Used 2009 Subaru Tribeca Special Edition 7-Pass 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A) Consumer Reviews
Having leased Lexus RX vehicles for seven years, and enjoying all of them. I took advantage of the opportunity to buy a low mileage Tribeca. While it doesn't have all the features (integrated bluetooth/Nav, express up/down windows, power rear hatch release/keyless entry etc.) it is an extraordinary vehicle that I have come to enjoy very much. Multiple trips to the North woods of Wisconsin have become my second hobby because of the Tribeca. Fit & Finish, features, quality of workmanship, power/safety/great 4x4, Ipod connectivity, great seats, and best of all; it has Japanese quality control, but is assembled in Indiana. I love the car, and it may be my last new car purchase.
I really like this SUV. It drives like a car, handles excellent in the rain and snow and has enough seating for our family. The gas mileage is average for a SUV of this size with AWD but with it would be better. My teen age son prefers to sit in the rear seat and has plenty of space, so not sure why the 3rd row seat gets the bad rap in the Edmonds reviews. This isn't a Suburban and I don't think anyone should expect caverns of storage and lay out seating in a SUV of this size. This is just right for the daily driver and the ocational family road trip. When I need extra storage space I use a $60 hitch mounted storage shelf that I store totes on. Works great to put extra gear.
This is my first Subaru. I bought this vehicle used with a 2 year bumper to bumper warranty. I have just under 86k on the odometer. Carfax, one owner and it very obvious that this was the family car. Christmas morning of 2016 will mark my first full week in this car. The BAD: I'm experiencing some shaking at low speed(40-50 mph). I have some interior lights that are out as well. The brakes are super soft...it almost feels as if there isn't any brake at all. With that said, I've own bigger SUVs (had a 2002 Ford Expedition)in the past with a better feel to the brake pedal. The Toyota dealership, where I bought this car from said the brakes were find. I do not believe them. I think they are trying to wait out the 30 day warranty so they don't have to pay the cost to repair. Tip: a dealership will prolong any costly repair if they are aware that you have and extended warranty. Keep putting pressure on them and they will fix the issue. The GOOD: everything not mentioned in the bad. Super user friendly. Rides really nice. For its weight, the fuel economy is okay. But, I'm also not heavy footed. It rides and feels like it's mechanical brother, the Subaru Outback and Legacy. It's a very nice place to be (interior), minus the area's were the previous owners children or child has damaged. As I drive the vehicle more, I'll update if I can.
I was very excited about my new car, but only for 2 weeks. I purchased used car with 12,000 miles. Then problems started- rattles and transmission. My new car didn't accelerate well, made strange noises, took it to the dealer, reflushed transmission and after 3 weeks the same problem came back. Extremely disappointed. Suppose to be fun car to drive but turned out to be a complete disaster. After 3 months I traded in my Tribeca, of course lost a lot of money : (.