I'm not happy with my mechanic right now either and already talked to them to ask just how thoroughly they did check the transmission. They had a song and dance of course but i was never actually convinced that they even looked at it. Anyways because of all of that I'm going to have my Subaru Dealership change the DOJ (CV?) boot. I want to get it done and like you said- with good parts that won't break a few months down the line.
The car has been driving good so far...i'm crossing my fingers that it continues to improve. Any tips or signs I should look out for with this transmission? The service guys at Subaru said it is a fairly common issue with the older Foresters...I guess another perk, along with the Head Gaskets haha
You should have an ATF cooler installed. Heat is a big detriment to an AT transmission's lifespan.
If you're going to the dealer, please ensure they check your car for all Recalls/TSB's applicable to your model. Recalls they fix for free; TSB's - depends on the dealer and age/miles of vehicle....but don't be afraid to say 'Hey, I'd like you to fix this as a 'goodwill' gesture'', or similar - it worked for me.
TSB's are usually 'dealer only knowledge', so you may want to read the thread on here about those.
Also, create an account on My Subaru
, put in your VIN and it'll show your car's Recall status.
I had a '98 Forester and there was this Recall:
Axle Shaft Grease Leakage WXN71 Open
This is related to your DOJ boot repair, and if yours needs the Recall done, I'd REALLY push that they fix the boot for free/cheap.
And it's not related to the transmission, but the rear wheel bearings are a known problem on the older Foresters, and not cheap to fix $200-500. There's no preventative measure, but read up on here about it. It's not an easy, 'any mechanic' can fix it, repair, so you'll want to take it to either the dealer or a Subie mechanic.