pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,425 miles

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2003 Subaru Forester clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 242003

Forester 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 400 miles


Clutch jitter; started immediately: Clutch was replaced under warranty at 11,900 miles. Spoke with cousin in Canada who bought the same car the same day. Already has replaced clutch once and is having trouble again with jitter. Vehicle stalls frequently upon cold start. Computer was removed from vehicle and sent back to factory to be recalibrated at 11,900.

- St. Petersburg, FL, 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

Mar 062003

Forester 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Manual clutch chatters. Mainly 1st and 2nd gear, only after sitting for long periods of time (6-12 hrs). Started early, around 7,000 miles. First time I complained about it, Subaru said that I wasn't driving it properly. 3rd time I reported it (at 15,000 mi), Subaru acknowledged the problem and they are now going to replace the clutch. They said that they would not replace it with a heavier duty clutch so the problem may occur again.

- Corona, CA, USA

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