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Subaru B9 Tribeca Interior & Passenger Comfort Concerns



  • Hi,
    I'm new to the forum and just purchased a 2008 Tribeca 7 pas w/navi. I have the rattle in the cargo area issue and am pretty sure it is from the rear hatch. When going over bumps it sounds like something is loose in the cargo area. It was "horrific" when I picked up the car, took it back, and they re-adjusted latch. This eliminated some of it, but not all. Has anyone actually gotten the dealer to fix this issue successfully? (Does anyone have an '08 without this issue?) Thanks
  • Other than this one issue I love this car. I'm in the upper Midwest and there's been snow on the ground since I bought the car a couple of weeks ago. Even with the so-so OEM tires this car does well in the snow.
  • see post # 571 and 577 for discussion on rattle/noise issue in rear hatch
    in 2008 Subaru discussion
  • jmpage2jmpage2 Posts: 268
    My wife and I drove the 07 Tribeca last year and observed that there was very little legroom for the front passenger seat. I'm 5' 10" with long legs and I found that the oddly up angled floor for the passenger side made it impossible for me to find a comfortable position for the seat so that my legs were ok. I found myself hunched up with my knees bent far too much for a large vehicle.

    Is this an acknowledged problem with the Tribeca? Has anything been done with this as part of the '08 redesign?


  • sudsubsudsub Posts: 1
    I have the exact same problem with my 2007 7 pass with NAV. I have been back to the dealer 6 times. No real help. They replaced the rear seat frame which did nothing. I have pinpointed the rattle to the rear seat and the hatch. It just isn't made well and without weight in the back end it rattles. I have given up with the dealer. Not sure what to do. Have you had any resolution?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The hatch rattle has been fixed by several dealers by replacing the struts that hold it up.

  • bt52bt52 Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Tribeca. No matter how high I turn the temperature on the passenger side, cold air blows out. That's a problem since it is winter in Ohio. Sometimes it blow hot air to the second row passengers and cool to cold air in the front. Any help here?

    Second question. In the summer, I hear a "popping" sound coming from the center of the dash. Has anyone else experienced this issue and found a fix?
  • I also have a 2006 Tribeca with the cold air in the front passenger seat. Did you ever find the cause and/or fix for it?
  • This is unbelievable...I just bought my Tribeca a month's got about 900 miles on it. I've got the 5 pass LTD model and have the same problem...a rattle in the cargo area when you hit a bump or seams in the road. I've had the car back to the dealer 3x so far and they still have not fixed it. What they did was replace plastic trim on the cargo hatch...that did nothing. They took out the spare tire and tools...nothing...they used insulation on some of the plastic in the rear...still same. I refuse to let them off the hook...noises bother the hell out of me..especially from a new car! I'll keep you up-to-date.

    Oh...forgot to mention my other remote start won't work. They had to order an interface board. Also, sometimes my remote access won't open or close the car until I get right up to the door. They think the two problems maybe connected so we're waiting on the replacement board to find out.

    Stay tuned!
  • 3sx3sx Posts: 1
    Did anyone ever figure this out? I have the same issue.
  • Same issue here. I spoke with a local Subaru Repair shop late last winter, and they said that it would be 3-4 hours just to get to the area that needed work. I'm going to check with them again and speak with the dealership as well.

    Anyone have any ideas? How long SHOULD this take?!
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