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Subaru Forester, Engine, Transmission
#6 of 29 Re: Total Lemon [lemoncar2011]
Apr 13, 2012 (3:39 pm)
All 2011 Foresters run rough at idle similar to a bunch of bolts in a blender.
It is embarrassing when your neighbors hear you pulling out of your garage
The Dealers say this is normal live with it.
#8 of 29 Re: Total Lemon [fnamowicz]
Apr 16, 2012 (8:35 am)
Bolts in a blender? I don't think so. The PZEV programming makes the engine (on vehicles so equipped) run a little rough during warmup, but it isn't noisy, just... irregular. Once warmed up, it smooths right out.
#9 of 29 Re: 2012 Subaru Forester Transmission Problems [ateixeira]
Apr 16, 2012 (12:06 pm)
I took several different Foresters out for test drives over the course of looking at cars, but I actually did not test drive this particular Forester. My fault, I suppose, but I ended up wanting a different color than the one I test drove.
#10 of 29 Re: 2012 Subaru Forester Transmission Problems [missdev]
Apr 19, 2012 (2:23 pm)
Because you are travelling a hilly area, you might consider putting the car in "Sport" mode which alters the shift patterns and see if that helps. When you are in "drive" pull the lever to the left and it will go in sport mode. Good luck!
#11 of 29 Re: 2012 Subaru Forester Transmission Problems [missdev]
Oct 01, 2012 (2:11 pm)
I have a 2011 forester 2.5 X Touring (purchased new and it's coming up on 2 years old)
I've recently experience the same "rough start" problem that you have - my dealership told me the same thing, nothing can be done unless they can replicate the problem. Do you have any updated information on what happened to your car?
#12 of 29 Re: 2012 Subaru Forester Transmission Problems [annaplatano]
Oct 02, 2012 (7:19 am)
You could reset the ECU to give it a clean slate.
Try at your own risk...disconnect the negative battery terminal, wait 20 minutes, have the keyless handy and reconnect. Lock/unlock a few cycles if the alarm goes off.
Gas mileage will be poor until the ECU leans out the mixture again.
#13 of 29 2012 Subaru Forester Misfire
Oct 08, 2012 (8:48 pm)
My car has been in four times in less than one year for the same issues you describe. My dealership comes up with different reasons each time, to avoid the lemon law. The reasons given for the misfire, which causes blinking lights on panel and the cruise control becomes disabled, are:
1. Watery gas
2. Not able to replicate
3. Subaru said they knew of the issues, but could not fix it, because they needed a software update that had not been written yet. I refused the car, until it was fixed. Two weeks later, I got the car back.
4. I thought it was fixed, but today, on a flat road, not under any load or incline, it happened again. The dealer said the gas cap wasn't tight enough (which I know it was, as I checked it).
I am now in the process of securing an attorney.
Please reply if you have had similar issues.
#14 of 29 2011 issues same! Re: 2012 Subaru Forester Misfire [deeque]
Nov 10, 2012 (7:43 pm)
I have had the same issues as [deeque]. I am so tired of going to the dealer to be asked, "did a light come on on the dash?" "No" "Then there's nothing wrong with it." I got the same song and dance about watery gas, a "computer update", etc. The issues just keep getting worse. They treat me like I need a therapist. (not as bad as being told at the Ford dealer "there's change rattling in the cupholder.) I am disappointed in the extremely noisy fuel pump that has a whine like there's something wrong with your audio connection (but it's not the audio), and now this jerky shifting, rough riding, engine gunning, engine noise when backing out of garage, and other things. I am extremely disappointed in the passenger seat being several inches lower and you feel like your sitting in a hole. Who designed that? I didn't think that would bother me as much as it does. Just should have walked away right after that. I bought the Subaru based upon "reliability" and I'm definitely not feeling like it is reliable enough to drive on longer trips away from home. I will not be driving this vehicle more than another year and hope to trade it off.
#15 of 29 Re: 2012 Subaru Forester Transmission Problems [annaplatano]
Nov 30, 2012 (10:33 am)
Sorry - I'm the OP, and here's the update:
I just brought my car in for the 7th time to a Subaru dealership. This was Subaru's "right of final repair" under the lemon law. They said that they took the car out for almost 60 miles and that it is running perfectly. We are still dealing with all of the issues as before - and the lurching between gears has gotten to the point where I have been injured during one such lurch.
I honestly have no idea where to go from here. I wrote Subaru the letter, they say they can't find anything wrong, so now I'm stuck with a car that doesn't run like a new car and I don't feel safe driving. It is so frustrating and infuriating.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do now? I feel like I've exhausted everything.