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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
#4187 of 8368 Re: Considering B9, but what about 2007 Highlander? [ttenrag]
Jul 11, 2005 (7:45 pm)
Where can we see pics of the 2007 Highlander. I remember someone else mentioning I think in this forum that they saw pictures of it, I think at a Toyota dealership. I heard that the styling of it is less boring/plain and more like FX, Murano, Tribeca etc. This sounds good to me as well as the 280 hp and it being available in a hybrid model.
With gas prices still rising and projected to hit $3/gallon this is a big concern to me especially with the Tribeca supposedly requiring expensive premium fuel and the one thing I regret/worry about the Tribeca. Before i got my B9 I had been putting in lowest octane 87 because of the high prices and after hearing there is no difference but now with the new baby i have been putting 93 in for now so i really notice the price diff on top of the ever rising gas prices in general. I'm sure the gas mileage on the B9 is no worse and hopefully slightly better then my previoius Pathfinder but still I did kind of want to get a hybrid. But I needed to stick with an SUV so that limited me to the Lexus RX or wait for the Highlander Hybrid which came out just after the Tribeca. Lexus is too expensive for me and you can only get it loaded and therefore even more pricey, besides my mom traded her RX 300 for one. And the Highlander is still plain/boring looking to me and my dad is trading his old one for a hybrid version. So I didn't want to have same car as them. And I wouldn't even consider the Ford Escape hybrid which sucks and I hate Ford.
There is no way I could have waited over a year all the way until next fall for the new Highlander Hybrid as it was peak time to get rid of my previous vehicle but next fall will also probably be too soon to trade the B9. I heard Subaru has a hybrid model in japan but who knows when they will here. I also worry that a better model Tribeca will come out with esthetic improvements and possibly an STi or otherwise turbo, better engine more HP etc. model. Oh well, this was the fun of being one of the first with a new model and I still haven't seen any on the road. I like being the only one especially with noone knowing what it is with the only Subaru lettering to be seen on the back end removed by me, but I'm starting to get concerned. Are they not selling well in my area?, oh well, I do still love mine and that is all that matters.
Everyone that has seen mine loves it and thinks it is really sharp and hot looking from neighbors, to friends and family to strangers in a parking lot, at gas stations etc. ppl with all diff type cars, luxury and non luxury suv or sedan, including a guy with an FX who loved my B9. A neighbor of mine at first thought it was a Murano but then realized it wasnt and liked it better. The second takes and stares on the road and around are part of the fun too.
Mine as well enjoy my B9 now early on. Worst comes to worst if in a year and a half or 2 years there really is something better, faster with more hp and decent looks plus hybrid gas saving at a reasonable price like the 2007 Highlander Hybrid sounds like it might be, then I'm sure the Tribeca will have held its value and would then be worth more in a trade then if i wait 5 years and it has more mileage on it etc.
#4188 of 8368 Re: Tribeca sales at 3 dealerships in Seattle Area [movedor]
Jul 11, 2005 (9:01 pm)
movedor - I was at my dealership, Carter, on Sunday getting a replacement key fob for my Outback. (It's great to have service & parts open on the weekend!) Ran into their finance guy who remembered us from our purchase a year ago. Chatted w/him about B9 Tribeca and he said that after the intial wave they haven't sold one for "a while". I think the folks that know about it have already purchased, so we'll have to wait for the advertising to start (started today, I think) to see an increase in sales.
Using your numbers, those three Seattle dealers averaged 6.33 Tribecas sold per dealership per month. There are about 600 dealerships in the U.S. If every dealership sold 6.33 Tribecas in June, Subaru would've totaled 3800 for the month and would've been on pace for 45,600 Tribecas sold in a year, which would be a phenomenal success. That's way over what Subaru is forecasting. In fact, Subaru sold 1540 Tribecas nationwide in June, so those three Seattle dealers each sold more than twice the national monthly average per dealership (6.33 vs. about 2.5). Of course, it's so early in the game that the numbers are nearly meaningless so far.
I think those numbers can help us realize how small Subaru really is and helps explain why we've seen so few Tribecas on the streets so far. Even if they'd been selling at a hot clip nationwide, there'd still only be about 6 Tribecas on the road for each dealership. Where I'm at, that'd be 6 Tribecas in a county (Snohomish) of 650,000 people. That's very little opportunity to see one on the road. Give it a few months and those numbers will start slowly building, the total volume sold will add up, and you'll notice a few of these on the road.
