True and unbiased. Picked up our B9 Tribeca in 2009 with 30k miles as a family car for a young, active family. Drawn in by its AWD, NAV, DVD and 7-Passenger seating. Drove until 2015 with 100k miles. Car was mostly reliable until recently when the problems forced us to unload. It originally felt solid, well built, safe, with a quiet interior. Over time, its weaknesses became apparent, and shakes and rattles piled up. I agree with others' headlight complaint. So poor it was dangerous to drive at night. Service is expensive. The car is so rare that dealer service and oil changes are a must. Suspension and drivetrain components started needing replacement by 100k. 100% would not buy again.
AWD. Subaru has the best system on the market. This SUV is a powerhouse in snow. Complement that with NAV, DVD and 3rd Row (7-Passenger) seating and this is hard to beat anything close in price. Good value. The risk is that it's a completely unique (and discontinued) vehicle that is hard to service, find parts or maintain yourself. The improvements below outweighed the features this vehicle offered.
A lot you wouldn't notice on the surface. 1) The engine is underpowered and requires premium fuel. The 2006-2007 3.0 H6 was not nearly enough so they upped it in 2008 with the 3.6 H6 in 2008. 2) Gas mileage. Granted it was AWD, but this mid-size SUV averaged only 16mpg c/h in winter and about 18mpg c/h in summer. The gas tank is tiny too. 16.9gal. Fill-ups every 15gal only yielded 240-260miles. Lots of gas stops. 3) 3rd row is practically useless for anyone bigger than a toddler. It's absolutely a token rear seat. 4) Maintainability. Being rare and discontinued means costly repairs. Subaru designed proprietary wipers ($40/blade assembly) and headlights impossible for a handyman to replace.
This comment is dated, but I was looking for a recall notice. While your story is not a good one, here is one better. Less than 84000 miles on it when the timing chain fails. That cause the cam gear to fail and the dealer says they don't replace timing chains they replace motrs if they fail Scary I thought. I fix it and $2400 lighter it was running again only to find out that the main bearing was damaged and cannot be fixed. That's why the replace motors. You would think that Subaru would stand behind one of their most expensive models. Nope I am on my own. To them I thank them for eduacating me that I will never trust them again.
Nose design and being so unique. The most incredible snow traveller I have ever driven.
Stand behind your product when there is obviously a Catastrophic failure that could not be prevented.
I like my Tribeca overall, however, I am extremely disappointed to find out that I need new bushings (like many other owners with a low mileage car).
This would appear to be something that should be recalled, however, SOA has yet to do so.
Dealer cost to replace bushings is over $1000.
I was also disappointed to find out how hard it is to get/install anything for the car (windshield wipers, replace light bulb).
Windshield wipers aren't available at auto parts stores and light bulb took dealership mechanic over 30 mins to install.
My Tribeca has been a great car but factory dealer service was terrible- On my way home from their shop the dashboard lit up like a xmas tree- with only 40k miles it needed some regular service. They reported to me that the electic wire harness was faulty-critters had chewed it and it need to be replaced at more than $1000- was told it was a common occurance on Tribecas???? This one is parked inside athome so wtf- Since that visit the car has had many new problems my advise is to keep away from the Subaru dealer in Plano, TX when times are hard some people go beyond to create more business