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Old 01-27-2019, 02:51 PM   #1
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Default 2019 Forester - Is My Tranmission Acting Normally?

Hello Everyone,

I recently purchased a new 2019 Subaru Forester and noticed some quirks about the transmission that I do not recall experiencing when test driving other Foresters. The transmission has been acting this way since driving it off the lot and remains after ~2,500 miles. I'll do my best to describe the two scenarios where this behavior occurs:

1. Breaking when getting down to about 10 MPH:

When coming to a stop brakes are applied with consistent pressure and the vehicle initially slows at a smooth/constant rate. During the course of braking when it gets down to about ~10 MPH the engine kicks and suddenly accelerates, lurching forward at an increased speed. I'm not sure if its the CVT changing to a lower gear ratio or shifting into neutral but I suspect it is one of the two. I have to anticipate this acceleration/lurch and then step on the brakes harder to ensure that I stop at the intended distance from the car in front of me.

2. Coasting at about 15-20 MPH - Harshly decelerates and then accelerates/lurches forward:

When releasing the gas pedal at around 20 MPH the car will harshly decelerate and then hold at that rate for a few seconds (feels like the car is being held back by the gear ratio), then it 'releases' and harshly lurches/accelerates forward.

Neither of the scenarios described above occur when braking or coasting at higher speeds.

Other 2019 Forester owners, please let me know you are also experiencing this!
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Old 03-08-2019, 10:27 AM   #2
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I have two
Foresters a 2017 and a 2018 both, of course, with CVT's. I do not have the same problems that you described. I would suggest that you make your dealership aware right away. CVT's are warranted for 10 years.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:23 PM   #3
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i have been using Subaru Forester since 2010 and up till now i have got two Subaru Forester. The most tragic incident happens when I was driving at about 70 mph on the interstate when my 2016 Subaru Forester lurched - I could literally feel it lurch forward, then backward - and the engine died. I gave it gas, but the speedometer started to go down to 0 fairly quickly. I was in the left lane to let other cars merge onto the interstate when this happened; barely made it to the right shoulder before my car came to a stop. It did not help that I was in a pretty good thunderstorm. After that i have to make replacements of engine parts including the balances and still every thing is working perfectly fine.
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:45 PM   #4
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Default Tranny fix

Easy fix to the jerky motion of tranny. On your dash you will see icon w/ a 3/4 circle w/ arrow pointing to 11 in white. On left lower part of dash is 8 push buttons. 2nd button on lower left, just push in, the tranny icon on dash will be orange color rather than white. I am lucky, my dealership has a class for new Subby owners, that explain all the new gizmo’s with the car. See. Your service center, plus read your owners manual. I am 70 years old, always open to learning new info on my 2019 Forester Limited. My Forester was also jerky, not anymore. AUTO START/STOP WARNING LIGHT is the icon which should be a yellowish/orange when turned OFF. I turn mine off as soon as I start my car. GOOD LUCK !

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Old 06-20-2019, 06:07 AM   #5
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Hello Everyone,

I recently purchased a new 2019 Subaru Forester and noticed some quirks about the transmission that I do not recall experiencing when test driving other Foresters. The transmission has been acting this way since driving it off the lot and remains after ~2,500 miles. I'll do my best to describe the two scenarios where this behavior occurs:

1. Breaking when getting down to about 10 MPH:

When coming to a stop brakes are applied with consistent pressure and the vehicle initially slows at a smooth/constant rate. During the course of braking when it gets down to about ~10 MPH the engine kicks and suddenly accelerates, lurching forward at an increased speed. I'm not sure if its the CVT changing to a lower gear ratio or shifting into neutral but I suspect it is one of the two. I have to anticipate this acceleration/lurch and then step on the brakes harder to ensure that I stop at the intended distance from the car in front of me.

2. Coasting at about 15-20 MPH - Harshly decelerates and then accelerates/lurches forward:

When releasing the gas pedal at around 20 MPH the car will harshly decelerate and then hold at that rate for a few seconds (feels like the car is being held back by the gear ratio), then it 'releases' and harshly lurches/accelerates forward.

Neither of the scenarios described above occur when braking or coasting at higher speeds.

Other 2019 Forester owners, please let me know you are also experiencing this!

I recently purchased a 2019 Forester and have also noticed both of the behaviors you mentioned. It's good to know it's not just my car. I haven't taken it in for service to have it checked, yet.
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:46 PM   #6
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Default RE: 2019 Forester Transmission - Same Experience

You have done a good of job describing these issues.
My 2019 Forester Sport has all of the same symptoms that you describe.
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:46 AM   #7
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I have a 2019 Forester Touring. It does exactly what you describe. You get used to it after a while since although noticeable, it's not severe.

What I think is happening is, as you slow to a stop, the transmission 'downshifts' and needs to bump up the revs to match the lower 'gear'. And the system is bumping up the revs a little too high so you feel a noticeable surge for a second until the revs drop again.

I'm not sure why they feel the need to simulate 'gear shifting' with a CVT.

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