Broke down 1 day later. The dealer said I needed a new clutch. I would purchase from this dealer again. First time I complained about it, Subaru said that I wasn't driving it properly. Modified high hp applications, exceeding 400 kW normally breaks the tall ratio gear sets. Bean signature floor mats and rear cargo tray.
Going forward is hit and miss. And even those who had repairs made within the wty period complained of continuing failures. I have had this problem with this vehicle since I brought it. I literally poured it in, drove it home and its like I paid for the trans job. That should do the trick. My sister is having the same problem with her 2001 Forester.
My wife thinks car is going to come apart while she's driving! We elected to repair as coolant and oil leaks became significant. Norrie has an extensive experience in diagnosis and repairs of the Subaru 6 speed gearbox and over the years of overhaul, he has identified the following issues. It is not dangerous yet but could get so over time. It began at just over 60K and has continued intermittently since then. It has only been a week and about 500 miles, but neither my wife or I have experienced the former transmission problem.
I turn up the radio. Dealer service ended up replacing pads, rotors and wheel bearings. The five-speed was equipped with. Any more thoughts on the knock sensor or other cheaper repairs? The car was not related to the Forester even though they look very similar. This solved the problem for a while but a year and a half later the problem has returned. I would buzz the motor up and wait to feel the bite, then feather it and hope it didn't break a halfshaft.
We have spoken to other manual gear-box Subaru owners, including the Subaru wrx and liberty, who have told us that they experience the same problem. This could cause accident if vehicle cannot move out of way of other traffic. There are occasional complaints of gearbox noise and gearshift rattle. These are not available on other models. This is very inconvenient and unsafe as it causes an immediate loss of speed. If your car still does not work you'll have to redo the above procedure of emptying out all the transmission fluid and changing the filter.
Lately it has gotten so bad, I wondered if and when it would just stop moving. The Forester owner could put the vehicle in park, but because of the parking rod being installed wrong it would roll or move as if the vehicle was in neutral. My car is now out of warranty and I have learned to live with this. I have had the car over 3 years and the problem seems worse. The only indication of the failure was a sudden rise in rpms on the tachometer followed by the failure of the transmission. In your case, it seems unusual for the dealer to not change the transmission, especially if there is hesitation changing gears as I was told the problem would only progress to full failure.
Finally someone improvised a solution, so noise greatly reduced. The Subaru repair shops can usually duplicate the chatter, but they have never been able to duplicate the clutch engaging only after being almost completely depressed. In addition to causing an unsafe driving situation, the condition may cause first and reverse gears to grind when selecting these gears from a stop. I've done that to no avail. Do you have an automatic transmission? Gear breakage of the 6 Speed gearbox is limited as these gearboxes are very strong. All provide a nominal torque split biased 60 front to 40 rear. Contamination and sensor faults poses the biggest problems.
There are numerous complaints about this on the internet if anyone was looking for this. While driving between 35-55 mph the manual transmission slipped out of gear. The S-Edition has a 5 speed Automatic Transmission. The X came with either a dual range,five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. Clutch seems not strong enough to handle the torque of the engine. This is just an accident waiting to happen and should be recalled and repaired by soa.
So, as to whether this is a common problem with Subarus, I can tell you that it is not. There is also only a single transmission option: the Continually Variable Transmission. Throwout bearing failed and buzzing loudly. I started experiencing the hesitation about 2 years after I bought the car and have been to 3 different dealers to correct the problem, which none have been able to correct and only one claims to have been able to duplicate. Does anyone know what causes this and a fix?. My mechanic says it's not a major problem and to just let the car warm up.
This transmission problem has a corrective action available from the dealership and does not cost the Subaru Forester owner anything for the repair. Personally, I believe in putting the ultimate worlds best into it. I live on a state road with heavy traffic around a curve. Subaru unveiled the model year 2008 Forester in Japan on December 25, 2007. I am beginning to think it's worse than I am being told and am considering selling the Forrester and getting something outside the Subaru family. They said that they would not replace it with a heavier duty clutch so the problem may occur again.