bought a 3.6 Tribeca, over a XT or 3.0 - Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums
 47Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
GL-10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Land of big mountains, short beautiful summers
Car: 2009 Tribeca 3.6L Red, 1992 F 150, 1973 Super Beetle 1600 cc, 1971 Beetle, 1967 Beetle.
Posts: 25
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
bought a 3.6 Tribeca, over a XT or 3.0

Hi,

I'm looking at two vehicles. One is the 06 Outback XT LTD and the other is the 06 Outback 3.0R VDC LTD . The only Subaru I've ever owned was the turbo GL-10 way back when. Terrific car, never had any problems with it and it was fun to drive. Now I'm torn between the V6 and the 4 cylinder XT. I've talked to mechanics and they all have opinions, some love the turbo and others the V6.

I'm sending the V6 for a pre purchase exam tomorrow. I guess I'm leaning toward the V6 but just when I think I've made up my mind I think back to my turbo charged wagon and remember how much I loved it.

Both cars have pretty much the same mileage, between 145,000 and 150,000. The V6 has a timing chain instead of a belt.

Help!

GL-10 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 02:12 AM
Super Moderator
 
AWDFTW's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: TN
Car: 2006 2.5i and 2002 3.0 wagons.
Posts: 11,985
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Please stop calling it a V6. It's a H6

People have many opinions on the two. Both need premium fuel and synthetic oil, both have similar power outputs but rather different power bands. The XT needs a lot more maintenance and servicing, and typically breaks in a more expensive fashion. It also has more options to modify and personalize if that's your thing.

TheRealToddster and GL-10 like this.

Have you considered the Google search bar at the top of the forum?

2002 Outback wagon 3.0 L.L. Bean no more: "Mal" 134,000 and counting.
Cloth interior swap. HIR1 high beam upgrade. Yellow Lamin-X fog light film.

2006 Outback 2.5i wagon: "Professor Sprout" 96,000 and counting.
HIR1 high beam upgrade.

Rust in Peace:
"Solstice" 1996 Outback wagon, totaled at 115K.
"Kaylee" 2003 Outback wagon, sold at 167K.
AWDFTW is online now  
post #3 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
GL-10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Land of big mountains, short beautiful summers
Car: 2009 Tribeca 3.6L Red, 1992 F 150, 1973 Super Beetle 1600 cc, 1971 Beetle, 1967 Beetle.
Posts: 25
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by AWDFTW View Post
Please stop calling it a V6. It's a H6
Ha ha. Ooops. Where in the heck did get the V from?. I know, V for victory.

I actually did check out those two huge threads but I'm still not sure. A friend's Forester just had his timing belt break. The H6 has a timing chain which is a plus in it's column.

My heart is in Turbo but my head is in 6.

What do you prefer?
GL-10 is offline  
post #4 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 04:10 AM
Super Moderator
 
AWDFTW's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: TN
Car: 2006 2.5i and 2002 3.0 wagons.
Posts: 11,985
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
My personal opinion?

The Gen 3 H6/5EAT combo is the best Outback wagon Subaru has ever made. Looks good, drives good, the 5EAT is a low issue transmission as long as you remember to change the ATF-HP every once in a while. The H6 has few common issues and none are commonly vehicle crippling...while the turbo can go from "Hey, what's up?" to "Well, time to sell a kidney to replace that turbo/engine that blew up when I tried to limp it home." in a disturbingly short time.

All that said, I currently drive a Gen 2 H6. Older/lower power version of the same engine with the old 4 speed auto. Not a bad vehicle at all. I'd be looking for a H6 Gen 3 if I wasn't getting sold a XT from a family member soon.
1 Lucky Texan and GL-10 like this.

Have you considered the Google search bar at the top of the forum?

2002 Outback wagon 3.0 L.L. Bean no more: "Mal" 134,000 and counting.
Cloth interior swap. HIR1 high beam upgrade. Yellow Lamin-X fog light film.

2006 Outback 2.5i wagon: "Professor Sprout" 96,000 and counting.
HIR1 high beam upgrade.

Rust in Peace:
"Solstice" 1996 Outback wagon, totaled at 115K.
"Kaylee" 2003 Outback wagon, sold at 167K.
AWDFTW is online now  
post #5 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 04:27 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: NSW, Australia
Car: Outback 2011 3.6R Premium
Posts: 339
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Personally having owned a 2.5 Turbo (currently own but daughter drives), and a 3.6 H6 (current daily drive) and several 2.5 non-Turbo’s, I prefer the 2.5 non Turbo (this is probably going to cause a lot of comment)

The 2.5 non Turbo has ample power for normal driving, can be extremely economical with fuel if driven properly and is very simple to work on and get parts for in the event of a problem.

Between the 2.5 Turbo and H6, the H6 would probably be my choice by just a whisker but the 2.5 Turbo sure is fun to drive.

