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#496 of 587 Re: Subaru Outback transmission problem [fordh8r]
Nov 13, 2011 (3:40 am)
My husband found a site for subaru technical updates and we had it applied at the dealer yesterday (2011 outback limited 3.6). I will have to see if it fixed the problem or not. I have had the jerking since the day I bought the car. This is my third visit with the issue. I wanted to take it in sooner, before my husband found the technical bulletins but subaru and the dealer told me there was no fix and ignored my problem. Corporate did give a free gold package after several phonecalls. I can get back to you with the version of that fix.
Funny thing, in the mail also yesterday I recieved a letter from Kimmel & Silverman of lemonlaw.com saying that many subaru owners have contacted them with the same issue. They are offering means of compensation.
#497 of 587 Re: Subaru Outback transmission problem [fordh8r]
Nov 13, 2011 (5:11 am)
I had exactly the same problem with my new Legacy.
After reading the posts on this site when I took my car into the local dealership for its 7500 miles service I described the problem. They test drove it, verified the problem, and quote 'reprogrammed the transmission computer back to factory setting'. This immediately and complete fixed the problem. There was no charge. I read on another forum somewhere that reprogramming is the fix for this problem.
#498 of 587 Re: Subaru Outback transmission problem [molderb]
Nov 13, 2011 (5:59 am)
The service bulletin #11-104-11/ SSMIII Update version 126.96.36.199
take this info to your dealer and tell them you want this technical update applied to your car.
#499 of 587 '99 Outback Legacy Transmission Problem
Nov 13, 2011 (9:25 am)
Hi...I don't know if this problem has been posted or not, but I have a '99 Outback/Legacy that has high miles, and all of a sudden the transmission has been shifting rough. The RPM's will increase, and then it will shift hard, and it won't shift into overdrive at all. We changed fluid and filter...no change. Do you think its electrical, like a sensor bad, or is it the whole transmission going bad? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
#500 of 587 Re: '99 Outback Legacy Transmission Problem [jschlenker1]
Nov 14, 2011 (11:34 am)
How does it do when initially putting it into gear from a stop? It seems that 1999 has a higher-than-normal incidence of transmission failures, and engagement delay is generally the first sign.
Hopefully, this is not the case with yours, but I wouldn't rule out needing to rebuild the transmission as a possible option.
#501 of 587 Re: '99 Outback Legacy Transmission Problem [xwesx]
Nov 14, 2011 (2:49 pm)
When initially putting into gear from a stop, it does fine, and it tends to shift better when cold. Do they have by chance a temp sensor? It seems to shift rougher as it warms up. Also, I bought the car used, and I believe they put on a 2000 Forester transmission. We just did a lot of work on the car changing out the timing belt/pulleys, head gaskets, valve job, and all of a sudden the transmission has started having trouble. I didn't know if there was any chance the electrical got messed up when we did the engine work. Any thoughts? Thanks!!!
#502 of 587 Re: '99 Outback Legacy Transmission Problem [jschlenker1]
Nov 14, 2011 (5:07 pm)
Possibly. Was the engine pulled from the car when they did this work? If so, they would have disconnected the connector(s) to the transmission. I can't remember if it is one or two, but it is located on the passenger side of the bell housing, near the top, and should be easy to access. If you pull the plug(s) apart, and then reconnect them, that should do the trick. You could also add some dielectric grease to the end of the female portion of the connector to ensure a solid connection.
#503 of 587 Re: Subaru Outback transmission problem [fordh8r]
Nov 15, 2011 (6:46 pm)
There is a reprogram for the transmission's computer. I had ine reporgrammed yesterday and the learching has stopped. Rob from SUbaru of America pushed the dealership to do it. I asked if there was going to be a recall, he said not unless enough people complain. THe dealership in Hartford told me I was the 1st customer to complain at this point. What a difference the reprogram has made!
#504 of 587 Re: Subaru Outback transmission problem [fordh8r]
Nov 15, 2011 (6:52 pm)
My 2011 Legacy 3.6R had the transmission's computer reprogrammed yesterday. The problem has stopped! ROb from Subaru of America pushed my dealer to fix it. As I was leaving the dealership after the reprogram was done, they told me that I was their 1st customer to complain about this issue.
#505 of 587 Re: Subaru Outback transmission problem [mpm94]
Nov 16, 2011 (10:56 am)
It seems that this Lurching in the Tranny gear change is focused on 3.6R Auto Tranny, right?
If you go the Legacygt.com forum which I frequently goto, I have not found a single complaint posted about this. I have a 2010 Legacy 2.5i with the CVT Tranny. No problems to date.
The biggest problem posted on the forum is a "shimmy" Issue with 2010s, not sure if the 2011s have it. I didn't experience the shimmy issue either, but my car was Dealer Car which I bought as a CPO in February 2010. They did apply a number of TSBs automatically.