Join Date: Sep 2016
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I have 3.6R '19 Outback. I have read multiple threads about the CVT lurch/surge. I had a '10 2.5i Legacy and now this car and Subaru has improved alot on the CVT. HOwever, the CVT to me has always felt "lazy". On open road, the CVT is fantastic for speeding and cruising. However, in city driving, it does get annoying especially after a long day of work and 1h+ of commute one way plus big city traffic...
If there is a solid 10sec+ stop, I can feather the car to move up without surging or if I can anticipate a stop. However, with stop and go traffic (not bumper to bumper but
more so speed up to 20mph+ then stop then speed up then stop, the transmission doesnt react very fast. It feels "lazy" or not trying to find the right ratio to accelerate. This results in some shuddering also (maybe combined with TC lock up). By then, I have to hit the stop and the TC does its thing and the car lurches. I'm trying to remedy this issue but not sure how I should go about doing so. The current solution I have is to let the car roll, think, then I feather the accelerator paddle and stop early. This means I have to leave quite a bit of room in traffic (1-2 car or so?) to have the car runs comfortably. This is OK in free way mostly but quite a mess in cities. The lurch/surge happens quite often in this scenario too regardless of how I depress the pedal.
I did a computer relearn per this thread: [not allowed to attached] and the result was great...for 2 weeks then it returns. After the reset, the car drive like a dream, barely any surge, accelerates and decelerate linearly. It take about 10 minutes for the process but I don't think it's something I want to constantly do.
I had a 18 Forester XT and the issue is even worse.
Few Outback members (gen5 and 4) have XRT tunes and gave very great feedback on XRT website. I'd love to do it but it's quite costly for me currently with parts and labor.
Any feedback, response is much appreciated!