Has anyone had a problem with rough idle and engine cutting out, especially when stopping hard on a 2012 Subaru Outback? Subaru dealer recommends a new transmission at $9,800.


Asked by Mar 26, 2015 at 11:42 PM about the 2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2012 Subaru Outback with 73,000 miles.  When car is idling, it is rough and some times the engine stalls and I have to restart the engine.  The engine stalls frequently when I have to apply the brakes hard and have to make sudden stops.  I had my local Subaru dealer check out the problem and analyze it on their computer for $180.  They did not detect anything, but said the transmission fluid is dark.  They recommended that I change the transmission at a cost of $9,800.

I brought to their attention a Technical Service Bulletin #16-90-13R that relates to a problem with the torque converter that causes rough idling and there is a countermeasure torque converter assembly to address the problem.  But Subaru said that they cannot conclude that is my problem.

I think a transmission should last longer than 73,000 miles and find it difficult that Subaru will not try to determine the problem with my transmission and just recommend that I replace it.  I just lost half of the value of my car.

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Wow, you didn't get the extended warranty to 100,000 ? Do you have the CVT transmission? So, the dealership wants $10, 000 to fix? You put a lot of miles on in only three years, how did you do that, freeway miles. I'm still pretty shocked that this happened. I would advise you to get a second opinion by an independent mechanic , get a reference from a friend on who to take your car to. Good luck.


Go join nasioc or an outback forum and ask for help. There are techs on the forums that can assist you.

Keith Cahalan

I agree with Walth , some dealers will try to sell you things you don't really need and sure it may fix the problem but it may have been something small inside the larger fix ( if you know what I mean) I hope someone does because I sure don't


Did you get a second opinion on the transmission?


So, did you get the transmission replaced?


Now I have same issue with my 2012 Outback! My dealer said software upgrade and new transmission fluid might solve the issue. But after they checking the fluid, they said exactly same thing to me. What happened to your car after? Can you please tell more?

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