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Old 01-03-2006, 11:56 AM   #1
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Question Tribeca under heavy load

Has anyone taken their Tribeca on a long vacation?
I am wondering how the Tribeca handles under a heavy load -- i.e. luggage, kids, dog, camping gear, roof cargo carrier, bicycles, etc.
Do the heavy loads cause strain on the rear suspension and sagging?
Does the engine strain under the heavy loads?

I am looking at the Tribeca as a possible replacement for our aging Toyota 4Runner. The 4Runner took the heavy loads, but sagged tremendously and bottomed out (what a scary sound! ) on moderate bumps in the road when we loaded it with all our gear.

Thanks for your inputs!!
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Old 01-03-2006, 12:52 PM   #2
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Do the heavy loads cause strain on the rear suspension and sagging?
Does the engine strain under the heavy loads?>>>

We recently drove to Ohio with the Tribeca carrying me, my wife and son. Total weight there is 430 lbs or so. We were also carrying about 400-500 lbs of stuff. We did not have the roof carrier in place. A lot of the weight was in the back. I did not notice any sagging, but the car was a bit slower off the line, which is natural. At speed I really didn't notice anything and I drove typically between 80-90 MPH. There was enough power and handling on tap for some fun.
Still, it's NEW and the suspension is NEW and 1000 lbs of cargo is not huge. You might want to carry more. I don't think I'd look to a Tribeca for a maximum cargo type SUV.

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Old 01-14-2006, 03:30 PM   #3
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if ur' going to be hauling a lot of weight for a long period of time i'd recomend the trans cooler, i think it's $75 from the dealer and u can install u'r self
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Old 01-17-2006, 09:58 AM   #4
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Trans cooler is a good idea.

Sounds like the 4runner needed new struts

You should be fine up to 1000 lbs, which is a fair amount for a family trip.
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Old 01-27-2006, 01:05 AM   #5
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We recently went on a trip to up state new york with the tribeca; we own a cabin up one of the mountains. There were 4 people in the car + a LOT of bags and never had a problem with the car being weighted down. Also got to drive the car in 6 inches+ of snow going up (up to) 30% inclines. The AWD system really is a marvel of subaru engineering. The car never struggled, as soon as it started to slip the traction control turned on and the slipping stoped. It was a joy to drive her in the snow!
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