I bought a 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i with a CVT back in 2010, and the very next day, my mother bought the identical model. I sold mine in 2013 for a Jeep GC Laredo X, then a Honda Pilot, and now I have a Forester XT (bought new) and a Fiat 500 Abarth Convertible (bought with 5900 miles on it).
However, (being way more fiscally responsible than I am) my parents kept the Outback, paid it off, but recently it started having issues. If you slam on the brakes for an emergency stop, the car shuts down - just like it would if you stopped on the breaks in a manual car without depressing the clutch. Being that it has a CVT, this is an issue - automatics should not shut down in these circumstances. The car has just under 60000 miles, and I am really hoping that this is not a serious issue. My mom has been debating a new car anyway - instead of another Outback, she might go ahead and buy that Lexus RX she always wanted.
We dropped it of at an independent Subaru-only mechanic this morning, and I gave my mom the Forester XT, and I am driving around in the Abarth. I have no idea whatsoever what the repair might cost.
If we do need to fix it and get rid of it, dealer trade-in should be $8000-10000, but in Denver, we should be able to sell one for $12-15k in a private sale, especially with such low mileage.
It hasn’t been a good year for them - a renter screwed them out of $4k+ in rent while we dealt with the eviction, they got hit by an enormous tax bill, AC died in one of the properties and ended up costing $1700, their garage opening seems t be shorting and will probably need to be replaced, and now this...
I keep telling my mom to buy a NX instead of the RX - I think she can get a nice one for under $40k, and she really doesn’t need the space as she is tiny.