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Annoyed and Disappointed
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By Carol
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2008 Subaru Tribeca SUV 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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Have had this car for almost two years now, and the warranty is about to run out. It's been in three times for warranty fixes (CD player jammed, mechanical issue front right drive train, climate control). And now -- after three visits during which the mechanics agreed there was a problem with the climate control -- I am told the system is functioning "normally." So why is it blowing cold air when I have the temp set to 72? My 3-year-old is freezing in the back seat. Enough with this car... I'm going back to an Outback.


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don't do it
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By dissappointed
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2008 Subaru Tribeca SUV 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I had a forester before the tribeka. Loved it and decided to stay with subaru. I have been so very disappointed with the tribeka. Sure it rides well and is easy to handle, but the small gas tank is a BIG problem!!! i have to fill the gas tank every two or three days and find myself almost running out of gas on a regular basis. I have had the car for 2 years and i still cant get used to this.This is a major design flaw. At 18 mpg (ouch) the tank should be a 2 gallon and not 15.


Best Features

none.


Worst Features

25 gallon gas tank. more power


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Pleased
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By Sonny
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2008 Subaru Tribeca SUV 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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This vehicle has just been fantastic. I love the handling, and since the 30,000 mile service I love it even better. Subaru has taken exceptional care of this vehicle and at 34,000, I will be extending the warranty, until they make a 6-speed tranny, then I'll move up to that model.


Best Features

AWD, rear camera, handling


Worst Features

Larger fuel tank. Power lift gate, six speed trans, telescopic steering, update nav system, and rear A/C vent for 5 seater.


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2008 Subaru Tribeca Review
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By Nor Cal
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2008 Subaru Tribeca SUV 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I have had the Tribeca since April 2008 and put almost 6000 miles on it so far. The handling of the AWD Tribeca is darn near neutral and the turn in spot on. its fun to drive and comfortable on road trips or in town. The interior and exterior looks compliment each other. I use the transmission in sport mode all the time, either leaving it in drive or shifting up and down. the engine is a lot more responsive & mileage doesn't seem to suffer. One thing that bugs me is that the transmission shifting seems out of sync with the engine at times. The Tribeca doubles well as a tent and carries a lot of "stuff". I don't like the puddle lights though but that's a nil point IMO. Next thing is XM radio.


Best Features

Handling, ride. Shape & profile. 18" wheels and low aspect tires. Interior appointment, features & lighting, MP3 player dock, grocery bag holders, 110v outlets, mirrors that adjust to light.


Worst Features

Larger gas tank, crisper shifting/engine response. blind spot created by thick front window/windshield pillars. A/C vent system controls confusing. could use more storage for things like CDs and such.


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Mixed Bag
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By Mr. Subaru
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2008 Subaru Tribeca SUV 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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The 08 Tribeca is a mix of great features and questionable design components. The Tribeca is solidly built and handles like a car. The engine is powerful, and the transmission shifts smoothly. Steering and braking are crisp. The cargo area is surprisingly small for a vehicle this size, a tight fit for dogs. The gas mileage is poor (17 mpg mixed) compared to other vehicles in this category, and is compounded by a small gas tank which results in a VERY, VERY short driving range. I was spoiled by my 06 Outback's 500 mile range. The thick A pillar makes turning corners a challenge if pedestrians are present.


Best Features

AWD, interior design, front seats, powerful engine, smooth shifting transmission. Engine uses regular gas unlike earlier models which used premium.


Worst Features

A 20+ gallon or bigger fuel tank which would compensate for the poor gas mileage. Considering Subarus are popular in snowy areas, better OEM tires would be welcome. An extending steering wheel would be great for those with long legs and normal sized arm lengths.


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