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i just had both rear wheel bearings replaced at 96,000 km (60,000 miles). i’ve never needed to replace bearings in my last 4 cars (2 hondas, a nissan, and a subie legend, totalling about 700,000 km). i’m probably going to need the front ones as well, since the design and loading are pretty much the same.

this seems to be a common problem on the crosstrek - why hasn‘t subaru done anything to address it?
 

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I have a 2014 and replaced them at about the same miles with the cheapest ones I could get from Rock Auto, mostly because I wasn't 100% convinced that was the problem. They were a pain to change because Subaru didn't coat the mating surfaces with any grease/preservative when they built it. I'm at 190,000 miles now and the $40 Chinese ones are starting to whine a little. The OEM fronts are still happily purring along. I did just order some CV shafts for the front I've got one clicking in hard left turns and making a little noise.
 

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I had my rear bearings on my 2015 replaced at 110k miles. I think they’re rated for 100k, so I wasn’t too surprised when I started to hear the noise. Mine were replaced at the Subaru dealer. No problems at all after service.
 

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If you are hearing a nice humming noise from the rear of your car, it is highly likely to be one of the rear wheel bearings. If you have access to a lift you can use a stethoscope to listen to the backside of the hub and discern which is the unit that needs replacement. Otherwise you can do your best by listening inside the car while someone else is driving, sometimes you get a better ear from a different seat.
 

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60K miles should be nothing for any wheel bearings. I've owned several Yotas, Hondas and Nissans and most of them were pushing 200K miles mark still running original wheel bearings. At 60K the the vehicle should be just barely broken in LOL... I hope I've made right decision getting Subaru, but reading some of the comments and complains I'm kinda skeptical about it.
 

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Well, in my case, Subaru did do something about it actually. One of my rears started making noise at 54k miles. Like you said, it seems to be a common Crosstrek issue. I was still in the 5 year/60k mile drivetrain warranty so they replaced them both for nothing. 4k miles later the fronts started making noise. Different dealer since we had moved, but they still replaced them both for nothing. I was just lucky enough that the known faulty bearings started making noise before warranty ran out. I didn't have to replace a wheel bearing on my Honda Accord until I was over 200k. Hoping these replacements last longer than the originals.
 
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