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But he does not yet own it, right?;)

A used Tribeca provides immense value that is exceptionally hard to beat.

However, as many vehicles, it has its annoying features. Mpg is not high on the list, but range and surprisingly tight--if sufficient--leg room up front are.
 

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Great Thread

Hi,

Just wanted to say that maybe this thread should be a sticky note. I have recently purchased a pre-owned 2009 Tribeca and have found all of the information in this thread very useful.

Thank you everyone,
 

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I bought my Tribeca a few weeks ago off of a dealer in NY. Unlike you my budget was less than 8k and I had to have 08+ because I didn't like the B9 look as much as the newer one. (personal taste).

Subaru has a reputation for being reliable and living a long life if taken care of. On my 05 outback I had zero issues so naturally I felt the same would be with the Tribeca.

I picked up my Tribeca for 6k with 150k miles. Only reason I went for the high milage was carfax showed the first owner in Indiana had put 50k miles on it in one year which had to be highway therefore less wear on car. Second owner had it for 1.5 years in Kentucky and put on something like 40k miles. Again probably all highway.

But even with doing my due diligence and having my independent auto shop take a look at the car I still had to do some stuff.

I am ordering a transmission control valve body today which part alone is $736. I also don't know if that's the end of the work it will need.

Truth is all used cars bring the unknown along with it, and this is no different. But it drives like a beast, is stunning inside and out, and I'm in love with mine. Personally I don't think you have to be too concerned with milage if the car was taken care of.

But I do wish people on here would sometimes calm me down and tell me it's all going to be OK, because heck I just bought this thing and already I'm pumping in expensive parts.
 

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It is going to be okay! It's just a car, and some money, not cancer.

That said, I haven't seen enough information that has isolated the valve body other than reading the code. A trip to the dealer and paying for their full diagnostic fee would have been prudent, and hopefully that is what happened.

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But I do wish people on here would sometimes calm me down and tell me it's all going to be OK, because heck I just bought this thing and already I'm pumping in expensive parts.
I apologize for all for not calming you down. However, you frankly scared us with the statements like "I wanted this car so badly", "about fifteen min after driving it off lot, I suddenly had a Jerk and the following lights came on", " Help me I just spent more than I wanted"

I think to all of us this seemed like classic impulse buy decision that went badly.

You did not sound like someone loaded with cash who can easy absorb possible costly transmission or engine issues.

Yes, every car is fixable with right tools, parts, and money.


http://www.sb9t.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3477
 

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I am looking to buy a newer vehicle. I really like the Tribeca. I have had a Subaru before it was a 97 Subaru Legacy GT. It was a very good vehicle. We got almost 250,000 + on it. I have some questions about the Tribeca.

We wouldn't be getting it from a dealer, my fiance works at an auto auction, which is a major conglomerate so they have an auction in pretty much every state. So he has contacts with dealers who can buy a car for him. So we won't know a whole lot about the vehicle but he has the ability to inspect it somewhat and he's good with cars. He fixes all of ours himself.

My questions are:

1.) What mileage should I stay away from? Most I've seen online from dealers within our price grange have at least 120,000 miles to 150,000 miles and are 06's and 07's. I realize that with the auto auction we can probably get lower mileage for our price rage and maybe a little newer. The trick will be finding one. People seem to keep them a while.

2.) What are common problems we should look for with higher mileage Tribecas? Is there a particular year to stay away from? My trailblazer is an 02 and the first two generations had an engine flaw with an engine knock at around 140,000 miles. Had we known that we would have went a year newer.

3.) Every vehicle has some flaw (i.e. dodges/jeeps have terrible transmissions, some makes rust through easy, while others have engines that don't last long) What are some of the flaws that the Tribeca may have, even insignificant ones? I really don't want a vehicle that has a major flaw. I would like the engine to outlast the car, have good transmissions, and doesn't rust easily. I realize that from model to model within the same brand of car there can be differences. I live in Wisconsin so we see lots of snow & salt during the winter. Obviously it wouldn't be kept outside, it would be in a garage. I have an 02 Trailblazer right now that is just starting to show signs of rust on the back tailgate and that's it.

4.) I have looked at discussions in here about the gas you should use in it. Debating between regular and premium. I can not afford premium as it is way too expensive. So if I use regular would it do any damage to the engine or car in the long run? Obviously better performance with premium. But I'm not an aggressive driver, I rarely pass anyone or speed. So I may not notice any difference in performance with regular as opposed to someone who has a heavy foot. If it gets at least as good or better than my trailblazer as far as gas mileage I'll be a happy camper. Trailblazer right now gets about 15miles in the city and at best 18 mpg highway. I have 1/2 highway and 1/2 city driving.

5.) Is it expensive to fix? Is it easily fixed by yourself? Do you need expensive specialty tools to fix it? Are parts expensive or hard to find? It was easy to find parts for the Subaru we had. But when the catalytic converter went, there was two and it was a pricy fix. So want to know if the Tribeca is similar?

6.) Is it really comfortable on long trips? We occasionally drive to to PA which is about an 11 hr car ride. I can't sit in vehicles with bucket seats or basically if my knees are higher than my hips, I will have problems. I have bad hips and back. So the vehicle must be comfortable driving distances.

Thanks for any help in advance!
Mel
Well I just bought a Tribeca and mine has 242000mi they told my cousin the head gasket was out and was going to cost her 8000 to fix lol well that wasn't the problem it was a little Crack in. Antifreeze rasivor and put dice in it and it worked so I ended up buying the car for 1800 and Tell u what I know it has high mileage bit it's been well token care of so I got a good deal I think tested the head gaskets they was good no check engine nothing I am amazed of my car with the mileage it's a savior
 
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