transmission issues

prndldriverprndldriver Member Posts: 21
edited August 2018 in Subaru
Our usually reliable Forester has had a few issues recently. Currently, the car occasionally lurches forward while I'm driving. It feels like the car is figuring out that it needs to move into the next gear. It feels a little bit like it's on a rubber band and the car is pulled back and then pushed faster There's also a slight grinding sound sometimes while just driving.
The car has 134,000 miles. We took it to our good mechanic who said it was a transmission problem and thought it would be something with the computer. He sent us to the transmission repair shop that he trusts. The transmission guys seem to want to put in a new transmission because they say the problem is internal. It's going to cost about $3400.

I'm looking through this forum and realize that transmission problems are common with Foresters, maybe? How many transmission problems do Foresters have? Does the cost seem reasonable? Should we get a second opinion from another transmission group? How long should we keep this car?


  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,372
    We've really only had one discussion on Forester transmission issue here

    Yours is an automatic, correct? Don't think the CVT was available in the 2009. Possible it's a computer issue, but if there is an internal mechanical issue, replacement may be a more practical option than rebuild/repair.

    Assuming the car is generally sound otherwise, it's then down to the question of how much life do I expect to get out of the vehicle, assuming the tranny fix gets things back to normal. If $3,400 gets me another 5 years (assuming nothing else major seems likely to happen), maybe I go that way. If there are other things starting to happen that are going to be relatively pricey to fix, I might decide it's time to move on.

    Knock on wood, I haven't had a tranny issue like this forcing my hand, but there does come a time when the cost of repairs start to point me towards a new ride.
  • prndldriverprndldriver Member Posts: 21
    I don't think it is a CVT. And that's a good point about getting a new transmission versus rebuild/repair. The new transmission is guaranteed for 3 years. So I'm thinking that within those three years will be the time to get a new vehicle (probably sooner rather than later). We had another $1000+ repair this year related to leaking valves which required taking out the engine. So that's two expensive repairs.

    I like the new Foresters and still think it's a great SUV. But we had a Subaru Impreza last 23 years without too many problems. So it's sad that this Forester doesn't seem to have the same longevity.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,372
    Might be time. But just using the $3,400/3 year thought...That's less than $100/month for a vehicle to use while you start your replacement search. Way cheaper than what a new one will run you per month.

    The other approach might be to put that $3,400 towards a new vehicle that you get now, reducing your new payment.

    $1,000 on a repair followed by the transmission would have me thinking that it might be time.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Yeah, this decision is right on the fence. At $3,400 (and perhaps a bit more with add-ons and tax), you are approaching, and perhaps exceeding, 1/2 the value of the entire car. That's one good reason to move on and buy a newer car.

    On the other hand, if you don't want to buy new or near/new, then that same $3,500 you "saved" isn't going to buy you very much in a used car--just someone else's headache.

    I don't think Subarus of your "era" deserve a reputation for longevity as the older ones might. I think they're pretty much spent at 150K--175K. So you might count on another 2-3 years of use but I wouldn't count on much more than that.

    Maybe it would be a good idea to have the entire car assessed before installing a new transmission. How are the tires? The brakes? The catalytic? Cooling system and AC? The point being--are there other major expenses just down the road that you could anticipate? If your tires are at 4/32 and your brakes at 4mm, there's another easy $1,000 bucks in 5000 miles.
  • prndldriverprndldriver Member Posts: 21
    Thanks for the insight. Helpful ways to frame the issue. We've replaced the tires regularly and have the car checked out regularly, too. But good to know what we might be anticipating. I thought that we might get a longer time on this Forester like we did the Impreza, but it seems like it may not be as durable. However, the new Foresters have lots of improvements and are nice, so that will be something to look forward to as we consider the new SUV.
  • ChefieeChefiee CaliforniaMember Posts: 1
    I have been following this and the previous thread on Forester for a long time now...
    I had a 2014 WRX Hatchback before and besides me driving it like a sports car that it is...blown engine at 30,000, 3 clutches within 200 miles because the technicians didnt replace all clutch and throw out bearing and pressure plate at once...i saved conversation where they said, ooopss you took to long to reply to us(which was 30sec) so we just put it back the wayit was!, cv boots out, suspension blowing out and power steering out all between i got rid of it!!!!! I ate 7k in upside down cash to get out of a helll hole and got a 2012 2.5x premium forester!!! Automatic and nice. 1 month after getting it...oil leak on top heads and loss of power...told and showed dealer they didnt fix....luckily i took pics and sent to subaru of america and said i will f**kin sue..they joyfully ask me to come back for “Oil Consumption Test” then 3 weeks of having my car again they said you are only a 8 and it needs to be a 10...what a f**kin joke they are!!!! So i paid the 500 bucks. It ran smooth than i hit 50k finally and i dont race, no mods and regular, regular transmission lunges into gear, sounds like knocks in lock rpms cruising, ac pump/clutch went out, terrible acceleration and like someone else said...even in sport mode i step on gas...i watch gas gauge drop fast and my car goes nowhere...Subarus response to me over these past years is that there is NOTHING WRONG, THIS IS HOW ITS SUPPOSE TO RUN!!! 
    The worst cars ever nowadays, another company that made great products, then got big, sold out to mass produce and now its about the american dream...Greed!!!
    my a Toyota!!!
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