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#537 of 580 2012 legacy 3.6r trans jerking
Feb 03, 2012 (11:21 pm)
I was just surfing the web and noticed this forum and decided that I have to share my experience too. I just got my first Subaru this past November and it was a 2012 3.6r Legacy. One week into owning it I notice the same jerking that you guys are speaking of. I took it in to the dealer and they told me that they hadn't heard of this issue on the 2012 yet. They kept the car over night and told me they would reprogram the tranny to fix the problem. It did fix the jerking for now but the car drives like crap. The shifts are long and sluggish now. I bought this car because the motor was powerful and fun to drive. Not anymore! What do you guys think I should do now?
#538 of 580 Re: 2012 legacy 3.6r trans jerking [pa04]
Feb 04, 2012 (5:19 am)
My 2010 Legacy with the 3.6R engine has had no transmission problems. The engine does vibrate through the steering wheel at idle, and this seems to be a Subaru characteristic. It is the first car of 20 or so I've owned that makes the steering wheel vibrate.
#539 of 580 Re: FILE COMPLAINT WITH NHTSC on Subaru Outback 2011 [orchid7708]
Feb 08, 2012 (8:15 pm)
Than heaveons there is someone out there like me - I bought my 2011 outback thinking this would be my retirement car for my home in the mountains, only to be put through the "ringer" regarding the brake problem. I have had so mary parts "replaced" to fix a problem that is apparently a factory problem (no one admits to it). I filed a complaint with Subaru, but really has not amounted to much, and "Corporate" did not admit anything - a new dealer closer to me just did (tonight as I picked up my car that has lived at my original dealership). How an they tell you that the various tones of clunking are NORMAL???????????? i AM SO DISAPPOINTED - I will file a complaint as you suggested.
#540 of 580 2012 Legacy 3.6R Poor MPG city.
Feb 11, 2012 (8:04 pm)
I am totally disappointed with the gas mileage of my new 2012 Legacy Limited 3.6R. The best I can squeeze is 15.1 city. The display reads 16.9 average , however, the gallons used verses actual miles driven calculates to 15.1 Is this typical? Really regretting my first purchase of a Subaru!
Where is the best place to file a complaint?
Peter from Mass.
#542 of 580 Re: 2012 legacy 3.6r trans jerking [pa04]
Feb 25, 2012 (7:41 am)
My new 2011 Legacy 3.6r trans jerked at every rolling stop, or anytime it had to downshift when travelling at low speeds; unless you really babied the gas pedal. At 7500 miles service I asked my dealer (Keene, NH) to do something about it. While they didn't admit anything up front, they test drove it, agreed to the problem, and "reset the trans programming to original factory setting" per the customer service person. This completely solved the problem and at 17000 miles it still has not come back. There was no charge. I love my Legacy (I'm a former Infinity, Audi and GM products owner); but I do still feel it has the touchiest gas pedal on start up of any car I've owned or rented. Ride, handling and performance in the snow is awesome....and love the bluetooth and the power. I'm a travelling salesman....average 26 mpg.
Mar 14, 2012 (6:49 am)
Thought I get the 3.6 Limited Outback with but these jerky tranny issues have me concerned. Thought there was one who had the computer reset and it worked.
Any insight on CVT vs the 5 speed auto in the 3.6?
Driving 2001 S-10 crew 4x4 and love it. 180500 miles
#544 of 580 Re: Car shakes in idle (i.e. red lightm stop sign) [jfl]
Mar 14, 2012 (4:06 pm)
my 2010 shakes in idle and trys to die out. I've had it at dealer four times and contacted Subaru ...did you ever get an answer?
#545 of 580 Re: 3.6 transmission issue [tranny_pain]
Mar 16, 2012 (5:04 pm)
Thanks for posting. I love the look and size of the Outback BUT all the comments here have scared me away.
I'm going to be selling my Acura TL and need a car for dogs and grandkids. Have no idea what to even look at since nothing that I can afford has the configuration of the Outback.
Know this isn't the forum for it, but any suggestions would be appreciated.
#546 of 580 Re: 3.6 transmission issue [carteach]
Mar 17, 2012 (5:58 am)
If they get mine to stop vibrating (although in your case it might put the kids to sleep) ..I would love the Outback. It's comfortable, has most of the stuff you want on a car. nearly 6 feet of flat cargo space that I use all the time in my job and LOVE it... My dogs love it too... I looked at every midsize SUV type out there in the mid $20K for over a year. Narrowed the search to Outback, CRV and Toyota Venza. Bought the Outback... now I wish I had gone for the Venza..or save enough for the 6 cylinder. I just don't think these new 4 cylinder are powerful enough to drive all day and run air conditioning etc. Aside from that I love the Outback.