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Subaru Legacy/Outback Transmission Problems



  • jwohlfjwohlf Posts: 1

    @bpeebles said:
    I am still learning how to drive a CVT. Since the programming leans towards maximizing MPG, I find it tricky to maintain constant roadspeed on undulating roads (virtually every Vermont road). The slightest rise in the road is detected and it downshifts and slows down... then, when the road heads downhill, the speed gets away from me.

    Back in my MANUAL transmission, on the very same roads, (and same engine!), I can maintain roadspeed within 2 MPH without ever looking at the speedometer.

    I think some of it is the SOUND of the engine. Obviously with the manual xmission, it is perfectly linear with roadspeed. With the CVT, the engine-sound has absolutely no correlation to the roadspeed.

    You seem to be quite knowledgeable about CVT. I just bought a 2014 Outback. I have noticed (intermittently) that the car seems to shake/studder around 20mph. I have driven a manual trans in the past and that used to happen with that vehicle if I shifted to quickly (or not smoothly enough) into 2nd. I do notice that this tends to happen first thing in the morning or after the car has been sitting for a while. BUT -- this is summer (Maryland). Do I really need to warm up my car for 5+ minutes every day? Won't that mess with my mileage? I don't have a temp gauge on my dash, just a blue light comes on when I start the car. I warm it up enough for the revving to go down on its own to 1000.... I have an appt with my dealer, but I have little confidence in them right now... Do you think it is as simple as it needing to warm up even in the summer? I figured with a 2014 car, I could drive it as soon as it started - I thought new technology made the idea of warming up a car obsolete. Am I wrong? (I don't know much about cars, obviously!)
    Thanks for any help!!

  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085

    All you have to do is start the engine and drive it gently until the blue lite goes out. The computer will properly manage engine RPM (keep RPM a tad higher during warmup)

    If you feel that there is something amiss with the way it drives, perhaps there is a something to it and your dealer may find it.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 9,813


    To which filter are you referring?

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  • My 2010 Subaru Outback is supposedly in need of a new torque converter. Price quoted was around $1,500!! Is this the beginning of the end of this transmission? Should I get rid of this loser of a car, which once broke down due to a COMPLETE on board computer failure. I felt lucky to survive that, which they did fix at no charge, probably due to the fact that they would be liable if we got hurt. This car is a nightmare, only 70k miles, 7 yrs old. DON"T get one of these clunkers. Ugg.
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