Clutch Problems of Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester owners have reported 26 problems related to clutch (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Subaru Forester based on all problems reported for the Forester.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2013 Subaru Forester 1
Failure Date: 03/30/2013

The contact owns a 2013 Subaru Forester. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would not shift into any up gears without warning. The contact stated that the floormat on the front driver side would catch on the clutch while the vehicle was in motion. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 4,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2002 Subaru Forester 2
Failure Date: 07/28/2005

There was not any warning or indication prior to the vehicles failure and all schedule maintenance and inspections were completed and up to date. Without any prior warning the transmission failed on our 2002 Subaru Forester while we were driving on the freeway at approximately 70 miles an hour. The only indication of the failure was a sudden rise in rpms on the tachometer followed by the failure of the transmission. We had a sudden loss of power and had to inch our way along the freeway shoulder to the nearest off ramp and proceeded several miles, coasting down hill ,until the vehicle would no longer move under its own power. The entire clutch assembly had to be replaced.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2001 Subaru Forester 3
Failure Date: 11/01/2004

Began as intermittent clutch slipping (judder) when cold or damp. It is now occurring more frequently and I took it back to the dealer this morning. They experienced the problem, knew all about it and the TSB that Subaru had issued and advised they would call me when the parts came in. When I came home from work, I had a message that the vehicle was no longer under basic warranty (36000 miles) and since mine was 48,000, I would have to pay for the repair. It would seem to me since soa is aware of this problem and I was told by the svc mgr, has remedied it on new models, this is a defect. I live on a state road with heavy traffic around a curve. When I accelerate out of my driveway, I expect that the car would safely and quickly move me into traffic. This is just an accident waiting to happen and should be recalled and repaired by soa. There are numerous complaints about this on the internet if anyone was looking for this. And even those who had repairs made within the wty period complained of continuing failures.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2001 Subaru Forester 4
Failure Date: 07/10/2004

Manual transmission suburu Forester purchased may 12, 2001 in chicago, illinois. In may of 2004 car began to have slow start up in lst. And 2nd. Gears. Dealer said he did not find a problem. However, problem worsened and progressed into 3rd, 4th. And 5th. Gears. Until one day in July while on highway clutch exploded. Dealership suggested car had been driven as though by a race car driver which caused the problem. Dealer suggested in my June 04 phone call that car might need a tune up which is why I did not hesitate to drive it with my children in it at highway speeds. After looking at attorney internet complaint site I found numerous similar if not exact complaints as I have made to dealership. At present dealer has my vehicle in another state and tells me I must pay for the 'clutch disc" at l39. And the cost of my rental car at 30. Day , repair could take 4-7 days. Also, I paid for the tow off the highway-the first tow. This problem could cost me $500. If the dealer would have found the problem initially in may this would have never occcured on the highway with children in car. Vehicle lost 20 miles spped in less than 10 seconds causing me to quickly and calmly move off to the side of road and await state trooper help. Mechanics tell me that dealership mechanic should have investigated clutch problems when I made complaints of loss of power in 1st. And 2nd. Gears.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2001 Subaru Forester 5
Failure Date: 01/01/2004

2001 Subaru Forester (manual transmission) experiences terrible "clutch shudder" (also called clutch chatter and clutch judder) starting from a stop in 1st gear, and occasionally in 2nd gear, most often when car is cold (morning). The shudder is extremely severe, shaking the whole car and results in loss of power. Since this happens starting from a stop, the problem creates a hazard with intersections; there is enough power to get the car into an intersection, then the clutch shudder requires complete reapplication of the clutch, causing the car to remain in the intersection for an inordinate amount of time.

car image   Clutch problem of the 1999 Subaru Forester 6
Failure Date: 12/16/2003

Clutch failed catastrophically while driving at highway speeds on the pennsylvania turnpike. The vehicle was repair, however the dealer refused to honor the warranty, they claimed the clutch was considered a wear item. The consumer has retained a lawyer.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2003 Subaru Forester 7
Failure Date: 11/24/2003

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.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2001 Subaru Forester 8
Failure Date: 11/11/2003

While driving at any speed the rpm's were acting erratic. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated the clutch needed to be repaired. Consumer stated the vehicle was still under warranty, but the manufacturer and dealer refused to cover the cost. Please provide further information.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2001 Subaru Forester 9
Failure Date: 11/04/2003

