Last post on Jul 23, 2007 at 10:54 AM
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Subaru B9 Tribeca, Steering, Suspension, SUV
#16 of 25 Re: BRAKE OR USE LOWER GEAR? [paisan]
Jun 19, 2007 (9:35 am)
But you drive like a granny wes!
That I do (at times), but I always get there. Well, okay.... I almost always get there.
#17 of 25 Re: BRAKE OR USE LOWER GEAR? [paisan]
Jun 20, 2007 (12:22 pm)
I'm with mike, use the brakes. Last set of brake pads I changed for my sister were $17 (front axle, both sides).
Last trans my dad replaced on his Taurus set him back $6000.
I might use 4th to help a little, but not much lower than that.
#18 of 25 "Harsh ride"
Jun 27, 2007 (8:23 am)
I have posted on this board on several occasions about problems I have had with a very harsh, noisy ride on my 2006 Tribeca. Got the vehicle as a Demo August last year with 10,000 miles on it now have turned over 40,000 on odometer.
For the most part very pleased with the vehicle, I do like the appearance quite a bit, much more so than the 08's which I just saw first one recently. It really does look like, at least from the front end, just like a Chrysler. Sure the improved motor would be a plus, and apparently the visibility is a little better than the 06's and 07's but otherwise essentially the same vehicle.
I have averaged just about 21 mpg on my vehicle, and that is pretty accurate based on fuel consumption, not just what the computer says. I thought the 08 was going to get slightly better gas mileage, and with the new criteria for gas mileage for 08 vehicles I thought it would remain at 18 city, 23 highway. However, I noticed on the sticker it shows now only 16 city, 21 highway. I don't see therefore, any improvement over the 06 and 07's.
At any rate, back to my comments about the harsh ride. After complaining for quite some time, the dealer finally installed new control arm bushings. They were supposed worn or broken. Unfortunately, no change in the ride.
I complained further, but they the dealer I had purchased the vehicle from (Carls's in Pawtucket, RI) went out of business so I went to another dealer, Somerset Subaru in Somerset, MA> I have had vehicles serviced there in the past and they are always very profession about working on vehicles not necessarily purchased there. To make a long story short, it was determined that the bushings and bushing brackets for the stabilizer bar were worn, and those were just replaced today.
Although the ride is still not "the smoothest" it is now much improved, similar to when I purchased the vehicle.
Any one else out there experience similar problems like this?
#19 of 25 Re: "Harsh ride" [occking]
Jun 27, 2007 (8:29 am)
Had a similar problem on my 04 Armada. Turned out to be a loose front sway bar aka stabilizer bar, after the dealer tightened them, my ride improved back toward stock and no more banging.
#20 of 25 Re: "Harsh ride" [occking]
Jun 27, 2007 (8:49 am)
Yeah, make sure there's grease on all the bushings so things can move around smoothly.
Every time I rotate the tires I spray some lithium grease on the bushings, that's convenient because it's accessible at that time.
#21 of 25 Owning experience great; driving experience...eh
Jul 22, 2007 (9:50 pm)
Surprised I havent seen more about the Beca's sluglike acceleration when the engine and tranny are cold-- especially when the weather is cold. I love my '06 but it is remarkably, surprisingly, horrible to drive for the first few miles on cold mornings. Dealer says "they're all that way; its Subaru's way of protecting the transmission until the pressure builds up corectly" or some b.s. I am not a car guy, but I'm not an idiot either and have never heard an explanation like that.
Anyone know of any tweaks or workarounds for this? I am not looking to blast off with a stone cold car, but really, even pulling onto a busy street from my neighborhood can feel a little sketchy.
Is there such a thing as revised software that could re-tune the engine or shifting or something? PLEASE? I really like the car despite this; but something this strange would definitely keep me from recommending it to anyone. (Oh, and don't mention the 08. That thing is atrocious.)
#22 of 25 Re: Owning experience great; driving experience...eh [ixxi]
Jul 23, 2007 (6:35 am)
What about getting an engine block heater?
Or remote start?
I'd address the issue of warming up the engine more quickly directly.
#23 of 25 good thought, but necessary?
Jul 23, 2007 (8:18 am)
Seems like overkill. We're talking Portland,OR here where our temps and conditions are hardly extreme. I've owned many many cars here and none have ever experienced anything like this. While a remote start or engine heater might *help* it seems like an extreme measure to institute for your car to operate under pretty normal daily conditions...
#24 of 25 Re: good thought, but necessary? [ixxi]
Jul 23, 2007 (9:56 am)
In general, what temperatures are you talking about? It seems like normal winter temps (lows), might be anywhere from 5 degrees at rock bottom bot about 35 or 40.
Adjusting your fluids may be the best solution. I noticed a marked improvement in my '07 Outback when I put Amsoil 0w-30 in the engine and synthetic 75w-90 in the manual transmission and differentials. This was March 16, and we had about two weeks of daily -20F rising to +30F temperatures following that. It was like driving a slug before the change and was silky smooth afterward. Note that I do run a block/oil pan heater for a couple hours before morning start up at temps below zero. But, the car was sluggish even with the heaters so I suspect the most significant difference was the gear oil.
#25 of 25 Re: good thought, but necessary? [xwesx]
Jul 23, 2007 (10:54 am)
I've used synthetic gear oil and noticed similar improvements.
Never tried synthetic ATF, though.