That is an exhaust hanger. Life is hard under the car. That is most likely surface rust. This is worse then i like to see, but our cars have seen quite a lot of salt this season. Since the car is new, I would keep an eye on it, do regular car washes in winter (especially undercar). Report it at the next service interval. I have never seen an exhaust bracket fail as it is rather substantial, usually it is a exhaust joint after many years.
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Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:45 AM
Wife and I got one a month ago. We have about 1800 so far and nothing sticks out as bad. The only "negative" I can say is that I hate the placement of the emergency brake. Cuts down on my manhood space... but I'm bigger so that's probably the glaring issue.
OH, the biggest qualm I have is we got the CVT and there's a pretty long delay when you go from PARK to REVERSE. Probably two seconds most... but it feels like forever
I swear Subarus just take a while to get into reverse for some reason... every auto Subaru I've ever driven took forever to go into reverse.
Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:48 AM
My wife and I used to love this car but......While driving my relatively new 2013 CrossTrek 11,000 miles from Wisconsin to Detroit to attend the Winter Hockey Classic had repeated problems with ghostwalking. (This is my 4th Subaru and my 36th winter driving season so not an inexperience problem.) It was snowing but the roads were clear of thick snow but had a thin greasy sheen. It was difficult to keep a straight line and the rear end felt like it wanted to spin out (the old rear wheel drive feel) especially if the wind blew. Most cars were passing me old new big small. As a Subaru driver I am used to passing others on winter roads and did not like feeling like the little old man everyone was steerign around. Thinking the problem was the factory installed tires, we bought new snow tires for $925 at Belle Tire the morning of the return home. Similar weather (snowy blowing greasy roads). The car handled slightly better. But each time we got up to speeds over 40 mph the car would try to turn abruptly whenever we went under or over an overpass on a straightaway....Very nerve racking. Ended up bailing out in a hotel in Toledo until the next morning when the roads were mostly bare and dry. I am very familiar and like the feeling of the AWD kicking in to enhance the traction and control of the car. In this situation it feels like the AWD is kicking in and trying to turn the car anytime there is a slight slick spot. Did check to see if the car would try to drift left or right on a dry flat straightaway (goes straight). I am hoping the problem is related to a rear end alignment issue but disconcerted by my car which feels dangerous when I most need it to be reliable. Will trade it in and look to a non Subaru AWD if the dealer can't fix it.
Did you try driving it with the VDC off??
Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:08 PM
VDC can be fully disabled, but it takes a bit of work:
And my question is, any other XV drivers who have the manual transmission notice the tachometer acts a little odd around 1000RPM and below? Whenever I slow down to a stop, it's like it doesn't go down to idle speed until around 5 seconds later. I don't think the engine is staying at those revs because it sounds like it's idling when I come to a stop out of gear.
Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:40 AM
Can anyone tell me why my XV is burning/loosing oil and coolant??? I just turned 13,300 miles. At around 8,000 miles I was a qt and a half low! About 10,000 my husband and I smelt oil. And around 11,000 my coolant level in the reserve/over flow tank was below the low level line. I know that during the break in period, up to 7,500 miles, it is normal to burn/loose a little oil but that much is very troubling to me. I am calling the dealer in the morning to make an appointment to get it in, but has anyone had anything like this happen?
Most likely, you are running into the problem with the new 0W-20 oil that they are using now (Toyota is having the same problem as well), as opposed to the 5W-30 that used to be stock. The thinner oil, which was chosen for fuel efficiency, is having consumption problems. Definitely take it to the dealer. There is an oil consumption test that they can do to determine how to fix the problem. Would be interested to know your result. In a few cases, Subaru has replaced the engine/done an overhaul.
Edited by belacane, 03 May 2014 - 08:43 AM.
Posted 14 May 2014 - 12:11 PM
Anyone stashing a hide-a-key on their car? I used to keep one up in a wheel well on my WK Grand Cherokee, but since the wells on the XV are plastic, that's obviously not going to work. I spend a lot of time in & on the water for both work & recreation & really don't want to have to worry about losing my key &/or getting locked out of the car. I haven't yet been able to find a suitable home for it yet.
This is my only "issue" w/ the XV so far...really don't think I could be any happier w/ the way this vehicle is working out for me.
Posted 14 May 2014 - 09:01 PM
Not sure how much of a splash guard there is, but if there is room under the hood, stash it in the engine bay somewhere on one of the frame rails. (where you could reach it from crawling under the front of the car) If it has a full plastic splash guard under there that won't work though.
Posted 16 May 2014 - 02:58 PM
thanks. i'll have a look under there when the weather clears up a bit here. raining sideways at the moment...
Posted 17 May 2014 - 02:24 PM
edit: never mind, I figured it out.
Edited by DaveXV42, 18 May 2014 - 07:48 AM.
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