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#495 of 723 New Tribeca smell
Dec 12, 2007 (3:46 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 (11:02 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 (4:33 am)
I would say that is a very big concern, my friend.
#498 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [gothicesque]
Dec 13, 2007 (5:06 am)
The other guys beat me to the response. If you hit the A/C button it basically makes it semi-automatic system.
#499 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [nickel]
Dec 13, 2007 (5:14 am)
Thanks Nickel. That is encouraging. On the positive side, I'm looking forward to getting up my driveway when it snows for the first time in years . My old Honda Accord just couldn't make it.
Dec 13, 2007 (10:07 am)
Today should be day 4 with my new Tribeca, but my wife took it away the whole day yesterday. This morning I push it really hard on the highway, trying to feel the vibration stuff, but nothing. I did 90 mph and nothing. I even did some cookie cutting, and it felt perfect. Counting even the fact that I've not been able to check the tire pressure (a must in a new car, don't think the dealer will do it). It's so cold here that I'll wait until I get home to do it inside the garage.
The most annoying thing so far is that I already had to fill the tank this morning in less than 350 miles. But my 14 miles commute from Woodbury to St. Paul showed 19mpg, better than I thought, even pushing it hard (going down on the highway). Today I have to do a longer commute at peak hours, so I'll be monitoring the trip. It's not about filling the tank sooner, but having to do it at 14F.
I have no problems with the A/C, but in the Outback I had the same odor that you're reporting. I think that has been documented in the OB forums. Nothing otherworldly because it was coming and going at least 2 times a month, so I didn't bother trying to fix it. But I'd recommend you to check the OB forums, definitely.
So far everybody's happy with the car. My 5 years old daughter is happy with the TV, the wife happy with the NAV, and me, well, it really handles well. It's the perfect car for my family.
#502 of 723 Re: Does this sound like a Brush-Off [gothicesque]
Dec 13, 2007 (12:01 pm)
Hmmm, my Tribeca is smooth as silk up to 80MPH (not going any faster until more miles are on it).
#503 of 723 Re: Day 3 [nickel]
Dec 13, 2007 (1:34 pm)
my wife took it away the whole day yesterday
#504 of 723 Re: Day 3 [ateixeira]
Dec 13, 2007 (3:53 pm)
Your milage will increase once you hit 10k miles.