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Old 08-09-2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Tribeca w/kids (less than 5 yrs) Owners: Why'd you choose the Tribeca?

Good Day All:

I am mainly directing this thread for those with young kids, but I would like to get input from all Tribeca owners as I am betting A LOT of Tribeca owners wont be on Forums

I just had some very simple questions (answer as applicable):

- Why did you choose the Tribeca for your choice as a 'mommie mobile'?
- What made this car Superior?
- What did you compromise on?
- What were your other choices?
- Is it working well with your everyday life?
- What are your Tribeca 'this could be better' gripes?

I am just curious as this is one of the two 'SUVs' that are on my short list for decision of buying for a new family. We are very active, travel a lot, and this is a great 'GT' mobile choice for us. I would like to hear works in a 'real world' environment as well.

Thanks for your time and input!

- dow
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Old 08-10-2005, 09:43 AM   #2
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Hey Dow,
While not a direct response to a Tribeca purchase, I can give a general comment since we have two kids and a very enjoyable SUV. SUVs in general don't seem to work as well as minivans for very active families -- I know the dreaded "M" word. But sadly for those of us with two or more kids have found that the "M" really does the best job of hauling the family.

We've had our Volvo XC90 since '03 and when we had our 2nd child my wife really wanted a minivan, not because she wanted the label of 'soccer mom' but because of the practicality. You can have seven or eight passengers sit comfortably. We still prefer to drive our SUV but the practicality of our '05 Odyssey works better for us day to day.

No matter what any manufacturer's marketing brochure states, most if not all SUVs with third row seating are not designed for adults/grand parents or long trips. A quick trip to 7-11 or the mall are the real world realities for 3rd row seating. Just try climbing into those 3rd row seats if your 6ft

We are seeing it month after month in our northern VA neighborhood -- families SUVs are adding minivans to haul their multi-kid family. They are not necessarily selling their SUV but when asked, they appreciate the power sliding doors, ease of access and all the room for all the kid "stuff".

If you are spending $30-35k, its worth checking out the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna which also comes in AWD, if you have multiple kids. If you have one child, an SUV still works well because you can still put two adults in the rear seat without the need for a third row which when folded down gives you more storage in the back.

It can be hard admitting we "own a minivan" but in the real world, with two or more kids. Once you get past the stigma, ok - it never really goes away -- but they are really nice, especially the Odyssey and Sienna, when loaded up they have all the bells and whistles (nav, dvd, nice stereo, video jacks of PS2, etc)
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Old 08-10-2005, 01:20 PM   #3
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If we had two kids we might have gone for the AWD Sienna. But with just one kid at the moment, the B9 offered a lot of comfort, storage, and better than van handling with a dash of style. We put in a 3 screen DVD system and I expect it will be fine for two kids. But a minivan with it's much larger living/driving space is better for a big family.
My wife is also a nurse who drives a lot and she didn't like the idea of driving a van around.

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Old 08-14-2005, 03:28 PM   #4
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Have a child on the way.
Do not want a Minivan......Yuk.
Just wanted more room than our Mazda Tribute. (Its wheel base seemed to bounce around too much. It seemed lighter and quicker than Tribeca.)
The Tribeca handles much like a car.
I engoy driving it more than my LGT. I just step out, not crawl out like my LGT.
Could use more power, but it gets me places quick.
Remember more power usually equalls more fuel.
Love the AWD in rain and sand.

Mommie Mobile...no Daddy Mobile, traded my STI in for this.
Options.....Chevy truck or Chevy Avalanche...Gas Gusler
Selling Point..Airbags, AWD, Great trade price for my STI. 28200 at Subie; 22000 at Chevy
Drive it everday..love it.
Gribes....Crappy Info Center if buying non Nav system.
Want to replace it with DVD Screen.
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Old 08-16-2005, 04:05 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Bobsprit
If we had two kids we might have gone for the AWD Sienna. But with just one kid at the moment, the B9 offered a lot of comfort, storage, and better than van handling with a dash of style. We put in a 3 screen DVD system and I expect it will be fine for two kids. But a minivan with it's much larger living/driving space is better for a big family.
My wife is also a nurse who drives a lot and she didn't like the idea of driving a van around.

Robert B
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Two kids, have the Sienna XLE AWD and love it. Traded in our snazzy Volvo XC70 for the Sienna and don't miss it. Practicality over looks...I can deal with it.

Dow: stop over one weekend and take the Sienna for a spin, if you get to the point where you are considering a minivan. I can also take it to work too since my wife doesn't go out much during the week. Let me know your preference and I can make it work either way.
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Old 08-31-2005, 01:48 PM   #6
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We have 3 kids (ages 7,5,2). Love Subarus but the Tribeca is too small (that 3rd seat leg room is ridiculous).

Bought a 2005 Toyota Sienna LE AWD with option package #4 for $28,500 and love it. I'll find out how the AWD works this winter but I'm sure it doesn't compare to the Subaru AWD.
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Old 09-02-2005, 05:56 PM   #7
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We have a 3 1/2 yo, 5 yo and 14 yo. I lovd the Tribeca when I first saw and and was considering it (even though I was convinced it would be too small). We went shopping and once I test drove it - my search was over. Never made it back to the Volvo XC90, Aviator (which we get a huge deal on) or Pacifica that we planned to check out again before choosing. I did make some dumb mistakes. I took cloth instead of leather 'thinking' I'd like it better (realized that was a mistake after the first foray to the town pool with wet suits on). I 'thought' we'd put the 2 car seats in 2nd row - but after doing that realized there was really NO WAY the 14 yo was going to get into the back easily. So when my in laws came to visit the next weekend, the car seats went n the 3rd row and that is where they stay. The little ones have plenty of room and they love the 'coziness'. I was a bit worried safety-wise, but I've decided they'll be fine. The 2nd row is plenty comfy for 2 adults (grandparents) and my 14 yo when we have company, and the only real disadvantage is the storage space when we go to BJ's for 'stuff'. Amazingly it is very easy for me to get my toddlers in and out of that 3rd row, I just lean in over the folded down 2nd row. I am quite pleased with that. My complaints are minor (pretty much) - I hate that the lights are not auto lamps - I hate hat the doors don't lock automatically when in gear - and I hate the lindspots , especially on the drivers left. A more bothersome complaint is the revving that I feel each time I accelerate, but I see a lot of that mentioned - which is a relief as I was convinced I had a lemon (which my Outback was a few years back) so PHEW! I also hate the gas mileage, I feel like I am constantly at the pump and after paying 3.89 a gallon today on Long Island - I am NOT a happy camper Other than that I LOVE the styling inside and it drives like a beauty!
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Old 09-12-2005, 01:16 PM   #8
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Looked at a Tribeca but decided on a 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring addition...as mentioned above, with a son who does everything from snowboarding to surfing, the overall utility of the Odyssey was what I needed...Loved the Tribeca as well.
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Old 09-12-2005, 06:21 PM   #9
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Have fun with the Oddy in the snow. I saw one last winter unable to climb a slight hill covered with under 1 inch of wet snow.
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Old 09-22-2005, 03:08 PM   #10
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got 5 kids 5-15, if you really need to haul kids, get a minivan or a Suburban. The Tribeca is for when I don't expect to be hauling more than 2 or 3 kids and my Legacy and WRX are too small.
FWD minivan/traction control with winter tires will beat an AWD minivan with all seasons any day (except for the first month when you still have full tread on the tires or you are trying to drive the minivan like a WRX in which case you should be locked up!)
Visibility out of the back of a Tribeca is horrendous compared to minivans though! Just put in a parking sensor.
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