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2008 Suburu Nightmare
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By seriously5
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2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD w/Nav (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I was impressed that this SUV had everything my Acura MDX had before it died. I got it used 5 mos. ago with 75K miles on it. The a/c died 3 weeks after buying it. The pocket behind my driver's seat ripped in 4 weeks following that. Neither was covered by the extended warranty I bought. Fuel door wouldn't open yesterday, and my gas light was on. Scheduled to get it fixed this Sat. Now my passenger door won't open with the remote or the button inside. Great. Gas mileage range is 17-21, but I haven't seen above 19.


Favorite Features

Beautiful interior. Lots of options. Has a nice little kick when you hit the gas.


Suggested Improvements

Needs better interior quality. Needs not to have all those things happen listed in my review. Oh, also had to have the windshield wiper arm replaced on driver's side. It decided not to work after 2 mos. This can was in supposed "mint" condition when I bought it. It had not one ding or scratch in its black paint. It passed the 90 pt. inspection. What a nightmare. I would never buy another Suburu!!!! Back to the MDX when I've had enough of this SUV!


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Very Overlooked
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By mercuryhater
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2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD w/Nav (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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Wow i cant believe this car isn't popular. We just bought used with 41000 miles on it the flat 6 sounds good at start up and has a nice dual exhaust. The Sport mode doesn't do anything. Acceleration is very good. Ours is Gray on black which is kind of boring because our last 2 car were silver/ gray. The Tribeca is very agile and feels sporty. the glove box has no room. We like the sunroof visor because you can have it shut with the glass tilted. the navigation works well it is very calming and doesn't sound like a computer


Favorite Features

Sunroof,Build Quality, Navigation, 3 stage heated seats, Back up camera, Heated windshield wipers, 3.6 BOXER flat 6 engine it has a really cool sound.


Suggested Improvements

More passenger seat adjustments like height bottom tilt.


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2008 and i have changed 8 - 10 headlights
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By lvilletribeca
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2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD w/Nav (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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This car has the worst reliable headlights of any car I have ever owned. Every 6 months and they need changing. Gas mileage is not good and the care is noisy. On the positive side, other than brakes and headlights I have had low maintenance. I would think hard before i acquired another Subaru.


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Burns oil tooo FAST and frequent bulb outagaes
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By cin0904
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2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought the vehicle used 1 yr ago. I discovered the oil burns very very fast. I put 4 qts of oil in the vehicle and two weeks later the dip stick was completely empty. Tires Plus informed I need to take the vehicle to the dealership due to the oil is buring entirely too fast and could cause issues to the engine. I am also experiencing issues with frequent headlight bulb outage. I replaced both left and right headlights twice over the last 4 months. Now both high beams are out and the fog lights are out. the light in the trunk is out. It flickers from time to time. I have to constantly check my oil weekly to ensure it isn't bone dry. Thread on leather seats are coming apart.


Favorite Features

Love the sunroof


Suggested Improvements

A better engine


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Nice but with some quality reliability issues
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By jimsimp3
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2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD w/Nav (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I have owned the car for 40 months now and honestly say I WILL NOT BUY ANOTHER TRIBECA and maybe not another Subaru. LIKES: purchase price including factory incentives was $6,000 under MSRP. It has plenty of nice standard features. I like the styling (except the Chrysler-like grill). I really like the size and cargo capacity with the seats folded. DISLIKES: fuel economy, small fuel tank, cheap and non-durable plastic cargo area material, forward blind spots caused by thick posts. Last but not least ........ I have it back to the dealer too many times for issues like rough transmission shifting, replacement of brake master cylinder, headlight bulbs are frequently blown


Favorite Features

Purchase price compared to competitor vehicles. Standard features are nice. Vehicle size and styling.


Suggested Improvements

Add six speed transmission to improve fuel economy. Use better interior materials. Improve body integrity and reliability.


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