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08 Tribeca issues with anyone else?
Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:28 AM
Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:07 AM
Were there different size tires on the vehicle? If there were, or had been in the past it can cause tremendous wear to the drivetrain parts. All wheel drive requires all 4 wheels to be the same diameter. if not then yes, they would kill your transmission, rear differential or both. There will probably be much more insight from the board here, but I would also call the dealership that did the work to your car, speak to the mechanic that did the diagnosis and ask these same questions.
IF he's a knowledgeable guy, he should be able to explain whether this was likely poor maintenance, a freak occurrence or some defect in part of the Tribeca driveline.
But for the record, you heard right on the reliability. I drive an Impreza with 267,000 miles. My wife's 2000 outback just turned 320,000 and she's been looking at getting a Tribeca sometime in the future.
Either way, it if was replaced properly, you're driving a car with 0 miles on the transmission. So even if the driveline was abused, you have a new one. Your car should be better now than the day you bought it and ready to go another 200,000 miles easy. Just be sure to keep tires that are exactly the same diameter on there and you should have little problems.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:09 AM
Either that or they are stroking the insurance company.
It is highly unlikely that these two repairs are unrelated and it is also VERY likely that they either don't know what they are doing or are just stroking the insurance company for what they know is really not a big deal to repair. You can repair most things on a transmission without replacing the entire thing. The dealer and independent shops see the warranty claim as a way to make money and not make an enemy of the customer.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:19 AM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:20 AM
As mentioned, there is no "transfer case" and any part of the transaxle can't be repaired for anywhere near $900. That diagnosis, repair, and cost is all suspect.
The most likely scenario is that the first issue was something simple which was misdiagnosed (intentionally or not), lined the wallets of the repair place, improperly repaired, leading to future repairs....etc.
The rear differential diagnosis is highly contentious. I personally wouldn't believe it unless I saw it. They simply never fail.
It's all speculation now but even you have heard a story from a kid, friend, co-worker that wasn't the truth and had far likelier explanations than they revealed - that's what's happening here.
Of the two possible scenarios:
1. the story you were told being what actually happened
2. the story you were told involving incompetence or abuse
#2 is far more likely given the high rates of unfairness from mechanics/shops and the very low rates of the kind of work you've been sold.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:25 AM
they're $200 or less from a yard and will last the life of the vehicle. i'm sure Subaru prices are very steep for those rarely replaced items, but nonetheless i doubt they're smoking that much crack...are they?!
but, you don't care insurance is paying for it all, so doesn't much matter, you're getting all new parts.
indeed you're probably just venting and won't even revisit this site! i wouldn't blame you after this debacle.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:00 PM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:19 PM
The diff fails. They either replaced the whole trans, or replaced a used diff from another model, possibly being the wrong gear ration, causing more troubles and the trans fails again if the diff is a different ratio than the rear.
By this time they notice the axles need replaced, which they should have been serviced much sooner. It is possible the axle failed many miles ago, but transmissions were replaced instead, and therefore burned themselves out.
The moral of the story is a perfectly good car was ruined several times by improper or wrong service. Old-timer ford and chevy knowledge does not apply to a subaru. Your technicians were doing it wrong.
typically with any subaru transmission failure is due to lack of or improper maintenance. Most general mechanics don't know the subaru trans has 2 dipsticks!
Edited by MilesFox, 21 January 2013 - 10:22 PM.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:35 PM
If they are going to use subaru parts to fix everything, try not to smile too much, as you are getting basically a entire driveline.
I have seena few tribecas on other boards have tranny issues (like three) and needed new trannies around 120K. I would assume that Subaru did not use a legacy Auto for a heavy car like a tribecca, but you never know.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:08 AM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:47 AM
Tribeca uses 5EAT with VTD. In any case, I agree with Gary that the OP will not be likely to follow up.
i would be jumping for joy if i got an entirely new driveline for 900 bucks
i hate when we never get to hear how things turn out.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:17 AM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:21 AM
I am going to guess what ever happened was no one did any maint on this car aside from oil changes. Check the condition of your brake fluid, if that hasnt been changed ...
Posted 22 January 2013 - 02:00 AM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:00 AM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:04 AM
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