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:nerd:2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 94k miles CVT

1. Got recall on torque converter CVT problem. We've had this occur on and off for 3-4 months, wife took car into dealer, says it is not happening when they drive it. Anything we can do before next July when warranty ext. runs out on this. They won't fix unless they see it happen. Sorta frustrating.

2. TBelt etc due at 105k miles. Got prices dealer $1200, ouch. Two reputable local repair shops specialize in subaru, one says $450 and does not need new water pump, add that $150 as he uses Subie water pump part if wanted; other $750 and includes water pump. I usually do my own work, just had knee surgery, gonna be laid up a while.
Anyone not do water pump at TB change. I drive VW, always do water pumps.

3. I can pull cover and check tbelt, anyone go much further over 105k miles for tbelt service? Dont' want problems, just curious, not up on Subaru like VW.

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1. Got recall on torque converter CVT problem. We've had this occur on and off for 3-4 months, wife took car into dealer, says it is not happening when they drive it. Anything we can do before next July when warranty ext. runs out on this. They won't fix unless they see it happen. Sorta frustrating.
Try documenting it with a different dealer. You need something in-hand.

2. TBelt etc due at 105k miles. Got prices dealer $1200, ouch. Two reputable local repair shops specialize in subaru, one says $450 and does not need new water pump, add that $150 as he uses Subie water pump part if wanted; other $750 and includes water pump. I usually do my own work, just had knee surgery, gonna be laid up a while.
Anyone not do water pump at TB change. I drive VW, always do water pumps.
Water pumps are pretty robust and you could skip it this time. If they do start to fail, you typically will notice it in time (antifreeze leaking past the seal and dripping). What I'm more concerned about is that neither price quoted mentioned replacing the tensioner and idlers, both of which need replacement. Definitely don't skip these.

3. I can pull cover and check tbelt, anyone go much further over 105k miles for tbelt service? Dont' want problems, just curious, not up on Subaru like VW.
It's been done I'm sure, but it's taking a chance that just isn't worth it, as this is an interference engine. Definitely not recommended.

Wifes car.
Definitely not worth the chance. If you skip it and it fails, I wouldn't want to be in your shoes.
 
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