Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Avon, CO
Car Year: 2016
Car Model: XT Premium
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Would for sure scare me away. The party selling the car is doing exactly what I plan to do, get rid of the car just before the extended warranty on the transmission runs out at 10 years or 100,000 miles.
The CVT costs roughly $8000 to replace (from a Subaru dealer), maybe slightly cheaper with remanufactured ones out there now, and this CVT is far from a bulletproof piece of engineering. It is not a total nightmare reliability wise, there are multiple reports on the forum of over 100k with no issues, but with the cost of replacement its too much of a liability to own out of warranty for me.
Some folks are sourcing used CVTs from wrecked cars and junkyards for MUCH less and having independent shops install them for around $2000 total, but its still a big liability.
Not every issue with it requires full replacement, but its not cheap to replace the few individual parts that can be accessed on the CVT.