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Subaru B9 Tribeca, Transmission, SUV
#101 of 117 Traded in the 2008 Tribeca
Oct 17, 2011 (9:53 am)
At 30,000 miles, the engine had begun smoking and the transmission continued to experience hard shifting when I took it in for its regular maintenance. That evening, I test drove the new 2012 VW Passat, and bought it, trading in the Tribeca which still held a very good trade-in value, surprisingly. We wiill miss the roominess and comfort of the tribeca but not the aggravation with transmission problems that remained unresolved after 3rd replacement in 2 years. Subaru lost a customer for life with this model.
#102 of 117 Re: Unresolved Issue [ttribecca]
Nov 07, 2011 (11:24 am)
Took the car to a different dealer. They did the 60k mi work. Spark plugs were really bad. All replaced and car is running good now.
Thanks for all of the advice!
#103 of 117 Re: Unresolved Issue [ttribecca]
Jan 13, 2012 (10:35 pm)
well i understand that everyone is having problems with the tribeca transmission ,but i dont see anyone putting the mileage down where it started having problems ,because i bought a 2008 tribeca and i have not had a issue with this suv yet and i have 90,000 km on it and not one problem with trans ,motor ,drivetrain ,nothing it runs very smooth and so far its the best suv i have bought to date ,
But i will say that trying to find replacement wipers is a pain in the ass and the dealer likes to see u show up so they can smile with dollar signs when they see u coming threw the door ,(not so fun....)
#104 of 117 Re: Unresolved Issue [chevy632]
Jan 14, 2012 (12:27 am)
I originally posted an issue with the transmission not shifting smooth from 2nd to 3rd on cold engine back when my car had about 25k-30k miles. However, I now have 71k mi on it, and it is still runs as new. It is a 2006 7-pass. Limited, and I never had any issues with drive train, transmission, engine or anything at all. Just had to replace the sway bar bushings at around 40k mi. (picked them up from Subaru dealer and did it myself and took me lees than 1hr) I replaced my OEM tires last year at 63k mi. with Bridgestone Dueler Alenza, good improvement over stock tires, (much better in rain and snow, and quiet smooth ride) rated for 65k mi so I'm sure it will last another 65k mi. As far as transmission issue, it only does it when engine is cold, but if I warm up the car for 5-10min it is very smooth. I had it the transmission-computer re-programmed a while ago but it didn't seem to help a lot. It looks like they have updated software for engine and transmission but I'm not sure if I should do it or not at this point. I wish it would have came with CVT, then it would be much smoother and better on gas. (for my past 5years and 60k mi I averaged about 19.5-20.5mpg, do get about 23.5- 25mpg on HWY only) So it has been a great and perfect SUV for my family needs.
#105 of 117 Re: Unresolved Issue [chevy632]
Sep 09, 2012 (6:50 am)
i find out a trick.Buy a bosch replacement wiper blades ,then slide em in and you will cut the cost on one tenth of the dealer price . Have a nice day !
#106 of 117 Trans issue brand new 13
Jan 19, 2013 (7:56 am)
Our car is two weeks old. Within the first week our brand new tribeca was shifting hard. It only had 7 miles when we purchased it. Now its two weeks old and it does it several times during driving some harder shifts. I just sold our volvo xc90 and we had a new trans. in that. I know what this shift hard means a bad trans. right from the factory. My volvo had the same hard shift as the trans. went bad. Has anyone else had this issue brand new. I am taking it into the dealer. I drive around miles a week to work and back.
#107 of 117 Re: Trans issue brand new 13 [dadoffive]
Jan 30, 2013 (10:19 am)
We took it in today. We took the serviceman for a ride and it did it twice in a quarter mile. He said its not normal. He told me he would try the computer to see of he could change the shift. I know this will not fix the issue it's just a patch fix. lets see how good the customer service really is. This car is brand new and has a bad trans. Buyer beware.
#108 of 117 Re: Trans issue brand new 13 [dadoffive]
Feb 05, 2013 (10:19 am)
I have been repeatedly lied to by the subaru dealer. I have asked to talk with the owner and I have been told he was on vacation and he was in a meeting on the same day 10 minutes apart by two different people. They have not fixed the car they made it worse I get 5 mpg less since they have given it back it still bangs on hills and shifts later and the motor is working harder cause of the way they didn't fix the car. The back lift-gate is broken. This is crazy for a car that is almost a month old that has had transmission problems from the first week. I have spoken with numerous people asked for my money back. I cannot have a car that is in the shop more than out and is not dependable. I should not be getting 5-mpg less when it was getting 20 mpg after they have reset the trans to shift later. To cover up a bad transmission. It is making the motor work harder you can hear it and it is not shifting at the right rpm. I have been told today that the subaru rep. cannot make it til friday if he can make it. They have no non smoking cars available at the moment. So basically no one will address giving me my money back and No one will have the subaru owner Bill Stamps call me. Buying this car was a huge mistake with bad service and nothing but lies from service. I will be posting the bad service all over the internet and soon I will be showing up at the dealers to warn customers not to buy from subaru. This is just a stall not to fix a problem instead of making it right. The transmission has not been changed in this model year from last and someone else had three transmission put in. So you are aware you have a problem and you know you cannot fix it. This is the reason for the poor service. Instead of taking pride in it and fixing it right. This is a disgrace and a brand new 35,000 car with a bad transmission and you will not give me my money back. Along with other issues the car has.
On Feb 1, 2013, at 2:40 PM, Subaru of America, Inc. wrote:
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They will not fix the transmission stay away don;t buy this car it is a nightmare!!!
#109 of 117 Re: Trans issue brand new 13 [dadoffive]
Feb 05, 2013 (10:32 am)
Sounds like you found out that the dealer's customer service wasn't what you had hoped. Do you have any other dealership options within a reasonable distance? The fact that you're in contact with SOA should help, but they work through their dealership network. If the dealership is not helpful, it hobbles SOA's response as well.
#110 of 117 Re. Subaru Tribeca B9 transmission problems
Feb 05, 2013 (3:45 pm)
You have discovered how poor the Subaru service network has become and how poorly Subaru deals with its customers. B9 transmission problems seem to be a recurring issue. I went through it ad-nauseam with Subaru Canada. Was told basically that I was crazy and there was nothing wrong with my car! They were really unpleasant and rude. I have replaced my Subaru with another make, as has my brother. I have nothing favourable to say about Subaru and have not recommended them to anyone. If enough of us complain, maybe they will eventually do something about it. Needless to say it does not help our financial loss, nor address the headache of having to drive 100 miles for each service visit I made.