I putt my money on loose rear sus parts I test drive 40 subarus a week in snow and ice all behave differently depending on tires air preshures. And #1 how loose the rear suspention is the rear of a awd car is more prone to handling problems if any rear bushing / strut is loose at all. As far as the awd units go not near as many problems with that as there used to be I thought the newer cars they sorted it out. But the awd cars always had a push me pull me feel to them on slippery roads since day one standard cars were not as bad as the auto ones
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Posted 07 January 2015 - 05:41 PM
This problem is NOT fixed! I've had out 2015 outback not even 4 months. Felt like back was swaying out here and there...but each time it was a short trip...and I just figured I guess its icy...other times its fine...compact snow fine...snow GREAT....but glare ice....No.
Today we had plans to travel to Calgary Alberta....got on the old hwy 43...and sure enough get up to 60...then 70..km/hr and fishtailing sensation...back and forth a good 2+ inches each side...constant...had to do everything in our power to keep it from spinning right out. All other cars buzzing past not having any issues. We changed drivers to see if maybe it was just that...same problem. So fricken scary! Get turned around and it seemed okay...got a few more kms onto a different road on the way home same rear end going all over the place...driving straight with what seemed like mininal ice on the road. Took it to the subaru dealership Asap...same day they test drove it did it for them too...now my new subaru which I bought because of the icy roads and long winters here is sitting in shop and my confidence is shattered. Now what?
Posted 07 January 2015 - 05:43 PM
I also I might add running nokian hakkapeliitta studded tires...which have only one season on them!!! I'm just baffled and dismayed by what I experienced today..not sure where to turn. And I don't even have 7000kms on this car yet.
Edited by ThoughtIWasAHappy, 07 January 2015 - 05:45 PM.
Posted 08 January 2015 - 06:04 PM
Anyone? have any input about my above post? So we took our car home after it had its 5 hour long scan at dealership to see what was wrong....it came up clean. It appears all tires had 10 to high pressure...not great but mechanic said he didn't feel that really played a role in what he felt when he drove it. The aliment was also slightly turned in, which could create some issues, but again mechanic said not likely reason for severe over acting in the rear. That's what he called what he felt, back end was severely over acting....?? whatever that means, I am not mechanically minded. But logically I would think AWD should not react this way.
Drove home car was being its awesome self. But weather, road conditions had changed...it had snowed, but light snow which was blowing clear off the pavement mostly but there def was fine layer of ice as it was a lovely -19c. No slipping...even tried to push it to see if it would lose traction in rear, nope nadda...infact I felt I could safely travel faster than most. On side roads I also tried to get car to spin out around corners...nope it wasn't having any of it. So I am severely confused.
Now don't think its fix cause this is no different than before getting car realigned and tire pressure fixed. Car is 90% superior I find. I never have issues starting stopping at intersections...often I find I have superior winter road abilities in this car compared to others driving around me. But then out of nowhere I have ZERO rear control. Slowing down doesn't fix...I still feel it its just that I am able to struggle to correct each swish easier going slower. And looking around I see no one else having ANY issues. But my car is 100% unable to be driven during these times. So is it just icy roads, I think not if FWD vehcles are able to drive as normal...its clearly not just driver error....yesterday when it became very bad me, my husband and mechanic could not control that rear end!! Is it during some weather the "Mechanics" of this car are just unsuitable ? I hate to say yes cause were does that leave me....with a 3month old car that I still owe 20,000+ on? I don't know what else to do??
So where we left it is, drive the car...see if we have problem come up again, I feel it will...mechanic doesn't think its fixed but there's no seen problem with car when looked over...clearly there's a problem. I just don't know?? Wish someone could weigh in on this.
Posted 08 January 2015 - 06:06 PM
As it stands now I feel like I have one of the best cars most of the time, aside from the fact every now and then it becomes the scariest vehicle I have ever driven ...for no reason at all. I live in flat alberta....roads run straight...yet my car only want's to do figure 8's no No reason!
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