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Subaru Tribeca 2008



  • njvt13njvt13 Posts: 14
    no they were not, the roads around the dealership where i was advised to test drive the vehicle are all nicely paved roads.....

    anything else?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    How rough are the roads you are driving over? I guess I'm just used to having just about any car have rattles since I live in Manhattan.

    Adjusting the struts and latch, and looking for loose panels inside are about the only things that can really be done to find the problem. If the dealer has done this, perhaps the car is too sporty for you and a Grand Marquis might be more your speed. Not trying to pick a fight, but cars these days are a bit stiffer riding than they were in the 70s and 80s.... Handling however is significantly better :)

    Also if the dealer is test driving it on the smooth roads, then they are never going to find any rattles! Have you ridden with them and pointed out the noises you are hearing? If they can't hear or see the problem they can't possibly fix it.

    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • njvt13njvt13 Posts: 14
    i have driven with two different mechanics from two different Subaru dealerships, and one mechanic from an indepedent auto shop....they all said, to my face, that there is DEFINETLY a lot of noise back there.

    My car before this was a honda Pilot and that thing was the best, only problem i ever had with that for 3 yrs. was a burned out interior light.

    and I understand if i drive over potholes and railroad tracks the car will make more
    noise than usual, however I don't do that.

    Plain and simple, there is an issue with the car, i am obviously not the only one with the problem, and I will get it fixed one way or the other.

    i'm done with this conversation
  • You are right, the Tribeca definitely has a noise/rattle issue in the cargo area.
  • I have the 2006 'Beca, and love it. I have had no noise issues, and it drives great also. That's unfortunate if the '08 has regressed in these areas. I haven't driven one, so I don't know how different it is.
  • css1css1 Posts: 247
    update: -

    My seats are not the issue because I drove with them down and the same noise occurred - It is either my hatch, the rear floor compartment covers( I have a 5P) or the something in the compartments.

    On a trip to PA I noticed that the rattle disappeared at high speeds. I strongly believe that the air across the back and spoiler keeps enough pressure to hold the hatch in place.

    This can only mean that there has to be too much play at the latch, or possibly the struts.

    I'm going to wrap some electrical tape around the strike to see if that helps.

    Does my theory hold water?

  • sub87sub87 Posts: 1
    The Rattle Issue
    Hi: I'm in Sydney Australia and was about to buy a Tribeca but after reading these comments and seeing the same issue down her with the rear hatch rattle, not just on the vehicle I test drove but also it was picked up by the press on the test car last December 2007. I'm not sure anymore
    Ironically everyone down here is saying it's the poor US quality control that's making the Tribeca a lower quality vehicle than the Japanese vehicles we normally get here. I see the factory is in Lafayette Indiana US - and this site says they do a lot of procurement of local made US parts.
    I'm prepared to bet that the soft release hatch trigger and assembly are a local US unit from your end - why not complain to the people who made it?
    - the car is getting bagged out down here - and Subaru are running a special Right Hand drive line at Lafayette for us - all the Australian and UK journalists are saying the quality is so so and its got a soft suspension made for the US market.
    read: penDocument
    It was danm close for me - I had a deposit and was waiting as the first shipment - it was late gettin here - glad I didn't proceed. The car I test drove also had this piece of white foam or styrene that had come loose in the manifold air-intake unit and was visible when you lifted the bonnet - and it was melting and smelling from the engine heat!
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    That same plant makes high-quality Legacy (Liberty) and Outback models that get praised for their fit & finish, plus Toyota thought highly enough of it to have SIA build Camry for them there. IMHO, whatever issue exists is limited to Tribeca.

    Funny about the suspension... you're right, Tribeca was designed for the US market, but most US reviews have called the suspension firm! Of course, maybe Tribeca's US competitors are REALLY soft. :D
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Be innovative.

    I've seen someone with a seatbelt that rattled against the A-pillar simply use 2 sided tape and a piece of cloth to dampen it. Wish I remember who so I could give them credit.

    Trace the noise by following it and touching various surfaces until you get the noise to change or stop (I have to credit Ken Suzuki for this simple yet brilliant idea). That should at least isolate the location. You may need a driver if it only happens at certain speeds.

    Use your ears, then use your hands, then finally use your own innovative ideas.

    I found I had a rattle - it was a coin holder I had. I moved it to a more solid base/location and lined the interior with some self-adhesive velour drawer liner. It worked.

    Be creative folks, you can find these and fix them. It may even be something you put in the car, as it was in my case.
  • njvt13njvt13 Posts: 14
    suspension is firm for sure....makes you feel like your driving a truck

    however, regarding post #599, your theory is true. Driving at high speeds does indeed cause the noise to lessen considerably.

    I promise you and everyone else it is not any of the compartments in the rear. I took it upon my self to strip the cargo area clean of all compartments. It is actually pretty easy, everything is held together by plastic screw plugs & 4 little bolts. My point is when I drove the car with everything stripped out of it, the rear hatch noise was still their.

    ****If you recline the rear seats back a bit it seems to make the seat rattle dissapear, try it out....
  • Well for now I have to say I think you made the right choice because this noise and rattle issue is very annoying and you would not be satisfied , don't know who is. As I have indicated before , Subaru has switched out the rear drivers side seat and placed washers in all seat hinges to tighten up the rear seat assembly. This did not solve the problem. It looks like the rigidity of the entire rear cargo hatch door/inside panels on the door is poor. Also the rear seat assembly has too much vibration. You can see both areas shake when going over road bumps. In addition I have attempted to place foam pieces at various areas inside plastic trim where I thought the noise was originating from, nothing has worked yet. I agree that it appears that it is not the rear plastic trays because if you remove the whole tray the noise is there still. I have yet a fourth visit scheduled with a different dealer and Subaru rep in March , but don't have high expectations and certainly wish this issue had a proper fix , so far I am not aware of it. If anyone with this issue is able to get or produce a proper fix I certainly hope to hear about it. Hopefully fellow 08 Tribeca owners are letting Subaru of America/or Subaru of your Country know about this problem , it is the only way to get pressure on them to fix this issue.. if they can.. or they won't be selling too many more I don't think.
  • css1css1 Posts: 247
    The rear hatch struts were changed today - problem solved!!

    Even if your hatch appears to be opening properly the struts may be defective. Low pressure in the struts will allow movement when closed which can cause a knocking or rattle.

  • njvt13njvt13 Posts: 14
    charlie i have a 5P limited about you? where'd you purchase your car from? i am in central jersey too
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Cool Charlie glad you got it fixed. I still need to check your ride out. I haven't driven any tribecas yet and haven't even sat in one.

  • css1css1 Posts: 247
    I have a 5P LTD also.
    I leased it from Fleminton Subaru.
  • css1css1 Posts: 247
    I may have time to swing by on the 8th - will you be the garage that is?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Glad to here that was resolved. :shades:
  • css1css1 Posts: 247

    Are you and Bob coming up to NY for the Auto show ??
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    Hmmm, I suppose I should see if I have a rattle at the back. This means the pile of stuff in the back would have to be cleaned out. Since it is still cold (15 degrees) with wind chills, I think maybe warmer weather will be the time to check.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Yeah. I'm sure we're coming. Not sure when though. We should hook up again. :)

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