Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Tacoma, WA
Car: 2017 Outback 3.6 Touring, which replaced '05 Outback XT
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I am very skeptical about this story because it really only comes from one source. The original source of the story, Asahi Shimbun, only mentions the BRZ and it's twin, the Toyota 86. Torque News just seems to be embellishing without any basis in fact for mentioning other models. It gets them a lot more page views than a story on the BRZ/86, because the number made of that car is tiny. If the automotive press can verify the story, it will come to light in the next few days.
Furthermore, if defective valve springs were failing in significant numbers of Outbacks, it should be fairly easy to spot the trend on this forum. I just did a forum search and found only one thread related to a broken valve in generation 4 and 5 cars, but the cause was not stated. Other kinds of common defects have gotten noticed here long before any kind of acknowledgement from Subaru or the press.