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Subaru Forester Transmission Questions

dankortedankorte Posts: 5
Hello, all. I need your help in assessing the need for a transmission
servicing. My '01 Forester has 119k mostly highway miles on it and I need
to know whether or not it's a good investment to have this service done to
get the max life out of my car as possible. my questions are these:

A) what does this job consist of?
B) what is a fair price to pay for it? dealer quote was $140, but don't
know what all it entails...
C) any reason I shouldn't take it to my mechanic to perform versus taking it
to the dealer?

would love to hear your experiences-- thanks.



  • wcwilliamswcwilliams Posts: 11
    I have a forester, automatic, 2002 with 40,000 miles. I am beginning to notice a very slight whirring/grinding noise as I accelerate from first to second; lasts about 3-4 seconds. If I keep foot on accelerator, and continue at same speed, the noise goes away; if I take foot off accelerator, noise disappears, but then I can make it again if I apply gas, then it will stop on it's own after 3-4 seconds. As I continue to speed up and move into 3rd or even 4th gear, it doesn't happen.
    I live in a small town, so frequently take short trips; it's not ALL the time, but is happening frequently enough that I need to figure it out. Car had routine 30,000 maintenance, transmission fluid looks fine, gas mileage the same as always.
    Any thoughts? THANKS.
  • ozman62ozman62 Posts: 229
    Hmm, could it be a heat shield making the sound?
    HTH, Owen
  • kivakiva Posts: 1
    We had our local dealer replace the transmission in our 1998 Forester with a used one with 60,000 miles. The dealership apparently test drove the Sub with no problems. The dealership replaced the solenoid from our old transmission into the newer used one due to an error message. They test drove the car with no problem. We of course received a check engine light after a few miles. The dealership recommended doing a transmission flush since there was no way of knowing how long the used transmission had been sitting. Again the dealership test drove the
    vehicle about 15 miles with no problems. We picked up the vehicle and within three miles the check engine light came on again. The error code that was displayed was P0740 (Torque Converter Clutch). The place we purchased the used transmission has offered to send another one but of
    course at our expense to have the other pulled and replaced. The Forester appears to be driving just fine with the used transmission. Would appreciate any suggestions or ideas that we could pass along to our dealership.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If it's an automatic then yes, I'd have the ATF flushed with one of those machines that forces new fluid in and vacuums old fluid out. At that mileage it's definitely due.

    Price sounds a tad high, but dealerships are like that. I've heard price quotes as low as $80, but to be fair that was a while ago.

    Jiffy Lube can even do it, but I'm not sure I'd trust them to. At the very least supervise.

  • dankortedankorte Posts: 5
    Thanks, AJ. yep, it's an automatic.

    I'll look around, I bet my mechanic will do it for cheaper than $140. Especially while I've already got the car with him for wheel bearing replacement.
  • applejfapplejf Posts: 40
    I am trying to decide between the Forester and the Honda Element. I will be getting the manual transmission in either case. When I drove the Forester, I liked everything about it except for the feel of the shifter. Felt just a little rubbery to me. Has anyone improved the feel of their Forester manual by something like a short-shift kit? Comments?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    There is a big aftermarket, and even an SPT (OE) kit that fits.

    I've had both. The SPT shifter is more direct, basically it removes a layer of rubber insulation, so will it fell less rubbery? Yes, that is exactly what it will do. It'll feel more metallic, in a way.

    Here are the shifters side by side, stock to SPT.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bearings were a weak spot up until 2003. Ask for Legacy bearings, they fit right in and last longer.

  • growler5growler5 Posts: 67
    Did you try another Forester with manual ? Maybe you got a bum stick on the demo.

    Compared to all the other stickshifts on various makes of autos I've had over the years, the Subie ranks near the top.
  • applejfapplejf Posts: 40
    from Growler5: Did you try another Forester with manual ? Maybe you got a bum stick on the demo.

    I haven't yet, but perhaps I should. I also haven't tried the XT version, and the dealer does have one with manual. Let's see, I'm retired, I have no action items for today, the sun's out...........
  • My 2006 forester has a huge shifting problem. At 10,20 and 40 mph, the forester essentially drops a good 2 or 3 mph and revvs up 5 mph throwing me forward. If the traffic is moving at 20 mph, I am essentially screwed. I get home with a sore back and neck pain. The dealer says thats how it is. Am I the only guy experiencing this or does Subaru suck so much?
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    Year, please! Automatic, Stick? is it a Turbo? :confuse:
  • 2006, Brand New, Automatic. And No, it is not a Turbo.
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    Well, I have never experienced anything remotely like what you posted about. I have a '06 Forester X, now with over 15,000 miles.

    I recall people posting in these forums about a slight hesitation, but nothing so jerky as to be compared to whiplash. I think you should take it to another dealer. ;)
  • My 2006 Forester LL Bean, automatic, 7000 miles, has been shifting the same way since I bought it. Dealer has reset the computer twice with no change. Says that's the way it's supposed to be. Had a Subaru Legacy for 11 years and loved it. I've had this car for 10 months and hate it. Figure it's gonna cost me about $7K to get out of this mess. :mad:
  • Exactly my sentiments. I just hate this car. I'd rather drive my wife's 2001 Kia Sephia than this piece of junk. I have back pain and neck pain. I need to talk to an attorney os something.
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    Yes, that seems to be the new American way. :(
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've driven one and it didn't feel anything like that, shifts were very smooth, in fact.

    Call 800-SUBARU3 and ask them to help your dealer diagnose the problem, it's not normal by any means.

  • I was "sold" the 70000 or 5 yr extended service warranty with my Forester last night. Now I am thinking it isn't worth the addition to my monthly payment etc. What has been the maintenance history with this vehicle?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I have one and think it's nice to have the piece of mind. You get OE parts and service, roadside assistance for the entire 5 years, and better resale value if you sell it with a little bit of warranty left.

    The price does sound a bit high, though.

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