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#42 of 145 Re: TSB on 2010 Legacy/Outback Steering Shudder [efti]
Aug 29, 2010 (1:54 pm)
I continue to be confused by this whole steering shudder as well.
I did test drive one the other day, and I briefly got it up to 65 mph and I did notice a vibration in the steering wheel. It wasn't bad, but enough to notice, especially if your keen to it.
If thats all it is, I do not think such a vibration would keep me from purchasing the vehicle, but in light of all the attention being paid to it lately and some of the stories I have reading, I am still hesitant to purchase.
And yes, the dealer also told me its really not that big a deal and Subaru is very loyal to its customers and if there was a problem they would do everything they could to fix it.
#43 of 145 2010 OB 2.5 Ltd purchased 11-09
Aug 29, 2010 (5:32 pm)
Our 2010 OB with >8K is smooth on the highway, but it does exhibit some annoying hesitation at times that was not there when new. Have not brought it to the attention of dealer yet.
#44 of 145 low speed steering wheel vibration in a new 2011 2.5 w/ CVT Outback
Sep 05, 2010 (9:54 am)
I just bought a brand new 2011 Outback (2.5 w/ CVT) and I am feeling a pulse or vibration in the steering wheel at low speeds (parking garage speed). I also think I feel it at higher speeds (over 40 mph) when I let up on the gas and let the Outback coast. I saw postings on highway speed vibrations and pulling but this seems different from that... Anyone else with issues like this? Thanks!
#45 of 145 Re: low speed steering wheel vibration in a new 2011 2.5 w/ CVT Outback [phillsea]
Sep 05, 2010 (10:25 am)
There is a known steering defect in the new Outback which affects an unknown percentage of cars.
Go to subaruoutback.org where there are many threads and literally hundreds of pages of posts on the various shake issues experienced by buyers of the new Outback.
See the Forum entitled "Steering Wheel Shake Issues."
It is unfortunate you were not aware of this before you bought the car.
#46 of 145 Re: low speed steering wheel vibration in a new 2011 2.5 w/ CVT Outback [phillsea]
Sep 10, 2010 (2:28 pm)
I think Post 45 is talking about a different problem than yours, Phillsea. I believe post 45 is talking about the high-speed steering wheel vibration issue, that affects some 2010-11 OBs at 65-75 mph, roughly.
But in addition to that issue there have been a few posts on www.subaruoutback.org about a pulsing at very low speeds, or even when turning the steering wheel while standing still. If I recall right, the person (or maybe more than one) who posted about this separate issue ended up having something fixed that was related to their power-steering pump. You might have to search that forum using carefully-chosen key words, to NOT include the hundreds and hundreds of posts related to the high-speed issue....
(As an aside, the "fix kit" for the high-speed issue involves road-force wheel balancing, then suspension bushings, the change of a small spring inside of the steering rack, and a damper/weight being added to the steering wheel.)
#47 of 145 Re: low speed steering wheel vibration in a new 2011 2.5 w/ CVT Outback [rschleicher]
Sep 23, 2010 (4:55 am)
Well, despite all the message board attention to the "steering shimmy" and my own hesitation, I bit the bullet and purchased a 2011 Premium 2.5 CVT Outback yesterday. Test drove and driving around town with no problems or shakes at 160 miles.
Lovin the car and hope it continues to be that way.
#48 of 145 Re: low speed steering wheel vibration in a new 2011 2.5 w/ CVT Outback [thor14]
Sep 23, 2010 (7:51 am)
#49 of 145 Re: low speed steering wheel vibration in a new 2011 2.5 w/ CVT Outback [thor14]
Sep 27, 2010 (8:20 am)
Come back and tell us your experiences by 10,000 miles.
I'd be interested to know if you are still "lovin" it then.
#50 of 145 Steering Wheel Vibration?
Oct 04, 2010 (6:38 am)
Any word on this issue? Looking at the 2011 H6 Outback as a possible purchase. My 2001 LLBean H6 Outback is reaching 10 years and 150K miles. Thanks in advance for any input!
#51 of 145 Re: Steering Wheel Vibration? [otis123]
Oct 04, 2010 (6:54 am)
There has been some talk of another TSB coming out in a few months that is supposed to be the "fix" for those Outbacks that have the shakes.
After months of hesitation and research, I test drove one, and it did not shake, so I bought it right then and there. Mine is a 2.5i and I love it. After 1000 miles it still does not vibrate or shake. Its a great car. No regrets.
Its been hard to get a real sense of the vibration problem. There are no accurate numbers out there, but it does seem to impact some Outbacks. I just figured if it test drove okay, I would go home with it, and thats what worked for me Good luck.