• Jul 24, 2010
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Once again, Subaru's mainstay models, the Outback and Legacy, appear to be girding for a recall. Both models have already faced callbacks for leaky CVT hoses and wiring issues, but according to Inside Line, a new issue affecting a number of manual transmission-equipped 2010 and 2011 models will not only precipitate another recall, but also a stop-sale on all potentially-affected vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the oil lubrication hole in the six-speed manual transmission has not been drilled on the affected vehicles, which can cause gears to break. NHTSA issued a statement, saying:
"If the transmission gears are not properly lubricated, a groaning sound may begin to develop, alerting the driver to a problem. If this sound is ignored and no action is taken, the gears will eventually break and this condition will lead to vehicle power loss, possibly resulting in a crash."
Vehicles will be repaired, free of charge, at any Subaru dealer in America. Most will simply have an oil lubrication hole drilled, though the automaker has informed its dealer network that vehicles with 6,250 miles or more will require the replacement of the third through sixth gearsets, as well as the main shaft.

A total of 809 Outback and Legacy models are affected by this recall, which is expected to officially go into effect on August 6. In the meantime, owners are urged to contact their local dealers as soon as possible to have this problem corrected.



Photos by Jonathon Ramsey / Copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dont like this looks of this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait so the nhtsa is forcing a recall on subies because the driveline can break causing no power to reach the wheels, which can cause a crash...but when bmws have a similar issue running on 4 years with the hpfp they do nothing?

      This is stupid...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if Toyota's ownership stake and influence over Subaru is dragging Subie down?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Subaru is no stranger to gears breaking. Google "WRX glass transmission".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Har har. Toyota only has 16% ownership in Subaru. But this is one hell of a serious recall. I'm pretty shocked.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Occasional contributors here gripe about how the looks of the new Legacy needs to be improved. I had my reservations about the looks too from photos seen online but when I actually saw the car I must say it is a beautiful Subaru. So it is still a matter of taste, but the photos don't do it justice.

      And I do agree that Subaru should just replace the transmission. I think owners would appreciate that gesture more than implementing a "fix".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't you guys have a long term Legacy GT? Is that affected by this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boo, hiss... Subaru should do nothing less than a complete transmission replacement on these cars. I would expect nothing less for such an embarrassing error on their part.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "though the automaker has informed its dealer network that vehicles with 6,250 miles or more will require the replacement of the third through sixth gearsets, as well as the main shaft."

      I'm surprised they wouldn't just replace the transmission at that point; I would think the labor involved in tearing down the customer's trans and replacing gearsets would negate the added cost of a complete assembly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not really surprised, Subaru's quality has been going down and down over the years. Not only with the legacy but also with the STI's engine failures. Subaru needs to step up and start building better parts and cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like the owners are the ones who got "the main shaft".
        • 4 Years Ago
        I LOL'd, but let me fix that for you:

        Sounds like the owners are the ones
        *puts on shades*
        who got "the main shaft".
        YEEEEEEEEEAH!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe there's still something to be said for not buying a car in its first model year...
      • 4 Years Ago
      front reminds me of infiniti M
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Wiggy

      Yeah well, in the same token this article is not about Toyota, including what they did or failed to do. And certainly the article is completely unrelated to Obama.
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