Every night I browse new complaints submitted to NHTSA from vehicle owners. Some are very valid, things like my Ford Escape caught fire, again. Others are more typical like the check engine light is on in my new Ranger Rover and no one knows why. I've been sitting at the dealer for 34 days waiting on my Cobalt to be repaired.
Occasionally I come across a complaint worth sharing. Like the one below from a Subaru owner that reeks of Got-AWD-bro?.
My wife and I used to love this car but......while driving my relatively new 2013 Crosstrek 11,000 miles from Wisconsin to Detroit to attend the winter hockey classic had repeated problems with ghostwalking. (This is my 4th Subaru and my 36th winter driving season so not an inexperience problem.) It was snowing but the roads were clear of thick snow but had a thin greasy sheen. It was difficult to keep a straight line and the rear end felt like it wanted to spin out (the old rear wheel drive feel) especially if the wind blew. Most cars were passing me old new big small. As a Subaru driver I am used to passing others on winter roads and did not like feeling like the little old man everyone was steering around. Thinking the problem was the factory installed tires; we bought new snow tires for $925 at belle tire the morning of the return home. Similar weather (snowy blowing greasy roads). The car handled slightly better. But each time we got up to speeds over 40 mph the car would try to turn abruptly whenever we went under or over an overpass on a straightaway....very nerve racking. Ended up bailing out in a hotel in Toledo until the next morning when the roads were mostly bare and dry. I am very familiar and like the feeling of the AWD kicking in to enhance the traction and control of the car. In this situation it feels like the AWD is kicking in and trying to turn the car anytime there is a slight slick spot. Did check to see if the car would try to drift left or right on a dry flat straightaway (goes straight). I am hoping the problem is related to a rear end alignment issue but disconcerted by my car which feels dangerous when I most need it to be reliable. Very similar complaint descriptions on this website for Outbacks described as ghostwalking.
I do hope that Mr. Subaru, and his wife, are able to tame the ghostwalkers in their Crosstrek so when the next blizzard arrives they can get back to passing people on the freeway screaming "AWD!" while jamming to the latest from Dave Matthews.