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I have a 2018 crosstrek with a major wandering issue on the highway even without windy conditions. Both hands a must to stay in control. I do NOT have bells/whistles like Eyesight.

I was wondering if the newer models, 2020+ have this same issue.

I would not /lease purchase another crosstrek because of this issue.
 

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Wander was an issue decades ago, one I have never experienced unless my tires were not properly inflated. I go by the door placard but add 3 or 4 psi all around, keeping the pressure differential between front and rear. Have you had yours checked by a dealer? If the dealer can't find anything I'd go to a reputable alignment shop.
 

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Could be a tire issue. Try cross-rotating all four tires and see if anything changes. Also make sure all four tires are set at proper psi.
 

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My '18 doesn't wander except on crowned roads. If the road is flat, I would suspect alignment also; given proper tire pressure.

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I have a 16 that’s fine. 50k, and just about to replace factory tires before winter. I’ve kept them at 36 PSI, and rotated along with my oil change every 6k. Tires still have tread also. If people aren’t checking and adjusting pressure cold, and rotating regularly, problems happen. The details provided are not typical.


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Wander was an issue decades ago, one I have never experienced unless my tires were not properly inflated. I go by the door placard but add 3 or 4 psi all around, keeping the pressure differential between front and rear. Have you had yours checked by a dealer? If the dealer can't find anything I'd go to a reputable alignment shop.
the tires have been rotated and are properly inflated. Car has been checked by dealer a few times over the last year+ because of recall issues.

I've seen quite a few comments from others saying an alignment hasn't helped this issue.

We've had 2 Foresters and a Legacy Wagon that didn't have this issue.
 

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Ours is fine except in high wind but that's to be expected.
 

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On my 2017 Impreza, adding a Perrin steering lockdown to take the slop out of the steering bushing made a big improvement, and having the front alignment adjusted to +.05 toe in (still within spec) also helped. There used to be some wandering and wind sensitivity but that's now fixed.
 

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‘19 Limited here and today on a slightly bumpy road my Trek danced to the point I thought I had a wheel ready to fall off. Tire pressure is fine. The suspension is strange on this vehicle. The wandering comes and goes. Only 6850 miles on this thing.
 

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I have a 2018 crosstrek with a major wandering issue on the highway even without windy conditions. Both hands a must to stay in control. I do NOT have bells/whistles like Eyesight.
Glitchy electric power steering? Something gone wonky in the steering rack itself? Just spit balling here.
 

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My crosstrek is the most stable vehicle I have ever had. Something is radically wrong. See another dealer
 

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This does not happen with my '18.
Car has been checked by dealer a few times over the last year+ because of recall issues.
Did the dealer check specifically for this complaint? "Checking" because of the various recalls would probably not highlight this issue.
 

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Over-inflated tires can cause this. Maybe alignment (particularly caster) is off. If I were you, I’d get an alignment done; mention the problem you’re having to them before they start and ask for before & after printouts.
 

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Try a few different highways.

Around us sometimes they put grooves that run the same direction as the road and they pull you all over the place. Doesn’t matter what car. They do it for winter to keep the salt on the road better.
 

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I have a 2018 crosstrek with a major wandering issue on the highway even without windy conditions. Both hands a must to stay in control. I do NOT have bells/whistles like Eyesight.

I was wondering if the newer models, 2020+ have this same issue.

I would not /lease purchase another crosstrek because of this issue.
The older models dont have it either, one anectdote does not a model wide problem make.

You car is misbehaving. Have you made any attempt to have it diagnosed at a reputable tire service , dealership or workshop?
 

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My ‘20 wanders from showroom on. Tires are perfectly inflated, and the alignment is good. I just have to steer it more often than other vehicles I have had To keep it straight down the road. I noticed it during the test drive, and since it was the first Subaru I had ever driven, I assumed it was normal.
 

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I found the Eyesight lane-keeping and lane-sway can provide a very noticeable tug on the steering wheel when it doesn't like ones driving. I turned those "features" off! But you said you don't have Eyesight. Then tire pressure and alignment are my bet.
 

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Do you mean a wander as in a vague steering feel? Never noticed anything like this. Steering is definitely more sensitive (as in twitchy) than any other car I've ever driven. That took some getting used to.
 

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I have a 2018 crosstrek with a major wandering issue on the highway even without windy conditions. Both hands a must to stay in control. I do NOT have bells/whistles like Eyesight.

I was wondering if the newer models, 2020+ have this same issue.

I would not /lease purchase another crosstrek because of this issue.
Do you have auto lane keeping? I turned mine off which solved the problem.
 
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