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#710 of 723 Re: Transmission woes 2008 Tribeca. [toboggan]
Dec 01, 2009 (6:50 pm)
NO! The dealership in Nanaimo has been great, but the problem continues to elude them. SUBARU had the tech change the torque converter and try new plugs then empty the fuel tank and use high test fuel. None of these helped. Then they suggested that I drive the car in sport mode for a few days without shifting manually to see if this would reset the computer. THis did not work either.
I am on my way back to them in a couple of days and SUBARU has now suggested that the tech access the antiknock sensors ??? About a four hour job to get at that!
I am ready to give the car back. I have had enough!
#711 of 723 Re: Transmission woes 2008 Tribeca. [sept2martin]
Dec 07, 2009 (6:41 am)
I can understand your frustration. One of the problems with modern cars is all the electronic stuff. It's too bad there aren't error codes on the computer. If the knock sensors aren't the problem, they should give you another car. Gotta keep you in the Subaru family, ya know.
#712 of 723 Re: Transmission woes 2008 Tribeca. [toboggan]
Dec 07, 2009 (4:13 pm)
They have the car now, and I wait to hear what they have found.
I will post as soon as I get an answer.
If they were to take it back I might consider an outback 2010, so long as they can tow about 3000lbs.
#713 of 723 Re: Transmission woes 2008 Tribeca. [sept2martin]
Dec 29, 2009 (12:30 pm)
Well I am off to get my Tribeca back today.
The dealership have been working on this since Dec 3rd. They have done everything that Subaru told them to do. I am on my third Torque converter, incl. the original one.
Knock sensors changed. an I do not know what else has been done. The mechanic advised me that the problem still persists, Bles him, at least he is honest and wants to help! Cannot fault this dealership!
They called me today and told me that Subaru has advised them that the car is normal and there is nothing wrong with it......That is just the way the Tribeca is!!
They are not going to do any more with it! Dealer was MOST apologetic!
So now what??
I am going to work on getting Subaru to take it back. Will keep you posted.
NO MORE SUBARUS FOR ME!!!!!!
#714 of 723 Re: Transmission woes 2008 Tribeca. [sept2martin]
Jan 05, 2010 (7:24 am)
Bummer. Sounds Like your dealer should really beat on Subaru for a true resolution. IMHO, Subaru should take the car back, giving you a replacement Tribeca. That way their engineering staff could get to the root of the problem.
#715 of 723 More 2008 Tribeca Problems
Jan 06, 2010 (8:21 pm)
With less than 11,000 miles on this vehicle here is what has gone bad:
Transmission Wiring Harness
Exhaust Heat Shield needed replaced - transmission was whining at 3000 rpm.
Right CAT Converter had a loose pipe inside and it needed replaced
Mechanic tore my whole back end apart to find out what was rattling - He replaced 3 rear panels, clips in the headliner in cargo area were loose so he fixed those, wiring harness running along the rear panels were making a noise so he used electrical tape to prevent them rattling. He found the camera was loose and tightened that. He put electrical tape on the striker and greased up some of the rubber fittings in the rear hatch. Did a pretty good job in reducing noise but then I couldn't open the hatch. Took it back in to have the hatch fixed and now some the rattling is coming back. Not as noisy as it was originally. Mechanic said that it appears the rear hatch is moving around and doesn't appear to be stable.
I have to say the folks at Camp Subaru in Spokane have been wonderful with me in trying to resolve these problems. They are just as frustrated as I am. Per their request, I submitted a complaint letter to Subaru Headquarters. I received a prompt response and will be meeting with a Subaru Rep in Feb 2010. Subaru Headquarters is also willing to work with me to purchase 2010 Tribeca but I have asked to be compensated as to what I have put in towards this vehicle. I've owned Subaru's before so I know they are a wonderful vehicle. I just happened to get a lemon. I could be a real pissed off customer but the customer service I have been receiving has been outstanding and I can't fault the dealer for what is happening. I'm impressed so far with Headquarters. We will see what they can offer me in the way of trade for a 2010. I've never had to do anything like this and I don't want to be taken advantage of. If anyone has any suggestions of what I should expect from Subaru, I'd like to hear them. I bought the extended warranty, towing package, lifetime oil change and have a very low interest rate on my loan and have been making double car payments to get this paid off early. I need them to make it worth my while.
#716 of 723 Re: More 2008 Tribeca Problems [birdylover]
Jan 07, 2010 (2:04 pm)
Fortunately you have a good dealer, keep working with them and be as pleasant as you can. Good luck and keep us posted.
#717 of 723 Re: Winter blade update [toboggan]
Jan 10, 2011 (2:53 pm)
I realize your post is over quite old now, but I am in the same situation you were in. That is, I cannot find any auto parts store that has a driver's side wiper blade replacement for my 2008 Tribeca. I have not gone to the Subaru dealership yet, but wondered what you ended up doing. Like you, I have replaced the passenger side without issues.
#718 of 723 Re: Winter blade update [tribecagal]
Apr 23, 2011 (10:25 am)
This reply is even older
I ended up getting the refills from the dealer. $9.95 for passenger side, $11.95 for drivers side, and $5.95 for rear wiper. The front refills are just the rubber. You must dis-assemble the blades, remove the old rubber and insert the new rubber into the silver metal backing plate.
#719 of 723 2008 Subaru Tribeca low beam replacement frequency
Jan 18, 2012 (11:12 am)
I have 38,000 miles on my Tribeca Limited and it is 40 months old. I have had three low beam bulb replacements. (two on the driver's side and one on the passenger side)
Has anyone else had this problem ? It sure seems like this is too frequent.
I have also had issues with rough transmission shifts, brake master cylinder replacement, nav system error codes just to name a few glitches. My first and most likely last Subaru !