hear you on using common sense and that is why I zoom out a few steps so I catch those stupid side road detours by the Mapping system. HOWEVER, this is my Third in Car GPS system and the Worst at routing. I know people want to defend their purchase, I dont care either way that I spent the money on the GPS system (it is sunk cost).

    Would I buy the option again if I had to do it over again? I would say Definitely NO. It is a poor unit and no where near the speed at recalculation nor the processing power to pick the BEST route in simple conditions.

    Like I said, I am hoping its a mapping problem in the map database that will get corrected with the next DVD Map update for the Tribeca and I hope its soon they release it!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm not trying to defend my purchase; I did not make the purchase! :P

    Mine was a loaner, which we had for about 5 days overall.

    The one we own is a Garmin StreetPilot c320. It actually routes pretty well and recalculates on the fly quickly. The software is better, but since it's not integrated it gets lost in tunnels, plus the screen is smallish (3.5").

    I do have an occasional issue with the route it takes, but that's only once in a while, and it might only cost me a few extra seconds.

  • ttribecattribeca Posts: 12
    Love my new Tribeca Limited..very satisfied. Except for one thing:

    What were they thinking with the cargo cover? Does anybody have a workaround solution other than the old blanket I'm using?

    Is there another manufactures cover (toyota) that might be able to fit this?

    Thanks! Great board.
  • cacmancacman Posts: 40
    I have a stupid question - If we get the updated disk, will that also change some software problems? For example, might I be able to have the outside temp appear on the map screen? Or does an update only update streets and POI, and do nothing to the "head-end". Also, any guess as to cost of an update? Any chance of getting it free? Thanks - By the way - love the BECA
  • pschreckpschreck Posts: 524
    I'll take a guess of $150 to $175. But it is just a guess.
  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    A updated Mapping disc would not contain feature software. It would contain new maps and updated POI files.

    How the system features are changed is with a OS disc. That is how they would put temp on the screen or improve the way POI data is presented (which with the B9 really sucks)

    My previous car was a Q45 - the nav sys in that car had more bugs than a house with termites. Infiniti finally issued a free system upgrade but the mapping was on a seperate disc and that was not free.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If Infiniti was able to upgrade, there is hope, then. ;)

  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    I wouldn't hold my breath. As I said the Q's system was riddled with bugs. You could turn the car on (I live in Chicago) and the map would show that I was in Long Beach California. At other times I could be driving down town and the map would think we were in the middle of Lake Michigan.

    The system was trash they had no option but to fix it for free.
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    it sounded like you were defending the Subaru GPS system. but you only had 5 days experience with it. I guess it would help if you say your commenting about GPS systems in general or about Garmin GPS systems. as its a bit misleading to talk about the B9 system with only 5 days using it.

    I have had 3 built in systems (1 acura, 1 chrysler pac, and this one) so based on the other two BUILT in systems, this must be Kenwoods bottom line model...

    Oh and yes they can update the software with the map DVD. the alpine system in my previous chrsler added the option to be able to enter points while moving up to 10 mph. the car originally did not allow you to enter points at all when the car was moving even 1 mph. the DVD also had updated maps and POIs.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, I was speaking in more general terms. You do sort of learn how to use GPS systems, and get better at taking advantage of them.

    My main point, though, was that you sort of learn to compensate for their weaknesses as well.

    In your case, you've become a pro at identifying what those weaknesses are. :P


  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    Juice, I know you were good intentioned :) but what I was trying to say is that you were misleading readers who come to this B9 forum looking for information on GPS of the Tribeca. It does things that are just plain stupid :confuse: when plotting out a route. I am sure there is a general GPS forum for comments about all GPS systems in general.

    I love :shades: GPS systems. just not the B9 Tribeca. I am actually waiting for the Garmin Nuvi's latest model to be released next month with Bluetooth handsfree and cordless for when I travel on business. just smack it the windshield and drive! plus it acts as a handsfree phone for your cell and shows the phone number of incoming calls!

    I wish that the Tribeca had something like that... The Acura RL and TL does and I think the higher end Toyotas (Avalon?)...
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    I am sure there is a general GPS forum for comments about all GPS systems in general.

