Your Mileage May Vary!
Posted: 2011-02-16. Categories: Big Ticket, California, Sonora, Twain Harte, Uncategorized

I would love to be able to write a totally unbiased review of our 2011 Subaru Tribeca, but who am I kidding? I’ve wanted to own a Tribeca since the first time I saw a Tribeca commercial over ten years ago.

Our last vehicle was a 1999 Subaru Outback that has served us well and is still in service. She’s been well cared for. My biggest complaint with our Outback is that the seats sit too low preventing us from being able to take long trips. Between my hips and both of our bad knees, travel is not always a fun prospect. So, for the past 7 years, we’ve been renting a vehicle every time we decide to take a trip.

We used to be loyal Enterprise Car Rental customers. 5 or 6 times a year we rented a car, in order to make an extended trip – mostly to Yosemite and to visit with family members. Recently, each time we’ve attempted to rent a vehicle, none have been available at either Enterprise or Hertz.  We finally decided it was time to purchase a vehicle that would allow us to travel more than 30-minutes, without stopping to stretch.

My husband and I wanted something that would meet the needs of our family — to enable us to travel without a great deal of pain and discomfort. The 2011 Subaru Tribeca is a dream come true. I’ve found myself trying to make up excuses to just go somewhere — anywhere. Our ‘Beca has 367 miles today — it was delivered February 4th. We were delighted to take delivery 3-days ahead of schedule.

Much to my dismay after driving just 40 miles in our ‘Beca, the “check engine” light came on, along with the traction sensor light and the cruise control light — each and every time we started the vehicle and they remained on. We were first instructed to try tightening the gas cap. Unfortunately, this had no effect. The Sonora Subaru Service Center got us in quickly, finding nothing wrong, they reset the “knock sensor” and sent us on our way. Just 3-miles down the road the lights were back on again. We were told, if the light came back on, that it was most likely a bad sensor and would need to be replaced — since the mechanic had found no other explanation for the lights to be on.

Sonora Subaru ordered the part and took good care of us. The part arrived a day later than promised but true to their word the helpful staff of Sonora Subaru got the ‘Beca in and out without a hitch. We haven’t experienced anymore issues since the knock sensor was replaced.

The snow rolled in last night — I believe we had about 8 inches or so fall. The ‘Beca is all cozy sitting in the garage — today the Outback will save the day.  Even though we have an almost irresistible urge to try out the Tribeca and see how she handles in the snow, why risk it? The Outback knows her way around these mountain roads quite well.

It’s been a frustrating morning, so far. We had an early morning power outage, which hastened the failure of one of our home servers’ hard drives. So, it’s off to Staples, in the Outback, to buy a new Western Digital Hard Drive.

My dream of owning a Tribeca has finally been realized. We got off to a rocky start but I think she likes us, too. My only complaint thus far is gas mileage. The ‘Beca doesn’t like the Twain Harte Grade — a.k.a. “The Hill.” She does a good job tooling around Sonora, where the land is mostly flat, but coming up the grade we are lucky to get 10 mpg. Since there are times we make a trip a day to Sonora, it really cuts into our over-all consumption.

Right now we are getting 16.6 mpg. Nothing to write home about but it’s the price we are willing to pay — at the pump — for riding in comfort. I guess we’ll just drive a little less than we had planned.

Your mileage will surely vary.  🙂

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