Is this normal for an AT Subaru?
June 17, 2010 4:30 AM Subscribe
Looking to buy a Subaru Forester XT. I'm concerned with the transmission, however maybe this is normal for the Subaru auto tranny?
I took a 2004 Subaru Forester XT out for a test drive yesterday and I noticed that there was a very hard shift between 2nd and 3rd if I was accelerating with a decent load on the engine. If I was accelerating slower, I didn't notice it. I've read that it might be the way the Subaru 4EAT transmission behaves normally. The car has 67,xxx miles on it, so it's fairly low mileage for the year, and the price isn't too bad either. So, I'm hoping it's just a quirk with the car itself. Anyway, for any of you turbo Subaru owners with an Auto transmission, does your car shift hard between 2nd and 3rd? I know that on other vehicles, that hard shifting is indicative of more serious problems in the transmission. Hoping that I'm not about to walk into a big, expensive, mistake.