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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Subaru Forester transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 012009


  • 50,000 miles


Our 2004 model, manual gear-box Subaru Forester 2.5 X stalls far too easily in first gear. Recently, my wife narrowly escaped a horrendous accident when the Forester's engine stalled on a busy highway trying to accelerate onto the highway from the side road which she has to use to access the highway from her place of work. We have spoken to other manual gear-box Subaru owners, including the Subaru WRX and Liberty, who have told us that they experience the same problem. We believe that this may be a fundamental design issue affecting most recently built manual gear box Subaru passenger vehicles, built by Subaru at their main factory in Japan, and distributed globally, including but not limited to the usa.

- Trinity Beach, 00, USA

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