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AWD problems...?

2018 OB 2.5 ~8400mi with Michelin X-Ice

Wife called saying she was stuck in the driveway of a friends house. I get there and am a little dumbfounded. I give it a try and on a slight packed snow incline our Michelin X-Ice equipped OB is just spinning the front tires. I tried X-Mode and turning off traction control, no luck. I hook up a tow strap and pull it forward. The rear wheels are on dry pavement and I think I'm fine. Nope, front wheels spin while rear wheels do nothing. The vehicle status says rear wheels are active, but are not. Drives fine otherwise.
I think somethings broke. Any ideas? A dealer trip is going to be a huge PITA due to my location and circumstances for the next few weeks.

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Last time we had a post like this it was the rear diff. Totally broken on a brand new car. Oddly skiing last week I watched a OB sit there in the parking lot spinning its front tires clearly zero power to the rears. A parking attendant even told the guy he needed to chain up. All while other Subarus drove right by him with a 4 tires obviously driving.

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Definitely a problem. Likely need a trip to the dealer

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Agree, something's broken. I've watched enough AWD test videos to know the rears on Subarus start turning almost immediately.


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It needs a new diff and other assorted trans parts. 8k mi.... So much for Subaru reliability. Very disappointed.
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It needs a new diff and other assorted trans parts. 8k mi.... So much for Subaru reliability. Very disappointed.

LOL. That's funny. My god who would have ever believed a manufactured object could possible fail prematurely.
Your single experience has nothing to do with reliability. Yes it sucks when happened to you, but if a few failures out of thousands of vehicles were how reliability was determined- here's a clue ALL manufacturers would have dismal reliability.


Look at Honda- they're held up there pretty high, how do you think all the owners with the new Pilots that had failed transmissions in 1000 miles feel?
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LOL. That's funny. My god who would have ever believed a manufactured object could possible fail prematurely.
Your single experience has nothing to do with reliability. Yes it sucks when happened to you, but if a few failures out of thousands of vehicles were how reliability was determined- here's a clue ALL manufacturers would have dismal reliability.


Look at Honda- they're held up there pretty high, how do you think all the owners with the new Pilots that had failed transmissions in 1000 miles feel?
Or all the crv owners stuck with faulty fuel systems with gasoline tainted oil.
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did I just hear Ford is looking at a 1 million vehicle recall? dunno what it's about.

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did I just hear Ford is looking at a 1 million vehicle recall? dunno what it's about.
1.48 million F-150s recalled for a transmission defect.

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Low mileage is exactly when defects like to show themselves. No cause for alarm.

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