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Old 04-06-2012, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All,

Fairly new to the blog, so if these things are posted elsewhere, please don't beat me up too badly over it.
I've had my subaru now for three weeks has just under 900 miles. So far, I'm very happy I purchased one, but there are few things that are concerning:

1. The car lurches forward under very slow speeds. I've got lots of crap in my garage, and the way my driveway is setup, i have to pull in the car at an angle and straighten out inside the garage. So, when I'm doing this, I'm driving very slow, no gas pedal just little bit of pressure off of the brake pedal, this is when I notice the car literally lurching forward.
2. When I start the car and leave it in park for a minute or so, the whole car kind of shakes a bit. It goes away after I'm out of park. I've never noticed this on any other car I've owned.

These are my two concerns. Anybody have any knowledge of this?
Otherwise, I'm thinking about taking it to the dealer. And having them take a look at it.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the lurching seems like a real concern.

While our H6 is smooth as glass at all times, my WRX does sorta go through 'cycles' of wobbling/vibrating a little. Even though boxer engines eliminate an entire set of harmonics vs inline 4s, they still have 3-4 other modes of vibration.

I suppose it's possible both your problems could be related - but some vibration is to be expected.
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Don't know about #2 but the 2.5 CVT is known to "lurch" at times when moving very slowly and turning. It's the engine compensating for the power steering draw. You can repeat this: while standing still with brake applied slowly turn the wheel, you will feel the engine rev a bit from the load on PS. It's "normal".
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Don't know about #2 but the 2.5 CVT is known to "lurch" at times when moving very slowly and turning. It's the engine compensating for the power steering draw. You can repeat this: while standing still with brake applied slowly turn the wheel, you will feel the engine rev a bit from the load on PS. It's "normal".

good idea, get a sense of what your car feels like after the above test, then go test drive another '12 model and see if it does the same on the dealer's lot.
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Don't know about #2 but the 2.5 CVT is known to "lurch" at times when moving very slowly and turning. It's the engine compensating for the power steering draw. You can repeat this: while standing still with brake applied slowly turn the wheel, you will feel the engine rev a bit from the load on PS. It's "normal".
I'll try this out and let you guys know what happens! Thanks for the tip
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Mine has a cold start up "shake". A few moments after starting, the engine acts like it is about to die or stall, rpms decrease and all of a sudden the rpm's increase. The sudden change in rpm causes a brief shake.
My car also lurches after a cold start. Rpm's are racing along at at 1700 or so and if I put it in drive or reverse it wants to lurch. Firm brake controls unwanted movement.
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Don't know about #2 but the 2.5 CVT is known to "lurch" at times when moving very slowly and turning. It's the engine compensating for the power steering draw. You can repeat this: while standing still with brake applied slowly turn the wheel, you will feel the engine rev a bit from the load on PS. It's "normal".
Exactly like you described. Watched the RPM gauge go up when turning the wheel, and go down when steering wasn't in use. I appreciate your help.
But on the part of Subaru, I can't believe that this is acceptable!
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Mine has a cold start up "shake". A few moments after starting, the engine acts like it is about to die or stall, rpms decrease and all of a sudden the rpm's increase. The sudden change in rpm causes a brief shake.
My car also lurches after a cold start. Rpm's are racing along at at 1700 or so and if I put it in drive or reverse it wants to lurch. Firm brake controls unwanted movement.
Mine is also from a cold start. As far as the lurching is concerned, I'm thoroughly unimpressed that Subaru put passed that on as "normal"
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Yes I've noticed the same with mine.. I was thinking it had to do with the break-in period. However it does have a smoother start up when I'm out driving it more, but first like in the mornings it always wants to shake itself off....interesting must be a Gen 4 OB thing.
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If you guys think thats bad, try driving a DSG equipped VW or a new automatic Ford Focus. Good Lawd those are awful when cold.
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