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Just putting this out on here, not had any response on the Outback forums! Foresters would be the same as both vehicles have the CVT.
I drive a '13 Outback 2.5 I'm at 90,000 miles, yesterday when I flicked the gear lever over to M and use the paddle shifters there was just a dash symbol shown instead of what gear I was in at the time and the shifters were totally unresponsive. Changing back into D mode, again, no response from the paddles.

After stopping the vehicle and switching off for around 30 mins, I jumped back in and everything was working correctly and has been today!

Anyone had this happen or know what would cause it? I called into the dealer today and no one has ever heard of it happening before.
 

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Here's the problem -
Manufacturers don't make manual transmissions anymore, because everyone can afford an automatic, but all those buyers still wan't the control of a manual. So they make all these half-a$$, computer controlled, goof-ball slush boxes that don't work right and cost a second mortgage to fix/replace.

Sorry, can't help you. When my CVT dies I am converting to a 6 speed.
 

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Thanks man, yup, I need a manual car again! The only permanent solution around the problem I think.
 

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Subaru should be able to find the issue. It's either mechanical (failed paddles) or computer. Sorry man, mine still work fine at 50K.
 

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Doing some searching on other car forums, not just Subaru, it seems quite a few owners have had this problem. Switching off the car and restarting seems to reset whatever the problem is. I'll wait until it becomes a bigger problem. It's working fine today.
 

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Probably a waste of time, unless you can replicate the problem. If you are out of warranty, the dealer will charge you through the nose to tell you they couldn't find a problem, but to be fair, if the problem isn't happening at the time they see it, there is nothing wrong to find.
I would chalk it up to glitchy Subaru electronics, a feature they are well known for.
 

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My thoughts exactly. It's the first "electrical glitch" I've had in 150,000 kms and since I bought it new in 2013. Been driving for 3 days now since the glitch and it works fine. I have 10,000kms left under warranty. If it's going to get worse it better well do it sooner rather than later.
 
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