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#486 of 1296 2010 Outback CVT Experience
Oct 04, 2009 (8:45 pm)
We are very interested in purchasing the 2010 Outback 2.5i premium with the CVT transmission. The transmission is of great concern to us however. We presently have a 2005 Ford Freestyle with a CVT. The Ford CVT failed at 15,000 miles leaving a path of parts along the road. The CVT basically exploded at about 35 mph. Ford replaced it and we are now at 45,000 miles but our extended warranty expires 12/31/2009. Ford no longer sells the Freestyle or it's replacement, the Taurus X.
So what feedback can owners of the Subaru CVT give me? Does it work properly? Any performance issues or failures?
#487 of 1296 Re: 2010 Outback CVT Experience [bohemia1]
Oct 05, 2009 (6:58 am)
I think Ford and Subaru don't share the same CVT, and not ALL Ford CVT explode and left a path of parts on the road.
This problem probably is another supporting evidence to explain why the big 3 are in trouble. I already sweared that I will NEVER buy Chrysler again as I got a lemon from them.
#488 of 1296 Re: 2010 Outback CVT Experience [bohemia1]
Oct 05, 2009 (7:12 am)
I believe Subaru shares suppliers with Nissan, and note that while Ford discontinued their CVT, Nissan not only continues to sell it, but keeps expanding availability to more and more models. They're betting on it, big time.
It's too early to judge but I think it's fair to predict Subaru's experience will mimick Nissan's, especially since the Outback is lighter than the Murano.
#489 of 1296 Re: 2010 Outback CVT Experience [ateixeira]
Oct 05, 2009 (7:20 am)
I am under the impression that Ford used a German type CVT like Audi and that the Subaru belt could be the same one. Subaru's sharing of parts with Nissan that used to be common may now have been converted to Toyota suppliers.
There is plenty of noise from the Subaru CVT that I noticed when test driving one; noise is not a good sign.
#490 of 1296 Re: 2010 Outback CVT Experience [saedave]
Oct 05, 2009 (8:00 am)
I doubt they would have changed suppliers so quickly. Subaru and Nissan both employ VDC (same name even), in fact I wonder if the AWD system in the Legacy GT is the same as the one in the G37x.
I'm not sure who supplied Ford, but they abandoned the CVT pretty quickly.
#491 of 1296 Re: CR has a write-up on the new 2.5 Outback Limited [ateixeira]
Oct 05, 2009 (9:02 am)
Is this the "Ghosting" that I've read about? My wife's OB is very stable and has never exhibited this effect.
#492 of 1296 Re: CR has a write-up on the new 2.5 Outback Limited [anythngbutgm]
Oct 05, 2009 (9:19 am)
I just found it interesting that you see (TM) all over the place when each talks about it, yet they use the same name.
#493 of 1296 Re: 2010 Outback CVT Experience [ateixeira]
Oct 05, 2009 (2:33 pm)
I believe the Ford Freestyle CVT was supplied by or designed by Volvo. I do not know that to be a fact but recall posts from 2006 and more recent stating that.
Thanks all for your responses, we plan to look more seriously at the 6 cyl. OB and keep researching the Subaru CVT.
That Ford CVT experience is hard to shake. Although I must say that Ford and the dealer took care of everything getting the car repaired. It was under warranty of course at only 15k miles. I also asked for an extended warranty which Ford agreed to provide on the transmission only. As I posted, that warranty expires 12/31/09!
#494 of 1296 Re: Can the Outback hold 4 golf bags? [eps105]
Oct 05, 2009 (4:24 pm)
I think any Subaru dealer would be happy to let you put those golf bags in the trunk or the back of the outback at the dealership. Bring them along and try it out.
#495 of 1296 Re: 2010 Outback CVT Experience [bohemia1]
Oct 06, 2009 (9:51 pm)
It is worth noting that Nissan has sold hundreds of thousand of CVT-equipped vehicles in the USA over the last 8 years. And in their biggest seller, the Altima, it remains a strong selling point - offering good power response for a four cylinder, and great economy.