Incidentally, while I was at Carter, it was my first opportunity to get inside a Tribeca, white/beige w/DVD & NAV. I was especially impressed by seat size and comfort (that second row slid all the way back and reclined was awesome!) and the thick yet supple feel of the leather. She didn't dislike it, but my wife actually thought the interior design was a little too clean & slick for her tastes, preferring the '05 Legacy/Outback interior. She also missed the panoramic sunroof.
For me, every expectation was met or surpassed with the exception of the third row. I'm 5'7" 160lbs, reasonably nimble, and was disappointed at how awkward it was to climb into the back seat. Once back there, the seat's so low that there's no knee/thigh support unless you turn yourself at an angle. Any adult riding back there should bring a pillow to stuff under the back of their knees. The height of the second-row seatbacks added a slight sense of claustrophobia. Also disappointed that when sitting in the third row there's no latch to slide forward the 60% portion of the second row, meaning you could only exit from the passenger side unless someone else slid the 60% portion forward for you. I have no idea why this would be configured that way. It essentially eliminates the possibility of mounting a child seat on the passenger-side second row and still being able to get out of the third row on your own. Kinda like a roach motel... you can check in but you can't check out.
As negative as that sounds, the third row was ok for occassional use and it wouldn't deter me from buying B9 Tribeca, but it sure is annoying, and probably would dissuade folks who would use the third row more frequently.
Jul 11, 2005 (9:19 pm)
Hope you guys like these long posts. Sorry 'bout that!
#4190 of 8368 Re: Tribeca sales at 3 dealerships in Seattle Area [movedor]
Jul 11, 2005 (9:21 pm)
I bought mine on the 4th of July weekend from Eastside. The did not have the 5 seat Silver LTD I wanted and they had to get it fromSkagit County. I've had it over a week now and have racked up 600 miles. I love it.
Where are you in the Seattle area? I'm in Mill Creek.
#4191 of 8368 puddle light night pics
Jul 11, 2005 (9:24 pm)
I maybe shouldn't have had the parking lights on so as the make the puddle lights show up even more dramatic and also could have shut the outside exterior garage light etc. and done close up of the puddle lights themsevles but someone else did that and it looked blurry. As it is, these on a 7mp digi cam in night mode don't seem to look as good full size as they did on the cameras lcd screen.
#4192 of 8368 Re: Considering B9, but what about 2007 Highlander? [x5killer]
Jul 11, 2005 (9:39 pm)
There are several photos of the Toyota FT-SX concept car at the automobilemag.com site as well as at Edmunds but the idea that this will look like the 2007 Highlander is just conjecture. Also, designs have a way of becoming much more conservative when finally put into production. I remember seeing a prototype of the Nissan Quest at the NY Auto Show a couple of years ago and it was stunning but radical.. The final design wasmuch more conservative.
The FT-SX looks somewhat similar to the Hyundai concept "Portico" - see www.autopacific.com recent releases - so you can take out your crystal ball and decide what will be coming in the future.
#4193 of 8368 Re: Just returned from a 2100 mile road trip [photoguy2]
Jul 11, 2005 (9:43 pm)
Mercedes has used Mobil One synthetic exclusively in their cars for several years. Mine is almost four years old and the oil changes have been every 10,000 miles with no problems whatsoever - 4 cylinder with turbocharger. That included the first oil change. I'm a believer.
#4194 of 8368 Re: seat belt chime, splash from tires, side mirror lcd lights etc. [x5killer]
Jul 11, 2005 (9:58 pm)
Also, how do you get email notification of new posts or a reply to one of your own like other forums have.
That feature isn't available yet. For now, the best way to find out about new posts is to click on the "Subscribe" link below. Then your Message Center will alert you when new posts appear in the discussion.
#4195 of 8368 how do you post pics?
Jul 11, 2005 (10:03 pm)
man, that was a lot of work and took awhile to find a free site to post pics to and then another task to get an actual url from the sites interface to show the pic.
Why doesn't Edmunds just allow you upload/post a picture from your pc instead of only allowing to post a picture from an actual url. At that point the person could just go to the link themself to see it.
Edmunds, please add the ability upload/post pics from your own pc/hd and add email notification.
#4196 of 8368 another puddle light night pic.
Jul 11, 2005 (10:18 pm)
wish there was a way to turn the side mirror lights on like the parking lights. might be able to catch a quick pic while they are blinking on from unlock but...... I really want to change the leds from orange to something bluish white to match the puddle lights though.