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Old 10-01-2017, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2006 Tribeca 170k miles: what do I need to do to not get stranded

Hello,

On my '06 170K miles car, I've done the usual maintenance (oil, brake, tranny, diff, plugs, filters) and recently replaced the serpentine belt, radiator, and soon CV boots. What are the items that I should be replacing so I don't get stranded?

Water pump, timing chain idler bearing, ???

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Old 10-01-2017, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If everything is working well there isn't anything to be concerned with. A brand new car could leave you stranded, so best thing to do is always be prepared with some type of towing coverage.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wonder how good the starter and alternator are.

On my 95 Legacy both were gone before 150k. Of course, this does not mean that the B9's would not last longer. My Subaru master tech assures me that the H6 engines come with excellent alternators.

If I keep taking my OB offroad by the time it is past 125k, I will be sure to think about preventive starter and alternator replacement. However, I will probably try to keep the OB as an all-purpose vehicle by then and get a JLU for trail duty.

If it is for on-road only, I would not go as far as to replace those two preemptively. Then, again, if you are often in remote areas, even on paved roads....
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Main issue is idler and tensioner pulley bearings failure for serpentine belt. Replace these soon.

Next would be battery.

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Our Tribeca has original starter / alternator. 242k miles.

Not sure what else there is to say about reliability.
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Main issue is idler and tensioner pulley bearings failure for serpentine belt. Replace these soon.

Next would be battery.

Tom
Absolutely, the B9's went at like 60k and the TBs at 130sh.

I hoped they did that along with the belt.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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We had idler pulley bearings fail at about 105k. Definitely a maintenance item, as it will leave you stranded. We were 250 miles from home..

- steering rack was leaking like crazy, and needed replacement at about 135k
- head gaskets.... failed at 145k
- radiator plastic failed at about 125k, had to replace
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Our idler & tensioner (the idler was worse) started going last winter at 113k miles. I replaced the belt and the two pulleys (kept the factory tensioner).
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Make sure that your cooling system is up to snuff. My 06 with 170k miles decided that it was time for my head gasket to breach a bit more on the way home and consume more coolant causing overheating. I just drove it the 150 miles home nursing it since I was going to get a JDM engine anyways.
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Default other common things on my way to 200k

the rear bushings on the lower front control arm is common weakness- mine have been replaced twice

all struts complete

brakes for sure

front sway bar bushings

cabin filter- many

cant think of anything else

tranny swap at 146K due to codes..code issue never resolved
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