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Subaru B9 Tribeca: Problems & Solutions



  • harvptharvpt Posts: 40
    Thanks for the response. Good points, and I am saving miles on my lease as well. Harvpt
  • My Infiniti had the best feature regarding fuel.

    When the fuel level reached a critical level, a chime would sound and the nav screen would automatically put up a list of staions with the first on the list being the closet. Just selct the one you want and it would direct you there. A real no brainer.
  • delewisdelewis Posts: 10
    I haven't noticed most of the things on your list but I Absolutley agree with the steering wheel audio controls. The only time I ever use the seek function is on a long drive when I am out of range from my regular stations. 99% of the time I want to go through my presets consequnetly I never use the steering wheel controls except for volume. Seems like it should be a software fix. It's my biggest complaint with the car next to no aux input without RES which I don't have.

  • I don't have the manual or the car in front of me so it might be off a little.
    Goto the map screen. Tap the screen twice and you should seee a POI button on the bottom. Press that and select gas station and it will show you gas station on the map as icons.

    Hope that helps
  • harvptharvpt Posts: 40
    Well I have my Tribeca back w/o the rattle in the rear seat area, (#93). They apparently removed a seat rail and the rattle has disappeared. The seat still functions (?), and the dealer plans to replace the rail, when they can get the part. I am being told its on "National Back Order", and they will notify me when it is available. No time frame. At least now I can enjoy the vehicle and its quite ride. Its still puzzling, however, where the rattle originated. Lets hope it does not return with the new part.
  • b9chefb9chef Posts: 5
    So all these are not problems but what you don't like the design.

    Yeah, I guess you could say that. Though ultimately I was hoping that I was missing something on some of the things and that some of the "problems" could be fixed. Computers are so involved in cars these days, so I think some of these things could be fixed by a simple upgrade in the future. And I'm not that car-savy... perhaps there are fixes to some of these things that I don't know about. I guess if I knew what I was doing, I could hard-wire one of the DC ports directly to my battery, but there might be an easier way.

    The thing with the mp3 player not remembering that I am on random seems easy to fix, because the player continues the songs where they left off (as opposed to starting the song from the beginning each time the ignition is turned on). It clearly "remembers" something...

    As for the automatic doors, I can live without auto lock and auto unlock when you shift into drive and park, respectively. All I want is the ability to open my door whether or not it is locked or unlocked. In a panic, when my door is locked, (and maybe the car power is out), I want to pull the handle and have the door open. Plain and simple. The argument that SOA is concerned about people unintentionally opening the doors while the car is moving is baloney, because the doors don't lock automatically now.

    And with the fog lights staying on when my headlights were off, I don't know what I was doing before, but they are now working correctly. I think I was getting my headlights confused with the DRL....
  • I have had my Tribeca since mid June. I love it. But last week the tire pressure light came on. Just after the dealer rotated the tires. I have checked the pressure according to the door panel and it is right on the money. Not all the time, but every now and then, it seems to hesitate shifting and sometimes it stays in gear mostly around turns. And just over the weekend I have noticed when you turn the car does not center itself. For example, if you were on a straight stretch of road and you turn the wheel slightly it drifts even if you let go of the wheel it still turns like the alignment is out but if you but it happens in both directions. And one small thing I have noticed a slight coolant smell. They told me it could be the undercoating burning off but it has 7,400 miles on it, it should have burned off by now. we are bringing it into the dealer today.
  • aka1aka1 Posts: 110
    My tire pressure monitor indicated low pressure- I checked it with an accurate gauge and it showed I was low by 1PSI- all other wheels were at 32PSI. I put in the required air in the one tire and the light reset itself, about three weeks later the light is back on. I haven't checked the pressure's yet, so don't know if I have a slow leak in one tire or if I need to raise all tire pressures to 35 to compensate for the colder weather...

    The transmission has a "learning" feature and that's probably what you are describing; hesitation to shift may be the transmission computer holding the gear in anticipation of acceleration or to aid in slowing down. Holding gears in turns is good, provides the torque to exit the turn without hunting for a lower gear. If you drive you B9 hard most of the time, the trnsmisn will stay that way, if you baby it, you'll notice quicker shifts earlier in the RPM band and will return to normal parameters.

    I haven't had any coolant smell problems: what would be nice is when B9 owners have problems lets also put up mfg. dates for the vehicle as well, maybe we can isolate problems or find our own trends...

    AKA Pearl White 7psgr LTD NAV DVD MFG DATE: 08/05
  • the dealer should have a donut style magnet that can reset the sensor. my guess is the sensor needs recalibrated. the magnet goes around the valve on the wheel.

