2010 Subaru Outback transmission NHTSA complaints: Power Train:Automatic Transmission

NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
8,409 miles

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2010 Subaru Outback transmission problems

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2010 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 012011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


I took my 2010 Subaru Outback to my dealer to have my front brakes checked. It felt like they were grabbing, and I wanted to check the wear. They checked the brakes, cleaned them up, and stated they were at normal wear for 35,000 miles. In the next breath, they stated I needed a new transmission. I still have not gotten an exact reason why my two year old car needs a new transmission. I have a cvt automatic/manual transmission. The dealer was very vague as to what happened. They stated it was the first one they've seen this happen to.

- Princeton, ME, USA

problem #6

Jul 152011

Outback 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
Engine idle drops 200 RPM below normal under braking at low speeds. Sometimes this results in an engine stall in traffic. Subaru of America suggested a transmission "retraining" which seems to have cured the issue.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Jul 242010

Outback 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
Subaru Outback 2010 with cvt transmission bought new. Numerous failures. The transmission first failed due to a solenoid open circuit that disabled the car. Code P2762 ( last week in March, about 2,600 miles). That was fixed. After this event the transmission would on occasion disengage while still on drive. While driving slowly and after applying brakes to stop at a stop sign. The gas pedal would be depressed, the engine would roar but the car would not move. The transmission would re-engage after shifting to neutral or park and back to drive. The first time this event was reported to the Subaru dealer a number of codes came up; C0057, C0045, C0231, C0232, C0282. Subaru told the dealer to erase the codes and re-program the software. This event has occurred three times since then (last week of July 2010, about 9,000 miles). The next time was last week in August, about 10,200 miles. Since the software was re-programmed no codes appear even though the events are identical. This event happened again in December 2010. I brought the car to the dealer (1/27/11). No codes were found. Dealer says that if there are no codes and they cannot reproduce the event then it does not exist as far as they are concerned. The event occurred again in early February 2010.to be stopped at an intersection and press the gas pedal while the car is on drive with nothing happening other then high engine revs is a dangerous situation. Consider being in a left turn situation. We have no sympathy from Subaru.

- Hallieford, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 312010


  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Subaru Outback. While driving approximately 30 mph he applied pressure to the brake pedal. He took his foot off of the brake pedal before reaching a stop sign and attempted to accelerate. The vehicle momentarily hesitated before accelerating. The failure recurred while driving approximately 30 mph whenever he attempted to accelerate after applying the brakes. He also stated that while driving approximately 75 mph he took his foot off of the accelerator pedal but the vehicle did not begin to decelerate for approximately 4 seconds. This failure also recurred whenever he was driving approximately 75 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where he was informed that the vehicle was manufactured to operate in that manner. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 8,000.

- Raymond, NH, USA

problem #3

Aug 272010


  • 500 miles
2010 Subaru Outback automatic,2.5I, in first month of ownership noticed vehicle wanted to stall when I slowed down or stopped. Have had for 4 months vehicle is worse, RPM's drop to near zero, car will then idle fast to compensate...in the last month vehicle has a severe shudder, on top of the near stalling...was told by dealer that Subaru has fixed problem on manuals but is still waiting for software for automatics to reflash computer. Car is very shaky after the near stalls upon acceleration. Car also accelerates when I have foot on brake and release to inch forward (waiting in traffic) as though it has a very fast idle. I was told by corporate headquarters today, that there is no problem with the automatics..just manuals"??" my dealer disagrees and stated today that I am not the only person with this problem waiting for a solution.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 122010


  • 1,500 miles
My husband has tried contacting both Subaru North american corporate office and the eastern regional office regarding the several recalls he has received on his 2010 Subaru Outback. He went to the top because the people at the dealership are - well - stupid; and he his concerned about their ability to "fix" the car properly. He asked the dealer about tsb's and was told there were none; when in deed there are four (4). The people he has contacted are at the vice president level of management. He has also tried to speak to someone in the president's (thomas doll) office. Everyone refers him to an 800 customer service number. The people at this number know nothing about cars; all they do is read off what is ever written on their computer screen. Of course, Subaru has no plant manufacturing problems; their problems are all caused by the companies they get their components from. My husband does not want to be "put-off"; he wants someone from Subaru's upper management to give him a call right away.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 202009


  • 3,860 miles
2010 Subaru Outback, 3750 miles. Took to the dealer when rattling noise seem to come from instrument cluster. Dealer had it for a week. Dealer service isolated the noise as coming from Subaru new transmission. They called the company rep in southern calif. Who instructed the dealer to put the car back together and stated the problem is known, and no fix is available. Since than I also noticed that when the car is almost in idle, creeping into parking spot, the car jerked forward, and was able to stop it before hitting the car next to me too hard. It is very disturbing to me and I am driving this new car with very little confidence now.

- West Hills , CA, USA

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