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Old 08-23-2018, 11:48 PM   #1
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Looking to get a car for our daughter for college. Looked at a 09' Forester and she liked it. Noticed a dealer from out of town has a few B9 Tribeca's for sale. Would they be worth looking into or is a Forester a better option?
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The Tribeca is a bigger vehicle, and built like a tank. I had a few accidents with mine and it held up surprisingly well. Never owned a Forester, so I don't know about its durability.
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The Tribeca is a bigger vehicle, and built like a tank. I had a few accidents with mine and it held up surprisingly well. Never owned a Forester, so I don't know about its durability.
Any issues with the Tribaca? Was it reliable?
These are the Subaru's we're looking into.
1- 06' Outback 2.5XT Limited(122K)
2- 09' Forester 2.5XT Limited(129K)
3- 06' B9 Tribeca Limited 7 passenger(121K)
4- 2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition(153K)
Any one better than the other?

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Old 08-27-2018, 09:29 AM   #4
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Mine was reliable. The issues I had were CV axle boots, an idler pulley bearing failure, and the head gaskets started leaking around 150K miles (but that was a known issue on most Subarus around then). You should check to see if that Outback 3.0 has had the head gaskets replaced. If not, it'll probably need them soon.

The 3.0 has a timing chain - much longer life than the belt on the 2.5 turbo, but those should have been changed at 90K, so you shouldn't have to worry until 180K.

One detail: the '07 B9 has Aux In on the radio, while the '06 does not, so that limits your Audio sources.

The Forester is a smaller vehicle than the Outback & Tribeca, so keep that in mind when you choose. I had a Forester loaner when I had my Tribeca in for service and I didn't like the bouncy ride. The Tribeca has a much more controlled ride. A little firm, but not bouncy like the Forester.

The 3.0 is a little weak on torque so you have to rev it to get power, but it revs willingly. The 2.5T will give you good low-end grunt. Turbo spools around 2500RPM.

If I had it to do over again, I'd get an '08 or newer Tribeca - low-end power in the 3.6 feels like the 2.5T. After owning a Tribeca, I'd probably never step down to a Forester. The Outback is nice, but drives and feels like a car. The Tribeca has an SUV feel, though it still drives rather car-like.

Most who own Tribecas love them.
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