Rough shifting transmission. Was told Forester transmissions often become rough with wear and that the shifting fell within factory specifications.
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.
Took my Forester in to have differential axle seals replaced. 4 days after I noticed a strong smell of diff fluid. Took it back to dealer after Christmas and they found that tech had not tightend seal cover properly. Found loose axle nut
Car shifts really rough going into 3ed gear (automatic).
Transmission can't seem to find correct ratio and shifts up too soon.
transmission stopped working. Installed a used transmission.
Pin point hole in cv boot. Boot replaced.
Leaking seal on front axle at transmission - seal ordered. Transmission seal on front axle replaced and leak was eliminated.
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.
Lines to transmission were leaking, had to be replaced.