Subaru is Extending the warranty for Owners of certain Subaru models with the CVT transmission.
The extended warranty covers the 2010-15 Legacy and Outback; 2015 Legacy and Outback with 3.6 liter H6; the 2012-15 Impreza; 2013-15 Crosstrek; 2014-15 Crosstrek Hybrid; 2014-15 Forester with 2.5 liter four-cylinder; 2014-15 Forester with turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder and 2015 WRX 2.0.
In 2014 Subaru issued a TSB ( Technical Service Bulletin ) Subaru TSB 16-90-13 regarding a stalling situation in 2010-2012 Models with the CVT, but it was only covered under the original 5 year 60,000 mile warranty. We have made several of these repairs, but really mostly to 2010 and 2011 models.
This newest development must mean that Subaru expects the problem could affect more vehicles and is extending the warranty to offer piece of mind. I will add that I am surprised this has not triggered a recall, as typically speaking a stalling event is a safety concern and generally results in one.
SOA (Subaru Of America) will be sending letters to customer’s with affected vehicles that states if the car is not having an issue it does not need to go to a Dealership. I also think its very important to point out that it could be a tricky situation to get this covered if at say 90k, the CVT has an issue and the Dealer states the fluid is dirty and caused the failure, I would, as always advise you that the fluid while having a longer service interval then prior models, is not a “lifetime fluid” and you should have it inspected, and or replaced by 60k, and checked or replaced every 30k from that point on. Remember in the fine print in the owners manual it states that I = inspect, correct or replace, not just inspect!
The good news is that if you have had to pay for the repair, Subaru has stated you are eligible for reimbursement. We will notifying our local customers of this, and I hope where ever you take your Subaru they do the same.
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