My wifes 2016 2.5 LTD W/ Everything -and 2" Eco-hitch
What year were the Michelins?? wink
What Michelin tires did you get? Thanks for any info you can share.
Sorry, just now seeing this. The transmission noise I'm talking about is just that "whirring" sound that can be heard at parking lot speeds. I can tell a CVT Subaru is driving past without looking up. I noticed right away that the 2018 doesn't whir. It's not an annoying sound, just something I've observed.Michelin Premier A/S installed by Discount Tire. They did a great, quick job.
By 3.6 has been near flawless since I got it. The only thing that was changed, apart from the crappy original tires was the battery which died during a long road trip. It was swapped out at a local Subaru dealer and been working fine ever since.
I have never heard any noise from the transmission so I don't know what @okiefo is talking about. The 3.6 is super-smooth and a joy to drive. I have always hated the stupid ersatz shift points, and even wrote a nastygram to Subaru of America about that. They replied they had to put them in because some duffusses complained there was no "shifting" when the CVT was first released. Morons. The duffusses, not Subaru. Well, on second thought, Subaru made a moronic decision putting in these dumb shiftpoints.
There have been incremental internal changes every model year since 2015. Two I know about are:18 cvt for 2.5 was changed to reduce noise. Shorter bands I believe.
Sorry to dig up the dinosaur thread.There have been incremental internal changes every model year since 2015. Two I know about are:
1) Shorter pitch (i.e. shorter links) in the chain, which increases chain flexibility and reduces the minimum bend radius.
2) Variable pitch in the chain ... i.e. the chain is assembled from links of several slightly-different lengths. This has the effect of spreading the spectrum of noise produced by chain, which also reduces the peak noise level at any single frequency.
Very subtle and clever design changes!
Short answer: I don't know ... and I don't remember the original Subaru source document for that information.... are these changes for both the 2.5's standard CVT and the 3.6's High-Torque CVT, or just the 2.5?
Right on, thanks. (I’m ATC also...)Pilot: I have the 2018 3.6, and was much more satisfied with the "feel" of the 3.6 over the 2.5. I honestly don't feel like I'm driving a CVT the vast majority of the time. I'm not certain if it's the simulated shift points (yeah, there are some subtle ones in D), our just the higher power and torque of the 3.6 that helps keep the RPMs low. I had a Nissan Rogue rental a couple of weeks ago, and drove a Forester 2.5 rental for over a month. I would not have been satisfied with either one as an owner. But the 3.6 convinced me that I can happily live with a CVT.
My response is yes, but it's a qualified yes. I didn't notice a shift point until I traveled cross-country (after breakin) and really pushed the acceleration on a couple of I-70 ramps. Then I only notice one simulated shift (up around 60ish), and even that was not the same as the automatic I was driving before purchasing my Outback -- much less noticable. More typical (or gradual) acceleration, for me, doesn't display such shift points -- smooth all the way up to highway speed. I like the way the the CVT behaves and the way the vehicle drives, both city and highway.I'm a little confused with the last couple posts in the thread. Does the 18 have simulated shift points in "D" or is this a feature of the 2017 model?