Last post on Feb 21, 2011 at 2:15 PM
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Sedan, Wagon
#9 of 18 Re: Outback vibration [kims_car]
Feb 13, 2011 (7:33 pm)
Was this problem ever resolved? Was the fix spelled out?
I am contemplating an '11 - 12 Outback 3.6R but without the fix, I'm loathe to acquire one given this problem has popped on other Subaru forums.
Unlike the Forester, the Outback seems to produce more front end "grumbling" that a driver can feel through its steering wheel.
#10 of 18 Re: Outback vibration [kurtamaxxxguy]
Feb 15, 2011 (9:58 am)
Iam picking up a CPO - 2010 Legacy 2.5i Premium today. While doing some homework on the Subbi Legacy Owners forum, there are thousands of complaints about this Shimmy/Vibration at 60/70 mph. I experienced same on my test drive,lower than 60 feels fine, above 60 I felt the vibration - which feels like Wheel Balancing. Anyway, on the Forum, it was announced that a TSB issued by SOA on 2/3/11 addresses this persistent issue. It's 32 Pages long !! Many steering components - idel arms,bushings, etc are Replaced. from my understaning this is the second or third major TSB issued by Subaru to "fix" this problem. Initial reports on the forum - feed back looks godd, vibrations gone. keep in mind, the previous fixes offered: involved new wheels, new tires, balancing and re-balancing of the wheels, and many members cited that the problem persisted. I mentioned this my auto dealer- they balaanced and rotated the wheels for delivery, and claim the shimmy is gone. I told them about the TSB and they acknowledged it, if my shimmy continues then they will apply same. But he told me it was primarily a problem with the 3.6 R. I'll post after driving a couple of days. dealer is Westchetsre Subaru in Wite Plains, NY...
#11 of 18 Re: Outback vibration [kurtamaxxxguy]
Feb 15, 2011 (3:12 pm)
After the TSB was performed, the vibration was better in my normal driving speeds 65-70mph, but persisted at 70+. I also found that the TSB changed the steering to be "floaty" which I found distracting and somewhat unsafe. Keep in mind the TSB's only "mask" the problem, they do not fix the underlying issue. If you can live with the vibration, my recommendation would to not have the TSB performed.
#12 of 18 Re: Outback vibration [kims_car]
Feb 15, 2011 (4:36 pm)
Did you have done the latest TSB that came out 2/3/11?
#13 of 18 Re: Outback vibration [ptk70]
Feb 15, 2011 (4:53 pm)
My TSB was done in late Fall. It involved changes to the steering wheel, steering column and engine bushings.
#14 of 18 Re: 2010 Outback - transmission vibration? [unsworth]
Feb 17, 2011 (7:43 am)
Must be something wrong with your "one of a kind" V6. You do know that you have the only Subaru that ever came with a V6, don't you?
I'd be intereted in buying it, as a collectors item.
#15 of 18 thinking of purchasing a 2011 Legacy
Feb 21, 2011 (7:32 am)
After reading about the vibration problems I need advice, should I purchase the 2011 Legacy which my local dealer is awaiting arrival on or what should I do, I really want the 4 wheel drive and with the snow of the last two years thats what I'm looking for the dealers states the car is coming in by the end of March it's a Premium with CVT, AWP and Sunroof, I'm looking for you advice. Thanks
#16 of 18 Re: thinking of purchasing a 2011 Legacy [rich154]
Feb 21, 2011 (8:14 am)
My brother just had his 04 Legacy totalled, so we test drove a new Legacy 2.5i manual on Saturday.
No problems with that one, in fact that car is still on his short list. If we can find a manual trans Forester we'll test drive that, too, and he's likely to pick between those two.
His 04 crumpled up big-time, but it absorbed the full impact and he walked away from a huge wreck with a bruised shin. Great protection.
Can't blame him for wanting another.
#17 of 18 is the vibration problem on all legacy's
Feb 21, 2011 (2:10 pm)
Is the vibration problem on just a couple of Legacy's or is a problem on all 2011 legacy's
#18 of 18 Re: is the vibration problem on all legacy's [rich154]
Feb 21, 2011 (2:15 pm)
If you ask around, most aren't affected, but there are many that are.