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So I got the CVT replaced under warranty at about 130,000 km. Now at 140 k. Warranty is good until 160,000 km here in Canada.

* Anyone know how long I can expect this CVT to last?
Also, anyone know exactly what was fixed/replaced within this new CVT ? Dealership said they didn’t know. (I doubt that).

A replacement would cost me close to $10 k at the Dealership, and around $5k from an independent shop, using a slightly used cvt from Japan.

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I had the cvt in my 15 2.5 replaced twice. The second time was around 23k-24k miles. I am now at 47k miles and so far so good. Both times they just replaced the entire CVT with a new one. I was told the bad ones were sent back to Subaru to have their engineers investigate what caused the failures.

As for longevity, some people have over 100k with no issues. Others have them fail well before 100k. Unfortunately its a crap shoot with how long the CVT will last.
 

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What qualifies for a replacement? I complain every time I'm in for service about the 5 second delay for reverse to forward shift, bucking at low speeds and what seems like an inability to "shift out of low gear". Of course the problems are intermittent and never seem to be a problem when at the dealership. I was told the warranty is for two problems and I would know if I had them because the transmission would have a loud clicking like cards in the spokes of a bicycle wheel or the car would just be inoperable for the other issue (sorry that's all they would tell me). Thanks
 

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Both times mine was due to a major movement delay when the gas pedal was pressed. It took around 45-90 seconds for to to start moving form a stop form a dead stop. Then it felt like it was "slamming into gear" once it started to move, almost exactly like a traditional automatic trans slams into gear when it is low on fluid.
 

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So I got the CVT replaced under warranty at about 130,000 km. Now at 140 k. Warranty is good until 160,000 km here in Canada.

* Anyone know how long I can expect this CVT to last?
Also, anyone know exactly what was fixed/replaced within this new CVT ? Dealership said they didn’t know. (I doubt that).

A replacement would cost me close to $10 k at the Dealership, and around $5k from an independent shop, using a slightly used cvt from Japan.

Thx.


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I had the cvt in my 15 2.5 replaced twice. The second time was around 23k-24k miles. I am now at 47k miles and so far so good. Both times they just replaced the entire CVT with a new one. I was told the bad ones were sent back to Subaru to have their engineers investigate what caused the failures.

As for longevity, some people have over 100k with no issues. Others have them fail well before 100k. Unfortunately its a crap shoot with how long the CVT will last.
Some of these units are being replaced with a new CVT.

Some are being replaced with a Subaru remanufactured CVT. which i would prefer because it would have been mostly hand built then plus all specs checked.

please change your CVT Fluid, no fluid is lifetime. Look in to simple drain and fills. also read your owners manual about sever duty.

see attached photo.

https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f88/14-18-forester-xt-cvt-automatic-transmission-fluid-change-procedure-787207/

this might give your more info in the everything.
 

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Some are being replaced with a Subaru rebuilt CVT. which i would prefer because it would have been mostly hand built then plus all specs checked.
Not to nitpic but the replacement if done by subaru will be either new or remanufactured. Here is the difference (this is for engines):

"A remanufactured engine is remanufactured to the original blueprints and exact specifications, and is tested to original equipment standards.

A rebuilt engine, the repair is done up to the level of failure. This directly means that the engine has been repaired up to the level of failure for which there was a need of rebuilding; but apart from that, components are left intact. The testing procedure of rebuilt engine depends upon the individual rebuilder from whom you are getting the job done."

So to your point..yea remanufactured is possibly better than new bc it likely receives more testing.

My 2001 Nisan sentra had a defective transmision. It was replaced with a reman one. 170K miles later..never a problem.
 

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What qualifies for a replacement? I complain every time I'm in for service about the 5 second delay for reverse to forward shift, bucking at low speeds and what seems like an inability to "shift out of low gear". Of course the problems are intermittent and never seem to be a problem when at the dealership. I was told the warranty is for two problems and I would know if I had them because the transmission would have a loud clicking like cards in the spokes of a bicycle wheel or the car would just be inoperable for the other issue (sorry that's all they would tell me). Thanks


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Bro, I would go to another dealer.

