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#357 of 723 Right hand drive 2008 Tribeca?
Nov 18, 2007 (4:47 am)
I am British with relatives in the USA. I would like to order a 2008 Subaru Tribeca to tour the USA, Canada and Alaska. I have learnt that the Tribeca is only manufactured in the USA. This may mean that Right hand drive vehicles are also manufactured in the USA for export. I wonder if I could order a Right hand drive instead of a Left hand drive vehicle in the USA. I will appreciate it if someone could give some hints/clues as how can I do this order?
After touring the Americas for approx 1 year I expect to ship the car to the UK on my return and drive it in the UK so it is more convenient for me to have a right hand drive. Any information to this respect will be highly appreciated.
#358 of 723 Re: Right hand drive 2008 Tribeca? [batman47]
Nov 18, 2007 (9:41 am)
You might want to check with a UK Subaru dealer to see if you could get US delivery. Although registering it and inspecting it here in the US as a non-us car may be an issue.
#359 of 723 Re: Right hand drive 2008 Tribeca? [paisan]
Nov 18, 2007 (1:50 pm)
Perhaps my message was not clear enough. My main intention is to buy the CX-9 in the USA not in the UK. After I drive the car in the USA for a year then I will ship it to the UK. I would like to know if I can order a right hand drive CX-9 in the USA.
#360 of 723 Re: Right hand drive 2008 Tribeca? [batman47]
Nov 18, 2007 (4:31 pm)
You should post in the CX-9 forum then. This is the Tribecca one!
If you are referring to buying a Tribecca in the US that is a UK spec one (RHD, etc) my educated guess would most definitely be NO. That's why I suggested purchasing it in the UK from a UK dealer and try to convince them to let you take delivery in the US. Highly doubtful also but worth a try.
#362 of 723 problems with replacement parts?
Nov 19, 2007 (10:03 am)
With only 2000 miles on it, my my wife's '08 became the rear-end victim of a Dodge Ram truck. This guy hit the corner of the car rather than the back full-on, with the result he then slid along her left slide, shattering both the window between the C and D pillar and her driver's window. The resulting list of parts and labor is four pages long, and at least count, about $9,000
My problem is that the body shop was just told by Subaru that Subaru will not "release" the replacement glass until mid December, and that it is made in Japan. Then there's shipping time (slow boat) customs, further transportation. We have purchased 13 Subarus over the last decade or so, have convinced my brother to buy two more. We have never run into anything like this with the normally responsive Subaru people until now. Given that (I think) the Tribeca is built in Indiana, this whole thing sounds bogus.
Has anyone had -- and solved -- a similar problem with Subaru? Thanks much.
#363 of 723 Re: problems with replacement parts? [alakerson]
Nov 19, 2007 (10:46 am)
Given that (I think) the Tribeca is built in Indiana
I think assembled in Indiana is more accurate. Look at your window sticker and look at what percentage of parts comes from Japan. I'm sure it'll be high.
Hope you get your Tribeca back soon.
#364 of 723 Re: problems with replacement parts? [alakerson]
Nov 19, 2007 (12:51 pm)
Sounds like you're going to need someone to help you out on this one.
Start with your dealer (to whom you'll then praise to Subaru Of America (SOA) if they can pull some strings). And contact someone at SOA customer service.
Given the number of Subaru's you've purchased and recommended, they should be doing backflips to help you out. But frankly, you may be able to garner more action out of Subaru than the body shop you're working with.
#365 of 723 Re: problems with replacement parts? [alakerson]
Nov 19, 2007 (3:02 pm)
I'm suprised you can't get the glass. Call a dealer or a glass shop to see what is the real story is.
#366 of 723 Re: problems with replacement parts? [robr2]
Nov 19, 2007 (4:30 pm)
I've seen this before with other cars, not uncommon for a new car. I'd try a local glass shop, where they can probably make it for you.