Last post on Dec 28, 2009 at 11:44 AM
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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
#28 of 39 Re: My vibrating 2007 Tribeca [thecafe]
Feb 06, 2009 (6:16 am)
We had what sounds like the same intermittent "shuddering" or vibration problem with our 2008 Tribeca. Our Subaru mechanic had us drive the car while he rode with us with his laptop connected to our Subaru. Basically, he captured some sort of readout while we reproduced the shudder. He sent this information to Subaru. Subaru told him that they knew about the problem and were working on a fix. Six months later, our mechanic received direction for the fix from Subaru. I will try to explain what they did, from looking at our service summary sheet.
I am not mechanically inclinded, so bear with me. It looks like they replaced the torque converter, the turbine speed sensor &/or o-ring. He also mentioned that he "re-flashed" it. I think he means a software update. These repairs were just performed yesterday, so only time will tell if it is the correct fix. If you require more specifics, our mechanic's name is Tim and he works for Schumacher Subaru in West Palm Beach, FL.
I hope this helps!
#29 of 39 Re: My vibrating 2007 Tribeca [vle3]
Mar 18, 2009 (10:38 am)
Now that a month and a half has passed, was wondering if the replacement of the torque converter, turbine speed sensor, and/or o-ring has correct the issue? I am having the same issue with my 2008 Tribeca.
#30 of 39 Re: My vibrating 2007 Tribeca [jeoster]
Mar 18, 2009 (5:41 pm)
It seems to have worked. Neither my husband nor I have experienced the vibration/shuddering since the replacements. Typically, we would experience them several times a day. We feel like the problem has been corrected. Let me know if we can help further.
#31 of 39 Re: My vibrating 2007 Tribeca [vle3]
Apr 03, 2009 (9:45 am)
About what speeds did the vibration occur? And, was it speed sensitive?
Do you know if there is a TSB out on this problem?
My vibration is still there, and it is subtle. So, it's not too bothersome, but I do notice it from time to time.
I've also noticed that when the vehicle is cold (not real cold, but within a few minutes of starting in the morning 30-60 degreesF), I get hesitations. No check engine light though.
#32 of 39 Re: My vibrating 2007 Tribeca [vle3]
Apr 06, 2009 (7:42 am)
Thanks for the info. I have contacted my dealer and am waiting to hear back from them. I also get the hesitation mentioned in one of the other posts.
#33 of 39 Re: My vibrating 2007 Tribeca [thecafe]
Jul 09, 2009 (12:05 pm)
Just to provide an update... I was experiencing the vibration on my 2008 Tribecca. I complained to Subaru and was contacted by a Sales Manager. She arranged for the torque converter to be replaced (no charge). It seems to have done the trick.
#34 of 39 Re: My vibrating 2007 Tribeca [jeoster]
Jul 29, 2009 (8:55 am)
Glad to hear they helped you out. Odd fix, but hey, it worked!
Aug 24, 2009 (8:26 am)
I recently had the same problem with my 2008 Tribeca. The dealer replaced the torque converter, O-ring and sensor last week under warranty. So far no vibration. Thanks to all that posted their experience with this issue.
Dec 10, 2009 (5:44 pm)
I am in Australia and have recently aquired a Tribeca. The problems that are expressed in your forum is also in the vehicle out here. The first vehicle I had shuddered, felt like it was missing when on highway driving and I complained that much Subaru gave me a new vehicle after they replaced the torque converter and a number of times doing upgrades to the computer. Well the same is happening with this new vehicle. It has only 8k on it and it is a dog. I have complained again to Subaru Australia and they do not want to know about it. I am now looking at trading in the vehicle foe a new Liberty its that bad. I would never endorse this make of subaru to anyone. They are an absolute joke of a car. Total waist of money.
#37 of 39 Re: My vibrating 2007 Tribeca [vle3]
Dec 10, 2009 (7:33 pm)
Just an update. It is now December of 2009 and we are still "shudder free" since the fixes noted in my earlier post. We love our Subaru!