NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 022010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


2005 Subaru Forester automatic transmission the car lurches upon starting out especially in the morning. You press on the accelerator--car does not move, then suddenly lurches as the transmission slams into gear, so there is little control on the part of the driver--you do not know when the car will move and/or how.. when take foot off accelerator car lurches forward again--with no driver control. The car slams into gear without warning. This has been happening now regularly for the past 2 months. Brought the car into the dealer on Jan 14--they said they found the problem, "reprogrammed" it and said all was fine. It wasn't--brought the car back yesterday--they kept it overnight and they said everything is ok--it is not. Car is still out of control. I have been reading similar stories on edmunds. Com Subaru forum for this year and even older model Subaru Foresters. Subaru denies there is an issue--I called them this afternoon and wrote to them a few weeks back, too. Thanks.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

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