Upon picking up my Subaru Forester in 2001, I complained to the dealer that the car was not driving correctly. Was told car was fine. Broke down 1 day later. Ongoing problems with clutch. Going from neutral to first car shudders. Told car is functioing as designed. On 11/4/03 brought car into network Mazda Subaru with complaint about clutch told it was fine and functioning as designed. . Broke down on 11/9/03, clutch plate broken. Never experienced such a thing in the 30 years I've been driving a manual transmission. Purchased car at neil Subaru, went to gregoris Subaru, no satisfaction, went to dealership stated above. Service manager rude and talked down to me, I felt because I was a woman. Manual trans. Not working properly since the day I picked it up and no one will listen. Gregoris replaced clutch and said something was broken. No satisfaction from Subaru or the 3 dealers I have worked with so far. Need your assistance.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2000 Subaru Forester 10
Failure Date: 09/29/2003

My 2000 Subaru Forester has premature clutch failure at 70,000 miles.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2001 Subaru Forester 11
Failure Date: 09/24/2003

Severe clutch shudder especially when cold. Dealer won't fix. Says it's a gas problem. It's not.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2001 Subaru Forester 12
Failure Date: 09/10/2003

After being told that it is normal for Subaru clutches to have clutch judder, and now out of my 60,000 warranty, I find that Subaru has issued a TSB to fix the clutch judder problem. I feel this is a recall issue and I should get a warrantied repair of my clutch as should other Subaru owners with this maufacturer's defect.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2003 Subaru Forester 13
Failure Date: 08/07/2003

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.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2003 Subaru Forester 14
Failure Date: 07/30/2003

Clutch chatter, 1st and 2nd gear. 18000 miles on vehicle.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2000 Subaru Forester 15
Failure Date: 07/06/2003

Clutch shutter, through all four gears especially when the vehicile is cold. I have had this problem with this vehicle since I brought it. I have been driving standard transmisions for 40 years and never have I expereinced this problem. I believe subrau has a defective clutch and for some reason refuses to correct the situation .

car image   Clutch problem of the 1998 Subaru Forester 16
Failure Date: 06/30/2003

Clutch chatters badly and clutch does not engage until the pedal is almost fully depressed when vehicle sits overnight. Problem seems more pronounced in colder weather, but occurs in all weather conditions. In addition to causing an unsafe driving situation, the condition may cause first and reverse gears to grind when selecting these gears from a stop. After driving a few miles the problem goes away and the clutch operates normally. The problem has been reported to Subaru repair shops numerous times, including at 33,220; 59,451; 74,213; and 92,380 miles. The Subaru repair shops can usually duplicate the chatter, but they have never been able to duplicate the clutch engaging only after being almost completely depressed. At 92,380 miles the vehicle was driven only 1. 5 miles in the morning to the Subaru repair shop with the poor clutch engagement still occurring, and the Subaru repair shop said they still could not duplicate the problem. The entire clutch assembly was removed and repaired shortly after the 33,220 mile service complaint at Subarus expense, but the problem returned within a few thousand miles. This appears to be a common problem for Subaru Foresters, and possibly other manual transmission Subarus (for ple, ://forums. Vmag. Com/suvsubaru0200/messages/5197. Html).

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2003 Subaru Forester 17
Failure Date: 03/06/2003

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.

car image   Clutch problem of the 1999 Subaru Forester 18
Failure Date: 01/22/2003

Especially during cold or damp weather my 1999 Subaru Forester's clutch shudders strongly when shifting gears. This occurs primarily when starting in first gear and in the upshift to second gear. It also occasionally ocurrs in the upshift from second to third gear. It does not ocurr on the downshifts. This problem first appeared at about 45,000 miles. The dealer said I needed a new clutch. I have been driving manual transmission cars since 1969 and never had to replace a clutch before 100,000 miles, and on my 1986 Honda accord I sold it at 260,000 miles and never had to replace the clutch. I did not replace the clutch on my 1999 Subaru Forester. It now has 83,000 miles, cold weather has returned, and so has the clutch shudder.

car image   Clutch problem of the 1998 Subaru Forester 19
Failure Date: 12/05/2002

