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#409 of 723 2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5-Passenger
Nov 25, 2007 (11:17 am)
I am new to this forum. I just purchased a brand new 2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5-Passenger Obsedian Black Pearl color. I live in Pennsylvania. I test drove a few SUV's before deciding on this vehicle. I really enjoy driving it, although it's only been 3 days. So far I put in 400 miles. It has excellent overall design and interior futures. I am especially loving the interior layout and design with operational controls. It runs like a charm and is very quite except some wind noise from the driver side window. The power is more than I needed with lots of horsepower. The steering is very responsive. I had a few people stare at the car and told me what a fine looking car it is. I am extremely happy with my decision to purchase this car.
I am sure I will have some questions for those of you who are an expert on this car and can give me good advice. My first question is about the Auto Climate Control System. I understand some of it, but when I turn the Auto button "ON" the A/C button also turns "ON". When I turn off the A/C button the Auto button turns off as well. Is it possible to turn off the A/C button but keep the Auto button on? I guess I don't fully understand this complex climate control system. I did read the owners manual but am stil confused. Also when I turn the OFF button on air keeps flowing fron the vent although the manual says that "the outside air introduction mode (air inlet selection OFF) is automatically selected".
I really appreciate your comments on this.
Thanks and have a great day.
#410 of 723 Re: 2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5-Passenger [gothicesque]
Nov 25, 2007 (2:54 pm)
When you turn the A/C off manually, it goes into semi-automatic mode so the full auto-light goes off. Basically by turning off the A/C button you eliminate it from using the A/C to get you to the temp desired, so it's considered semi-automatic mode. I was confused on this in my 05 LGT but figured it out over time.
#411 of 723 Re: Tribeca other goodies [batman47]
Nov 26, 2007 (9:53 am)
IMHO batman nailed it, with 16.5 degrees angle of approach, you're going to damage the front spoiler pretty early on that off road trip if there are ups and downs.
#412 of 723 Re: Tribeca other goodies [ateixeira]
Nov 27, 2007 (4:17 am)
Yes, the approach/departure angle is an important factor in taking a soft off road car to the test. It appears that it is the nose design that govern the off road (soft) capability of a car. I think many people adventure few months on track/fields roads and the rest of the year just take the children to school or shopping. I think any 4WD or AWD with a proper nose design can perform well on gravel or muddy roads. For example in Japan the CX-7 or Cx-9 are sold with noses for off road (soft) adventures. Here are some details of angles: Approach/Departure.
Santa Fe 26/23
Hummer H2 41/40
FJ Cruiser 34/30
Hummer H3 40/37
#413 of 723 I can't find 9 speakers!
Nov 27, 2007 (9:23 am)
I have the 2008 Tribeca Limited 5-Passenger. The catalog said to have 9 speakers but I was only able to locate 4 in front and 2 in back seat area. Where are the other 3? Or is 9 speaker available only for the 7 passenger? I am confused or am not able to look and see.
Please help. Thanks.
#414 of 723 Re: Tribeca other goodies [batman47]
Nov 27, 2007 (9:31 am)
LR2 stands out as a small, livable alternative.
They're a bit small and pricey, though.
#415 of 723 Re: I can't find 9 speakers! [gothicesque]
Nov 27, 2007 (9:47 am)
The Ltd 5-pass 4 dr SUV according to Edmunds comparison it should have 9 speakers. Your Subaru manual should indicate where are the speakers in your car or you may pop up to a Subaru garage and ask them to show you the 9 speakers.
#416 of 723 Re: Tribeca other goodies [ateixeira]
Nov 27, 2007 (10:09 am)
Look at the remaining 2008 LR2 SE's. They've been discontinued in favor of the HSE trim (19" wheels, spoiler, small covered arm rest, $2k more). There's a $3k dealer cash, and I'm sure you won't have to pay MSRP.
#417 of 723 Re: Tribeca other goodies [verdugo]
Nov 27, 2007 (10:19 am)
I'm sure there are deals.
Not my kind of car, but then again I'm not looking to venture off road, either.
#418 of 723 Re: I can't find 9 speakers! [gothicesque]
Nov 27, 2007 (12:43 pm)
Did you find the tweeters located in the ceiling at the rear, on either side of the cargo light?
(photo from Joe Spitz's cars101.com)
That'd bring you to 8 speakers, and the 9th would be the subwoofer. I believe it's located under the driver's seat for models w/out Navigation, or in a side panel in the cargo area for models with Nav.