Should I replace transmission or replace the 2011 Subaru Outback?

Asked by May 12, 2017 at 09:35 PM about the 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was told the chain assembly is slipping in the cvt and need a new
transmission. Dealer estimate= $9,000. Independent trans. shop = $7,000.
Car in good shape except has 170,000 miles. KBB value in good condition is
$7K. BTW the torque converter was replaced when still under warranty.  TY

6 Answers


I would personally try a used trans, but if the rest of the vehicle is in nice shape and you like it and will continue to drive it for the next 5 or more years, then replace the trans. If you hate the car and want something newer, trade it in.


Have the head gaskets ever been replaced? If not I would get rid of it. If engine is in really good shape it is a toss up.

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Thanks for your responses. Tom- the prices above are for used trans. which is close to the KBB value of the car. yikes.


Really depends on the overall condition of the rest of the car. Look at it this way, getting a new car for $35,000 is almost one half of the cost to repair your car. $3,500 is less than one year of car payments.


See this, could be helpful, good luck, read thread below- Subaru tech service bulletin 16-90-13r - affects 2010 - 2012 continuously variable transmission equipped Outback and legacy models car exhibits symptoms listed in above TSB transmission-torque-converter-problems.php 2014/403601-tsb-16-90-13r-torque-converter-found.html


Apparently,. a select number of dealerships have replaced the bad torque converter as a gesture of Goodwill​.... See this thread,

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