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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
Nov 29, 2005 (5:23 pm)
I received an email from Subaru yesterday regarding the availability of updated dvd's for the Nav system. Here was their response:
"Thank you for taking the time to contact us and for your message.
Updated maps/discs for the Navigation System in your 2006 B9 Tribeca should be available for purchase next Summer. At this time, we are unsure if these discs will be available directly from the Navigation supplier or through authorized Subaru dealerships. Please contact us late next Spring for this information."
-Karen in AZ-
#6294 of 8368 Dension update for Ice Link Plus for iPods
Nov 29, 2005 (5:30 pm)
I also emailed Dension the other day asking about a Subaru version of their popular Ice Link Plus for connecting an iPod to the newer Subie models. Here was their response:
"Probably this time next year. We are always looking to expand our products to be compatible with all vehicles."
-Karen in AZ-
#6295 of 8368 Re: Twin Turbo [ateixeira]
Nov 29, 2005 (6:35 pm)
SOA must attract new buyers to the brand. They can not expect their core customer to step up because as you state price is very important you. You appear to be the typical subie loyalist.
SOA needs to draw new blood into the family and they can not do that with price. They can only do it with features, performance and good old sizzle.
There are many would be subie buyers who are not turned off by the price if the car is sexy enough.
So why would it bother you if there were subies at a price point acceptable to you and other models that are in 45 to 60K range that meet that demographics expectations.
It would be silly not.
#6296 of 8368 Re: Twin Turbo [subienewbie2]
Nov 29, 2005 (7:31 pm)
So why would it bother you if there were subies at a price point acceptable to you and other models that are in 45 to 60K range that meet that demographics expectations
It is not a problem of bothering present Subaru buyers. It is a problem to try what failed miserably at VW.....adding high priced models to a brand not considered to be premium by the public. A turbo six 'Becca might make sense as a Lexus model if the styling were sufficiently differentiated. There is also the major problem of CAFE requirements; the normally aspirated six is thirsty enough without a turbo that it is not offered in the Legacy (auto, not light truck category) just because of the CAFE problem!
Of course, I would personally be interested in one (But I fell for the VW Passat W8 so my judgment is suspect.)
Nov 29, 2005 (8:25 pm)
Yes, they need new buyers, but there is a psychological price limit that people have for Subarus. It could knock a Cayenne Turbo's socks off but if the price was $45k all the public could focus on is...
45 grand for a Subaru?
No matter how good. Look at the Phaeton - bombed. Even the Passat W8 was too pricey, $40k for a VW? Didn't matter that it had AWD, a V8, came in a wagon, so what? It's a VW. You can't do that. Cachet is a major factor.
You can't leap up in price/prestige suddenly, you creep up slowly and earn it.
Would it bother me if they made a twin turbo? Well, not as long as I got to sample one! LOL
But to be honest, I think that is a risky business decision, and I want to see Subaru turn a profit, not go down in flames.
I'd rather see them change the engine in all models to a 3.3-3.5l or so, and maybe offer a light-boost turbo on a Limited Sport model that kept prices under $40k loaded, which is possible.
#6298 of 8368 Re: 2007 B9 Upgrades
Nov 29, 2005 (9:24 pm)
Lack of sonar/rear camera and memory seats steered me away from the Tribeca (and a little bit of fuel worries as well). It is great they are actually listening to consumers and adding the little things that make a difference.
Too bad I already spend my money on new 06 Outback this year. I won't be seeing a 2007 Tribeca in my garage next year, or even in the next 4 years.
But now a twin turbo? Turbo will certainly make it less fuel efficient. A official 15 MPG would make it look as bad as the Toureg.
IMHO, instead adding a turbo Subaru should make the Tribeca lighter (more alum parts, like the rear hatch in the Outback) and put a 7 speed auto transmission (like the Mercedes R-class). It would improve fuel economy, acceleration from standstill and get some more towing load.
#6299 of 8368 Re: 2007 B9 Upgrades [subienewbie2]
Nov 29, 2005 (10:02 pm)
Great upgrades. The steering wheel button fix is well needed. The memory seats are as well. The turbo- well, the B9 isn't exactly underpowered as it is- so that one just doesn't really make sense to me.
The one upgrade that is woefully needed is an improved air conditioner. Any word on that? It's a pretty much unusable vehicle here in Arizona for that reason alone.
Oh- I'd like the roof rack to slide as well.
#6300 of 8368 Re: 2007 B9 Upgrades [morey000]
Nov 30, 2005 (7:12 am)
Toyota, Honda, and Nissan all got around the stigma of expensive products not consistent with traditional perceptions by creating new "luxury brands;" Lexus, Acura, and Infinity. Maybe if Subaru wishes to go upmarket, a new brand might be the wisest thing to do.
This, of course, creates the problem of a _name_ for that brand. OK, here goes; "Capella" (the name of a star).
#6301 of 8368 Re: 2007 B9 Upgrades [vger105]
by steve_ HOST
Nov 30, 2005 (8:30 am)
Hmmm, that translates to she-goat. Scales mountains like a goat? Maybe a variation of Acappella - the Subbie that sings without accompaniment.
#6302 of 8368 Re: 2007 B9 Upgrades [subienewbie2]
Nov 30, 2005 (9:28 am)
I have to call possible baloney on that one. When there is legitimate product info, the reps are the last to find out and under strict orders not to spill the beans. On the other hand, we know that a lot of these guys love to spout off incorrect info. So I would take it with a major grain of salt. The turbo H6 is especially dubious given what we know about Subaru's engine lines.