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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Subaru

What’s most likely to break in a Subaru? We’ve got the most common problems, which vehicles they affect, and how long until it happens to you. We even have recommendations on specific generations to avoid.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)

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Deployed airbag

Subaru's Takata Recalls

Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects 34 million+ vehicles spread out across 24 brands, making it one of the largest (and most dangerous) recalls in automotive history.

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Cross-section of Lineartronic CVT

Questionable Reliability in Lineartronic CVTs

Once praised for its design, Subaru’s CVT is showing problems aging ranging from jerks and shudders, to hestiations and stalls. The issues have forced Subaru to extend their CVT warranty.

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Subaru Outback headlights 3/4 view

Why Do Legacy and Outback Headlights Burn Out So Fast?

Headlight bulbs in the Outback and Legacy have a notoriously short life. Is it a problem with the bulb? Or is there a deeper electrical problem at work?

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The Most Recalled Models

Subaru generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Subaru News

New Year, New Takata Recalls. Because, Of Course There Is.

Whoever had January 20th in the how long will it take for Subaru to have its first Takata recall in 2018 pool, step forward to claim your prize.

The automaker is recalling 230,000 vehicles to replace their passenger-side airbag inflators. The models include most of Subaru’s lineup – Forester, Legacy, Impreza, Outback, Tribeca, WRX. David Woods has the breakdown of model years and recall zones on CarComplaints.com.

Takata has been in the news a lot lately, and none of it has been good – more confirmed casualties and stop-driving orders have prompted questions from our much-maligned Senators. Ooo, I have a question – what the heck took them so long?

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Does the WRX Have a High Performance Engine Without High Performance Protection?

A class-action lawsuit alleges that Subaru’s high-performance engines, found in WRX and WRX STI vehicles, can’t create enough lubrication to properly protect the engines from failing.

…the engines allegedly have severe problems with oil lubrication to the bearings and crankshafts which doesn’t create enough lubrication to properly protect the engines from problems.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Subaru and oil controversy.

The plaintiff claims his 2010 Impreza WRX suffered complete engine failure in 2016 when the car had 73,000 miles on the odometer, something that shouldn’t occur to an engine that should last for at least 120,000 miles.

Subaru was hit with a similar class-action claiming the 2013-14 WRX and WRX STI are manufactured with defective “EJ” short block engines with insufficient oil supply to the bearings.

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Subaru Extends Their CVT Warranty, but it’s a Limited Time Offer

After some prodding, Subaru has decided to extend the warranty on their Lineartronic CVT.

A Subaru transmission warranty extension has been issued for 2010-2015 Legacy and Outback, 2012-2015 Impreza, 2013-2015 Crosstrek, 2014-2015 Crosstrek Hybrid, 2014-2015 Forester and 2015 WRX vehicles, all equipped with continuously variable transmissions (CVTs).

However, it’s a limited time offer. Inspections or repairs need to be completed by July 31, 2018.

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