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Old 09-27-2012, 02:36 PM   #26
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oh no.. subaru has these now too?
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #27
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:25 PM   #28
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After 1500 miles on clock I decided to take the car for a long journey, then on the way home I felt like doing a bit over 100 mph so I reached 112 mph, but after about 2 mins the AT OIL TEMP warning light came on, the safest top speed of the car as recommended by the manual is 122 mph, so how can something like that happen?
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:50 PM   #29
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Running an engine like that for two minutes at 112 mph is just a bad idea. Getting up there every now and then isn't bad, but with mine I've been able to reach top speeds around 120. I certainly don't hold the car at that speed for two minutes though. I back down and, by that point, have usually run out of road. She takes a little while to get up there on a 2.0 with no turbo
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:51 PM   #30
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:57 PM   #31
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Just bought a brand new 2013 Impreza Sport with CVT. Once it got cold a few weeks after I picked it up, torque converter lock-up took a very long time to engage which meant my whole 20 minute commute to work was 2,300 RPM at 60km/h. Just as I pulled into the last street it would engage and rev properly.

Problem was always there but it wasn't much when it wasn't that cold so I assumed it was a trait of the CVT as this is my first CVT tranny I've used/owned.

Dropped it off at the dealer, first few days they said they had never seen this behaviour before and had to contact National Tech Team. A day later I am told the whole transmission needs to be replaced. The Service Advisor told me they would ship defective unit back to Subaru Canada so that they could see what went wrong to prevent it in the future.

I am a guinea pig who will protect future customers while the dealer is trying to throw in a new tranny. I am in talks with both the dealer and Subaru corporate to get the car exchanged since this was there day one, but it wasn't anything perceptible as wrong at first. I've had it for less than a month. The General Manager at the dealer is currently stonewalling my request.

How Subaru handles this will dictate if I ever purchase a Subaru again. This is my first new car and first Subaru. To make matters worse, the reason I got a new car was because my hand me down Saturn SL2 had a transmission failure.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:24 PM   #32
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You're not going to get a whole new car because they replaced the transmission.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:49 PM   #33
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Just scheduled my '12 impreza in for a warranty check for the CVT. After sitting at a stop light then trying to accelerate away from the stop the motor revs to about 2K with no forward movement. Then slams and takes off like you dumped the clutch. Ill keep you updated as to what they say.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:25 PM   #34
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I posted this the other day in the newbie thread because I couldn't find this CVT thread, so I'm sorry for double posting.

I was just informed by the Subaru service center that I need to have the CVT replaced on our 2012 Impreza with 55,000 miles on it. For the last month I was hearing a rubbing/grinding sound when I accelerated. It has gradually become louder so I became more concerned and took it in. It funny because it was still performing normally as far as I could tell, but the noise was obviously concerning.

At the dealer a tech took it for a drive and said they need to replace the CVT. They asked me to find a time when I can leave the car with them for a week. I have no specifics beyond that. Dropping it off on June 2.

Its a bummer because my wife loves the car (its her commuting car). However, I have been suspect about this car ever since an oil light alerted me to the fact that the car uses a good deal of oil between changes. Evidently the tranny had a bit of an issue as well.

Will post any more details as they become available. Luckily the Powertrain warranty still applies, but it was a close call.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:07 PM   #35
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The oil light on a Subaru means it's too late.

Unless they've changed that for the FB motors
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:31 AM   #36
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The oil light on a Subaru means it's too late.

Unless they've changed that for the FB motors
So your saying after I get the CVT replaced I should consider trading in sooner rather than later
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:02 AM   #37
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Well, if you had an EJ motor, definitely, but I don't know all that much about the FBs. It might be that Subaru actually made it a useful warning light now.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:17 AM   #38
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Well, if you had an EJ motor, definitely, but I don't know all that much about the FBs. It might be that Subaru actually made it a useful warning light now.
IIRC I saw someone confirm in a thread here somewhere that it (FB/FA) does in fact have a level sensor as well. Whether they are a combination sensor or separate is beyond me though. I dont have access to techinfo anymore as my subscription ran out last night (DOH). I need to get me another month so I can go in and download all the BRZ, and all of the 2015 cars.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:13 PM   #39
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I know this hasn't been discussed for a while, but going down a hill in the CVT uses a ****load of gas.

Turn on torque while you're driving and pull up the fuel flow rate, it goes from like 15cc/min driving (it's like 6cc/min at hot idle, btw) to about 35 "coasting" down a hill. I just shift into neutral when there's a long but not extremely steep downhill. Same fuel consumption as idle.

The manual supposedly actually does shut off fuel injection though.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:15 PM   #40
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Wasn't there a TSB or something about that?
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:25 AM   #41
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A TSB to turn off fuel injection when engine braking? I don't think so.
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:32 PM   #42
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I posted this the other day in the newbie thread because I couldn't find this CVT thread, so I'm sorry for double posting.

I was just informed by the Subaru service center that I need to have the CVT replaced on our 2012 Impreza with 55,000 miles on it. For the last month I was hearing a rubbing/grinding sound when I accelerated. It has gradually become louder so I became more concerned and took it in. It funny because it was still performing normally as far as I could tell, but the noise was obviously concerning.

