Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Way north in Michigan
I'm not positive if it is "lurching", but my '06 5MT has a very annoying hesitation or stumbling that occurs at small throttle openings. If I am going down a hill and maintaining a small throttle opening, the car will behave like I am opening and closing the throttle randomly. The feeling could be described as lurching.
I've complained to my dealership and posted on this forum, but haven't found a solution.
I get the feeling that the Forester design was optimized for an automatic transmission, not the manual. There are a number of dissapointing characteristics of the manual - poor shifter feel (vague/notchy), poor brake pedal feel (difficult to heel-and-toe), and the "lurching".