Last post on Jan 24, 2011 at 8:16 PM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Transmission, Wagon
#119 of 124 Re: '02 Forester with a cranky transmission [joellie]
Dec 06, 2010 (11:25 am)
Have you replaced the fluid recently? How did it look? If you haven't, you might consider flushing the transmission to clean any debris out and get new fluid in there. That could help.
As for the cross-country trip, I am certainly not one to shy away from one of those! That said, if the noise sounds loud or is getting progressively worse as the weeks go by, a long trip might just do it in.
#120 of 124 Is it the transmission or what?
Jan 18, 2011 (5:32 pm)
I have a 1998 Subaru Forrester with 160,000 miles on it, automatic transmission. In the last few weeks the car slips out of gear when I am driving at lower speeds or in stop and go traffic. On the highway going 60+ it stays in gear but once off the highway and driving in town suddenly the RPM jumps up the gears slips down and I have to either rev the the car or take my foot ff the gas and reapply or I have begun just shifting down to 2nd or 3rd on the gear shift to match what the car seems to want to do on its own and then moving up to drive once I've got my speed up.
Anyone else have this issue? Also in the for what its worth category I had the head gasket blow on this car and replaced several years ago. I see the HG getting lots of press in these forums.
#121 of 124 Re: Is it the transmission or what? [mforester]
Jan 19, 2011 (9:39 am)
Yep, sounds like the trans slips out of gear.
Oddly enough I had a clutch go out on an ancient Datsun and it felt the same way you described.
#122 of 124 Re: Is it the transmission or what? [mforester]
Jan 19, 2011 (5:12 pm)
mforester, the sooner you get her in for rebuild, the less damage will need to be repaired and also the less it will cost you. If you wait too long you may have to add towing to the bill. Don't wait too long. 13 years and 160+k miles is not bad. If you want to have fun you can ask them what it would cost to drop in a manual transmission in place of the auto. Have a camera ready for the look on their faces.
#123 of 124 Re: Is it the transmission or what? [exchngcarinfo]
Jan 24, 2011 (7:14 pm)
In addition to "dropping in" the manual transmission, they would also have to change the shifter, the console and the instrument cluster. And reprogram the ECU.
#124 of 124 Re: Is it the transmission or what? [aatherton]
Jan 24, 2011 (8:16 pm)
If it was easy it wouldn't be fun!