2016 Subaru Legacy drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
867 miles

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2016 Subaru Legacy drivetrain problems

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2016 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012016


  • 500 miles


When shifting from reverse to drive there is an extended delay and application of throttle causes a severe lurching of the car which can cause an accident.

- Kirkwood, MO, USA

problem #2

Jun 172016


  • 2,000 miles
Following are two main issues, causality/correlation uncertain. After the "Subaru eyesight" failed for about two minutes while underway (dashboard cluster lit up in numerous places, too), the eyesight system reset while driving. Thereafter, the vehicle began to "buck (e.g. lurch forward several inches with a lot of force)" when the vehicle's cvt was in "drive" and I was stopped with the brake depressed at normal pressure. This has happened about six times in the last four days, and I am extremely concerned. The "buck" is so severe that the first time it happened, I felt like I was rear-ended. The most recent time that it occurred, my best friend could have been severely injured when the car lurched forward as he was standing outside of the running vehicle, gathering things from the front seat (e.g. foot or leg run over had he been taking groceries out of the back seat). At this point, the Subaru dealership is being coy about situation resolution. What is especially concerning is that the eyesight system is supposed to "kill" acceleration when the vehicle is stopped, and an object forward of the car is detected. Yet, the vehicle tried to proceed forward when stopped in traffic?

- Champlin, MN, USA

problem #1

Nov 162015


  • 100 miles
3.6 liter 6-cyl engine surges after a cold start. When the car is started, the idle speed is high. When the car is put into gear, as the brakes are released and the car begins to move, the idle speed drops. If the car is brought to a stop or a very low (creeping) speed, the idle speed increases, causing the car to lurch. Foot never touches accelerator pedal at all. This behavior causes the car to move unexpectedly after it is brought to a stop by the brakes. It also makes it impossible to move the car at creeping speed - easing off the brakes, as the car starts to move, the idle speed drops, causing the brakes to slow the car. After a second, as the car comes to a stop, the engine speed kicks up again. This makes the car lurch into motion again. Operator must quickly increase brake pressure, but simultaneously the engine idle speed drops due to the increased speed. Therefore the car slows again and the cycle repeats. The described behavior happens equally in forward or reverse gear. The described behavior is only an issue on a cold start. It does not happen with a warm engine. I experience this on a daily basis. It has affected control of my car in the following situations: Backing out of my driveway; entering an intersection; in a parking lot.

- Somerville, MA, USA

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