Vibtation or Shutter on Acceleration on Subaru Outback

A vibration or shutter may be noted on acceleration. If the transmission torque converter is suspected a revised part is available to correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 109,062 (7,200–217,000)
11 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
52 people reported this problem
36 people shared problem details
on acceleration from a stop, there is shudder ( strong). This is to about to 2000 rpm. Once the car is moving no issues at all.
SUBARU OUTBACK WAGON LL BEAN MODEL, HAS SHUTTER WHEN 1ST TAKING OFF, SEEMS TO EITHER STOP OR NOT NOTICABLE AT 40 MPH, HAD TRANSMISSION SERVICED REPLACED FLUID, FILTER AND ADDED ANTI-SHUTTER ADDITIVE, HAD REAR DIFF SERVICED AND REPLACED FLUID, NO SIGNS OF PROBLEM NOTICABEL UNDER THE CAR
2006 Subaru Outback98,000
I noticed a shudder or vibration at about 20 MPH. Just recently developed. More noticeable going up hill or faster acceleration, so when there is more of a load.
Vibration is first noticed at about 2,000 RPM (25-35 MPH), then subsides. Initially only driver felt it. Has steadily gotten worse, enough mo that passenger also feels.
Steering wheel not only vibrates at high speeds (65-75mph), car shutters when turning at slower speeds and when accelerating (5-20mph). Brand new 2011 Outback shouldn't have problems with steering!!!
2006 Subaru Outback85,000
Feel shuddering in gas pedal when accelerating from stop. Shuddering stops after gaining some speed.
My 2011 3.6R Limited Outback would shudder around 1,600rpm... usually when lightly accelerating or when going up small hills. Torque converter was replaced and the transmission was re-flashed back into a learning mode. The shudder is now gone, but has been replaced by a number of other symptoms.
2006 Subaru Outback80,000
From stop, slightly faster than average acceleration, vibration occurs around 15-20 mph then subsides until even fainter vibration around 75 mph
2006 Subaru Outback93,000
2006 Subaru LL Bean has shutter when shifting gears under low/light acceleration. Goes away at higher speeds or higher RPMs than 2200.
2011 Subaru Outback90,000
Shuddering when coming to a stop, backing up, or accelerating above 2000rpm from slower speeds. Replaced torque convertor for $1200. Mileage is now at 125k and problem is happening again. If this costs more than $500 to fix this time we're scrapping the Subaru and going back to CR-V!!
2005 Subaru Outback117,000
Shudders during moderate acceleration from 10-20mph, felt in steering wheel and gas pedal. No diag yet. Changed both CV axles--no change.
2007 Subaru Outback140,000
shuttering when going into 2nd gear. i thought is was right side axle had it change twice not the issue still shuttering.
2001 Subaru Outback147,000
Think it might be a problem with the rear differential
2014 Subaru Outback52,000
Strong vibration noted when accelerating starting at 40mph and correcting At 60 mph.
2000 Subaru Outback193,000
sometimes the car will die out
Vibration is slight, but definitely present between 35 to 55 mph. You can feel on the gas pedal and seems to be coming from the rear half of car. I can't see any play or slop in the U joints, but the drive shaft has about 30 degrees of rotational play..
2003 Subaru Outback217,000
Shudder on acceleration from dead stop. Runs great otherwise.
2011 Subaru Outback75,000
When I come to an abrupt stop the engine will stall and when I am on an upslope and accelerate from a stop the engine will stall if I don't give it enough gas or power. I heard it was the transfer gear box which runs $1,500 to $2,000 since they have to take the entire drive train off.
vibration at highway speeds (5th gear). Problem improves by increasing speed.
Shutter in the rear of the car when accelarating
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