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#451 of 723 Wow- Consumer reports likes the Tribeca
Dec 04, 2007 (8:31 pm)
Not that I really look to Consumer reports to pick a car for me- as I usually have different priorities.
But- here's what Edmunds reported today:
"the news was not all positive for Toyota. Consumer Reports also said separately that the redesigned 2008 Toyota Highlander did not earn the organization's Recommended designation, although it received top scores in a test of four midsize three-row SUVs.
"The Highlander is the first model to feel the effects of a decision by Consumer Reports that it would no longer automatically award Toyota its Recommended designation because its Annual Car Reliability Survey showed several other models had problems," it said in a statement. Only the Ford Taurus X and Subaru Tribeca earned Recommended designations in their group."
So, FWIW, at least we're not the only people that think that the 'beca is an amazing vehicle.
#452 of 723 Re: Wow- Consumer reports likes the Tribeca [morey000]
Dec 04, 2007 (11:25 pm)
But they also did not put 2008 Tribeca as easy pick because of some negative points: cramped 2nd and 3rd rows, limited driver's leg room, average mpg, long wet breaking distance, etc.
Actually, my feeling is that CR is just barely passing 2008 Tribeca as recommended because of the strong reliability across Subaru's fleet.
#453 of 723 Re: Wow- Consumer reports likes the Tribeca [movedor]
Dec 05, 2007 (8:52 am)
I don't think CR realized there is that release knob to move the 2nd row back another 4 inches.
Note that they complain about 2nd row leg room but specify that's only on the 7 passenger models, not the 5 pass.
Guess what? Use that release knob and leg room is the same for both!
So it's not so much a complaint as it is their own failure to RTFM.
I like CR, but they messed up big time on that one.
#454 of 723 Re: Wow- Consumer reports likes the Tribeca [movedor]
Dec 05, 2007 (9:25 am)
One thing that should be on the Tribeca is an adjustable (in/out) steering. I get the seat adjusted for leg comfort, but the steering wheel needs to be about an inch closer to the chest. Of course, if I had orangutan arms.
IIRC the '08 Outback has the in/out adjustable steering wheel.
#455 of 723 Re: Wow- Consumer reports likes the Tribeca [ateixeira]
Dec 05, 2007 (11:59 am)
I do think they realize the button for sliding the 2nd row further back: they also complained that it is hard to reach.
See, CR takes approach from the general consumer point of view, and the general consumer don't RTFM. What I mean they expect things to be easy to figure out.
#456 of 723 Re: Wow- Consumer reports likes the Tribeca [movedor]
Dec 05, 2007 (12:19 pm)
That doesn't explain why they only complain about the 7 pass model when it comes to 2nd row leg room. Maybe it was just poorly written.
#457 of 723 Re: Wow- Consumer reports likes the Tribeca [ateixeira]
Dec 05, 2007 (3:07 pm)
I think we can fully expect to see a telescoping steering wheel as well as bluetooth functionality in future iterations of the Tribeca. I for one could care less for either, but that is just me ofcourse. I also did not care for the Nav and the DVD options. Who knows, the U.S models may even get an HID upgrade next year (Just joking!)
I love how the vehicle is setup right now, and I am very curious to see what they have in store for the future.
Good times ahead, I'm sure.
#458 of 723 Re: 2008 Tribeca winter tires [toboggan]
Dec 05, 2007 (5:16 pm)
I bought the 17" package without the TPMS. I think that Tire Rack is now recommending the 18" package because they have only 2 of the 17" Blizzaks in stock.
I'll change the tires over myself and put up with the flashing light if and when it comes on.
I made it through a winter with the Goodyears, but didn't feel confident stopping or in turns (I live in Syracuse and see a fair amount of snow).
The Blizzaks are great. We've had maybe 18 inches since Saturday and have no problems.
I figure that since I'm only using the Goodyears from April to November I'll keep them for many more seasons than I would dare if I were using them year round.
If you decide to spend the bucks, I'd recommend the Dunlops or one of the other 17" tires.
#459 of 723 Re: Wow- Consumer reports likes the Tribeca [dusty_d]
Dec 05, 2007 (5:23 pm)
I like how the car is set up now too.
Yet, if you go to the U.K. site where they are still selling the 07 model, some of the standard features and options are:
Motorized retractable side view mirrors. -standard
19" 5 spoke wheels with or without tires. - option
8 WAY POWER PASSENGER SEAT! - standard!! (they benefit because of lower than expected US sales)
It's frustrating to know that these parts are sitting in a warehouse in Indiana and we won't see them in the USA Tribeca any time soon.
The future is already here - we just have to get Subaru to put it on the assembly line for the USA.
#460 of 723 Re: New Tribeca owner: Introduction [toboggan]
Dec 05, 2007 (11:40 pm)
Measure both front wiper blades (they might be different sizes) and try a nearby WalMart, KMart, carwash or auto supply store. I'm sure you can find winter blades some near there. I don't have a Tribecca, but have a 2007 small SX-4 AWD car & found winter blades at WalMart for $5.88 each at a WalMart near to me. If you haven't ever replaced blades yourself, this might be of help, it shows the usual styles of wiper arms, and has videos:
Good Luck with your snow. upstate NY is is also getting lots.