I recently purchased a used 2010 Tribeca 3.6 L engine , my first Subaru, and am rather pleased except for a 'howl' in my automatic transmission.
The sound changes as goes up through gears and especially noticeable from start through 2nd.
Dealer has determined it is the alternator since engine speed also changes as gears change.
Cannot believe any auto manufacturer would make their top of the line 'touring' vehicle with this howl or whine as I have been told by others.
Either way a defective alternator OR transmission needs to be replaced.
AWD and safey crash ratings especially on informedforlife.org
So far at 50,000 miles the brakes and rotors replaced, tires (now spare is not matched to the 4 on the car, rack & pinion, front hub cap (fell off), 3rd brake light, missing engine coolant, hole under front seats...
This vehicle needs to be more reliable with less failure of items.
If the transmission is failing this may be the last straw.
Dealers say all Subaru's make this noise, but if so would think Subaru customer contacts would find documentation on this.
Traded in '06 Outback for '10 Tribeca due to growing family. We were tired of the limited space in the Outback for rear facing car seats, wanted to upgrade to something with a bit more room. It is a great all around vehicle. The 'beca has plenty of power and handles corners with ease. Seats are wider than in the Outback, which makes long trips much easier on a big guy like myself. Third row is tight, but I was able to fit back there. In reality third row is meant for kids, so not a big issue for us. We purchased the "base" Tribeca, but the vehicle comes with standard features that come as options in competing vehicles such as the Traverse. Overall we have been very happy with our purchase.
After 2000 miles still love the handling and safe feel of the Tribeca. The leather seats are comfortable, and the power moonroof is nice too. The home-link on the sun visor eliminates all the remote control clutter. Have not setup the Blue-tooth as yet. Getting better mileage then advertised, around 18.5 mpg city, don't know about highway. Would like to see more storage compartments up front - glove box just big enough to hold manual nothing else. I have not tried the transmission in Sport mode - regular mode seems plenty perky and alive.
Love the stability of all wheel drive. Interior and exterior fit and finish are excellent. Appreciate using regular gas. Harman-Kardon stereo sounds nice. The rear AC is handy for our Houston summers. Puddle lights and rear view camera are nice touches. Best of all are handling and comfortable seats
Gas tank is too small; an extra gear would be nice for highway mpg. The rear 2 seats are for emergencies only. What's with the slightly off-center steering wheel ? The temper and fuel gauges are a bit hidden from few. There is an bit of a blind spot where the A pillar meets with the outside mirror.