Subaru Tribeca High Pitched Noise 08 and 09 Models

nomoresubarunomoresubaru Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Subaru
I purchased a 2008 Subaru Tribeca about 6 months ago. Like many of you, I loved the car. Soon after getting the car I noticed a high pitched noise when the engine was warm and I was stepping on the gas pedal at about 65 mph. I brought the car to Delray Subaru in Delray Beach, Florida for service on this issue. After a number of visits, Dave Adams the Service Manager rode with me and verified the noise. It was most distinct at 2200 RPMs and 62 1/2 miles per hour. He said he would review it with Carmine the Subaru District Manager. I was told that Carmine and Dave test drove at least 3 other 2008 and 2009 Tribecas and found the same noise. I was told that the factory would evaluate the situation and find a solution. After two weeks of no responses, I called Dave Adams who had no information but assured me that Subaru was looking into the problem. I called Subaru of North America and was told they would look into it. Today I received a call from a Kevin Shumaker of Subaru who advised me that he confirmed there was an issue, but that Subaru had no intention of further investigating the noise. I asked him what caused the noise. He said they did not know.

The noise is quite loud as the engine gets hot. Yes, a radio could mask the noise. However, the radio is not appropriate all the time.

Before you buy a Tribeca, you might see if this noise bothers you as it does me. Maybe someone out there knows if the noise is a problem in the functioning of the car. Subaru certainly made it clear to me that they do not care.


  • paul69mustangpaul69mustang Member Posts: 3

    Would you please give an update? I believe I'm experiencing the same issue and have an appt. with the dealer. Did you determine the cause and fix?

  • paul69mustangpaul69mustang Member Posts: 3
    I just located this thread describing what appears to be the very same issue with a Hyundai.
    In that case, the transmission was the culprit.

    Nomoresubaru, whatever happened with your vehicle?

  • birdyloverbirdylover Member Posts: 3
    Have them look at the Exhaust Heat Shield. Mine was coming loose and causing a severe whine on fast acceleration at 3000 rpm.
  • toboggantoboggan Member Posts: 283
    My 2008 was built in Sept. 2007. The only high pitched sound is when the Blizzaks are mounted for the winter season. :P
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