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Old 04-03-2012, 09:25 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:43 AM   #12 (permalink)
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LenitaUllrich....Can I assume you had your dealer perform the "reprogram" service bulletin and the harsh shift was fixed?
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Hey everyone,
I am a recent owner of a 2012 Outback 2.5i and I am having similar rough downshifting and lurching when off the gas. This is actually my second Outback in a month!! The first one I purchased was shifting so hard the dealership took it back(after some hassle) and put me in a new Outback. I am 800 miles into this one and at first the shifting problem was subtle, but it seems to be more pronounced now.
The service guys at the dealership did mention something about a programming issue with the computer controlled transmission in the 3.6, but said they had no information on the 2.5.
Does anyone know how to let Subaru know about this problem??

I would love to know of a resolution beyond flashing or resetting the computer.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:50 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I can't speak for the CVT Outback....I think this is what your 2.5l car has...but I did drive a 2.0l Impreza while my 3.6R was in for a transmission change out.....and I can say the CVT transmission in the Impreza does have a definite "positive downshift" but I think this is the way Subaru has set up the transmission.
I did not find this operational nuance to be objectionable.....it was predictable and you always knew what "gear" it was in .....even though the CVT transmission does not have "gears" like a traditional transmission......call it a design feature Subaru has built into the CVT transmission to make it feel like a "normal" geared transmission.
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I am from Winnipeg Canada and recently purchased a 2013 3.6R and am experiencing harsh downshifts. I bought the car in Florida and am hoping my dealer in Winnipeg will be helpful. The first time they took it for a test ride the harsh downshifting didn't happen. I'm finding it happens only after I drive the car for maybe 5 minutes
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Hi Renthegear,

Suggest the dealer in Winnipeg perform the factory reprogram service bulletin....that normally takes care of a harsh shift condition.....don't take any answer other than they will reprogram the shift points per the service bulletin.

My issue ended up being a faulty transmission......very rare as the 5 speed automatic has been in production for several years....is used in the Tribeca too.
In addition, I had a very pronounced "clunk" .
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Hi Renthegear,

Suggest the dealer in Winnipeg perform the factory reprogram service bulletin....that normally takes care of a harsh shift condition.....don't take any answer other than they will reprogram the shift points per the service bulletin.

My issue ended up being a faulty transmission......very rare as the 5 speed automatic has been in production for several years....is used in the Tribeca too.
In addition, I had a very pronounced "clunk" .
Hi Dr. Steelhead

Thanks very much for the valuable info - I just spoke with my local Subaru Dealer and they said they are not aware of any service bulletin - I have an appointment on the 17th so I am hoping it will get resolved - I also have the clunk you spoke of
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Hi Renthegear,

If you look back to my 2-14-12 posting, I gave a brief description of my transmission problem.
During the diagnostic process, after the reprogram had been performed, my local Subaru dealer mechanic connected his laptop to my car's computer port......the test drive did not record any issues, however the mechanic verified my complaint as it was not a subtle down shifting clunk.

Tell your dealer to look back to 2011 - 2012, 3.6R transmission harsh down shift issues for the service bulletin to reprogram the shift points....or call Subaru technical....they are very aware of this issue.
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Hi Renthegear,

If you look back to my 2-14-12 posting, I gave a brief description of my transmission problem.
During the diagnostic process, after the reprogram had been performed, my local Subaru dealer mechanic connected his laptop to my car's computer port......the test drive did not record any issues, however the mechanic verified my complaint as it was not a subtle down shifting clunk.

Tell your dealer to look back to 2011 - 2012, 3.6R transmission harsh down shift issues for the service bulletin to reprogram the shift points....or call Subaru technical....they are very aware of this issue.
Thanks again - the dealer is looking into it - I will keep you posted
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Thanks again - the dealer is looking into it - I will keep you posted
I just got back from our Subaru Dealer and they performed the Software Update - unfortunately no improvement - not sure what to do next
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