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CVT Life?

How many years has Subaru been using the CVT? I recall the Justy way back but don't know when the CVT went into "mass use". I'm curious about the lifespan of these things. Mine has hit 98K and I've recently had the torque convertor replaced under the TSB. I am just trying to figure what sort of lifespan to expect. I know some here have claims of 175K and more, others the misfortunes of failure out of warranty but only around 60K. I was under the impression that Subaru has been using the CVT for years but have also seen they only recently began using it, possibly in the Gen 4 forward. I'm not planing on any replacement for the outback, just curious about a reasonable life to expect given reasonable care and love.


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I believe the 2010 Legacy/Outback was the first mainstream use of the CVT by Subaru.



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That was what I thought I'd seen references to but wasn't positive.

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CVT life is directly tied to fluid quality and use. My 2010’s are going strong but both get drain fill every 60k. Also operating the cvt takes some patience its very easy to rush the CVT and catch it before pressure is up and park to Drive or D-R etc. Its better than the old 4spd it replaced regarding performance. Durability comes down to what I just pointed out.
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Just drained and filled (as per the relevant thread) at 70K precisely for this reason. Dealer said I was the first '12 Outback they knew to have requested this service!
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CVT life is directly tied to fluid quality and use. My 2010’s are going strong but both get drain fill every 60k. Also operating the cvt takes some patience its very easy to rush the CVT and catch it before pressure is up and park to Drive or D-R etc. Its better than the old 4spd it replaced regarding performance. Durability comes down to what I just pointed out.
How many miles do you have on your 2010’s? I have a 2013 and trying to see much life I have left in it.
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How many miles do you have on your 2010’s? I have a 2013 and trying to see much life I have left in it.
Try changing the fluid and doing a Blackstone oil analysis.
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How many miles do you have on your 2010’s? I have a 2013 and trying to see much life I have left in it.

120,000 on the 2.5 OB that tows. I need to get the cvt drain fill and the front / rear diffs done again.
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I seem to remember a member on this forum advising they had done 250,000 miles with their original CVT (and were complaining of premature failure)

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I have 137k miles of heavy foot driving on my 2011 Outback Limited 2.5. CVT fluid has never been changed. Dealer said no need to change the fluid. Working fine so far.

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