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#488 of 723 Does this sound like a Brush-Off
Dec 12, 2007 (5:37 am)
I just purchased a 2008 Tribeca. While it's a very nice vehicle it seems to have a lot of vibration between 45 and 75 mph. I took it to the dealer and asked them to re-balance the tires which they did but the vibration was still there. Took it back and at first they said it may be a bad tire and they would replace all four of them but they just called and said Subaru told them not to. According to them, Subaru said they have been getting a lot of calls about this and that if driven a couple thousand miles the vibration will go away as everything loosens up from sitting so long. I suspect the only thing they hope will go away is me, but maybe this is standard for Subaru. I've never had a Subaru or a vehicle this big so I guess I'm a little out of my element here. Anyone have any thoughts on whether or not the vibration may go away on it's own given some miles. Thanks for any help.
#489 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [gtlloyd]
Dec 12, 2007 (7:09 am)
Drive in a tight figure-8 pattern, see if you have any binding or anything like that.
#490 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [gtlloyd]
Dec 12, 2007 (9:48 am)
I also have the 2008 Tribeca Limited 5-Passenger. It is a beauty. My vibration is not as profound as yours. Above 70 mph, especially close to 80 mph I get this slight vibration from the left front tire (driver side). I feel it slightly through the steering wheel. I keep the tires at 33 psi front 32 psi rear. Anything below the 70 mph there is hardly a vibrationt. At the 80 mph speed the vibration increases as the road is winding (curves). I have my first oil change appointment and i requested the alignment and re-balance of tires. I am hoping this is a minor problem and it would be fixed by alignment and balance. I have total confidence in my Tribeca and subaru. I'll post next week on the outcome. Other than that, I still can't figure out why the A/C light comes on all the time when Auto is on, and when I turn A/C off the Auto goes off.I guess I got to read more or ask the dealer.
#491 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [ateixeira]
Dec 12, 2007 (10:01 am)
Just picked up the Tribeca from the dealer. The vibration and slight thumping is still there. They swear it should disappear by the time I get 1K on it. It's got 400 miles right now. I did a few figure 8's going both directions in the parking lot and didn't feel any binding or anything I would think was out of the ordinary. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens.
#492 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [gothicesque]
Dec 12, 2007 (11:08 am)
The auto setting on the temperature control will use the A/C when it has to, to dispel any excess moisture etc from the interior of the vehicle (fogging). When you turn the A/C off, you are, in essence, manually controlling the temperature. Thus, the auto light goes off.
Hope that helps.
#493 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [dusty_d]
Dec 12, 2007 (11:37 am)
^Yes. And... if you've got it set on auto and then turn off the A/C, even though the auto light goes off, the system still automatically varies the fan & heater to maintain your desired temperature. Mike pointed that out (I never realized that!) and I've tried it out with my Outback's climate control.
#494 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [jeffmc]
Dec 12, 2007 (1:18 pm)
Now I get it, finally!. So that's what happens with the sophisticated Auto Climate Control System. I know understand. Thank you again jeffmc and David, I appreciate your information. This is really helping me understand. I never had a Auto climate control SUV before so I was not sure what was going on. The Tribeca uses the A/C when it has to (like in the winter as well to defrost). Nice system I got here! I really enjoy driving my Tribeca. This is my first Subaru. And everything wonderful they say about Subaru is true. Well put together, sophisticated, drives like a car, smooth ride. I really could not ask for more.
#495 of 723 New Tribeca smell
Dec 12, 2007 (2:46 pm)
I just got the 2008 tribeca for almost 2 weeks now with 400 miles on it so far. Its handling is excellent for the car that size and is very quiet. People riding with me were surprise how good the ride was being not familiar with Subaru.
However, I have a problem with the new smell that really bother me since it is very strong whenever I turn on the fan initially at the start. The smell is similar to a petroleum product or close to a gas smell. When the car is running for a little while and with fresh air circulate, it was much better. I now open all the windows when I park the car in my garage hoping to air out all the smell. But at soon as I get in the car and turn on the climate control, the smell comes back w/ or w/o starting the engine.
I wonder if any of the new Tribeca owner experienced this, and how long does the new smell subside. My last new Outback's new smell wasn't this bad as far as I remember.
#496 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [gtlloyd]
Dec 12, 2007 (10:02 pm)
In my Sienna it happened exactly like that. The dealer told me the car didn't settle down until at least 1,200 miles. As they told me, around that threshold the car composed by itself. So, be patient.
My car has exactly 0 concerns so far. The only problem is my wife, who took it yesterday and now doesn't want to give it back.
#497 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [nickel]
Dec 13, 2007 (3:33 am)
I would say that is a very big concern, my friend.