CAN System Parasitic Drain on the Battery
Too many owners of newer Subaru vehicles are waking up to cars that won't start due to dead batteries. The batteries aren't defective, but just lack the capacity to handle the electrical system draw particularly while the vehicle is turned …Continue reading article "CAN System Parasitic Drain on the Battery"
Lineartronic CVT Reliability
Once praised for its design, Subaru's CVT is showing problems with age. It can shake occupants back and forth as it wobbles its way though gears. In extreme cases it can hesitate so much it causes the engine to stall, forcing Subaru to exte…Continue reading article "Lineartronic CVT Reliability"
Rodents Chew Subaru's Soy Wires
Rodents just can't resist the soy-derived wire coatings used in many Subaru vehicles. The chewed up wires are costing owners hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars in repairs but Subaru, like other automakers, insists this isn't a def…Continue reading article "Rodents Chew Subaru's Soy Wires"
Subaru EyeSight Problems
Subaru's EyeSight technology has been known to fall asleep on the job, particularly in bad weather driving. And while newer versions have improved, the system is generally regarded as bulky and an overly expensive upgrade on higher trim lev…Continue reading article "Subaru EyeSight Problems"
Rust and Corrosion Problems
OK, maybe it's not fair to pick on cold-weather vehicles for having corrosion problems, but the problem is much deeper than rotted body panels.Continue reading article "Rust and Corrosion Problems"
What WRX Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
What Breaks the Most
WRX Key Numbers
A Subaru class action lawsuit includes 2013-2021 vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB), which includes pre-collision braking and reverse automatic braking. Additionally, the lawsuit includes 2013-2021 Subaru vehicles equipped with lane keep assist (LKA).
Cheryl Sauer says her 2014 Forester XT was never the same after it came back from a 2016 emissions recall.
The engine would surge and stall. So naturally, Subaru must have installed some secret software under the guise of an emissions fix to de-tune the engine in an effort to address a long-running ignition timing issue.
Naturally.…keep reading article "Conspiracy About Subaru's 'Secret Software Update' to Turbocharged Engines Gets Mostly Dismissed in Court"
A lawsuit says that the Subaru WRX suffers from sudden engine failure due to piston detonation
, a well-known cause of damage to the piston and piston ringlands. The proposed class-action includes all current and former owners or lessees of the 2009-2018 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI.…keep reading article "WRX Piston Detonation Lawsuit Seeks Class-Action Certification"
A new lawsuit accuses Subaru of using a 2016 emissions recall as a cover to secretly update engine software meant to prevent surging and stalling issues.
If true, that’s both devious and cunning because ”by calling it an official emissions recall, an owner wouldn't be able to renew their vehicle registration until the recall work was complete.”
The lawsuit only names 2014-2016 vehicles with turbocharged engines, including the Forester XT, WRX and WRX STI.keep reading article "Did Subaru Use an Emissions Recall to Secretly Install Engine Software?"
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.…keep reading article "New Year, New Takata Recalls. Because, Of Course There Is."
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.keep reading article "Subaru Extends Their CVT Warranty, but it’s a Limited Time Offer"
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.
keep reading article "Soy Vey! Hawaiian Lawsuit Says Subaru’s Soy-Based Wire Coatings Are Getting Chewed Up"
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.…
Owners of a turbocharged WRX or Forester may want to put the brakes on for a while.
keep reading article "Air Intake and Engine Stalls Recall"
The 2015-2016 Subaru WRX and Forester 2.0XT have turbocharger air intake ducts that may crack and cause problems with engine performance while driving.…
Long story short, when the vehicle gets built at the assembly line, they're supposed to paint the flywheel bolt with green paint to show that they torqued it to spec. There was no paint which meant that [the flywheel] was not torqued properly.