There is an interesting thread going on Forester forum.
Subaru claims that CVT fluid is a lifetime fluid but most of us got a note from Subaru that the transmission warranty is extended to 10 years or 100,000 miles whatever comes first. The dealership parrots this tune and is not in favor of changing the transmission fluid. That sounds very fishy to me. I feel, thats an indication that these transmissions are going to fail little after 10 years.
I wonder what one can do if the dealership refuses to change the fluid? Do ASE certified mechanics have the fancy equipment that Subaru needs to replace transmission fluid? or I should check with ATRA certified mechanic if they would change the CVT fluid?
A brave owner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0glrGRxf33U) changed this fluid himself and it doesn’t look that easy to DIY.
I will be in a pretty much same scene within a year so planning in advance.