Last post on Dec 28, 2007 at 2:39 PM
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#1 of 26 Weird new 07 forester
May 20, 2007 (4:25 am)
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.
#2 of 26 Re: weird new 07 forester [charleyliu]
May 20, 2007 (4:29 am)
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.
#3 of 26 Re: weird new 07 forester [kdshapiro]
May 20, 2007 (5:24 am)
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.
#4 of 26 Re: weird new 07 forester [toronto_steve]
May 20, 2007 (6:40 am)
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?
#5 of 26 About stalling problem (2)
May 20, 2007 (6:44 am)
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.
#6 of 26 (4) Strange smell after driving
May 20, 2007 (7:11 am)
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.
#7 of 26 Re: (4) Strange smell after driving [charleyliu]
May 20, 2007 (9:14 am)
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?
#8 of 26 Re: (4) Strange smell after driving [kdshapiro]
May 20, 2007 (9:45 am)
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.
#9 of 26 Re: weird new 07 forester [charleyliu]
May 20, 2007 (3:23 pm)
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?"
#10 of 26 Re: weird new 07 forester [toronto_steve]
May 21, 2007 (5:25 am)
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.