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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
#3898 of 8368 Re: Updated Reviews Page [kmartin]
Jun 27, 2005 (7:47 pm)
I read your review on ePinions.com... nice work. The other two reviews were pretty harsh in evaluating Tribeca's looks & roominess, so it was good to see the score jump up a bit after your input. I think some people are just expecting it to be a much larger vehicle.
Let's go, all you lucky new B9 Tribeca owners. Post your review and let all those potential buyers know what a great Subaru this is.
#3899 of 8368 My first sighting of a Tribeca...
Jun 27, 2005 (8:10 pm)
...(Besides my own) was today as the owner of the Subaru dealer I purchased from went flying past me on the inside lane doing at least 70 in a 45, flashing an excuberent thumbs up! Sales must be good.
#3900 of 8368 Re: Updated Reviews Page [jeffmc]
Jun 27, 2005 (9:18 pm)
Thx, Jeff. I wasn't sure if either of the other reviewers had even SAT in a 'beca, let alone driven one...makes you wonder sometimes. I wasn't going to add this link to my list, but now I think I shall
-Karen in AZ-
Reviews Links: http://members.cox.net/kamartin/2006b9tribeca.html
#3901 of 8368 Re: trailer weight [nhsteve]
Jun 28, 2005 (5:25 am)
Steve, the unbraked tow rating is very common among cars, SUVs and trucks. I bet your old Jeep had it too, but you may have been unaware of it. If you go to any car dealer and ask to look at the owners manual of any SUV, I bet you will find a similar clause.
The problem is not that Subies without trailer brakes can't tow, but they may have problems stopping, especially in a hurry if need be.
Frankly I think there should be a law requiring that this kind of information be disclosed whenever and wherever a carmaker discusses and/or promotes their towing ability. If you go to any of the Subaru websites for models sold overseas, that information is clearly available on the web site (and brochures too!). Too many times people buy vehicles, expecting to tow the advertised weight, only to discover after they've purchased the vehicle, that there are these brake restrictions. They may already have an unbraked trailer (like you), and now they're caught between a rock and a hard place.
Jun 28, 2005 (6:36 am)
8.4" is pretty good clearance and those tires are extra wide (255mm), that plus VDC should make this very capable on sand.
My Forester has 7.5" and even on 225mm wide tires and a comparatively primitive viscous coupling AWD it did just fine on several occasions.
Air down to 18psi or so and then rule #1 is drive smoothly. No sharp turns, no sudden accelerating and no sudden braking, which only dig into the sand. Try to drive in the "lanes" if they're already there, and do not stop on soft sand. Avoid climbing dunes because it doesn't have a low range and the angles of approach/departure are not ideal, plus you don't have true skid plates.
But for casual driving on sand, you should be fine.
#3903 of 8368 Premium gas required?
Jun 28, 2005 (12:49 pm)
I have read a couple of places that the H6(?) engine does not require premium gas and seen a couple of other places that say it does. Who can give me a definitive answer? Also, what constitutes premium gas? We run a lot of 89 octane with 10% ethanol around here. Would that do it?
#3904 of 8368 Re: Premium gas required? [drohrer]
Jun 28, 2005 (12:56 pm)
Juice and I were told by Dave Sullivan, the SOA Tribeca Brand Manager (at the Valley Forge SOA Tribeca Ride-&-Drive), that Premium is "recommended" (but not required) on the H-6 Subies. If you use regular, expect a small drop in power. However, on Subie turbos, premium is "required."
I would assume they mean 91 octane gas.
#3906 of 8368 Test Drive-still undecided
Jun 28, 2005 (2:34 pm)
We test drove the Tribeca over the weekend and came away pretty impressed. I'd say I would agree with most of the industry reviews that the car has a willing if slightly underpowered drivetrain. We have a WRX wagon and are up on a lease with a Volvo S60 T5 this fall so are used to having some responsive cars. The transmission seemed very willing to squeeze all the power available out of the engine and I did like how the sport mode held it right to the 7k redline every time.
We were impressed with the handling and responsiveness of this heavy and tall vehicle. We are admitted SUV haters-more for the ridiculousness 5000 lb+ vehicles with rarely more than 2 folks on board-also that high seating position is more truthfully defined as having a great view of the road the SUV is handling so poorly on. We did not feel that tippy unconnected feeling with the Tribeca- actually handles like a sports sedan.
Interior is great-attractive and intuitive. Seats are comfortable but not quite up to Volvo standards. I actually don't have a prob with the exterior styling -like most folks have noted it is far less bold when seen in person- a little busy butt though.
We are looking at Volvo V70R or lesser models, as well as Subaru Legacy GT/i wagon but they seem just a tad bit larger than our existing WRX-the MDX/Pilot and RX330/Highlander just don't seem to have the cool- fun to drive factor. It is hard for us to make the jump to what is a much larger vehicle that we are use to, but really like the comfort level/flexibility this size provides.
Also do agree the color combos and no avail NAV with the 5 seater is bunk. We do not need the almost worthless third row.
Any real world mileage now that folks have had them a month or so? Problems, Dissapointments? sorry for the long thread but wanted to chime in.
#3907 of 8368 Real World Mileage
Jun 28, 2005 (4:35 pm)
Just back from an 800 mile two day trip. On the highway was 23.4 MPG. Speed varied between 65-75. Overall average mileage including the in town stuff was 22.2 MPG. My problem was keeping it under 80! It really does drive smoothly...