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#596 of 723 Re: Color of my 2008 Tribeca [paisan]
Feb 14, 2008 (8:49 am)
i have driven with two different mechanics from two different Subaru dealerships, and one mechanic from an indepedent auto shop....they all said, to my face, that there is DEFINETLY a lot of noise back there.
My car before this was a honda Pilot and that thing was the best, only problem i ever had with that for 3 yrs. was a burned out interior light.
and I understand if i drive over potholes and railroad tracks the car will make more
noise than usual, however I don't do that.
Plain and simple, there is an issue with the car, i am obviously not the only one with the problem, and I will get it fixed one way or the other.
i'm done with this conversation
#597 of 723 Re: Color of my 2008 Tribeca [njvt13]
Feb 14, 2008 (5:28 pm)
You are right, the Tribeca definitely has a noise/rattle issue in the cargo area.
#598 of 723 Re: Color of my 2008 Tribeca [eyepod]
Feb 14, 2008 (10:36 pm)
I have the 2006 'Beca, and love it. I have had no noise issues, and it drives great also. That's unfortunate if the '08 has regressed in these areas. I haven't driven one, so I don't know how different it is.
#599 of 723 Re: Color of my 2008 Tribeca [eyepod]
Feb 15, 2008 (6:23 am)
My seats are not the issue because I drove with them down and the same noise occurred - It is either my hatch, the rear floor compartment covers( I have a 5P) or the something in the compartments.
On a trip to PA I noticed that the rattle disappeared at high speeds. I strongly believe that the air across the back and spoiler keeps enough pressure to hold the hatch in place.
This can only mean that there has to be too much play at the latch, or possibly the struts.
I'm going to wrap some electrical tape around the strike to see if that helps.
Does my theory hold water?
#600 of 723 Re: Color of my 2008 Tribeca [newsub3]
Feb 15, 2008 (7:39 am)
The Rattle Issue
Hi: I'm in Sydney Australia and was about to buy a Tribeca but after reading these comments and seeing the same issue down her with the rear hatch rattle, not just on the vehicle I test drove but also it was picked up by the press on the test car last December 2007. I'm not sure anymore
Ironically everyone down here is saying it's the poor US quality control that's making the Tribeca a lower quality vehicle than the Japanese vehicles we normally get here. I see the factory is in Lafayette Indiana US - http://www.subaru-sia.com/ and this site says they do a lot of procurement of local made US parts.
I'm prepared to bet that the soft release hatch trigger and assembly are a local US unit from your end - why not complain to the people who made it?
- the car is getting bagged out down here - and Subaru are running a special Right Hand drive line at Lafayette for us - all the Australian and UK journalists are saying the quality is so so and its got a soft suspension made for the US market.
read: http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/RT/13D5EF95DC73E759CA2573A8007F13E9?O- penDocument
It was danm close for me - I had a deposit and was waiting as the first shipment - it was late gettin here - glad I didn't proceed. The car I test drove also had this piece of white foam or styrene that had come loose in the manifold air-intake unit and was visible when you lifted the bonnet - and it was melting and smelling from the engine heat!
#601 of 723 Re: Color of my 2008 Tribeca [sub87]
Feb 15, 2008 (11:45 am)
That same plant makes high-quality Legacy (Liberty) and Outback models that get praised for their fit & finish, plus Toyota thought highly enough of it to have SIA build Camry for them there. IMHO, whatever issue exists is limited to Tribeca.
Funny about the suspension... you're right, Tribeca was designed for the US market, but most US reviews have called the suspension firm! Of course, maybe Tribeca's US competitors are REALLY soft.
#602 of 723 To quiet a rattle
Feb 15, 2008 (12:16 pm)
I've seen someone with a seatbelt that rattled against the A-pillar simply use 2 sided tape and a piece of cloth to dampen it. Wish I remember who so I could give them credit.
Trace the noise by following it and touching various surfaces until you get the noise to change or stop (I have to credit Ken Suzuki for this simple yet brilliant idea). That should at least isolate the location. You may need a driver if it only happens at certain speeds.
Use your ears, then use your hands, then finally use your own innovative ideas.
I found I had a rattle - it was a coin holder I had. I moved it to a more solid base/location and lined the interior with some self-adhesive velour drawer liner. It worked.
Be creative folks, you can find these and fix them. It may even be something you put in the car, as it was in my case.
#603 of 723 Re: Color of my 2008 Tribeca [jeffmc]
Feb 15, 2008 (12:19 pm)
suspension is firm for sure....makes you feel like your driving a truck
however, regarding post #599, your theory is true. Driving at high speeds does indeed cause the noise to lessen considerably.
I promise you and everyone else it is not any of the compartments in the rear. I took it upon my self to strip the cargo area clean of all compartments. It is actually pretty easy, everything is held together by plastic screw plugs & 4 little bolts. My point is when I drove the car with everything stripped out of it, the rear hatch noise was still their.
****If you recline the rear seats back a bit it seems to make the seat rattle dissapear, try it out....
#604 of 723 Re: Color of my 2008 Tribeca [sub87]
Feb 16, 2008 (7:35 am)
Well for now I have to say I think you made the right choice because this noise and rattle issue is very annoying and you would not be satisfied , don't know who is. As I have indicated before , Subaru has switched out the rear drivers side seat and placed washers in all seat hinges to tighten up the rear seat assembly. This did not solve the problem. It looks like the rigidity of the entire rear cargo hatch door/inside panels on the door is poor. Also the rear seat assembly has too much vibration. You can see both areas shake when going over road bumps. In addition I have attempted to place foam pieces at various areas inside plastic trim where I thought the noise was originating from, nothing has worked yet. I agree that it appears that it is not the rear plastic trays because if you remove the whole tray the noise is there still. I have yet a fourth visit scheduled with a different dealer and Subaru rep in March , but don't have high expectations and certainly wish this issue had a proper fix , so far I am not aware of it. If anyone with this issue is able to get or produce a proper fix I certainly hope to hear about it. Hopefully fellow 08 Tribeca owners are letting Subaru of America/or Subaru of your Country know about this problem , it is the only way to get pressure on them to fix this issue.. if they can.. or they won't be selling too many more I don't think.
#605 of 723 Rear hatch rattle/knocking
Feb 29, 2008 (12:27 pm)
The rear hatch struts were changed today - problem solved!!
Even if your hatch appears to be opening properly the struts may be defective. Low pressure in the struts will allow movement when closed which can cause a knocking or rattle.