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#1 of 182 transmission service required?
Jul 12, 2006 (5:58 am)
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.
#2 of 182 Auto, I presume?
Jul 12, 2006 (7:18 am)
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.
#3 of 182 Re: Auto, I presume? [ateixeira]
Jul 12, 2006 (7:41 am)
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.
#4 of 182 Re: Auto, I presume? [dankorte]
Jul 12, 2006 (10:27 am)
Bearings were a weak spot up until 2003. Ask for Legacy bearings, they fit right in and last longer.
#5 of 182 Automatic transmission; slight grinding
May 18, 2006 (6:37 pm)
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.
#6 of 182 Re: Automatic transmission; slight grinding [wcwilliams]
May 19, 2006 (5:59 am)
Hmm, could it be a heat shield making the sound?
#7 of 182 98 Forester - P0740 error code
Jul 03, 2006 (3:23 pm)
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.
#8 of 182 Manual shift linkage aftermarket kits?
Jul 12, 2006 (7:49 am)
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?
#9 of 182 Re: Manual shift linkage aftermarket kits? [applejf]
Jul 13, 2006 (7:31 am)
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.
#10 of 182 Re: Manual shift linkage aftermarket kits? [growler5]
Jul 14, 2006 (6:15 am)
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...........