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Subaru Tribeca 2008



  • So I have been doing a lot of research on the internet and reading everyone's experiences with the rattle in the rear hatch. My Tribeca was rattling so bad it was irritating me and I didn't want to drive the vehicle anymore. After reading everyone's blogs I was apprehensive to take mine in but I did and I am glad I did. My dealer found multiple problems and I wanted to share them with you in hopes that maybe it will help someone else. The mechanic adjusted the striker for the rear hatch and could still hear the rattle. Then he removed the lower rear panel on the right side of the vehicle and the rattle from that side went away. He then removed the lower main hatch panel and the rattle from the hatch went away. They ordered the parts and installed the new panels and at last, no more rattles. However, I started having another problem with my Tribeca. If I come to a complete stop and then go to a fast acceleration there was a high pitch whine noise from the engine area. The mechanic confirmed a rattle noise on acceleration around 3000 rpm. The problem: Exhaust Heat Shield is coming loose. Also found that the transmission cooling line clamp is starting to leak. I've already had the transmission wiring harness replaced and the mechanic told me that the transmission speed sensors can intermittently go open and cause irratic shift selinoid problems. I think I have a lemon here.
  • Interesting, and thank you for your entry.
    I just got my Tribeca 2008 back today after taking it to another dealer for service as my original dealer seemed no longer interested in helping me with the transmission problem. The mechanic at this new dealership agreed with me that the vehicle missed in 5th gear when under power, and talked to Subaru. Subaru tolk him it needed a new torque converter, as the one that was installed last time has been found to be faulty.
    Now after two new torque converters, the vehicle is still having the hesitation in 5th gear, when under a bit of power, such as passing or climbing a very gentle grade.
    The problem is back with Subaru. Subaru told this "new" mechanic to check the engine over!!! Wonder if the wiring problem you describe could be the cause?
    I have had this problem from day one!!!! and it has never been corrected! LEMON!!
    The last mechanic I took it to said he did not know how I have put up with the problem so long!
    I have a hatch rattle to , but the problem pales by comparison to my "hesitation" problem.
    I would love to hear from others with similar problems. :lemon: :confuse:
  • km888km888 Posts: 2
    I hear you. I am so frustrated with these issues and the dealership acts as though they've never heard these complaints from other Tribeca owners. There is something wrong with the car, period. It shouldn't slam when coming out of a stop. my clients decided to follow me in their car while looking at property because the jerking was so uncomfortable. I step on it to merge, and I think it kicks down, but doesn't catch. The RPM's jump to 6000, but the car doesn't respond. It feels the same as when a clutch goes bad on a manual transmission. There is a drag, like my brakes are on, I don't think it's shifting. I was getting 12 MPG. They can't seem to fix the problem, just improve the performance a little, but never for long.
  • I have finally found a Subaru Mechanic who admits there is a problem with the Transmission... Torque converter changed again per Subaru Tech. suggestion.
    No improvement, and the local tech was very upset. He wanted the car back and again contacted Subaru Tech. They suggested changing the plugs.....No change!!
    Subaru Tech then suggested empty the gas tank and fill it with Premium......
    I will find out tomorrow.
    The Subaru Dealer in Nanaimo, BC has been great! :D Much more helpful and knowledgeable than the dealer in Langford. :confuse:
    I am, however, on the verge of trying to get Subaru to buy the vehicle back!
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    Well, any resolution???
  • NO! The dealership in Nanaimo has been great, but the problem continues to elude them. SUBARU had the tech change the torque converter and try new plugs then empty the fuel tank and use high test fuel. None of these helped. Then they suggested that I drive the car in sport mode for a few days without shifting manually to see if this would reset the computer. THis did not work either.
    I am on my way back to them in a couple of days and SUBARU has now suggested that the tech access the antiknock sensors ??? About a four hour job to get at that!
    I am ready to give the car back. I have had enough!
    Regards. :cry: :mad:
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    I can understand your frustration. One of the problems with modern cars is all the electronic stuff. It's too bad there aren't error codes on the computer. If the knock sensors aren't the problem, they should give you another car. Gotta keep you in the Subaru family, ya know. :)
  • They have the car now, and I wait to hear what they have found.
    I will post as soon as I get an answer.
    If they were to take it back I might consider an outback 2010, so long as they can tow about 3000lbs.
  • Well I am off to get my Tribeca back today. :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
    The dealership have been working on this since Dec 3rd. They have done everything that Subaru told them to do. I am on my third Torque converter, incl. the original one.
    Knock sensors changed. an I do not know what else has been done. The mechanic advised me that the problem still persists, Bles him, at least he is honest and wants to help! Cannot fault this dealership!
    They called me today and told me that Subaru has advised them that the car is normal and there is nothing wrong with it......That is just the way the Tribeca is!!
    They are not going to do any more with it! Dealer was MOST apologetic!
    So now what??
    I am going to work on getting Subaru to take it back. Will keep you posted.
    NO MORE SUBARUS FOR ME!!!!!! :mad:
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    Bummer. Sounds Like your dealer should really beat on Subaru for a true resolution. IMHO, Subaru should take the car back, giving you a replacement Tribeca. That way their engineering staff could get to the root of the problem.
  • With less than 11,000 miles on this vehicle here is what has gone bad:

