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Subaru Tribeca 2008



  • The Nokian WR is an option. All season tire that is rated as a snow tire (snowflake emblem). We've been doing that with our Outbacks and it works for us as its avoids a second set of tires or changeovers.

    Downside is that they are expensive and don't wear as well as some all-season tires.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    2' if it's packed will high-center just about anything.

    I guess you have to clarify - do you mean a 2' total snow fall? You will pack down some and plow some more.

    Around me there are always SUVs and trucks driving around while it's snowing, some treating the roads, others just driving around because they can, presumably.

    So what ends up happening is they pack down the snow to about a 7-8" height, with two tracks for the tires, but it's packed firm.

    The Tribeca has 8.4", correct? So you should be able to get around if those others have been using the roads.

    I drove around with my Forester (in some cases with snow tires) and my problem was track width, i.e. I sort of had to make new tracks in places.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    I am on the task of ordering a new modern 7-seats SUV. Both models have mirrors with integrated LED turn signal which I like so much. Equally the CX-9 (grand Turing) has HID Xenon lights which the Subaru in the USA seems not to have although the Tribeca sold in Canada is sold with HID (Xenon) lights. Could somebody elaborate in this subject and inform me where in the USA I could order a 2008 Tribeca with Xenon lights.

    I do not like moonroof in any car because a think this glass window decrease the structural rigidity of the chassis. It is pity that Subaru offers the Tribeca (Limited version) with a moonroof and it is not an option. However the CX-9 the moonroof is an option. However the CX-9 AWD is an option which is not in the Tribeca. I think if the Tribeca is sold with HID although it is 5-speed I will buy a Tribeca in spite of the fact that the CX-9 is 6-speed auto.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Tribeca can't be ordered w/HIDs from a US dealer, and purchasing one from a Canadian dealer would cost you at least $10,000 more. You could order the necessary parts through a Canadian dealer or online Subaru parts seller, and then have a local shop install. That'd probably be a somewhat expensive way to go, and a bit of a hassle, but it is possible.

    Have you driven Tribeca at night? I think the halogen projectors it uses are pretty good.

    Other Tribeca advantages: better reliability, class-leading safety, highest retained value in its class. Subaru has arguably the strongest safety cage on the market, so perhaps the moonroof isn't too much of a rigidity factor in their vehicles.

    CX-9 has been having some reliability issues. It's certainly a nice vehicle, but for peace of mind at least, I'd get an extended warranty if you go with the Mazda.

    Good luck on your decision! :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I like 'em both. Can't go wrong with either one, IMO.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Why the hangup on HIDs? Buy a good set of Hella driving lights if you REALLY can't see that well.

  • morey000morey000 Posts: 384
    The tone and language you use when expressing your opinion is a bit degrading and not conducive to your status as a 'host' of this forum.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I say spend the money on LASIK if you have poor night vision like I did. Helps more than HIDs and it transfers to every subsequent car you buy. ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Stop Spamming, you've been reported.
  • I agree, he seems to be unusually upset regarding a common sense question; maybe he is on Subaru's payroll and is upset for all those sales lost to other cars that have such features that people want! And, by the way, the HID lamps do make a difference for someone driving a lot on two lane roads at night, and even on a lonely highway.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hmm I drive on backroads often, and have installed a set of good aftermarket driving lights and they are far superior to any HIDs I've ever driven with including MB, BMW, Subaru, Lexus, etc.

    The point being that they aren't offered so you can't get em, and that isn't likely to change for at least a year.

    I like HIDs as much as the next guy, but when they aren't available, there isn't much you can do to put them in, unless you go with an aftermarket bulb/ballast system and this will actually cause problems because the reflectors and lenses on a non HID system are not setup for HID bulbs, so you'll just get oncoming traffic annoyed at the least, and at worst cause an accident.

    On my Armada I run 2 pairs of Hella 4000 non-HID driving lights. 1 pair of pencil beams that go 5200 feet and the others are Euro-beams that have a wider pattern and go 2600 ft. These I have connected to my high-beam switch so that they only come on with my High-beams. These truely provide a great deal of light on the road, they are very large physically but I can suggest several other setups that would help.

    On my SVX I installed the Hella Micro-DE projector HID driving lights, and these were a big help and were installed discreetely in the air-dam.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    the reflectors and lenses on a non HID system are not setup for HID bulbs

    This is 100% correct.

    The Sienna offers regular lights and HID lights, and the optics are different. You have to buy a whole new headlight enclosure. The lenses are different.

