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#4795 of 8368 Did it last night - traded 04 FXT
Aug 02, 2005 (3:17 pm)
I didn't really think I'd do it, but last night got the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca 7-Passenger Ltd - Titanium Silver Metallic.
NAV & DVD
REAR BUMPER COVER
SECURITY SYSTEM SHOCK SENSOR
ALL WEATHER FLOOR MATS - FRONT, 2ND ROW & 3RD ROW
When I fall - I fall hard. Total out the door was $39,000. This included 04 FXT (with Payoff) (had 41,800 miles on it and needed new tires- most I95 miles - got it 06/03), tax, tag, dealer docs - $350. MSRP was $38,898 - MATS were additional $80. Last minute talk before handing the check to salesman . Also private joke between me and the owner - tube of touch up paint too.
Could I have done better, possibly by travelling out of state. I was $500.00 upside down on the trade-in, so I think I did a pretty good deal. Oh, sales tax is 7% on the first $5,000 after trade in deducted and 6% on the amount over $5,000.
Dealer was normally doing 4% over invoice, but this is the 5th Subie in the last 5 years. (We own 2 - also have the 2005 Legacy GT Ltd). Wife got the GT (she wanted it) and I got the new one.
Mileage so far is 20.6 MPG. Using 93 Octane (no 91 here jumps from 89 to 93).
B9 is not a speedster, but once the B9 gets up to speed (not all that slow) it can move pretty good once above 55 MPH.
Interesting that it had 21 miles on it on delivery and I had it picked before they did cleanup and service - even to the point of removing all plastic wrap from inside and plastic on the outside.
This one we will be keeping as I don't plan on putting 25,000 miles on it a year just going back and forth to work.
The more I drive it the more I like it. Will have 1,000 miles on it by end of August, so will see how it does after break-in. Will also do Castrol Syntec at 3,000 miles and there after.
So far so good. I do miss the driving the GT, but I want to give the B9 its time to grow on me.
One thing that surprised me is how "big" it is compared to other cars, didn't get that impression at the indoor auto shows we attended prior to its release.
#4796 of 8368 troll booth
Aug 02, 2005 (3:31 pm)
It's the tall, wispy pink hair that pushed 'em past the brink, swampy.
I like to think of Forester's styling as unconstrained by the limits of conventional styling and trends.
#4797 of 8368 Re: Did it last night - traded 04 FXT [chassol]
Aug 02, 2005 (4:05 pm)
kewl u got the puddle lites.
#4798 of 8368 Re: According to Juice ... [tidester]
Aug 02, 2005 (4:06 pm)
OMG... it even looks like Juice !
Aug 02, 2005 (4:31 pm)
1) Comfort, B9 by a HUGE margin
2) Cargo, B9 wins again
3) Rear seats-B9 wins because rear seats recline.
4) Acceleration-FXT wins
5) Traction control-B9 wins
6) Stability Control-B9 wins
7) Interior noise-B9 wins
8) Stereo-B9's is better.
9) Climate control-B9's is FAR better
10) Sunroof-FXT slide only, B9 is dual motion
11) Seats-Dual power on B9, only single on FXT
12) Transmission: B9 has 3 mode system with manual mode.
13) Interior design-B9 wins by a mile.
14) Exterior design-B9 is new, FXT due for total makeover.
Basically, Subaru thew most of their best technology into the B9 sparing very little. It's drive system if far more advanced than the FXT. It's ride is more refined and creature-comforts in another league. The 06 Forester Turbo costs 29K and it's a good car. But it's ONLY real advantage is it's speed which is good for it's class. Still, the B9 is no slow-poke and is average for it's class. At speed the B9 is quick in manual mode. If you need a road machine to travel fast and in comfort, the FXT is no match for a B9, or most other luxury crossover/SUV types. A B9 costs only about 4K more and it makes me wonder about the cost of the FXT, a car that's just too rough around the edges at such a high price point.
With the B9, Subaru is finally showing they can play with the higher end and make it work. Go test drive a V8 Taureg or X5 and compare to the B9. The B9 is as good or better in many respects. The FXT really can't even compete at all. And that's because it wasn't meant to.
Blue B9 5 pass. limited
#4800 of 8368 Re: oh no i can feel juice hacking a pic to have my name in definition of troll [njswamplands]
Aug 02, 2005 (4:38 pm)
If the only thing interest you is the 5-pass Tribeca, you should stay with your FXT. Most ppl looking into Tribeca and similar sized cars are looking for more seating than 5 w/o actually need to buy a minivan.
Let's put the numbers in perspective:
(1) Length: Tribeca is 7.4% longer than FXT
(2) Width: Tribeca is about 8.2% wider than FXT
(3) Max cargo space: Tribeca is 32% larger than FXT
(4) Seats: Tribeca has the option to seat 7 or 5 comfortably while max seating on FXT is 5 and if there is a child seat, 5 will be really tight.
(5) Wheel base:Tribeca is 8.8% longer than FXT which translates to comfortability for long haul.
(6) Interior quietness: Tribeca is the clear winner.
FXT is a better choice for short communter while Tribeca is a better family mover for long travel. Different classes and fit different needs.
And don't compare 05 FXT price to 06 Tribeca because 05 is a year older and Subaru handing out big discount. According to Edmunds.com:
06 FXT limited, $28,695 MSRP, $26,458 Invoice
06 Tribeca 5-pass Limited: $32,295 MSRP, $29,988 Invoice.
#4801 of 8368 Re: FXT vs. B9 [b9driver]
Aug 02, 2005 (4:45 pm)
4k? that is not real world comparison. i see about 9k diff between an '05 xt and the '06 tribeca 5 ltd.
#4802 of 8368 don't forget 7-passenger ability
Aug 02, 2005 (4:46 pm)
The only reason we can consider the Tribeca is that it has the ability to haul 7 people. I've read a lot of posts here saying how the Tribeca's third row is "useless", but when I visited the dealer for a test drive last weekend, I found the third seat surprisingly roomy.
From the descriptions here, I thought it would be similar to the Highlander's third row, with almost no legroom and seats on the floor. Like the Highlander, I thought there would be no way for me to even test out the third row since it would be sized for kids only. Instead, I climbed back there pretty easily and found it fairly comfortable...although I admit that for us it will be used by our 6 year old and her friends as she gets older more than any adults.
The Forester and Legacy just don't have a third row and therefore any comparisons to them are meaningless for me.
#4803 of 8368 Re: FXT vs. B9 [njswamplands]
Aug 02, 2005 (5:04 pm)
4k? that is not real world comparison. i see about 9k diff between an '05 xt and the '06 tribeca 5 ltd. >>>
My father just bought a new 06 FXT loaded. It came to 29K and change. My 5 passenger limited was 33.5K, plus add another 1.5 for the video system we put in. Your price comparison is wrong. Only if you buy a loaded 7 passenger B9 does the price diff hit 9K.
Someone brought up the child seat factor. Good point. With the child seat in the Outback it just about reduced our car to a 2 seater. The truth is that Oubacks and Foresters are really 4 seater cars because they're pretty narrow. With the child seat installed the B9 easily carries two on either side. Excellent!
This B9/FXT comparison is pretty funny. The FXT is looking pretty bad, but the truth is that it's not a fair matchup at all. I'll keep my stability control, traction control and comfy ride, thank you!