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Old 11-23-2005, 08:45 AM   #1
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After close to 10K miles I'd like to give a follow up review for the Tribeca. We were one of the first owners of these odd SUVs. Also driven in recent months: A Hummer H3, Pilot, MDX and a 2 year old Murano.
I stand by my assessment of the Tribeca. No other small SUV can match it. They all fall short in some critical area and you simply can't take the Subaru AWD system for granted. It's best in class and a match for the Audi at a lower cost. The car has been amazing in heavy rain and standing water, stays planted and sure. Handling is great, but the weight takes some getting used to. The rear middle seat works fine for our baby seat, but make sure yours fits. Subaru admits that not all will.
Handling remains entertaining, even more so when you consider the weight. But this is NO SPORTS car. A lot of folks with poor reading skills think this SUV should be a big WRX. That's not what it designed for. Still, I agree she could use 20 more HP/more torque. On the highway and 90% of the time the power is very good, but there are some holes in the power band. Flip to sport mode and things improve greatly, but you'll drink more gas. We're getting 18-19 MPG around town and 23-25 on the highway...really good!
If you have kids...this is a GREAT car. It's roomy, comfortable and quiet. You'll know you've taken one of the safest routs and piece of mind is worth a lot to me. The luxury and comfort never quits and my appreciation of the comfort continues. What can I say? I just turned 43 and I'm tired of being buzzed and rattled all the time.
As to the looks....Welllllll.....It seems that people who find this car ugly stay at home and play on their computers. I get nothing but compliments and raves over the interior. Most of the compliments come from women. I can live with that!
Gripes? Yep...here they are:
Give us more power..just a bit!
Seats are a bit stiff and could use a bit more lateral support.
Give us a Ipod input
Rear cargo cover is from a Yugo
Rear seat legroom is a tad short for no reason, but still better than most
DVD system is junk, can't be operated from front and blocks rear view. Do a head rest system with unit in glove box or under seat.
Telescoping steering column please
Memory seats please
Additional non-hidden 12V power please
I don't love the rear view through the back window...kinda tight
My problems with the competition:
Honda Pilot and MDX.....second fiddle AWD system
Nissan Murano....Too tight inside and too many around
Hunner H3....Hey, I liked it, but is it reliable? Comfortable car and priced right.
Lexus RX330...probably the only other car to match the B9. I like it. Not a bad choice if you can handle everyone else owning one.
So, if you're able to change cars every 2-3 years, get one of these and just trade up for the next one. You'll spend a lot more to do better. A LOT more. My wife is a nurse and at her hospital it's "SUV land." The Tribeca gets a lot of positive attention. In the end YOU have to like the car though. If you have kids....dump the car and buy a Tribeca....or do what we're doing....add an STI. We're leasing one end of summer for a second car.

If anyone has any questions about the Tribeca feel free to e-mail me.

Subaru Rules!

Robert B
NY
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Old 12-15-2005, 07:53 PM   #2
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Beautiful Review!
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:30 AM   #3
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I have to agree with this one. I really wish Subaru would have put another 30-40 hp/tq into the H6. I know I could make it faster but it is my WIFES car and she loves it the way it is. I also have the 7 seater, no leather, didnt get the DVD option(going to put in my own), and its the niciest SUV I have driven all around.
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Old 12-26-2005, 07:54 AM   #4
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Just an update....
Drove the Tribeca to PA in the snow and found it superior to the Outback in almost every way, BUT....those huge tires can add to breaking distances on snow, or at least that's the impression I had. Handling with the traction control is simply amazing. The jump from a "ordinary" AWD to the Tribeca is almost like the jump from FWD to an Outback.
Here's the video system we put in for 1500.00

http://members.aol.com/bobsprit/images/mvideo.jpg

For anyone considering the factory model...think about this: How will you scroll through menu's from the front seat for kids with no screen? Also: you can't see behind you very well with screen down. Also: Screen position is not ideal for one or two toddlers in child seats. Also: Try changing DVDs in that roof model for toddlers! For those reasons we got the Icon system through our dealer. 3 screens, 3 wireless headphones and game inputs. Player is under the seat and even the driver can change discs.

The Tribeca dropped the ball on the stock video system...and lack of Ipod inputs!

Beyond that the Tribeca is probably the top all-weather car to own at anywhere near the price. Averaging close to 25 MPG on the HWY!

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Old 12-30-2005, 04:59 PM   #5
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Had mine for a month, great vehicle.Millage is getting better,everybody sees it loves it.Beats the competition,ml350 ,porche,volkswagon,for the money. VDC system wors great!Drove in light snow,went up small incline,tail went out abit,system took over,straightened out in a sec!Man what a car or as you have it suv.Inall fairness haven't driven the others but,having ridden in a 350 ml,quit good.Every detail has been gone over by subaru,one hellava first try.Very pleased so far,my wife simply loves tha vehicle,would want nothing else!Not even a mercedes or lexus and ther pretty good!
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Old 01-02-2006, 03:33 PM   #6
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Great review i have about 700 mi on ours . Engine runs smoother,everthing tight so far.People stare at it,where ever i go.I agree whole heartedly!
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