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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
#4417 of 8368 Re: Stereo hassle! [hklein]
Jul 19, 2005 (2:29 pm)
I recently purchased a 7-passenger B9 Tribeca Ltd and have the same question--namely, how do you "hack" into the stereo with an ipod connection? (I now regret that I didn't buy the optional entertainment system with RCA jacks behind the 2nd seat). Any further info on whether Panasonic left an imput in the stereo for another accessory?>>
Thus far Subaru has been of no help...and I'm not expecting any at this point. I visited an installer today and we're using the FM Modulator route for now. After speaking to several good shops and my Subaru service dept, the situation seems to be that we have to wait for more info, though the mod seems to be possible. No one wants to mess with the radio without some paperwork on it. My installer even said that there's just a double din radio behind that sculpted panel and it could be swapped out for something better, but integrating it would be a job. though doable. No offense to the folks here, but this is not a tech group, so don't expect much input.
The video system that you skipped is not a great one, trust me. Totally not worth it's cost when you examine what you can have aftermarket. But this has always been the case with audio and video. Subaru certainly dropped the ball on this one. While I love the Tribeca, this small item is really hurting my love for the car. My wife wrote them a letter saying, "it's 2006, so what are you designers thinking?"
As though that might help!
Anyway...I think we'll have our fix for Ipods and Sat radio soon. Until then, go with the FM Modulator, NOT WIRELESS FM which is often pretty terrible. The sound will be pretty good with the wired modulator, typcially better than a good FM radio signal and less compressed from a Sat. Signal. The Ipod's quality is a bit harsh from the get-go, so I'm not sure how it will sound.
Pics of my video installation of the B9 will be posted soon. Be patient and good luck!
#4418 of 8368 Just call me Benedict Arnold!
Jul 19, 2005 (4:12 pm)
After several test drives and hours crawling around inside the Tribeca, we decided the visibility problems with the A pillar and small,high-mounted rear window made the Tribeca unsettling to drive and the 3rd seat was just too hard to access. We re-visited the OBXT, but that wasnt much of a change from our 04 Forester XT. We ended up getting a Toyota Sienna XLE AWD with leather, stability control package for at least $1K less than I could have gotten a Tribeca Ltd 7 passenger with VIP invoice pricing. It was more of a compromise than is obvious: wife and I wanted a Toyota Solara Convertible XLE REAL bad, but the kids were mutinous...they wanted that mini van!
When the B9 Scrambler with the hybrid powerplant is made ( like that's gonna happen) I'm all over it!
#4419 of 8368 Re: Just call me Benedict Arnold! [subewannabe]
Jul 19, 2005 (5:13 pm)
Congrats on getting what sounds like an excellent price on one of the best vans available... plus you still got AWD & stability. Did you keep the Forester or trade it?
I'll join you on the waiting list and trade in my del Sol when the Scrambler comes out.
#4420 of 8368 Re: Just call me Benedict Arnold! [jeffmc]
Jul 19, 2005 (5:30 pm)
hey guys ... juice and i have dibs to share the first scrambler in a joint custody deal .... you guys are late to the table on this one!
#4421 of 8368 Revisiting B9 Billboard with Juice
Jul 19, 2005 (5:34 pm)
Hey Juice, I have to mention to you that after seeing the commercial 1,234,786,455 times, I see why they have such a not-so-catchy slogan.
But maybe something like: Dust the competition
#4422 of 8368 cross bars
Jul 19, 2005 (5:50 pm)
does anyone know how far apart the crossbars are? I know they are fixed position.
#4423 of 8368 Just returned the Tribeca loaner...
Jul 19, 2005 (6:05 pm)
I thought I finally had a handle on the NAV, but it gave directions to my return destination that made absolutely no sense. I suspect it didn't want to be returned, or at least I would like to think that. In any event, I tried to correct it every few miles by reprograming it, but it didn't help.
Not sure if it's a case of NAV v1.0, or newbie NAV operator, or both. Either way it was a disappointing end to an otherwise very nice 2-day Tribeca experience.
#4424 of 8368 Re: Just call me Benedict Arnold! [ladywclass]
Jul 19, 2005 (6:13 pm)
After the difficulty I had finding a Solara SLE convertible to drive ( drove 125 miles to drive a pre-owned 2005 with 12000 miles...while we were test driving it, another customer bought it! ) I dont think I can handle missing my chance at love.....ragtop style!
We love our Forester XT, and with the moonroof wide open, its a near-convertible experience
#4425 of 8368 Re: Just returned the Tribeca loaner... [rsholland]
Jul 19, 2005 (6:29 pm)
It could've been one of two things:
Either you're still in denial that the vehicle wasn't yours and you're making up the NAV problem story
#4426 of 8368 Re: Just returned the Tribeca loaner... [rsholland]
Jul 19, 2005 (6:30 pm)
It could be a case of nav newbie but it is likely the nav.
I've had four cars with nav systems and non are perfect. It understandable given the millions or rather billions of bit of info that comprise the the mapping data.
Every one I have had did wierd things and would occassionally give a totally wrong route.
My last one went through a period when each time I got in and statarted the car - the nav thought it was in San Pedro, Ca. even though it was in Santa Fe, NM or Chicago.
Another time it thought it was in the middle of Lake Michigan.