My understanding (from brief research) is there is no “rebuilding” of these; apparently when they go, they chew up so much of themselves that there isn’t enough left to salvage. I also suspect the “factory” units are, in fact, pieced together from used transmissions (i.e., huge labor component in that outrageous price).
Ironically, the salvaged transmission was from a 2014 Forester with only 6,000 miles. The good news is that it came with a warranty, and the parts company’s insurance guy was out to the mechanic’s lot today to “see for himself” that the transmission broke. We will probably end up paying ~$850 (again) for the labor to install the replacement–then promptly trade in this lemon for anything-but-a-Subaru.
About my “Anything but a Subaru” comment
I get that cars don’t last forever, but Subaru has handled this whole situation very poorly. Instead of extending the warranty (largely a PR move, as others have noted), they should have issued a voluntary recall. Let’s just pretend that the cost of that is a few billion (likely much less, but I’m being generous). I wonder how many lives that would have saved? We were in a 70 mph zone on the interstate when our transmission ate itself the other day. We were able to limp over to the shoulder, but has everyone been this lucky?
I truly hope nobody has been injured by these catastrophic CVT failures. Assuming that, my takeaway is that Subaru could have done right by their customers, and the return on that investment would have been many-fold. They are losing my business not because of their engineering flaws, but because they have lost their way ethically, demonstrating clearly that we should not trust them.
My family’s lives were saved 15+ years ago in a Subaru (just like in those commercials Subaru used to run). We were inspired to buy my Forester because of that.
My family’s lives were endangered by our CVT failing catastrophically at highway speeds–from an engineering flaw publicly acknowledged, but not corrected, by Subaru. That’s it. They are done.