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2009 Subaru Forester Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

157 TrueDelta members own a 2009 Subaru Forester. 19 of these members (12.1%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 10 transmission and drivetrain repairs to 2009 Subaru Foresters--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2009 Subaru Forester problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2009 Subaru Forester problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2009 Subaru Forester problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2009 Subaru Forester repairs by problem area

19% of the 2009 Subaru Forester repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 9% to the suspension, 29% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 23% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 158 repairs.

2009 Subaru Forester transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the 2009 Subaru Forester transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 20% cost between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 40% between $1000 and $2499, and 20% more than $2500.

Chart based on 5 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2009 Subaru Forester Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

turbocharged 224hp 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 1000    
29000 0 Rough shifting transmission. Was told Forester transmissions often become rough with wear and that the shifting fell within factory specifications. 
 
Subaru Forester in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2012 52000    
66000 30 Went to dealer to have differential oil changed. They would only do rear diff as the front diff dipstick was stuck in filler tube and would not come out. I bought a new one and with much effort removed the stuck one. The original was corroded. 
100000  
Subaru Forester in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 0    
33660 0 drive shaft noise due to loose part 
34720  

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 5-speed manual AWD

Subaru Forester in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 0    
28000 0 The stick shift frequently sticks and refuses to go into reverse. Dealership says that it's just the nature of the transmission and there's nothing they can do. 
 

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2009 Subaru Forester 4dr SUV

170-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Subaru Forester in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2012 45000    
49000 750 Slipping in transmission. Transmission flushed. 
81000  
Subaru Forester in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 37000    
53000 0 Vehicle had a whine from about 5 to 50mph or so, after which it was drowned out by wind/road noise. The noise changed pitch with speed. The dealer dx the problem as faulty transfer gear and tailshaft bearings and replaced under warranty. 
113000  
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 0    
12000 0 Pin point hole in cv boot. Boot replaced. 
 
Subaru Forester in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 0    
22000 0 Leaking seal on front axle at transmission - seal ordered. Transmission seal on front axle replaced and leak was eliminated. 
50000  
Subaru Forester in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 0    
24000 0 New axles. 
 

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