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#1 of 5 Subaru Tribeca High Pitched Noise 08 and 09 Models
Oct 22, 2008 (11:56 am)
I purchased a 2008 Subaru Tribeca about 6 months ago. Like many of you, I loved the car. Soon after getting the car I noticed a high pitched noise when the engine was warm and I was stepping on the gas pedal at about 65 mph. I brought the car to Delray Subaru in Delray Beach, Florida for service on this issue. After a number of visits, Dave Adams the Service Manager rode with me and verified the noise. It was most distinct at 2200 RPMs and 62 1/2 miles per hour. He said he would review it with Carmine the Subaru District Manager. I was told that Carmine and Dave test drove at least 3 other 2008 and 2009 Tribecas and found the same noise. I was told that the factory would evaluate the situation and find a solution. After two weeks of no responses, I called Dave Adams who had no information but assured me that Subaru was looking into the problem. I called Subaru of North America and was told they would look into it. Today I received a call from a Kevin Shumaker of Subaru who advised me that he confirmed there was an issue, but that Subaru had no intention of further investigating the noise. I asked him what caused the noise. He said they did not know.
The noise is quite loud as the engine gets hot. Yes, a radio could mask the noise. However, the radio is not appropriate all the time.
Before you buy a Tribeca, you might see if this noise bothers you as it does me. Maybe someone out there knows if the noise is a problem in the functioning of the car. Subaru certainly made it clear to me that they do not care.
#2 of 5 Re: Subaru Tribeca High Pitched Noise 08 and 09 Models [nomoresubaru]
Sep 28, 2009 (5:06 pm)
Would you please give an update? I believe I'm experiencing the same issue and have an appt. with the dealer. Did you determine the cause and fix?
#3 of 5 Re: Subaru Tribeca High Pitched Noise 08 and 09 Models [paul69mustang]
Oct 12, 2009 (7:10 am)
I just located this thread describing what appears to be the very same issue with a Hyundai. http://www.hyundai-forums.com/index.php?showtopic=7643&st=0
In that case, the transmission was the culprit.
Nomoresubaru, whatever happened with your vehicle?
#4 of 5 Re: Subaru Tribeca High Pitched Noise 08 and 09 Models [nomoresubaru]
Nov 05, 2009 (7:31 pm)
Have them look at the Exhaust Heat Shield. Mine was coming loose and causing a severe whine on fast acceleration at 3000 rpm.
#5 of 5 Re: Subaru Tribeca High Pitched Noise 08 and 09 Models [nomoresubaru]
Nov 19, 2009 (4:29 pm)
My 2008 was built in Sept. 2007. The only high pitched sound is when the Blizzaks are mounted for the winter season.