2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impeza Sport: Diagnosing The Hot CVT

December 21, 2012

2012 Subaru Impreza

We brought our 2012 Subaru Impreza with its cranky CVT and ominous AT Oil Temp warning light to Santa Monica Subaru to figure out why it went haywire the previous day. Yep, that's me driving right past the Service entrance while Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt happily snaps photos of my obliviousness.

Our service advisor seemed shocked we'd had a problem with the CVT, saying this was a first for them at the dealership.

After a few days of the dealership going back-and-forth with Subaru, they initially told us they might have to replace the whole transmission. Upon further diagnosis and counseling from Subaru, they determined the CVT needs a new pressure switch.

They said the part should arrive in a couple days.

Stay tuned.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 12,478 miles

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