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#334 of 723 2008 Tribeca and 2008 CX-9
Nov 07, 2007 (4:41 am)
I am on the task of ordering a new modern 7-seats SUV. Both models have mirrors with integrated LED turn signal which I like so much. Equally the CX-9 (grand Turing) has HID Xenon lights which the Subaru in the USA seems not to have although the Tribeca sold in Canada is sold with HID (Xenon) lights. Could somebody elaborate in this subject and inform me where in the USA I could order a 2008 Tribeca with Xenon lights.
I do not like moonroof in any car because a think this glass window decrease the structural rigidity of the chassis. It is pity that Subaru offers the Tribeca (Limited version) with a moonroof and it is not an option. However the CX-9 the moonroof is an option. However the CX-9 AWD is an option which is not in the Tribeca. I think if the Tribeca is sold with HID although it is 5-speed I will buy a Tribeca in spite of the fact that the CX-9 is 6-speed auto.
#335 of 723 Re: 2008 Tribeca and 2008 CX-9 [batman47]
Nov 07, 2007 (10:25 am)
Tribeca can't be ordered w/HIDs from a US dealer, and purchasing one from a Canadian dealer would cost you at least $10,000 more. You could order the necessary parts through a Canadian dealer or online Subaru parts seller, and then have a local shop install. That'd probably be a somewhat expensive way to go, and a bit of a hassle, but it is possible.
Have you driven Tribeca at night? I think the halogen projectors it uses are pretty good.
Other Tribeca advantages: better reliability, class-leading safety, highest retained value in its class. Subaru has arguably the strongest safety cage on the market, so perhaps the moonroof isn't too much of a rigidity factor in their vehicles.
CX-9 has been having some reliability issues. It's certainly a nice vehicle, but for peace of mind at least, I'd get an extended warranty if you go with the Mazda.
Good luck on your decision!
#336 of 723 Re: 2008 Tribeca and 2008 CX-9 [batman47]
Nov 12, 2007 (9:26 am)
I like 'em both. Can't go wrong with either one, IMO.
#337 of 723 Re: 2008 Tribeca and 2008 CX-9 [ateixeira]
Nov 13, 2007 (7:54 pm)
Why the hangup on HIDs? Buy a good set of Hella driving lights if you REALLY can't see that well.
#338 of 723 Re: 2008 Tribeca and 2008 CX-9 [paisan]
Nov 14, 2007 (8:02 am)
The tone and language you use when expressing your opinion is a bit degrading and not conducive to your status as a 'host' of this forum.
#339 of 723 Re: 2008 Tribeca and 2008 CX-9 [paisan]
Nov 14, 2007 (10:26 am)
I say spend the money on LASIK if you have poor night vision like I did. Helps more than HIDs and it transfers to every subsequent car you buy.
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Nov 14, 2007 (11:16 am)
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#342 of 723 Re: 2008 Tribeca and 2008 CX-9 [morey000]
Nov 14, 2007 (3:26 pm)
I agree, he seems to be unusually upset regarding a common sense question; maybe he is on Subaru's payroll and is upset for all those sales lost to other cars that have such features that people want! And, by the way, the HID lamps do make a difference for someone driving a lot on two lane roads at night, and even on a lonely highway.
#343 of 723 Re: 2008 Tribeca and 2008 CX-9 [stanbran]
Nov 14, 2007 (4:29 pm)
Hmm I drive on backroads often, and have installed a set of good aftermarket driving lights and they are far superior to any HIDs I've ever driven with including MB, BMW, Subaru, Lexus, etc.
The point being that they aren't offered so you can't get em, and that isn't likely to change for at least a year.
I like HIDs as much as the next guy, but when they aren't available, there isn't much you can do to put them in, unless you go with an aftermarket bulb/ballast system and this will actually cause problems because the reflectors and lenses on a non HID system are not setup for HID bulbs, so you'll just get oncoming traffic annoyed at the least, and at worst cause an accident.
On my Armada I run 2 pairs of Hella 4000 non-HID driving lights. 1 pair of pencil beams that go 5200 feet and the others are Euro-beams that have a wider pattern and go 2600 ft. These I have connected to my high-beam switch so that they only come on with my High-beams. These truely provide a great deal of light on the road, they are very large physically but I can suggest several other setups that would help.
On my SVX I installed the Hella Micro-DE projector HID driving lights, and these were a big help and were installed discreetely in the air-dam.