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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)


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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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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A Subaru engine

Excessive Oil Consumption

Subaru wants you to know that adding a quart of oil to your new engine every 1,000-1,200 miles is perfectly normal. It’s not.

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The Most Recalled Models

Subaru generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Subaru News

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.

I’m sensing a trend.

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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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Soy Vey! Hawaiian Lawsuit Says Subaru’s Soy-Based Wire Coatings Are Getting Chewed Up

Subaru has been sued over its use of a soy-based wire coating, which one owner claims is attracting rodents and leading to thousands of dollars in damage.

Plaintiff Joy Diane Shuey says she purchased a new 2015 Subaru Forester, but about a month later she took the SUV back to the dealer because of a fuel odor and an illuminated check engine light … The technician allegedly discovered the fuel line and rear wiper hose needed to be replaced because they had been chewed by rats. Shuey says she paid $318.52 for repairs that Subaru didn’t cover under warranty.

This is by no means a Subaru-specific problem. To date, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia are all facing similar lawsuits for using soy-based coating and refusing to cover repairs under warranty.

According to automakers, it’s unfortunate but not a defect.

That doesn’t sit well with owners like Shuey who also had to pay $388.09 for a damaged fuel line and a staggering $2,433.30 to replace an engine wiring harness – both of which had been chewed by rats.

The class-action, Joy Diane Shuey, et. al, vs. Servco Subaru, Inc, et. al., is only for owners who purchased a Subaru from a specific dealership in Hawaii. However, depending on the outcome it could lay the groundwork for statewide or nationwide litigation.

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