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Junkyard Gem: 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca

Subaru's funny-looking SUV, now awaiting the crusher in Colorado.

  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
  • 2006 Subaru Tribeca
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Since I live in Subaru-crazed Denver and make a point of visiting all the local self-service wrecking yards on a regular basis, I have the regular opportunity to photograph discarded examples of just about every type of Subaru sold here since the late 1970s. BRATs and Justy 4WDs and even SVXs— I see 'em all the time here. The original pre-facelift B9 Tribeca, though, that's a real junkyard rarity. Not many were sold, and the owners of broken ones tend to repair them instead of summoning their local U-Wrench yard to send a tow truck. Perseverance paid off, though, when I spotted this clean first-year example in a yard just north of downtown Denver.

Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca

It's an enlarged Legacy named after the kind of hip/expensive neighborhood Subaru USA's marketers decided that urban SUV buyers admired. The name induced some cringes (perhaps the Subaru B9 Frogtown would have been better), but it was this machine's face that inspired comparisons to the Edsel and Aztek.

Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca

The curvaceous interior looks much more science-fictiony than the utilitarian settings found in Outbacks and Foresters of the middle 2000s, a welcome return to the daring designs of the XT of two decades earlier.

Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca

A 3.0-liter boxer-six engine provided 250 horsepower, which was adequate for the two-ton B9 Tribeca.

Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca

Subaru ditched the B9 part of the name for the 2008 model year, along with the goofy face, making the Tribeca blend in better with the ever-increasing hordes of upscale CUVs then crowding Whole Foods and REI parking lots in Denver. Colorado owners of traditional battered double-digit-horsepower Subarus covered with brewery and dispensary stickers were not consulted about the facelift and name change.

Junked 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
This isn't the first B9 Tribeca I've found in my local wrecking yard, but it's the first one that hadn't been smashed to hell prior to junkyardization and then picked clean of parts immediately after placement in junkyard inventory. I managed to catch this car before runners from the local Subaru shops descended upon its soon-to-be-denuded carcass.


Watch as a B9 Tribeca (that may be this very Junkyard Gem, 13 years ago) vaporizes, crushes, and generally destroys other SUVs, while Kansas plays.

Subaru B9 Tribeca Information

Subaru B9 Tribeca

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