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Automatic Transmission problems of the 1999 Subaru Forester



Ten problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 1999 Subaru Forester.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 04/10/2008

The contact owns a 1999 Subaru Forester. While coasting, the vehicle began to accelerate on its own. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 48,700. Updated 05/06/08 the consumer stated dreyer & reinbold checked engine, transmission mounts speed control and found no problem. 05/06/08.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 03/01/2006

This problem initially occurred only once a month or so, but has since deteriorated to occurring multiple times per day. When approaching a stoplight, or braking harder than usual, the vehicle will slip into neutral. The shifter does not move, it is still in drive, however, without warning, the car will suddenly stop responding to the accelerator (except the engine still revs). The only remedy is to rev the engine to high revs, over and over, until the transmission "catches", at which point the vehicle lurches forward, often violently, even with the brake depressed. This most often happens at stoplights/signs, however it will occur on the highway in traffic when brakes are applied hard. This seems to be quite potentially dangerous if it were to happen when it was necessary to move the vehicle out of the way of something oncoming and would not be able to. A dealer looked at it and flushed the transmission and added new fluid, which solved the problem for about 2 months, after which it has continued to get worse. The transmission is not low on fluid, and the fluid looks fine. I have heard this complaint from numerous other 1999 Forester owners via various internet forums.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 07/13/2005

Dt: the consumer stated the vehicle would only go into reverse.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 06/02/2003

1999 Subaru Forester s. At 40,000 new transmission. At 45,000 speed odometer sticking needs to be replaced. Now at 96,000 miles leaking head gasket needs to be replaced. All major problems requiring major money to be replaced.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 5
Failure Date: 11/20/2002

Have a 1999 Forester l w/auto tramsmission. I can drive in reverse all day with no problem. Going forward is hit and miss. Sometimes I can sit for 15 to 30 minutes before the forward gears engage. Once forward engages, I have no problem until I turn off the ignition. Servicing the trans is a temporary fix for a few thousand miles and then the problem slowly returns. I really like my car, but I'm sure the trans will eventually cease working all together. Evidently other are having same problem according to chat rooms.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 6
Failure Date: 02/15/2000

Driving on fast downhill section of mountain 2 lane highway, on ice / packed snow, tapped brakes while entering curve . . . 2 seconds later with absolutely no warning the vehicle lost adhesion, oversteering dangerously. I recovered with considerable oppposite steering lock and slight application of power (car is all-wheel-drive. ) it happened so fast, I knew not what had caused the car to slide out of control. Today, I learned the cause of the problem. With the gearshift selector in drive, trailing throttle and application of brakes, the computer will occasionally (automatically) down-shift the car into 3rd. Gear. This software bug, completely unexpected and totally dangerous in marginal traction conditions causedg a vicious skid from which most drivers of average experience would have not recovered. We put abs on cars so that braking can be more predictable when driving under marginal coefficients, than we design software with a bug which has the potential to throw the car totally and unpredictably out of control on ice. Nice work, Subaru !.


car   Automatic Transmission problem 7
Failure Date: 01/26/2000

Vehicle first showed problem 11/99. Vehicle bangs into gear with tremendous jolt. Dealer replaced transmission and returned vehicle 12/9/99 after 25 days out of service. Problem reoccurred in 1/26/00 in new transmission. Dealer not willing to consider alternate solution but will replace transmission. Suspects problem is not transmission but another problem causing transmission to go bad.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 8
Failure Date: 12/01/1999

With about 15-18k miles, I started having problems with stuttering in first and second gear. It was always worst in winter, when it was cold. I searched the internet for other issues and found several chat rooms where people were having similar issues. I took the car in several times to the dealers who said they could not duplicate the problem. When reading the chat rooms, some people did have the dealers say this was a problem. I called Subaru's customer line and was told to go to the dealer.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 9
Failure Date: 05/04/1999

The automatic transmission shifts down to 3rd gear at any speed if the driver touches the brake pedal. At speeds over 60 mph this sharply reduces the driver's ability to control vehicle speed. The transmission subsequently does not shift up to 4th gear again. It must be shifted up manually. This is a serious safety hazard in moderate to heavy traffic on hilly highways and freeways. I have demonstrated the problems to a dealer service representative. A Subaru representative told me in a telephone call that Subaru has corrected the high speed downshift problem in legacy and outback models but will not repair the same problem in Forester models.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 10
Failure Date: 04/04/1999

When the truck is parked on a slight incline with the engine off it will jerk one or two inches forward. This happens when the truck is parked in reverse with the emergency brake engaged. The problem has been reported to the dealership. Please provide any further concerns.