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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,575 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Subaru Forester transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 092004

Forester 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


2002 Subaru Forester - manual transmission. Periodic clutch shudder when driving.

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 072003

Forester 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,300 miles
Manual transmission. Clutch shudders (chatters) in 1st and sometimes 2nd gear. Problem occurs after car has not been used for a while (such as overnight), and especially in the morning. Car was bought used with 14,000 miles, and had this problem from when it was bought. Dealer replaced clutch assembly which appears to have remedied the problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 302003

Forester 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Clutch chatter, 1st and 2nd gear. 18000 miles on vehicle.

- Newland, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 212002

(reported on)

Forester 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The hill-holder feature on the manual transmissio activates while backing into a parking space and utilizing the foot brake--as a result in order to resume backing up too much force on the accelerator pedal must be used causing the vehicle to lurch backward

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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