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Old 03-15-2006, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default Rear hatch hydralic strut problem..

I just leased a Tribeca 2 weeks back..

Since I brought it home, I have a strange problem...and wonder if anyone else has it. Once I pull up the Tribeca on my driveway (which has a slight incline, like all driveways) with the front of the car higher up than the back, and open the rear hatch, the hatch struts don't seem to be able to hold the hatch in place..the hatch gradually starts closing up on me....

I almost hurt myself once, since I had leaned inward to pick up some stuff, and didn't realize that the hatch had lowered so much behind me...do all Tribecas do it? Is it a design flaw in the hatch struts, or is it just me?

Either way, I think, this should be fixed at the earliest. I am gonna take it to the dealer this weekend...

Interestingly, the hatch doesn't lower when the car is parked on a level surface like the side of a road. I can understand that too much of an incline of the driveway can cause this, but mine is not that much, and a number of other SUVs and wagons parked in my driveway haven't done that..
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:43 PM   #2
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Yes, this is a known issue. It's been posted about in various forums. Subaru knows about it, has "stronger" replacement struts available (they're going on all new models) and I believe if you tell your dealer they'll relplace them under warranty with the new type.

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Old 03-15-2006, 11:09 PM   #3
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Default Thanks..I'll get them replaced right away...

funny....they had such a design flaw...one would think, they would test the strut's stiffness before putting them in mass assembly...
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Old 03-15-2006, 11:29 PM   #4
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Apparently they wanted it to be really easy to use the hatch. The criteria was that a 5'5" woman holding grocery bags could open and close it easily. I guess it was a bit TOO easy and they didn't hold up. Most folks had a problem in the cold weather where ALL gas type struts lose some holding power.

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Old 03-16-2006, 10:35 AM   #5
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Default Thanks for the explanation...

Yep, that explanation makes sense....my wife did comment soon afer we got the Tribeca that this hatch was way easier to open and close than on the other SUV that we have...now I see the downside to it...

I'll just get it replaced at the dealership...
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Old 03-29-2006, 04:31 PM   #6
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yes this happen
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:37 PM   #7
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Old 03-30-2006, 03:58 PM   #8
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i have knocked my noggin several times with my B9 hatch.
They apperently don't like to cold weather.
They need to be beefed up. use a 2X4 hahaha
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Old 03-30-2006, 04:03 PM   #9
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i like awd cars. argh
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