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I think Subaru will start to convert the masses soon. In fact, as a former Ford exec (please don't ask me about current state of Ford, as I am totally bummed about it - so much so that I wouldn't even consider buying the Edge) I think Subaru is positioned perfectly in the new world car market space.

So, we are a car family (5 cars) and we have 4 boys 16-21. I drive Porsches, and 2 Fords (SHO and Focus SVT). My wife was stuck with the 2004 Nissan Quest minivan. She got so disgusted with it that she turned it in early on lease. Now for the story of how we ended up in a Subaru B9.

We bought a second home at Tahoe this fall, and our first trip up there in the snow the van went sliding down a hill totally out of control on the ice. We knew right then we needed another car.

Now for anybody that has been to Tahoe just look around. It is no stretch that every 3rd car up there is a Subaru. So we figured it was worth looking at them. But the car also had to be useable as a commuter car for the Mrs.

We drove lots of cars including some nice vehicles like the Mazda CX-7, Lexus RH330, and VW Toureg. At Subaru we drove the basic Outback, the Outback Limited, and on a suggestion by the dealer the B9 Tribeca.

We were set to buy the Outback Limited, but I could not get the short B9 test drive (literally 1/2 mile) out of my mind. And hey, for the same price you could get the Tribeca vs the Outback Limited.

We drove it 2 more times and were convinced it was a perfect compromise. In fact, we drove it back to back with the Toureg and it compared very very well.

So we leased a 7 passenger limited with everything on it (except DVD and puddle lights). Though I do not drive it much, I am very impressed with the vehicle. My wife loves it, especially the safety rating the car achieved!

But the real topper for us was last week up at Tahoe. There was a major storm that dumped about 12" of new snow and my wife woke up and said lets go skiing! The service had just come by and plowed the driveway so we should have no problems going. Reaching the top of the driveway we came to realize they had not yet plowed the roads, so we set off driving in 12" of snow. The car never skipped a beat, never faltered, and felt absolutely rock solid. And throughout the week with slushy roads, iced roads, etc the car was absolutely at home and in its element. The whole time I just kept thinking "Man, Subaru really knows how to do bad weather"!

But yet we get on the freeway to drive home and it is as sophisticated and compliant ride as the newest sedan of today.

The B9 Tribeca is truly a stellar vehicle, and I am convinced it would have many converts if folks just got the opportunity to drive one.

I can honsestly say I can find very little wrong with the car, its design, or its execution. Perhaps a bit more power and better gas mileage - but hey - seems like they have compromised on that already.

Extremely happy new owners!
 

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Welcome to the club and Great story. Yeah- So far, I've been incredibly impressed with the performance of 'beca's AWD system. You'll like this video:
http://www.sb9t.com/forums/showthread.php?t=135


Ss for what's wrong with them, no car is perfect:
1. It could use delayed accessory power after you turn off the key and before you open the door.
2. Putting skiis on the roof would be easier if the roof rack was slidable (more to the rear) and if the rear bumper step was flatter and easier to stand upon.
3. Needs an updated nav system DVD.

oh... you shoulda' gotten the puddle lights, but that's OK, you can add them. They're way fun.
 

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morey000 said:
Ss for what's wrong with them, no car is perfect:
1. It could use delayed accessory power after you turn off the key and before you open the door.
2. Putting skiis on the roof would be easier if the roof rack was slidable (more to the rear) and if the rear bumper step was flatter and easier to stand upon.
3. Needs an updated nav system DVD.
Good points all. I would say these truly are minor nits compared to a unibody Nissan Quest weighing 4500 lbs that did nothing but rattle. And engine mounts that failed, a hub that failed twice, warped rotors within 1000 miles, electronic failures galore. But I do miss that Nissan 350Z engine with 280Hp, it made the drive to Tahoe fun, I could pass anyone.

So a few nats of my own.
1) I agree that especially getting snowboards off is just a bit harder than I would like.
2) I agree the Nav system needs improvement (and lots of out of date data on DVD)
3) I would prefer if the vehicle were about 3-4 inches longer

My wife says she keeps getting stopped by people in parking lots asking her what kind of SUV it is, and she says people are always staring at it on the road.

It's all good! Happy to be Subaru owners...
 

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My wife says she keeps getting stopped by people in parking lots asking her what kind of SUV it is,.
If we could just pull off the Subaru logos and put Alfa Romeo tags on her, I think people would buy it! (not that Alfa's are particularly good cars, but they do have a certain Cache')
 

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Reminds me of my dad's story. He has always driven GM vehicles but he liked our Tribeca so much he got one himself. Now he always goes on about how much he likes the Tribeca.

The Puddle lights are great and are pretty easy to install. Peaty has a great guideline on how to do it on http://www.scoobymods.com/index.php

At least you are getting some snow in Tahoe. Here in Atlantic Canada we have green grass!!!! Hard to deny Global warming now!
 

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welcome, I am also a noob. Nice story, it makes me feel even better about my purchase. I just received my navigation disc today, the dealer removed it from an 07 and it is not very complete, I agree with you all.
 
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