    Primarily I believe HIDs tend to have a sharper cutoff, because otherwise you would blind oncoming traffic.
  • I just got a hot deal on the car. On 5 pass limited with navigation I got $345 a month with 0 down thats the only place that gave me that deal, every where else they asked me to put down $2000 plus tax . I love this car :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats. :shades:
  • css1css1 Posts: 247
    Sounds great - congrats- you will enjoy this car.

    What are the details of your lease?
    Miles, term etc. Were your inception fees rolled into your payments?

    I'm about to lease the same car again- Any help I can get would be appreciated.
  • nickelnickel Posts: 147
    Where did you bought it?
  • pmtrepmtre Posts: 55
    Wow! best deal I've seen, We would sure like to know the details . Can you post them asap. We plan to lease this month. What was the MSRP? How many months? How many miles? MF? Residual?

    Thanks in advance!
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    MY OBW with Blizzaks has gone through 2' of fresh snow several times (different snow storms). Since the Tribeca has better ground clearance, I figured it would be a snap.

    Sorry for the long delay in answering, but my internet connection was down for several weeks ( I live in the boonies & the local broadband tower was slow in getting replaced). Plus I was basking in the SW heat for the 4 previous weeks ( Balloon Fiesta, Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, Grand Canyon, Phoenix & Tucson).

    Now I'm home "enjoying" the cool north woods with snow flurries, etc.. Skiing next month. :P
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Don't s'pose you were in the "Petrified" Forest during Halloween? (I know, I know... a bit of a stretch to make that pun.)
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    I am British with relatives in the USA. I would like to order a 2008 Subaru Tribeca to tour the USA, Canada and Alaska. I have learnt that the Tribeca is only manufactured in the USA. This may mean that Right hand drive vehicles are also manufactured in the USA for export. I wonder if I could order a Right hand drive instead of a Left hand drive vehicle in the USA. I will appreciate it if someone could give some hints/clues as how can I do this order?

    After touring the Americas for approx 1 year I expect to ship the car to the UK on my return and drive it in the UK so it is more convenient for me to have a right hand drive. Any information to this respect will be highly appreciated.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    You might want to check with a UK Subaru dealer to see if you could get US delivery. Although registering it and inspecting it here in the US as a non-us car may be an issue.

  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    Perhaps my message was not clear enough. My main intention is to buy the CX-9 in the USA not in the UK. After I drive the car in the USA for a year then I will ship it to the UK. I would like to know if I can order a right hand drive CX-9 in the USA.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    You should post in the CX-9 forum then. This is the Tribecca one! :)

    If you are referring to buying a Tribecca in the US that is a UK spec one (RHD, etc) my educated guess would most definitely be NO. That's why I suggested purchasing it in the UK from a UK dealer and try to convince them to let you take delivery in the US. Highly doubtful also but worth a try.

  • With only 2000 miles on it, my my wife's '08 became the rear-end victim of a Dodge Ram truck. This guy hit the corner of the car rather than the back full-on, with the result he then slid along her left slide, shattering both the window between the C and D pillar and her driver's window. The resulting list of parts and labor is four pages long, and at least count, about $9,000

    My problem is that the body shop was just told by Subaru that Subaru will not "release" the replacement glass until mid December, and that it is made in Japan. Then there's shipping time (slow boat) customs, further transportation. We have purchased 13 Subarus over the last decade or so, have convinced my brother to buy two more. We have never run into anything like this with the normally responsive Subaru people until now. Given that (I think) the Tribeca is built in Indiana, this whole thing sounds bogus.

    Has anyone had -- and solved -- a similar problem with Subaru? Thanks much.
  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 2,282
    Given that (I think) the Tribeca is built in Indiana

    I think assembled in Indiana is more accurate. Look at your window sticker and look at what percentage of parts comes from Japan. I'm sure it'll be high.

    Hope you get your Tribeca back soon.
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 384
    Sounds like you're going to need someone to help you out on this one.
    Start with your dealer (to whom you'll then praise to Subaru Of America (SOA) if they can pull some strings). And contact someone at SOA customer service.

    Given the number of Subaru's you've purchased and recommended, they should be doing backflips to help you out. But frankly, you may be able to garner more action out of Subaru than the body shop you're working with.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    I'm suprised you can't get the glass. Call a dealer or a glass shop to see what is the real story is.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I've seen this before with other cars, not uncommon for a new car. I'd try a local glass shop, where they can probably make it for you.

  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    Would someone have some idea of the 2008 Tribeca “lateral inclination-degree”, “climbing capacity-degree” and “fording depth-inches”? The Tribeca specifications does not mention about this characteristics. Some figures could be very useful for those unexpected off-roof challenges.
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