About Subaru Tribeca
Subaru Tribeca is a mid-size crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufactured by Japanese automaker Subaru division of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) from 2005 to 2014. The first Subaru Tribeca was introduced in 2005 for the 2006 model year and not available in Japan. As an SUV with about 9-year history, Subaru Tribeca has won best interior of the year from Ward's Auto, Most Innovative Concept car at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show and Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Before Subaru Tribeca was replaced by the Subaru Exiga and Subaru Ascent, Subaru Tribeca has been produced through two generations.
The first generation Subaru Tribeca (2005-2007) was introduced in 2005 as a 2006 model in North America. And it was offered in base and Limited trim levels in North American market. Subaru Tribeca then was powered by a 3.0 L EZ30 boxer H6 engine paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Then in April 2007, the second generation Subaru Tribeca (2007-2014) was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show as a facelifted 2008 model. Trim levels were carried over from previous generation. But Subaru Tribeca got power from a new 3.6 L EZ36 H6 boxer engine, though the available transmission was still the 5-speed automatic transmission.
Subaru Tribeca Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
The main mission of an SUV is to across over high mountains or tougher road conditions. Actually, this is also why people like Subaru Tribeca so much. However, it is still inevitable that Subaru Tribeca would wear, what you should do is to slow down the wearing. First, you can learn about how to diagnose and solve problems on it:
First, engine oil seepage. Subaru Tribeca owners have complained this problem at car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com a lot. They described that they have to add oil more often due to oil seepage. What's more, the engine performance suffers a lot. Giving out knocking or metallic sounds, rough-running engine, loss of power while accelerating and illuminated Check Engine Light are what happened in Tribeca. You might as well have a good inspection on Tribeca oil filter and Tribeca timing cover.
Second, shaking while driving and banging, hard shifting. According to Subaru Tribeca drivers' descriptions as shaking while driving, we can basically assume that the suspension has something wrong. Once you find your Tribeca has uneven tire wear, gives out grinding or roaring noises from the tire area, shudders while driving and has vibrating steering wheels, you may get the wheel bearing and coil spring insulator inspected. As for hard shifting, you can try inspecting the Tribeca transfer case cover, Tribeca transfer case output shaft snap ring in the transmission system.
However, it is not easy to keep your Subaru Tribeca at the best shape all the time. It has so many auto parts after all. As a matter of fact, some auto parts need your more attention as they are more vulnerable and easier to go wrong as being exposed to harsh working environment or long-time using. Wiper blade is one of them; it is used mostly under adverse weather conditions such as downpour, stormy or snowy. So you should replace it at least once a year in sunny areas and half a year in humid environment. Headlight and fog light also should get maintained regularly.
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