    Transmission Wiring Harness
    Exhaust Heat Shield needed replaced - transmission was whining at 3000 rpm.
    Right CAT Converter had a loose pipe inside and it needed replaced

    Mechanic tore my whole back end apart to find out what was rattling - He replaced 3 rear panels, clips in the headliner in cargo area were loose so he fixed those, wiring harness running along the rear panels were making a noise so he used electrical tape to prevent them rattling. He found the camera was loose and tightened that. He put electrical tape on the striker and greased up some of the rubber fittings in the rear hatch. Did a pretty good job in reducing noise but then I couldn't open the hatch. Took it back in to have the hatch fixed and now some the rattling is coming back. Not as noisy as it was originally. Mechanic said that it appears the rear hatch is moving around and doesn't appear to be stable.

    I have to say the folks at Camp Subaru in Spokane have been wonderful with me in trying to resolve these problems. They are just as frustrated as I am. Per their request, I submitted a complaint letter to Subaru Headquarters. I received a prompt response and will be meeting with a Subaru Rep in Feb 2010. Subaru Headquarters is also willing to work with me to purchase 2010 Tribeca but I have asked to be compensated as to what I have put in towards this vehicle. I've owned Subaru's before so I know they are a wonderful vehicle. I just happened to get a lemon. I could be a real pissed off customer but the customer service I have been receiving has been outstanding and I can't fault the dealer for what is happening. I'm impressed so far with Headquarters. We will see what they can offer me in the way of trade for a 2010. I've never had to do anything like this and I don't want to be taken advantage of. If anyone has any suggestions of what I should expect from Subaru, I'd like to hear them. I bought the extended warranty, towing package, lifetime oil change and have a very low interest rate on my loan and have been making double car payments to get this paid off early. I need them to make it worth my while.
    :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Fortunately you have a good dealer, keep working with them and be as pleasant as you can. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • MNSteve:

    I realize your post is over quite old now, but I am in the same situation you were in. That is, I cannot find any auto parts store that has a driver's side wiper blade replacement for my 2008 Tribeca. I have not gone to the Subaru dealership yet, but wondered what you ended up doing. Like you, I have replaced the passenger side without issues.

    P. Hoffman
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    This reply is even older ;-)

    I ended up getting the refills from the dealer. $9.95 for passenger side, $11.95 for drivers side, and $5.95 for rear wiper. The front refills are just the rubber. You must dis-assemble the blades, remove the old rubber and insert the new rubber into the silver metal backing plate.
  • I have 38,000 miles on my Tribeca Limited and it is 40 months old. I have had three low beam bulb replacements. (two on the driver's side and one on the passenger side)

    Has anyone else had this problem ? It sure seems like this is too frequent. :sick:

    I have also had issues with rough transmission shifts, brake master cylinder replacement, nav system error codes just to name a few glitches. My first and most likely last Subaru ! :mad:
  • my tribeca is 2008 with only 28000 miles. Never replaced any bulbs. I had issues with the transmission but dealer changed the fluid and is fine. I have issues with Nav screen going black while driving. Took it to dealer thery rebooted but today is doing it again.
  • my tribeca is 2008 with only 28000 miles. Never replaced any bulbs. I had issues with the transmission but dealer changed the fluid and is fine. I have issues with Nav screen going black while driving. Took it to dealer they rebooted nav system but today is doing it again. Going black.
  • My driver door started rattling a couple weeks ago. It sounded like the window mechanism was broken, but the window works fine. So when I took it in to a body shop to open the door panel and have a look, they found out the collision bar had come loose on one side. Popped the spot welds, somehow.

    My question is whether anyone out here has seen such a thing. The mechanic at tw body shop was pretty surprised, and claimed to have never seen such a failure before.

    I'm hoping that Subaru would repair this, seeing as it is obviously a defect of some kind, and not a matter of a part wearing out, or degrading due to lack of maintenance. Also it is a safety issue.

    The body guy said the door would have to be replaced, and that is something I simply can't afford at this point.

    Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated!

  • uscar4meuscar4me Posts: 3
    edited December 2012
    I have the exact same problem. US Model 2008 Subaru Tribeca.

    I reported the rattle in my front drivers side door to my local Subaru dealership (in early 2012) where I get my regular servicing, and only on the 3rd diagnostic did they find a cracked spot weld on the side collision bar in the door. They said it would only be covered under the 3yr warranty, not the 5yr. So they referred me to a collision repair company, and when I spoke with them on the phone, they said the cost would be over $1000. I found this unacceptable.

    However, I just did some google searching and found a possible similar issue acknowledged by Subaru in a Service Bulletin for the 2005-7 Legacy/Outback. I found the service bulletin on another online chatroom/board, but can't post the link here. If you google "Subaru door rattle cracked weld", it's the first link. I plan on taking this to my dealership and seeing if it's a similar issue. Hope this helps.
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