At the dealer a tech took it for a drive and said they need to replace the CVT. They asked me to find a time when I can leave the car with them for a week. I have no specifics beyond that. Dropping it off on June 2.

Its a bummer because my wife loves the car (its her commuting car). However, I have been suspect about this car ever since an oil light alerted me to the fact that the car uses a good deal of oil between changes. Evidently the tranny had a bit of an issue as well.

Will post any more details as they become available. Luckily the Powertrain warranty still applies, but it was a close call.
Just to add to this, I have a 2012 Impreza with 47500 miles. The transmission CVT was making a noise, I will drop it off on 6/11 for a new transmission. What is up with the CVT transmissions?
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:03 PM   #43
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I've been having an issue with my '12 Legacy CVT slipping at stop lights. Also in stop and go traffic it jerks like you dump the clutch. Not to mention a grinding noise if I'm stopped, and then making turns. I've had it into the dealer twice to address this and they said it was because I was using the paddle shifters and confusing the transmission computer. I have a lease on this thing and if it keeps up I don't want to buy out this car when there are issues with the transmission slipping. Any advice? I want to take it to a different dealer as it's still under warranty and could use some talking points.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:58 PM   #44
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I posted this the other day in the newbie thread because I couldn't find this CVT thread, so I'm sorry for double posting.

I was just informed by the Subaru service center that I need to have the CVT replaced on our 2012 Impreza with 55,000 miles on it. For the last month I was hearing a rubbing/grinding sound when I accelerated. It has gradually become louder so I became more concerned and took it in. It funny because it was still performing normally as far as I could tell, but the noise was obviously concerning.

At the dealer a tech took it for a drive and said they need to replace the CVT. They asked me to find a time when I can leave the car with them for a week. I have no specifics beyond that. Dropping it off on June 2.

Its a bummer because my wife loves the car (its her commuting car). However, I have been suspect about this car ever since an oil light alerted me to the fact that the car uses a good deal of oil between changes. Evidently the tranny had a bit of an issue as well.

Will post any more details as they become available. Luckily the Powertrain warranty still applies, but it was a close call.
I too had to replace my CVT in a 2012 Impreza, at 72K miles.
Noticed a drone, howling sound accelerating from 20 to 40 MPH.
Dealer confirmed it was the transmission.
Got it replaced with a rebuilt unit, with some assistance from SOA.
I hope there is a recall soon, as I feel I am driving on a failure waiting to happen.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:04 PM   #45
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My wife has a 2014 Impreza with the cvt transmission. The car is low mileage, I'm guessing 10k. The transmission has devoloped a whine. Dealer says it's normal. How can a whining transmission be normal on a car with that low mileage? thoughts anyone?
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:55 PM   #46
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I have a 12 Outback with the CVT. Just hit 70K and now it stalls out when I stop. The reason I got was that the clutch packs in the torque converter deteriorate and clog up the valve bodies. Now my car is mainly driven on the highways and extremely babied. They just don't hold up.

I am trading it on a 5 speed sedan, I don't need a huge wagon anymore. The CVT is junk after 50-60K from all that I have read and my own experience, so 5 speed it is.
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Old 01-13-2016, 01:25 PM   #47
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My 2012 Subaru Impreza Limited had a CVT failure at 55,500 miles. Subaru under the 60,000 mile powertrain warranty replaced the entire unit. Problem may never be known as the CVT was sent back to Subaru. DO NOT KEEP these 2012-2014 CVT optioned Imprezas over the 60,000 powertrain warranty !!! Dealer cost to do this replacement was over $7,000.00 !!!
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Old 02-01-2016, 02:12 PM   #48
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My 2012 Impreza Limited CVT tranny failed at 54,000 miles. A "new reman" Subaru CVT tranny was installed (after 3 weeks in the Subaru dealership shop). 8 days later and 200 miles in the Reman CVT tranny failed catastrophically at 75mph on the highway. Thank god I was not killed. It is back at the Subaru dealership right now. I have not heard what Subaru is going to do. For more info or updates contact me at [email protected]
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:01 AM   #49
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My 2012 Impreza went in for 60,000 service , received a call that the transmission had issues, They called last wed to say the car was ready . Told after the fact that a remanufactured transmission was installed. Put about 200 miles on the car ---had the car parked in the dw for a few hrs---noticed a 6" white stain in the dw---please tell me this isn't transmission fluid?
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I've been having an issue with my '12 Legacy CVT slipping at stop lights. Also in stop and go traffic it jerks like you dump the clutch. Not to mention a grinding noise if I'm stopped, and then making turns. I've had it into the dealer twice to address this and they said it was because I was using the paddle shifters and confusing the transmission computer. I have a lease on this thing and if it keeps up I don't want to buy out this car when there are issues with the transmission slipping. Any advice? I want to take it to a different dealer as it's still under warranty and could use some talking points.
The jerking is probably worn engine mounts. All the Subaru CVT from 2012 up lock the torque converter between 5-7 MPH and the engine is direct coupled to the drivetrain - hence the feeling like a manual. If you have stalling at stops (like a manual without clutch depressed) you need the updated torque converter (covered by Subaru CVT warranty extension. Grinding? I would have to hear that in person to tell you, but YES - take it to another dealer.
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