Hi, I have a 2009 Outback R TDi 1998cc that I bought second hand in Aug 2012. It has 60,000 mileson the clock. Apart from the normal wheel bearing replacement in the past few years, the car has been running fine. I also had a new clutch plate fitted in Dec 2014. In the past 12 months however I have been experiencing a shuddering while pulling away in first gear. This has occurred in a variety of situations, with the engine cold, hot, on the flat, hill starts, with the car loaded or empty. I had worried that there was a problem with the clutch, but my local garage seems to think that it might have something to do with the fuel management system. I was wondering if you had ever come across this problem and what your views on the suject might be ? regards, ***** ***** XXXXXXXXX
Hi Mike,The problem is that the shudder caused by pulling away in first gear is not a consistent fault - it is NOT happening every time I pull away in first gear. In the last year, it has occured under all the conditions that I've mentioned (this has occurred in a variety of situations, with the engine cold, hot, on the flat, hill starts, with the car loaded or empty), it's just not a consistent fault. If it happened every time I pulled away in first, then yes I would be leaning towards an issue with the clutch. The shudder however is pretty violent - there is no drive, the car just go.