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weird new 07 forester

charleyliucharleyliu Posts: 7
edited March 11 in Subaru
Our new 07 forester is weird sometimes:
1)when I start up the car, I feel obvious shaking from left to right, which is not normal when I drive others cars.
2) when I stop at a red light or a stop sign, I hold the brake, then when I lift my feet (but not hit the gas pedal), I feel that the car just stall there. There is no trend to drive forward.
3) When I stop at idle, I feel some vibration in the car, even my seat is vibrating.

The car is only drived for 20 miles. Are these phenomenon normal for a new forester? I mean are there any other new foresters that do not have such problems. If they are normal, then what's the cause ?

Please helps! We even suspect our new car is a lemon.


  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    Take the car back to the dealer and explain the situation to the dealer and take them for a test drive. Stalling at lights is not normal behavior for any car.
  • Not moving forward when in gear, on a level road, with the foot off the brake, isn't right. I'm assuming it's an auto-tranny, not a manual, right? Get it checked.

    The side to side shake, and vibration is normal for the Subaru. It is a 4 cylinder boxer-style engine. This means the pistons strike out horizontally and can shake the vehicle side to side on a start, and also at an idle.

    I've got an '07 Forester X and have rented a few other Subarus and all do this.
  • charleyliucharleyliu Posts: 7
    Yes, We get an auto-tranny. We didn't feel much vibration from steering wheel but a lot from the front seats, is that similar to your experience?
  • charleyliucharleyliu Posts: 7
    We remember that the dealer said the stalling is a security feature of the forester so as not to let the car rush out to cause accidents. :mad:
  • charleyliucharleyliu Posts: 7
    Our car also has a strange smell after driving, the dealer said that's because the coating of the engine in the new car is burnt out.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    All new cars have a "strange smell" for the first 100 miles. Mine does not shake, nor does it have vibration. When I lift my foot off the gas, it rolls forward slowly.

    Does your engine stall? Or does it not move forward when the brake is released?
  • charleyliucharleyliu Posts: 7
    I mean sometimes the engine stall when the brake is release, sometimes it goes forward very slowly. Someone suggest that may be because we are in an un-level road without awareness.
  • I get some vibration from the seat, but it's only momentary. About the same as in the rental Forester I had. The first time I felt it in the rental, it spooked me, but it makes sense when you think about how the engine works.

    As far as the stalling goes, I would get it checked.


    "Yes, We get an auto-tranny. We didn't feel much vibration from steering wheel but a lot from the front seats, is that similar to your experience?"
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Stalling as in you have to re-start the engine, or stalling in that failure to move forward? If you have to restart the engine there is something wrong, if the car simply won't move forward, it's fairly common and not a concern. If you've never owned a Subaru, then the vibrations may come as a concern, but they are normal for the boxer engine as noted above.

  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    You could always drive another demo to see if yours is out of line and you are just getting used to it. Don't worry about the smell. They all do that.
  • michlazmichlaz Posts: 3
    Hi Charley,

    I have got the same problem (#1 on your list) on my brand new 07 Forester, plus I also hear some unusual noise from the engine on cold start.
    I am planning to take my car back to the dealer today.
    Did you get any answers from your Subaru dealer?
    Please let me know.
  • We keep our cars. Now we have drived our car for 1000 miles. We are satisfied with it now. We have not heard any unusual noise from the engine. But since the engine is horizontally equipped, it may has some kind of shaking when start.
  • michlazmichlaz Posts: 3

    Thank you for feedback.
  • rtojekrtojek Posts: 1
    specifically to michlaz & charleyliu: What was the dealers response? I just purchased new 07 Forester that started fine when we drove it at dealership, picked up 4 days later & the next morning & every cold start since the engine idle is so rough it shakes the whole car. It stops after reving the engine a little. After 54 mile one way to dealer, leaving car overnight, $36. in fuel, thier esponse was this is normal. I dont believe this, the vibration is so bad that the vibration alone is going to cause other problems. Any one else out there heard of this problem? Please dont tell me its common with boxer design as Ive had 3 & all started & ran smooth, current Legacy sedan with 180K included.
  • michlazmichlaz Posts: 3
    Hey Rtojek,

    I took my "lemon" to the dealer.
    Car is there for more than week now - they are trying to fix the problem. I know it is not normal, I had Forester before. Meanwhile I am getting round arounds from SOA. I am very frustrated with whole experience of buying new Forester.

    Good luck with your "lemon".
  • tazerelitazereli Posts: 241
    Hi Charlie,

    Is there any way you can take your Legacy to the dealer at the same time as the Forester to give them a side by side comparison? Good luck!

  • mrtcpamrtcpa Posts: 2
    I purchased an '07 Forester a week and a half ago and each of the past 10 morning (cold start) the car idles rough and shakes. Once I rev the engine, the car runs great the rest of the day. The problem will not repeat itself unless the car sits for 10 hours or more.

    I called the dealer and they suggested driving it for another two weeks to see if the problem works itself out (not the response I was hoping for). Have any of the previous posters had any success with an explanation from your respective service departments concerning this problem?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd reset the ECU. Disconnect the negative battery terminal, wait 20 minutes, reconnect. Have the keyless handy to lock/unlock a few cycles to silence the alarm and/or flashing lights that will come on.

    That'll reset the program and it'll run rich at first, then slowly lean out the fuel mix as it learns your driving style. But at least you get a fresh start right now, as opposed to two weeks from now.
  • mrtcpamrtcpa Posts: 2
    Have you tried this with any success for this specific problem? I saw this same recommendation on another Forester forum, but fix did not help others with the same problem.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It helped me get rid of some CELs before I got my ODBII scanner, but my Forester was a '98 and has a lot more miles than any 07 would have.

    The symptoms make it sound like it would be the spark plugs, plug wires, or maybe even the ignition coil, but it's so new that I have trouble believing that's what it is. Plus you're not getting any misfire codes.
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