    I am guessing they all operate the same. there must be a way to initiate the sensor reprogramming.

    if the car is not centering it self it may be your toe on the alignment is out or in. that would affect you both directions. or camber I think is the the other angle. thats where your tires are pointing together.

    no coolant smell and I have 5k on the B9. but did not undercoat mine. I haven't done that to my last 3 cars with the new coated metals used... the undercoating may even void the rust thru warranty ... I read that in one of my previous car rust thru warranties.
  • Can someone tell me if their system has the same VOLUME levels for the DVD player as the CD or Radio? I have to crank up the volume when playing movies to about 25% higher then normal. :surprise:

    Also can someone who has used MP3s, please comment on the amount and quality of the BASE playing MP3s vs anything else (CD/Radio/DVD)? I think there is something wrong in the CD player circuitry of the B9. the sound is filtered on the high and low end somehow. Even using the equalizer settings for BASE and TREBLE , the sound from an MP3 song is about 25% more BASE then any other source. I have not tried the Audio IN jacks yet to compare.

    Thanks :shades:
  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    Movie sound tracks are typically lower volume level compared to others becuase it has to make room for explosion sounds with wider dynamic ranges. I have to crank up volume almost 100% when listen to my classic music albums.

    Yes, I did noticed bass booming on MP3. I think it is probably intentional by design. I always wondered if my subwoofer is really connected. Now I know it's working. :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    See what the dealer can do, and keep in mind you can call 800-SUBARU3 for help from SoA if you ever need it.

  • I just got my Tribeca yeasterday and noticed that the PS fluid was a little low. I havnt had any issues like yours but then again I dont drive in the mountains. Is it possible that your PS fluid is just a but low and the steep grade that you might be driving on might have caused the pump top fail do to the low level of the fluid. Its worth a try to check it out. Good luck
  • thanks for the reply. but I realize that movie sound tracks are lower but not this lower... also DVD concerts are just as low. When I played the same DVDs in the Chrysler DVD player in a Pacifica the volume was actually the same as the CD Player and the dynamic range was better (sounded just like the MP3s play). Is there a volume for the output of the DVD player? not the volume control on the stereo up front but some second volume control ?

    well its into the dealers tonight anyway for the rattle in the front right dash area. sounds like a wiring harness is loose up front and over bumps is smacking the plastic somewhere loudly. So will have them check it out anyway...

    Exactly what I thought about the subwoofer not working until I played MP3s. the CDs should be just as strong in the BASE level. Its gotten to the point where I do not want to listen to my standard music CDs and only play the MP3s. :mad:
  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    When I played the same DVDs in the Chrysler DVD player in a Pacifica the volume was actually the same as the CD Player and the dynamic range was better (sounded just like the MP3s play). Is there a volume for the output of the DVD player? not the volume control on the stereo up front but some second volume control ?

    This is DVD player dependent. I have no experience with in-car player. But most DVD players I own can allow you to select what kind of audio range you want.

    well its into the dealers tonight anyway for the rattle in the front right dash area. sounds like a wiring harness is loose up front and over bumps is smacking the plastic somewhere loudly. So will have them check it out anyway...

    Let's know what your dealer find out. I think I had the same issue.
  • sdhjfsdhjf Posts: 6
    Since I've had my Tribeca only three days and it only has 300 miles, I was disappointed when my cruise control suddenly turned itself off, the check engine light came on and the traction control became disabled. The cruise control light continued to flash and the traction control could not be engaged.

    Subaru Roadside Assistance was no help other than to offer to tow the car to nearest dealer and call me a cab at my expense.

    They put me in touch with a dealer they thought was open but the first question was "did you buy the car here?".

    After discussing malfunction with the sales manager at my dealership, who thus far has been very helpful, it became apparent that Subaru dealers have no desire to take care of the customers who don't buy from them. He suggested I get the car back to them and that it was probably OK to drive.

    It appears we are not Subaru customers, we are customers of the dealer from which we bought the car. You would think a car company that has a limited number of dealerships would stress the importance of taking care of its customers no matter where they bought the car.
  • sdhjfsdhjf Posts: 6
    Did they fix it and what was the cause?
  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    I never had any problem to get my cars serviced in any of my local Subaru dealers in past 10 years. Dealers in fact love to have your car serviced there because warranty service is a big party of their income. I don't understand why that particular dealer won't like to service your car. It is like throw money out of door. You should file a complaint with SOA.
  • We have not been told the whole story.

    Your right, warranty & service work is what keeps most dealerships alive.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Did you save a receipt? I'd be calling 800-SUBARU3 and asking for reimbursement.

    The roadside assistance program is run by a 3rd party, so they won't pick up the tab. Give SoA a chance and they might not disappoint you.

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