2009 Subaru Tribeca Consumer Review: Sucks gas, eats headlight bulb

2009 Subaru Tribeca - Consumer Review

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5-Passenger 4dr SUV (3.6L 6-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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Sucks gas, eats headlight bulbs and the doors won't unlock
By tommymight on


2009 Subaru Tribeca 5-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


I had my 2009 Tribeca Limited for 2 1/2 years and I just traded it on a new non-Subaru vehicle. More negatives than positives for me.

Issue #1 is the fuel economy. I got 15 mpg around town in good weather and 12-13 mpg in winter. The car is great in snow, especially with Hakapelitta snow tires. On the highway, it was a miracle to get 21 mpg. The fuel tank is small - 16 gallons and I was filling it up constantly. Navigation system was weak, a $300 Garmin blew it away. This car EATS headlight and brake bulbs. I installed headlight bulbs 3 times in 2 1/2 years and brake bulbs twice.
Dealer parts department told me they sold a ton of bulbs. The remote key unlock took 4 clicks to open all doors

Best Features

Convenient interior electronic controls Easy entry and egress Rear seat fold down adds a lot of rear space Remote starter Seats fold down easy Handles great in snow Plenty of head room even for taller drivers

Worst Features

Bigger gas tank with better mileage Improve remote key unlocking Boring ride - engine is sluggish Navigation system is more for show than go Bulb situation is annoying. Headlight bulbs should last longer than 6 months especially when using the dealer factory bulbs properly installed with vinyl gloves to prevent finger oil from reducing bulb life. They are a pain to install and the dealer parts department acknowledged that the sell a lot of headlight and brake bulbs.
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