Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Chester, NH
Car Year: 2017
Car Model: Forester 2.5i Prem
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I am new here but not new to Subaru's or their CVT's. A Little build up first:
2005 Saab 92x Linear (really an Imprezza) with auto. No bearing here, just stating fatcs.
2013 XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited with CVT.
2014 Imprezza Base model with CVT.
2016 Crosstrek 2.0i Premium with CVT.
2016 Imprezza Sport with CVT.
Due to family changes, we had to consolidate into one new car suddenly.
Traded the two 2016 for a 2017 Forester 2.5i Premium last October.
Since then the Forester has had this constant shuddering in the transmission. It always happens when you are holding a steady speed generally around 30 - 40 MPH or 60-70 MPH. At low speeds it's a small shudder, but at higher speeds it's sort of alarming. In the snow or ice it's damned terrifying. You think your skidding at some points but you are not.
I took it back to the dealer at 285 miles and they said it is operating as designed. Then the SA told me his wife's 2017 Forester 2.5i also does this behavior. He said put some miles on it before overreacting.
OK, so e have now over 5K miles and if anything it's gotten worse.. Hell, I even went back to the dealer and test drove another new Forester, the same as ours, and it acted the same way!
No it's not that it's a CVT and I am unused to them. I have never had any of the Subaru CVT transmissions act like this. But then I have never had a Forester before either.
Is any other 2017 Forester 2.5i drivers out there experiencing this issue?