No summary. Dt.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2001 Subaru Forester 20
Failure Date: 10/19/2001

My 2001 Subaru Forester has had a clutch shudder when starting the car cold shortly after I leased the vehicle. It is an intermittent problem which I brought to the attention of my Subaru technician in Jan of 2001. They said they checked out the clutch and everything "looks fine". It still has the same problem, but if I can't reproduce it for them they can't fix it. I have read other complaints from other Forester owners about this and Subaru has issued a TSB # 03-51-02r. Why does the consumer have to tell these people how to fix the vehicles they service?.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2001 Subaru Forester 21
Failure Date: 05/31/2001

"clutch shudder" occurs shortly upon startup, first application of 1st gear ok  stop once and apply 1st gear again and the shudder is severe, shaking and complete loss of acceleration; this will continue for next 2-3 miles  warming the car does not remove the problem. This is an extreme safety hazard - there is no forward acceleration. Temp it frequently occurs 56  62 degrees, however once it begins it can re-occur at higher temps later in the day. Occurrence is intermittent. I reported problem to Subaru in san jose, they said "no problem found" after I left the car in service for 3 days - they said they could not repeat the problem. The clutch shudder happens to me frequently during the temps recorded above - I live in California  we have those temps often in the morning spring/fall. The # of 600 failures is an estimate - I could not enter "estimate" in this form. I have had the car over 3 years and the problem seems worse. My sisters Subaru outback has same problem with same response from Subaru service.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2000 Subaru Forester 22
Failure Date: 03/15/2000

Chattering clutch on 2000 Subaru Forester. This constantly happens when the car is cold and continues all the way through the four forward gears. I have driven manual transmissions for over 35 years and I know it is not my driving/shifting skills. A check of a message board shows that other Subaru owners are experiencing the same problem. The dealership will not acknowledge a problem outside of driver error. This could be a safety issue and/or design defect. My car is now out of warranty and I have learned to live with this. But if this is an actual defect that should be repaired by the manufacturer, I want it known that I have the problem. There is also the issue of bad O2 sensors on this car. Mine was replaced 3 times before a recall was done. That was 32,000 miles ago and now the "check engine" light has come back on only after a 60,000 mile service. The dealership is asking me to do more repairs as a process of elimination to zero in on the cause of the light showing. I feel they did something during the maintenance service and want me to pay for their errors. If it is another O2 sensor that has gone bad, doesn't the state of CA have a 50,000 warranty on all emission components? would it be covered?.

car image   Clutch problem of the 1998 Subaru Forester 23
Failure Date: 08/05/1998

Clutch cannot handle engine torque. Clutch chatters on engagement when cold, resulting in vehicle not starting up and accelerating as expected. This could cause accident if vehicle cannot move out of way of other traffic. Clutch vibration on hard acceleration first noted at 8653 miles and reported to dealer. Noticeable chatter when cold (under 40 degrees outside temp) until used several times. Chatter continues to become worse and occur at higher temperatures as mileage increases. Reported to delaer at 30,110 miles and dealer could not duplicate. Reported again at 35,913 miles and dealer noted but siad did not require repair. Reported again at 48,000 miles and dealer wants to repair at customer expense. Problem would have been covered under warranty if repaired at original report (8653 miles).

car image   Clutch problem of the 1998 Subaru Forester 24
Failure Date: 03/30/1998

The clutch does not engage properly when the engine is cold and for extended periods in cold weather. Clutch "chatters" making it difficult to start up from rest without hesitation and/or stalling. Potentially dangerous in traffic. Clutch seems not strong enough to handle the torque of the engine.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2002 Subaru Forester 25

While driving the clutch intermittently fails causing the vehicle to shake and delay engagment.

car image   Clutch problem of the 1999 Subaru Forester 26

Clutch prematurely burned out. Prior to this incident, the clutch would chatter or disengage in cold temperatures. The clutch was replaced, but failed again. This was a common problem, but the manufacturer did not acknowledge it. There was no solution for the problem. The replacement clutch hadn't failed completely . It started exhibiting the same problems as the first one but at an accelerated pace. Consumer noted many other Subaru owners in the bay area experienced the same defect and are not riding the clutch.

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