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2013 Outback apparent transmission issue
First post here. Been poking around a bit but thought I'd ask this straight away as I didn't find quite my scenario elsewhere.
I have a 2013 Outback 2.5, bought used about 4 years ago from a Subaru dealer. Been very solid until recently. A couple months ago I started intermittently getting what felt like a subtle slipping in the transmission, in particular at lower speeds when accelerating. It would sort of gently do a little "skip" it felt like, like it was trying to grab a gear and sort of thunked down into it. Sometimes at higher speeds too. After it started becoming more frequent (though still intermittent) I took it to my dealer's service (I have a full extended warranty BTW). It took them days to re-create it (I think they actually just sat on it for a few days). They said it wasn't the transmission, but they thought I needed new spark plugs. Odd, I thought, but I sprung for them. Didn't fix it. Took it back to them, and this time they had it for almost a week, test driving it (again, I think they just sat on it for days because the phenomenon was now happening to me every day). I kept telling them it felt like the transmission. FINALLY after a week, they claimed they did a "transmission test" and sure enough I needed a new transmission. So, they replaced the "entire transmission". I got it back, drove it for about a week and sure enough, it's doing the same thing again. So, I have (in theory) a brand new transmission, and it's still doing this thing, that they ultimately agreed was a transmission issue. What could this problem be? I'm getting really sick of taking my car back to these guys! Any thoughts greatly appreciated.