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8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced syncer gears (1 reports)
1997 Subaru Outback transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 252001

(reported on)

Outback 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Gears would grind when shifting into 2nd gear & reverse. Would also pop out of 2nd gear when downshifting although not all the time. Dealer replaced syncer gears, covered under 5 year/60k powertrain warranty. Had to leave car for 2 days so a sealant could set properly. Shifting sometimes still feels a little rough but it's much better than before. I test drove another Subaru Outback & it felt the same - and from what I've heard, it sounds like Subaru clutches & transmissions aren't made well.

- , South Hero, VT, USA

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