Seagrass
GL-10 likes this.

MY11 Outback 3.6R Premium (Daily drive)
MY06 Forester XT 2.5 (Youngest daughter driving)
MY07 Liberty/Legacy 2.5 (Eldest daughter)
MY04 Impreza RS 2.5 (Sold Jan 2019)
MY02 Impreza 2.0 (Son in Law)
seagrass is offline  
post #6 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 05:16 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Europe
Car: Outback 3.0 AT MY05 (VTD/VDC/LSD) + Outback Executive 3.0 MY08 (VTD/VDC/LSD)
Posts: 908
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by GL-10 View Post
Ha ha. Ooops. Where in the heck did get the V from?. I know, V for victory.

I actually did check out those two huge threads but I'm still not sure. A friend's Forester just had his timing belt break. The H6 has a timing chain which is a plus in it's column.

My heart is in Turbo but my head is in 6.

What do you prefer?
I only know the H4 turbo engine from the succeding generation as I had planned to replace my MY05 Outback 3.0 with a MY2010 Legacy GT.

The H4 turbo has more torque and the car is faster than the 3.0, but the smoothness and suppleness of the 3.0 are in my opinion a whole different league. For me the turbo engine was no viable successor for the 3.0 so I decieded to skip it. I instead bought another 3.0 instead.
GL-10 likes this.
Primotenente is offline  
post #7 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 08:08 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Georgia
Car: 2014 3.6R Limited
Posts: 751
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
IMHO hands down go with the 6!
GL-10 likes this.
Red Suburu is online now  
post #8 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 10:40 AM
Registered User
 
aesthetic.rake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: State of Jefferson
Car: 2006 OutBean, 2005 LGTW
Posts: 531
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by AWDFTW View Post
Please stop calling it a V6. It's a H6

People have many opinions on the two. Both need premium fuel and synthetic oil, both have similar power outputs but rather different power bands. The XT needs a lot more maintenance and servicing, and typically breaks in a more expensive fashion. It also has more options to modify and personalize if that's your thing.
Last I knew Subaru never called for synthetic oil for the H6. Even in the newest 3.6's, Subaru is still specing out a conventional motor oil.

On to OP's question, it's a matter of what you want. Want to make big power some day? The answer is obvious.. choose the turbo car. Want all the power and torque of a stock turbo car without many of the drawbacks associated with the maintenance monster that is the turbo 2.5? The H6 car is for you.

I currently own both and while I love my turbo car, if I had to drive something daily, I would choose the H6 hands down.

Besides, there's a certain je ne sais quoi to the EZ30 cars. The sound, the performance, they're kinda rare. Other scoob drivers will see yours in a parking lot and be envious, etc.
GL-10 likes this.

Current cars: The Sex Wagon 2005 Legacy GT Wagon w/ 5 speed, Stage 2, TBSTI Bilsteins/STI Pinks and Whiteline everything else. The Outbean 2006 Legacy Outback LLBean 3.0r, All stock The Workhorse 2001 Toyota Tundra SR5 New Project 2009 2.5i SE--Blown Headgaskets

Past cars: 2001 Outback 2.5 Limited, 2003 Outback LLBean h6, 2008 Outback 2.5 base, 2010 Legacy 2.5i Premium w CVT, 2003 BMW 330CI, 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
aesthetic.rake is offline  
post #9 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 11:40 AM
Registered User
 
1 Lucky Texan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: behind the Krell Metal door
Car: 03 H6 OBW & 06 WRX Sportwagon
Posts: 16,094
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
what have you been driving?

what is the history on the 2 cars? how many prior owners? maintenance records? what part of the country have they been kept in?

13 year-old cars are better judged by their prior level of care and their present condition (kudos for getting a pre-purchase inspection) than by brand or model.
GL-10 likes this.

Time Flies Like an Arrow,
Fruit Flies Like a Banana!
1 Lucky Texan is offline  
post #10 of 55 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 12:57 PM
Registered User
 
johnre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Car: 2008 OB Limited 2.5i
Posts: 3,581
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
There are two kinds of people who should not get the 2.5 Turbo:

- Those who cannot afford to deal with a sudden and very expensive breakdown
- And those who can

H6 all the way.

turboskiier and GL-10 like this.
johnre is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
XRT Tuned - Pre2017 H6 3.6 5EAT vs 2015+ H6 3.6 CVT west_minist Gen 5: 2015-2019 0 12-10-2016 02:30 PM
5-Seat to 7-Seat Conversion Kit, Tribeca? gentlegerbil Tribeca 21 08-25-2016 01:18 PM
3.6 Premium outback or Tribeca boehmg Tribeca 12 02-15-2012 12:48 AM
Tribeca Review Chuck134 Tribeca 9 01-09-2006 09:55 AM
Tribeca - my take... RCoaster Tribeca 8 07-18-2005 11:16 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome