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We've got an '02 Forester that has been making a sort of whinning noise upon acceleration. The whinning increases in pitch with an increase in speed. When you take your foot off the gas and coast, there is no sound at all. It's gotten a little louder over the last few months so I decided to take it into a local shop. I trust the guy, but he doesn't specialize in Subarus, so I was hoping to get a second opinion from you guys.

He says the transmission is almost toast...that the teeth of the primary gear are razor thin (in his words). He qouted me around $3,000 to fix it! :yell:

The car has about 120,000 miles....we bought it with about 90,000 miles. What do you think? :confused:
 

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We've got an '02 Forester that has been making a sort of whinning noise upon acceleration. The whinning increases in pitch with an increase in speed. When you take your foot off the gas and coast, there is no sound at all. It's gotten a little louder over the last few months so I decided to take it into a local shop. I trust the guy, but he doesn't specialize in Subarus, so I was hoping to get a second opinion from you guys.

He says the transmission is almost toast...that the teeth of the primary gear are razor thin (in his words). He qouted me around $3,000 to fix it! :yell:

The car has about 120,000 miles....we bought it with about 90,000 miles. What do you think? :confused:
You can find a used one at a salvage yard for cheaper. Just find one and swap it.
 

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I would get a second opinion with something like this from a subaru dealer or specialist with subaru, there are a lot of things going on in the drivetrain that could be the cause, center diff for example. It is definitely worth getting two opinions. I agree with huck though if it is the tranny in need of replacing get a used one it will be much cheaper and they arent exactly prone to wearing out prematurely so a good used one should last a long time with proper maintenance.
 

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So do you think it's the entire transmission that needs to be replaced? Was kind of praying it might be something less costly.
Its not the parts that cost much. Its the labor involved to crack the transmission open and change for new parts. Your best bet is to find a used transmission for 500-1000$ and just swap it. Not worth the 3000$ to repair the existing one.
 

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I honestly think that all Foresters close to our year (2002) have a whine in the trans. Mine starts at about 45-50 mph and goes to about 60-65. It isn't an issue but gets old while on the highway. If I give it a little gas it seems to get rid of the whine. But when I coast or have light throttle I hear it. It happens in gear or in N. AUTOMATIC trans btw.
 
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