My 2011 Subaru Outback CVT problems


Asked by LMDaily Nov 02, 2018 at 09:40 PM about the 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2011 Subaru Outback (127500 miles) intermittently feels like its going to
stall when coming to a complete stop, especially up hill. Similar to stalling
when learning to drive a manual. This has become more frequent. Weirdly
enough, I notice it more in the warmer weather. My guys at Subaru can't
duplicate the problem. I recently found out about the CVT problems. If I
understand correctly, CVT symptoms are seen when accelerating. Is that
correct? I don't want to replace a transmission on a car that isn't paid off yet.
Any suggestions or recommendations?

Thank you!  

5 Answers


OK... feeling like it will stall and stalling are two different things.... If your transmission fails there's replacement transmissions for around $3,000... with a guarantee from an aftermarket personal mechanic tells me... where can you purchase a replacement car for $3,000... There's plenty of stories of people who went over 200,000 miles on the original transmission and engine..... I would say don't be too hasty to just sell it and get rid of it especially if your car is in otherwise excellent it pristine?? Have you had it meticulously serviced?? Otherwise...sell the car...

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Thank you Mark. It doesn’t stall, it kind of bucks a little bit occasional when stopping. Though it’s becoming more frequent. I service my car according to my manual. I think it’s in great shape. I love my car, I would like to keep it for at least the next 5 years. I wish there was a way for Subaru to check the transmission to know whether or not it’s one of their faulty CVT transmissions. So, you don’t have your car serviced at Subaru?


LMDaily, I have my car serviced at my local trusted mechanic..had the 9 year service... timing belt and water pump thermostat, tensioners... Look, if you're keeping the car to 150,000 miles or more, the cheapest way to keep it running is to keep up on the maintenance... The timing belt is just a maintenance item...a lot of people just don't understand that it's really an advantage over the timing chain.. WHY? . because, you know exactly when it was done...a scheduled thing.... timing chains can stretch or break... If you think it's a lot to maintain an Outback... think again.... I have a 2012 Sprinter .. that's a really expensive vehicle to keep .... Subaru Outback Limited..not so much.... I know that $3,000 is a significant amount of money...I agree... but, heck, if the hybrid battery goes out on my 2009 Toyota Prius... that's $3,000. Cars are so expensive.. and I've learned to treat them gently... how you drive definitely has an impact on the repairs.... I'm not saying to drive them like an elderly person... but, don't drive like you're an Indy race.... just drive normally and get regular maintenance..... Cars today are so much better built due to robotics and safer as well...... Finally, Subaru has taken a lot of heat for the recalls and extended warranties , but, honestly, any company that is willing to stand up and do the right thing .... well, I respect that.... It's the companies that run away and never admits anything that bothers me... I've had a couple of questions and when I called Subaru of America... they were very helpful experience.... A couple of people on this forum think that I'm some kind of shill...or work for Subaru...I don't... I'm just a satisfied customer... and most of the time I meet people who love their Subaru... You don't have to take your car to the long as you have a qualified mechanic.... Finally... you can't put a price on safety. I personally feel very safe driving the Outback... regardless of money...who would trade that to save a few dollars? I personally know someone who tragically struck a cow crossing the road on a rural area and walked away without a scratch...cow died at scene and the car was totaled.... insurance company purchased him a replacement vehicle.... Good luck.....

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Lorena-Michelle, When was the last time you had your car serviced? If it's bucking when stopping... could be a fuel delivery issue. I'm sure that your mechanic can tell you....


Your absolutely right. I have appreciated how Subaru stepped up and extended the warranty. And I totally agree about maintaining a vehicle. I had my car serviced in July and will be going back in a few weeks for my 127500 check, brake pads and my alignments. Last time I was in I asked about a transmission flush and was told I really didn’t need it. I think bucking is probably to strong a word. It just feels like it could stall when stopping at times. Only when I’m at the end of my stopping. I love my car, I’d love to keep it for at least 75000 miles or more. Thank you for your insight Mark! I really appreciate it!

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