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EA81 vs EA71 Auto transmission questions
Posted 20 January 2004 - 02:02 AM
Why does everybody bash the auto transmission cars/Subarus? Almost everyone I have seen in the salvage yards are WAY over 100K , most nearly 150 or more.
I have 4 manuals and 2 autos and they both are special in there own way. In big city traffic, the auto is nearly a requirement. (Unless you want to do frequent clutches)! The autos are far more complex, so you have to expect failure sooner than a manual. I also find it interesting that most people don't bother to ever change the fluid, but they still last well over 100K! How long would they last WITH PROPER maintence and maybe adding a cooler. (Heat is the #1 enemy to the auto trans).
Manuals are not cheap to rebuild either! Usually as much or more than an automatic! Try to rebuild a Subaru manual trans......I tried and carried the box of parts to the shop!!
However, manuals are nice too, fun to drive and better control, but I also find the automatic "a refreshing change" from the manuals.
When I was younger..(I'm 39), the manuals were the only thing I'd consider. I even "special" ordered a new Chevy truck once to get a manual! But I now appreciate the value of an automatic.
So with all the bashing of autos I see on this board, I had to take up in their defense. They are not a bad thing, just an option for those who desire it!
Just my 2 cents!
Posted 20 January 2004 - 02:30 AM
Of the ones that failed, there wasn't really one common failure. I saw some with bad planetary sets, some with chewed-up reverse clutched because the brake band wasn't adjusted properly, some because they didn't bother changing the fluid and a couple because the front diff was toasted.
Posted 20 January 2004 - 03:53 AM
1. Change complete fluid every 5K
2. Add an additional Hayden oil cooler
What's involved with keeping the bands in proper adjustment? I didn't like the sound of it when you said, " reverse band chewed up".
Posted 20 January 2004 - 04:05 AM
Posted 20 January 2004 - 12:19 PM
Originally posted by GLCraigGT
There was a change in the metal screen at one point but I can't remember what year the change took place.
i remembered ordering a filter for my 83 turbo wagon, and the screen was a different shape. i had to bend a corner, and almost all of the bolts lined up. but i got it to fit anyway.
Posted 20 January 2004 - 12:34 PM
yes, there are time when the AT feels good to drive.
in my past Chevy's, usually changed the ATF every 40k. I had a Dodge Grand caravan that the manual said change every 75k, but it's well known what crappy trans they had... I had it flushed changed every 15k, and it held up fine....
Posted 20 January 2004 - 11:19 PM
Posted 25 January 2004 - 02:28 AM
Posted 25 January 2004 - 04:03 AM
I'm glad you brought this subject up. I LOVE automatics unlike most of the people here. I have not had an old school Subaru automatic except for my 1989 FWD Auto XT6. I had always wondered why most people seem to bash them as well.
I was hoping to own an early modelled Subaru automatic someday and try to have the valve body modified, synthetic or fresh tranny fluid and a nice size tranny cooler put on. So far, my XT6 has been a joy to drive with these modifications.
Heck, if I was rolling in $$$$, I'd even consider an upgraded torque converter on an older modelled turbo. Seems like it would be a lot of fun.
Posted 25 January 2004 - 04:29 AM
I never thought I'd hear someone say that
Posted 25 January 2004 - 01:54 PM
I'm adding a cooler and "frequently" changing fluid.
Has anyone adjusted the bands?
Posted 30 April 2004 - 01:15 AM
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