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Subaru Tribeca 2008



  • Here is the thread from Nasioc :

    I am also sending a link of a video clip my brother in law does for the "Periodic Review" he used my Tribeca for the short, but funny clip. Eventhough, he is dissing my Tribeca. ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I bought a plug kit. It's not too hard, just read the instructions carefully.

    To find the hole, air up the tires and spray some soapy water, then look for bubbles. It wasn't too hard for me.
  • njvt13njvt13 Posts: 14
    Brought my 08 Tribeca back to the dealer this morning, they informed me that the seat rattle and the rear hatch noise is a result of the way the car was made. HA!

    So basically, Subaru has a terrible design team.
    The 2008 Tribeca is built like a piece of junk.
    I will never buy another Subaru again....
    and now i have to deal with this car for the next 32 months, haha!

    However, subaru corporate customer service is more than helpful, so hopefully they can bring this to the next level for me......we'll see

    we need to research this more and bring it to their attention, b/c it is a problem!
  • njvt13 - The 08 Tribeca has both a rear hatch and second seat issue where they are prone to a very audible rattle. I have the rear hatch issue. My dealer confirmed it is a *design* issue, not fixable by the dealer (althought they really, really tried to please me they could not). Still rattles. I too have a complaint in to Subaru. Please keep us posted what happens and I will do the same. Hopefully Subaru will do something for us so we won't have to give up on the car and the company. I've had my Subie in some deep snow already and it performs admirably.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Is this the dealers saying they can't fix it? Perhaps your individual dealer is incompetent?

    Also if you never plan to buy another Subaru, then why should Subaru help you out? They already have your money!

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  • njvt13njvt13 Posts: 14
    they should help me out because i am advertising there car for them by driving it around day-to-day and making it available for all in the public eye to see, plus I have already discouraged more than a few Tribeca enthusiasts from purchasing the vehicle, so if Subaru wants me to stop deterring people, they better fix the problem!

    Plaina and simple......this car is too noisy. I have owned many other cars and never had this problem. In fact, my first car, which was a 1981 monte carlo that my aunt gave me when i turned 17, made less noise and was more fun to drive than my current Tribeca. And that is not a joke!

    ....and yes they say they can't fix it, they think im crazy for coming back so many times! haha
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,908
    That is nonsense that they say they cannot fix it. Even design flaws can be fixed. I hounded my local dealer for months to fix the rattles on my '08 Outback (lift gate in particular). They finally got the gate remedied. There were still annoying, subtle rattles coming from both B pillars, but they paled in comparison to the overwhelmingly monstrous rattle that gate produced.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Sorry to hear that your dealer could not fix problem, not suprised!! , don't give up putting pressure on Subaru. If you wish call.. Wendy Clough at 800-782-2783.. reference your case number , she is a senior complaint rep at corporate office , Great Lakes Region.. let her hear more complaints about noise and rattle issue and lets get them to fix it!!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Plaina and simple......this car is too noisy. I have owned many other cars and never had this problem. In fact, my first car, which was a 1981 monte carlo that my aunt gave me when i turned 17, made less noise and was more fun to drive than my current Tribeca. And that is not a joke!

    And none of these noises were present when you test drove it before buying it?

    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • 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.

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  • 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: 19,788
    Yeah. I'm sure we're coming. Not sure when though. We should hook up again. :)

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