• May 12, 2010
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Owners of a 2010 Subaru Outback or Legacy equipped with a CVT transmission may need to make an unscheduled visit to their Subaru dealer due to a new recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall of 29,443 Legacy and Outback models for a crack that can occur in the CVT cooler hose that could result in a fluid leak. The only vehicles affected by the recall are the ones built between July 31 and December 1, 2009.

The NHTSA website states that Subaru didn't provide any safety consequences for this recall, but we're thinking a CVT fluid leak could lead to a damaged transmission, which is a lot more expensive than a new hose and a far bigger hassle for owners. Affected vehicles can be brought to the nearest Subaru dealer to have the hose replaced free of charge. If you're not sure if your vehicle falls under the recall, call Subaru at 1-856-488-8500. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA release.

[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
SUBARU / LEGACY 2010
SUBARU / OUTBACK 2010

Manufacturer: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: MAY 06, 2010

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 29443

Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 31 THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2009. A CRACK CAN OCCUR IN THE CVT COOLER HOSE RESULTING IN A FLUID LEAK.

Consequence:
THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONSEQUENCE AS IT RELATES TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY.

Remedy:
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ANY AFFECTED COOLER HOSES FREE OF CHARGE. SUBARU HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-856-488-8500.

Notes:
SUBARU'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS WVQ-27. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a bad batch of parts.

      Maybe part of the recall will include removing the useless ecogauge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      American cars SUUUCK! (sarc)
      • 4 Years Ago
      CVT's are the worst transmissions in the world, and thanks to Toyota for shoving them and their styling department down Subaru's throat, I can no longer recommend any Subaru but the Forester to anyone. It's a damn shame they had to put CVT's in their cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I may not have proof that Toyota forced CVT's down Subaru's throat, but I know damn well that they do everything in house, and that it would have made much more sense to make a 6-sp AT. CVT's are good concepts and horrible products because of reliability. I could care less about driving dynamics, as most buyers would, because my problem is the $10,000 our CVT vehicle cost us in repairs. $5,000 the first time it blew up, $5,000 the second. Second time around though, we put a down payment on an '09 Forester instead.

        Nissan does the best CVT's in the business, and those are disintegrating all over the place. Subaru, a newcomer with the exception of the Justy back in the 1990's, can't have nearly half the luck Nissan does. Hopefully Subaru does contract out for CVT's, because otherwise they've made a grave and expensive mistake. Manual or otherwise, I will never buy or recommend anything that has a rubber band putting any amount of hp and torque from an engine to any number of wheels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is driven by a metal belt, no rubber in site. Nissan actually uses a metal chain, which doesn't give it the same kind of ratios the Subaru does. Subaru's been using CVTs in a lot of their domestic vehicles too so this isn't something new to them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ leather bear

        Try as i might, i could not get past "Your ill-informed rant" in your reply. Every time i would read it in the voice of Comic Book Guy and crack up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only applies to people who are donkeys and got that terrible excuse of a transmission on their Subie.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have you taken the Legacy/Liberty for a drive?

        I find the CVT to be great. Much, much better than most auto transmissions I have used.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to love Subarus. their recent transformation makes me puke.
        • 4 Years Ago
        right there with you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      cvt in my marano 70,000 runs great ,so smooth you can't feel it shift
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ideally you would like the engine to rev to the hp peak, not the torque peak.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they should just recall it for just being ugly. :-)

      Seriously though Subarus are as quirky as Saabs used to be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Subes have always been quirky. They are arguably less so now, unfortunately.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Luis, Subarus are getting MORE quirky to me, not less.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, we get it... Subarus are ugly, wah wah wah. I'm not in love with their looks, but life moves on. Time to find something new to complain about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it was a good thing afterall that the Forester stuck with the old 4 sp auto versus being upgraded to this one. I'd go for the manual anyway on the Outback.



      • 4 Years Ago
      what about the EGR valve that fails in all the boxer diesel engines after only a year or so???? what about that subaru?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gah... I was really hoping Subaru was going to stay out of this recall mess. Good thing it's only a select few, and not it's really not that bad, or life threatening, of a problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wish they would have recalled my subaru SVX back n the day...good thing I paid for the extra service plan and had 2 of my 3 transmissions covered.
      • 4 Years Ago
      has anyone heard about the problem with the front end shimmy that was (unofficially) affecting 30% of 2010 outbacks? where's that recall notice?
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