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Transmission / Re: 4 Speed Sportshift
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:40:57 PM »
I will have a look over the weekend, went for a service at the dealer just before delivery, sure they did check it.

Transmission / 4 Speed Auto XT
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:48:22 PM »
I have never owned a auto Forester and few interesting characteristics became apparent with my first road trip in my 2011 XT. I would like to hear if these are standard or if I should worry.  The vehicle has done 71000km and all services has been done by the dealers.

Changes are smooth, downshifts abrupt when planting your foot and operation seems fine. 

My question is slip.  When using light throttle at speed and there is only the slightest incline the torque converter starts slipping. It is a constant balancing act on the throttle to get more torque on the road without the box shifting to 3rd while maintaining decent speed or heavy slip taking place. When it downshifts, it goes like a bat out of hell, only to change to fourth and start slipping again. 

It locks up again when you lessen throttle or when you approach higher revs (+- 3500), but this is approaching seriously illegal speeds. It also locks up on very light throttle on a level road.

Is this the norm, or am I just to heavy footed? I would love to use the motors amazing torque without this constant slip.

Your feedback would be appreciated.

Introduction / 3rd time Forester owner, good to be back.
« on: February 13, 2018, 04:22:54 PM »
Its good to be back in a Subaru after a 3 year break!  I got a 2011 Forester XT Auto in Satin White Pearl with amazingly low mileage (70000km) 2 weeks ago. 
I feel like a kid again and started acting like one as well.  I immediately had the two stock back boxes replaced with something more free flowing, a turbo Subaru should sound like one, and not content started stripping the front bumper off the first weekend of ownership.  I baked the headlights, opened them and changed the chrome bezels inside to matt black, and while I was at it, the front grill as well.

My love affair with Subaru started in 2004 when I bought my first, a 2002 WRX wagon in World Rally Blue Pearl with the obligatory gold OZ wheels from Mr. Bernard de Vantier at Subaru Somerset west.
Blew me away, especially after fitting a massive diameter polished steel racing exhaust system that was apparently imported by one of the rally blokes in SA.  Had to have it modified to fit the wagon, but that was just part of the fun.  A few clutches and tonnes of fun later I moved away from Subaru only to return again and again.

What followed was a 2007 Forester XT manual in Newport Blue, fitted with the Prodrive conversion but without the body kit, again from Mr de Vantier, this time from Barloworld Cape town.  Simpply amazing and probably my favorite vehicle ever.

In the mix was also a 2006 Legacy 2.0 GT manual in Silver,
a 2008 WRX Premium sedan in silver,
and a 2009 Forester XS Manual in a Gunmetal Metallic.

I am looking forward to reading some of the topics and comments on this forum and will be asking questions about the auto box fitted to my current XT.  Very interesting bit of kit indeed ??? ???

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