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NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100 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.

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2009 Subaru Forester transmission problems

transmission problem

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2009 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 302008

Forester 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Subaru Forester. When engaging the clutch, the manual transmission revved up to approximately 4000 RPM's and seemed as if it would surge. The failure occurred 85% of the time. The dealer also duplicated the failure. The manufacturer advised the dealer that they would write a computer program to remedy the issue; however, the dealer has not followed up with the contact. The current mileage was approximately 2200 and the failure mileage was approximately 100. Updated 09/24/08. Updated 09/30/08.

- North Smithfield, RI, USA

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