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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
#7304 of 8368 Re: So long to our Tribeca.... [stldon]
Jun 12, 2006 (8:54 pm)
Subaru's a small car company... what's US marketshare, somewhere around 1.5%? And B9 Tribecas are a small portion of Subaru's sales. When Subaru only sells 2000 of them a month and they've only been on the market a year, you're not going to see very many on the road. Compare that to Nissan Murano, for example. Nissan has about 4-5 times greater marketshare than Subaru, so right of the bat you'd see about 4-5 times more Muranos than Tribecas. Add in the fact that Muranos have been on sale for four years, and you could see more Muranos than Tribecas by about a 20-to-1 margin.
Subaru has been growing sales fairly steadily the last few years, but not rapidly like Toyota or Hyundai. If they continue, at some point I think they'll reach some type of critical mass and become a more recognized brand, so people will buy more of them. Keep making quality vehicles, and eventually they'll get there.
Main reasons they don't sell as fast as Outbacks or Foresters? 1: They're more expensive. But there's not really a "base" model, and if you compare comparably equipped vehicles, Tribeca's actually a very good value. 2. Subaru's going for profitability more than marketshare. You see a lot of Ford Focii (Focuses) on the streets, but Ford loses $4000 for every Focus they make. Subaru doesn't want to get into that sort of battle. 3: The general public didn't really take to the exterior styling. Sort of a love it or hate it reaction.
Generally, Subarus hold their value very well, but some of that may vary a little depending on what part of the country you live in. We got a good deal when we purchased our Outback and, two years and 34k miles later, have only lost about $4k. For some brands, that's the initial hit you take as soon as you drive off the lot. Pretty good, especially considering our Outback is the previous generation bodystyle.
That's my 2 cents. If you like the car better than its competition, go for it. It's not much of a risk - B9 Tribeca's got a proven engine and a proven all-wheel-drive system. For a new model launch, there were very few problems. '07s will be coming out soon with some improvements you can read about earlier in this topic, or you can read more here: http://www.cars101.com/subaru/tribeca/tribeca2007.html#new%20for%2007
Good luck and happy car hunting.
#7305 of 8368 Tribeca power outlets wont work
Jun 13, 2006 (7:25 am)
So I dropped my 05 LLBean Outback off at the dealership today to get some stuff done. And they gave me an 06 tribeca to drive. Let me say I LOVE it! I love my outback too, but the Tribeca has a ton of room and I just had my first child. So I think the extra space would be great.
Anyways, I noticed that none of the power outlets in the car work. Any ideas why? I tried turning the car on, starting the engine, leaving it on the ACC setting, and they just arent giving power.
Jun 13, 2006 (7:45 am)
Actually, it's only 1.1%. But it's very regional, for Vermont it's a whopping 7%. In Florida it's just 0.5%.
Look to the snow belt for lots of 'em.
they are selling very poorly
A bit harsh, considering they sold 15k last year after targeting 17k sales. It was close.
That gets addressed by not one but two options for MY07, sonar and a rear camera.
#7307 of 8368 Subaru "niche" product
Jun 13, 2006 (9:42 am)
just remember BMW sell more 3 series in the US than the entire Subaru line!
#7308 of 8368 Tribeca vs. Outback room
Jun 13, 2006 (9:47 am)
From the recent messages I am reading it seems like people are saying that the Tribeca is not that much larger inside than the Outback. Is that true? I have an LLBean 05 Outback and drove the Tribeca today. It seems way bigger inside in the 2nd row seat. I have a hard time fitting my daughter's carseat (rear-facing) in the back of my Outback. It fits, but my 6' husband cannot drive the car when I have it installed behind the driver's seat. We both that that it looked like it would fit fine in the Tribeca. I dont want to get a minivan!
#7309 of 8368 Re: So long to our Tribeca.... [stldon]
Jun 13, 2006 (11:26 am)
I bought my Tribeca a year and 26,000 miles ago. It is my fifth Subaru, the others all being top-of-the-Subaru-line models when I bought them. The Tribeca is head-and-shoulders better than any of the others. More room, more power, better styling, better materials. The only exception might be the leather seats in my 1995 Legacy Lsi - they were more comfortable than any I've had since, but they did wear out quicker, too.
Some people have issues with the Tribeca, but the issues tend to be subjective.
Underpowered? Not at all. Maybe if I had been used to a Mustang GT or a Corvette I might feel differently, but my other vehicles are/have been mostly Explorers with a Navigator and an F150 thrown in for good measure. The Tribeca compares very favorably with those vehicles.
Visibility issues? Maybe, but the truck is worse and the Nav was no picnic. 2007 options will go a long way to alleviate this.
Styling - totally subjective. I think it's classy and beautiful, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say.
After a year, I still like my Tribeca very much. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
#7310 of 8368 Re: Tribeca vs. Outback room [khallock]
Jun 13, 2006 (11:36 am)
The Tribeca is very much larger on the inside than the Outback. I traded a 2003 Outback on this Tribeca, so I am familiar with both.
I carpool with a large friend and I am not a small person, myself. I felt cramped in the Outback and often bumped arms or otherwise just felt too close to my passenger in the Outback. No problem in the Tribeca - plenty of room between us now.
Of all the cars (not just Subarus) I have owned over the years, this is the only one I can remember driving with the seat NOT all the way back. I can't reach the pedals in the farthest position.
Compared to the Outback wagon, the rear seat has more legroom and the cargo area is every bit as large. I have a cargo mat from a 2000 Outback that I use in the Tribeca when I transport my big dog (a Great Dane). It fits in the back with room to spare, as does the dog.
I'm not sure how the cubic feet and inches of dimension stack up, but the 'feel' is of a much larger interior.
#7311 of 8368 Re: Tribeca vs. Outback room [mikejl]
Jun 13, 2006 (12:44 pm)
I have not previously posted here much, but wanted to add my 2 cents. I bought a Tribeca Limited after having 3 Outbacks over the years.
I love the Tribeca, have had zero problems after 9,500 miles. The interior is significantly larger than the Outback, one reason I made the switch.
The power is fine for this type of car. It has the acceleration needed to pass in an emergency, but frankly I typically try to preserve fuel so I rarely floor it.
I really have no complaints other than the difficulty of integrating a satellite radio. But I had a transportable unit installed and it is a reasonable (though not ideal) solution. I understand the 07 has an input jack in the center console. I doubt this would solve the problem for me either, as I prefer the unit to be next to the steering wheel. I had the docking station installed to the left of the steering wheel.
#7312 of 8368 Re: Tribeca vs. Outback room [reuben2]
Jun 13, 2006 (5:45 pm)
'07 B9 Tribeca will have built-in XM radio capability.
#7313 of 8368 Re: Tribeca vs. Outback room [mikejl]
Jun 14, 2006 (5:26 am)
Thanks. Now I really want the Tribeca! I almost wish they hadn't given it to me to drive yesterday while my '05 Outback was getting fixed.
I paid $30,233 for my LLBean Outback and I guess I owe around $18K on it now. I see that '06 Tribecas are going for around $31-32K on Fitzmall.com. But my husband thinks that if we traded the Outback for a Tribeca it would be like throwing away all the money we have paid on the load for the past 2 years. So I dont think the Tribeca is in my future...