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Old 11-21-2017, 07:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In your opinion what was the best year of the 2nd gen tribeca?

I had a 2008 that was riddled with the hard shift 2-3 issue. That was my only concern with it. But if I wanted to buy another one one day what is the least trouble free model year?
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The newer the better, the firmware is usually updated throughout the model years to address issues like hard shifts.
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Old 11-26-2017, 12:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They really haven't changed them have they?
I mean it's not like there is any outward change, like, I prefer the 2010 rims to the 2011 ... I mean they are all the same. Some of the neater things like back up camera were harder to get (I assume) earlier, but I would think were more available later..

course I was wrong on a couple of things in that thought, as I understood back up cam wasn't available til 2010.. but then once we had the display replaced our 2009 had the whole camera setup..

I guess I would ask, is there any differences?

I do prefer the 2006/07 body style, but prefer the 3.6 to the 3.0.. so when the time came we got a 2009 and not the 2006 that was available just down the road.. (I really liked the 2006.. I mean it is just a cool looking and different looking vehicle.. I still can't find our 2009 in a parking lot... it just doesn't stand out)
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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They are all the same to me. The newer and the lower the mileage, the better.

We got our 2008 in 2013 with 108,000 miles. It now has 140,000. It has had the usual front suspension issues and a nascent valve cover gasket leak, but these are all minor gripes. I replaced the entire front control arms with new and the sway bar end links and bushings and it is all good. The valve cover gaskets are very cheap if doing the work on your own. The struts are still good--and they are the original ones. The navigation and the DVD system work (guess one can say the nav never worked but that's another story lol).

I miss the B9's exterior design, but the 2008 are better all-around. No match for my H6 OB when it comes to performance or off-road though.

I am very curious about the Ascent though a small turbo engine is not suited to the way our TB is currently used (many short hops, few long trips).
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I love my 06. However, I wish it had the 3.6 since they *seem* to be more reliable from posts here. I love the look. The inspection guy said that's an interesting front end. He said he liked it.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Trust me the 3.6 is not more reliable, its just produced in far fewer numbers. The 3.0 has been around since the early 2000s and has been one of subarus most reliable motors next to the 2.2 closed decks. In the world of the internet you have to remember most people show up when there is a problem, not when they are lavishing praise on products.

The 3.6 has had oil burning and leaking problems the 3.0 didn't.
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Trust me the 3.6 is not more reliable, its just produced in far fewer numbers. The 3.0 has been around since the early 2000s and has been one of subarus most reliable motors next to the 2.2 closed decks. In the world of the internet you have to remember most people show up when there is a problem, not when they are lavishing praise on products.

The 3.6 has had oil burning and leaking problems the 3.0 didn't.
I forgot about those oil burning problems on the 3.6. My guy just tells me deep down that all of the 3.0's all have a breached head gasket...just a matter of how big. Probably head gasket PTSD!
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Oil burning isn't really a problem. I do have to top off around 5k. If I am doing a lot of very fast highway speed driving, it's a 1 qt..

The 3.6 has been around for 9 years, just as long as the 3.0 was before it.

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Old 11-27-2017, 07:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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And to my point the 3.0 wasn't known to really have consistent reliability issues, where the 3.6 has a rash of timing cover leaks and oil burning issues. There have been quite a few short block replacements in 3.6 legacys at legacygt.com and it does seem to coincide with the same issue on 2.5 motors as well, maybe a process or material failure.
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Interesting. I haven't followed the 3.6 on lgt.com. I have followed it on subaruoutback.org were it seems owners revere it as much as the 3.0. I find lgt.com has a lot more whiners on it though (and I own a 2010 lgt

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Interesting. I haven't followed the 3.6 on lgt.com. I have followed it on subaruoutback.org were it seems owners revere it as much as the 3.0. I find lgt.com has a lot more whiners on it though (and I own a 2010 lgt

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No argument with that assessment, lol. You should read a bit in the 6th gen forum, it can be very entertaining and disheartening.
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06 is the best year due to grill...FLsubies is an in the closet '06 lover because of the grill!
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0607 is best year from external aesthetics. 08+ is best for longevity. The 06/07 have more headgasket issues.

Not a design issue with the engine, but that it is more likely to be overheated by an inattentive driver than the 08+ due to coolant issues, for whatever reason.
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0607 is best year from external aesthetics. 08+ is best for longevity. The 06/07 have more headgasket issues.

Not a design issue with the engine, but that it is more likely to be overheated by an inattentive driver than the 08+ due to coolant issues, for whatever reason.
Yes, wonder *why* that is. I blew my upper radiator hose on the FXT and the radiator was almost completely empty. The needle didn't even move. Cooling system is very heavy duty with high fault tolerance.
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06 is the best year due to grill...FLsubies is an in the closet '06 lover because of the grill!
06+07 had the same grill, no? I do prefer the limited with chrome grill like have.

But the op asked about 2nd gen tribecas.
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06+07 had the same grill, no? I do prefer the limited with chrome grill like have.

But the op asked about 2nd gen tribecas.
I thought that the 06 and 07 grill was better and that the "07" fixed the "06" "issue".

Yeah, you are right, OP did ask about 2nd gens.
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