About Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru Crosstrek is a compact family car manufactured by Japanese automaker Subaru division of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) since 2016. It actually is an appearance package of the fourth generation Subaru Impreza known as Subaru Crosstrek in North America and is sold internationally. As a matter of fact, Subaru Crosstrek is the Subaru XV Crosstrek but in the United States, Subaru decided to drop the XV from its name and sold it as simply the Crosstrek starting with 2016 mode year.
Before Subaru Crosstrek was available since the debut at 2012 New York International Auto Show, Subaru Crosstrek then was called as Subaru XV Crosstrek, which is built based on the 2011 Subaru XV concept vehicle. The Subaru Crosstrek is basically the same as the Subaru XV Crosstrek, so it also is powered by the 2.0 L H4 boxer engine that could produce 148 horsepower, and the engine was fitted along with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). And now Subaru Crosstrek is offered in base 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited. The current model is designed based on the fifth generation Subaru Impreza and is being carried over for the 2017 model year.
Subaru Crosstrek Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Since Subaru Crosstrek is the Subaru XV Crosstrek, so they share a lot in designing, building and even problems. What you should do to your Subaru Crosstrek is still to diagnose and solve problems as early as possible if you want to sustain your Subaru Crosstrek for a longer time.
First, steering system failure. According to Subaru Crosstrek drivers who have lived in snowy or icy areas for years, it is really very scary to drive Subaru Crosstrek in slush, snow or ice. The vehicle felt like drifting all over so that the drivers had very little grip on the road, which is very frightening and dangerous if the driver lose the control of the vehicle and the vehicle floats and spins by itself. So for your driving safety, if your Subaru Crosstrek also has difficulty in steering in slippery areas, you should get the Crosstrek rear alignment, Crosstrek control arm bushing or Crosstrek tie rod end checked.
Second, excessive fuel consumption. This is another serious problem that not only impairs the engine but also the Subaru Crosstrek owners' pocket. Subaru Crosstrek owners said that they have to add fuel more often than usual as the engine seems to gulp the oil. At the same time, the engine performance got decreased as loss of power while accelerating and inability to start. If your Crosstrek's Check Engine Light is illuminated, you should get the Crosstrek oil filter, Crosstrek timing cover and Crosstrek oil pan gasket checked thoroughly.
However, it takes a lot of efforts to keep your Subaru Crosstrek at the best shape all the time. In fact, though some auto parts in a vehicle would last as long as its lifespan, others are not. In Subaru Crosstrek, wiper arm and wiper blade are both essential for sweeping off debris off the windscreen so that a better driving visibility is possible. But as they basically work under adverse weather conditions such as windy, downpour or snowy, so they are very vulnerable and should get replaced at least once a year in sunny areas and half a year in humid regions. Other parts such as fog light, headlight and antenna and so on should also be on your routine maintenance list.
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