I had no loud clicking sounds.
I had hesitation at traffic lights, and hesitation or lag of response between a certain rpm range. There were times when I was making a left turn, at a traffic light, and I wasn’t sure if my car was going to get going safely. So frustrating.
Mostly all gone now, after cvt replacement. Still a bit of hesitation, but not life-threatening, like just a little glitch.


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please change your CVT Fluid, no fluid is lifetime. Look in to simple drain and fills. also read your owners manual about sever duty.
If it is still under warranty, I suggest letting the dealer make the call. The CVT is not something to mess around with when it costs $8-10k for a replacement. If you do plan on a drain and fill, I would suggest only letting the dealer do it because if you perform it yourself and something goes wrong, Subaru can deny warranty.
 

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Not to nitpic but the replacement if done by subaru will be either new or remanufactured. Here is the difference (this is for engines):

"A remanufactured engine is remanufactured to the original blueprints and exact specifications, and is tested to original equipment standards.

A rebuilt engine, the repair is done up to the level of failure. This directly means that the engine has been repaired up to the level of failure for which there was a need of rebuilding; but apart from that, components are left intact. The testing procedure of rebuilt engine depends upon the individual rebuilder from whom you are getting the job done."

So to your point..yea remanufactured is possibly better than new bc it likely receives more testing.

My 2001 Nisan sentra had a defective transmision. It was replaced with a reman one. 170K miles later..never a problem.

DUDE your right. I never thougt about how i used those words before.

Good to use the proper terms other wise their is confusion.
 

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If it is still under warranty, I suggest letting the dealer make the call. The CVT is not something to mess around with when it costs $8-10k for a replacement. If you do plan on a drain and fill, I would suggest only letting the dealer do it because if you perform it yourself and something goes wrong, Subaru can deny warranty.
You can go to a subaru dealer.

or

Use a local mechanic shop with a ASE licensed Mechanic, with access to the proper procedure.


Just always use Genuine Subaru Parts.
 

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Hi Guy I gotta a 2016 FXT . Last Year around April @ 39k miles my Engine blew (BIG HOLE ON THE BLOCK).... My car is not engine mods.... ALL STOCKS.... SOA did theyre job by replacin a new BLOCK.... so now 2019 last week I went for an oil change and i told them that to check my cvt due to leak that i found on my floor....WEll ****.... they called me yesterday and said your gonna need a new transmission.... Theres only 1 in the country and we got it for you and that was the LAST ONE...... Im not happy... I love my FXT but what you guys think????
HERES THE HISTORY OF MY FXT
NEW ENGINE BLOCK
NEW ECU
NEW ENGINE WIRE HARNESS
NOW NEW TRANSMISSION.....
SHOULD I GET RID OFF THIS FXT WHILE I ONLY HAVE 48K MILES
ALL JOB IS DONE BY SUBARU LAS VEGAS.... AND ITS ALL FREE AND UNDER WARRANTY...
I KNOW SOA EXTENDED THE POWERTRAIN WARRANTY TO 100K. SINCE IM GETTING A NEW TRANSMISSION AM I STILL
UNDER WARRANTY AFTER REPLACING THE TRANSIMISSION....
WHAT YOU GUYS THINK....
THINKING ABOUT GETTIN RID OFF THIS FXT..... THANKZ
 

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...what you guys think????
No offense, but I think your post reads like gibberish. If you want to know what others think, please try composing a post that's a bit more legible.

To actually answer your question, I think it's up to you. Personally, I would be tempted to get rid of it as it sounds like it's been nothing but problems. On the other hand, you have already had all the expensive stuff replaced, so why not keep it?
 

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I believe that only the CVT was extended to 100k mile warranty. Engine and other drivetrain components are still 60k mile warranty.
SOA may have extended the drive train that much. After my CVT went the second time, they gave me a free 7yr/100k Gold Plus warranty. He probably to a similar warranty from them. SOA takes very good care of customers after a second major failure.
 
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