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A buddy just traded in his 2011 Outback Limited for a new 2013 because his CVT transmission took a dump at 60,800 miles- just 800 miles outside of the drivetrain warranty.

Subaru was going to cover warranty replacement of the transmission but the dealer gave him a good deal on a new 2013 so he took it.

He is real happy with the '13, said it drives 100x better than his '11.

I know, cool story bro.
 

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Is it worth making a thread for dead CVT's for tracking purposes? Similar to the HG thread? Not that there have been many documented in this forum, but I'm assuming some of the 2010's and 11's may be hitting around 60K mark.
 

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Do you know what part/component of the transmission failed?

A buddy just traded in his 2011 Outback Limited for a new 2013 because his CVT transmission took a dump at 60,800 miles- just 800 miles outside of the drivetrain warranty.

Subaru was going to cover warranty replacement of the transmission but the dealer gave him a good deal on a new 2013 so he took it.

He is real happy with the '13, said it drives 100x better than his '11.

I know, cool story bro.
 

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Cool story bro. Parts fail. Now everyone is yelling recall. Seriously. All makes have transmission failures. They also have engine failures. Lets not get our panties in a bunch. Subie FOR SURE tested this transmission well beyond 60k in endurance testing. Parts fail and break.
 

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the CVT is from JATCO right?

if so, what are the failure rates in other brands that share it's use? (nissan?)
 

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the CVT is from JATCO right?

if so, what are the failure rates in other brands that share it's use? (nissan?)
I distinctly recall Nissan having a lot of problems with their early CVTs, particularly in Muranos.
 

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I distinctly recall Nissan having a lot of problems with their early CVTs, particularly in Muranos.
That was some time ago about 3 major design generations. I also recall the belt being a major issue. Probably why Subaru had zero interest in doing a CVT till the technology to make a steel belt was made possible.

Today Nissan CVT's are running much more power than Subaru and power vs shock loading is the major threat to the CVT. The maker of the CVT is actually the same builder only Subaru's CVT is a little different.
 

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AT failures happen even CVT's can have something fail. Lots of parts in those AT's which can have a flaw that eventually causes a failure.

EVEN manual transmissions can be prone to failure even when used correctly. Though with MT's its generally operator error that damages and wrecks MT's today.
 

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Sounds like SOA treated your friend pretty well. Did he ever due a CVT fluid change?
 
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