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
We found the 2008 Tribeca to be superior in design and performance than any other vehicle in its price range! It's quiet, smooth, roomy and stylish, what more would you want? Did I mention it was also fun? It compares best to Acura and Lexus. Tremendous value!
I have been driving for 50 years and consider myself knowledgeable when it come to vehicles and this one is raising eyebrows where ever we go people ask me questions, the dash excites everyone also the engine when I explain flat six people say how come they have never heard about it, which is subaru's poor advertising.Take my advice just go see for yourself
Have 12,000 on my Tribeca, and have been very happy. I was shopping for an SUV w/ 4WD/AWD, good reliability and resale, and wanted some luxury appointments (leather, 6 CD, etc) for not much over $30k. I chose the Subaru over all others in class as I was able to get most everything I wanted without having to compromise too much. The inside and exterior styling are very unique, and the interior is more luxurious and sharp looking that the other cars in class. I've had the car for close to a year and have been very impressed. The AWD system is fantastic in the Iowa winters. After having ridden in all of them, I'm happy I chose this over Pilot, Highlander, 4Runner and Edge.
This is my fourth Subaru. They have cornered the market on all wheel drive. You can beat the low center of gravity and feel for the road. My only wish is that they would widen and cushion the seats better. All in all, wouldn't trade in my Subie for anything else. Like any vehicle maintenance and good tires are the keys to the vehicle's longevity. Expect 200,000 miles
New engine still doesn't feel as strong as we'd like although its rev-matching downshifts are a nice touch. The Tribeca's transmission won't hold 2nd gear to redline -- it upshifts to 3rd. The Tribeca's quickest runs came in Drive rather than in Manual mode.
The Tribeca's brake pedal has lots of long, squishy travel but is still very effective at stopping the car. There was no noticeable fade over five full-ABS stops.
The Tribeca has less body roll than many vehicles in the segment. Its heavy steering effort makes driving quickly a bit of an effort, however. It's stable through transitions and resorts to understeer at the limit. Around the skid pad, the stability control makes itself known through individual brake application, which very obviously sends the Tribeca in the driver's chosen direction without heavily compromising speed like many similar systems.