Last post on Aug 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM
You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
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Subaru Outback, Sedan, Wagon
#136 of 145 Re: Steering Wheel Vibration? [drdk]
Jan 14, 2011 (8:13 am)
Rear visibility is not as good as before, but still best in class.
At the intro Subaru actually compared itself to 3 other small SUVs and was the clear (pardon the pun) winner.
#137 of 145 Re: acura owner [ateixeira]
Jan 17, 2011 (7:56 am)
BS to Subaru acknowledging the problem. I wrote to them and I posted their answer on this site. They said there were VERY FEW complaints and that their cars didn't have a problem. Then they went into several paragraphs of sales pitch about how great their cars were.
It was all Subaru BS!
Sad, because I want to buy a new OB but will not when a company pretends there is no problem.
I may not even buy if they fix it.
Funny thing, but I like to trust my car manufacturer and dealer.
#138 of 145 Re: acura owner [clarkkent]
Jan 17, 2011 (10:13 pm)
I like to trust my car manufacturer and dealer.
If that's the case, it is better to not ask too many questions.
On a serious note, I know exactly how you feel and agree wholeheartedly with you. Unfortunately, the manufacturers only really care about the liability associated with admitting such a problem and the dealers *usually* only care about making a buck.
#139 of 145 Re: acura owner [xwesx]
Jan 19, 2011 (9:31 am)
I change my own oil - that tells you how I feel about dealer service.
#140 of 145 Re: acura owner [clarkkent]
Jan 19, 2011 (11:34 am)
I have owned 3 Subarus and was going to buy a 2011 Outback 3.6 R, but learned about the shaking problem and decided to buy a 2011 Acura RDX. The mileage isn't as good and it was a little more money, but it handles incredibly and the interior amenities are alot nicer than the OB.
#141 of 145 Shaking "problem" should nto be a factor
Jan 27, 2011 (3:54 pm)
Shaking problem is overdone, every car has a problem that affects small minority, who happens to be vocal at these forums because they are active at looking at solutions. Many other 2010+ OB owners, like myself, being happy with the purchase never visit and post, so statistical conclusions based on post numbers are biased.
Outback is rated better than average by CR and has very high customer satisfaction rate, which speaks volumes that shake affects small % of owners, no more than any other vehicles. Yesterday we bought new Honda Odyssey van and I drove it home and I thought steering vibrates more than OB, but no big deal, so it is all relative.
#143 of 145 Re: 2010 Outback steering wheel shaking and hesitation issues? [xwesx]
May 25, 2011 (3:44 pm)
sounds like the fornt end is toed in to much i see this on a 1989 subaru xt . the factory call for 1/2 toe inward and i set it to 1/16th and wow it made the isue go away
#144 of 145 Re: acura owner [clarkkent]
Jul 30, 2011 (7:26 pm)
I just trade in my 2009 Subaru Gt Limited, and loaded. With 66,000 miles on it, I bought a new Subaru 2.5 i,for only $6,500. trade. Point I am making is This is my 4 th Subaru, and one think (I think I know) is Subaru's are a great safe, safe care. I now get 31.5 mpg overall driving for 6600 miles. I have no problem of shaking. Check your tires and balance, etc. Subaru is a great car company. Yes Acura is a much higher quality car. You must compare "apples to apples"
P.S. This is great car, great miles per gallon (with CVT). And a great warranty. with road side assist.
Aug 17, 2012 (6:34 pm)
I have a 2011 OB--bought new last fall and have been experiencing a low level vibration/buzz in the steering wheel. The "buzz" was first noticeable as I approached 20mph..then it would cease and not be noticeable as the speed increased. Now it happens at 20mph and again near 40 mph. I have not had any highway speed vibrations (18K on the car) but driving around town it seems to be becoming more noticeable. I took it to a dealer to get the problem on record and was told they couldn't duplicate the problem so they didn't have any answers. They did say it sounded like the VRT and that it was just shifting normally. They did say to "bring it back" if I want to and they will test drive it with me--which they should have done while I sat waiting 1 1/2 hours for it.
This is my 7th Subaru and I am still loyal but this problem could be a deal breaker if Subaru doesn't address it. I may have to try a different dealer--I know a dealer that has never been anything but the best with me but they are 4 hours away. I am going to call them and see what they say. If I have to waste a whole day and 8 hours on the road to travel there I will not be a happy customer.
Has anyone else had this issue with their OB? I have two friends with new OBs (2011 and 2012) and I am going to drive theirs to see if they have anything similar.