    Indeed there is. You can find it here: Navigation / GPS Systems

    tidester, host
  • filionfilion Posts: 7
    Has anybody bought one of these discounted new B9 Tribecas that was caught in a windstorm at the plant in Indiana. the one I'm looking at is a 7 pass with DVD with 11 miles on it and they call it used. $28,500 is this to good to be true the salesman says it perfect and can't see any damage.
    I am doing the deal by phone and can not see the B9 in person and will be exporting it to Montreal were I live. The savings are huge in Canada same vehicle is $54,000cdn tx in. any comments appreciated
  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    The deals are real and yes it is a great price.

    For that kind of savings I would jump on a plane and go inspect it and drive it home.

    We have heard from others who bought one and I am not aware of any reports of buyer remorse.
  • rager1rager1 Posts: 4
    Salut Filion, il me semble que c'est une aubaine, ce que je te suggère c'est de le faire inspecter chez un concessionnaire sur place là-bas et de te faire faxer un compte rendu de l'inspection complète du véhicule ça t'éviterait un voyage en Indiana. De plus, tu devras possiblement payer des taxes lors de l'importation est-ce que ça en vaut encore la peine? Vérifie si tu es éligible à une garantie prolongé transférable vers le Québec même si le véhicule est considéré usagé. Salutations un gars de Québec.
  • xmslouxmslou Posts: 4
    i just bought one of those (a blue 5 pass ltd, for 27,300ish) from bill kolb subaru in ny 2 wks ago and i love it. there is nothing wrong with mine. subaru wont warr. the paint but the dealer did.(ask for tony jarra). i did have to buy 2 remotes at $90 each though. still i think it was a great deal...
    good luck
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Heck, I'd just use Subaru Bucks.

    That deal sounds great, wish I were in the market....

  • dar517dar517 Posts: 1
    Subaru has ordered a new type of weather stripping for my car. The part is on back order. The dealership has taken the door apart 4 times and still continue to have the problem. I'll let you know what happens...
  • b9bingob9bingo Posts: 46
    Subaru has installed the new replacement weather stripping on my B9 and the rattle has not changed. Let me know if the weather stripping solves your rattle. I'll be taking my subaru in late june for a third atempt to fix the rear hatch rattle.
  • vger105vger105 Posts: 57
    We had a wicked rattle coming from the rear hatch on a minivan we used to have. The dealer, after several tries, could not eliminate it. Finally, my wife did. It wasn't the hatch that was rattling, it was the rear license plate!
    She tightened the screws and the rattle was gone.
    You might want to try that.
  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    It is worth checking the plate but since there are 4 nylock anchors for the rear plate I doubt it is that.

    For some time I thought I had a severe rattle somewhere in the back of my B9 Ltd and it turned out that if you keep the center row seat backs sharply reclined - there is a loud rattle or more accurately a clunking sound, when going over bumps.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My sister's Forester had that. The rear plate had only 2 screws attached, and they weren't even tight.

  • newtosubienewtosubie Posts: 39
    Has anyone had the experience of replacing their front windshield yet? Got hit by a big rock this morning, cracked it good. 3 months new and I already have to get a new windshield. I'm concerned with getting an equal replacement to the original, along with a good seal. I called the dealer to get their recommendation on a glass shop, any tips or hints I should be aware of would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If you have the all-weather package, make sure the replacement has the wiper de-icers. I'd go OE if that's the case.

  • xmslouxmslou Posts: 4
    does anyone know where the flasher is located?
  • newtosubienewtosubie Posts: 39
    Thanks for the speedy reply Juice. I'm going with the Subie recommended glass dude, full OEM job, trim and all, guarantees I won't notice a difference. Price is in the $400-$450 range. :surprise: Needless to say, I added a glass deductible to my insurance policy today to be ready for the next one. :cry:
  • newtosubienewtosubie Posts: 39
    If you mean hazard lights, it's the button with the red triangle on it, top of center console, in front of the center vent (below nav/info screen).
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