Subaru Forester Lemon

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Subaru Lemon

Q. Dear Vincent, I bought my new Subaru Forester in It worked fine for about six then I noticed a hesitation What happens is, when I on the gas pedal, there is a hesitation, car does not move) for a couple of and then the car lurches forward, giving me whiplash!

At first, it happened once every or two; then it started it once a week. My first was that maybe it was part of the period, and the problem would go after the oil was changed at the 3,000 check-up. I drive my car twice a to work and home from The distance I drive is 30 miles way.

It happens when the is cold, when I start out in the and/or when I leave in the afternoon.

After the engine runs for a period of time, it doesn’t do it until it has been setting for a When I took it to the dealer for the mile check-up, I mentioned it to the manager. He said I should it in to have a mechanic check it

He said their best was not there that day. A of weeks later, I was going on so I left the car at the dealership for the week I was giving them plenty of to find the problem.

When I back to get my car, I was told the was defective spark plugs. replaced them with brand. Unfortunately, the problem was there the next morning. called the Subaru Tech people, and were told they were unaware of problem with any other

I made another appointment to them check it out again.

that the problem was intermittent, said it could be difficult to The next answer they was that the tensioner on the timing was defective. I had to wait until ordered a tensioner, then replaced that.

After the problem was even worse! It was it every day, now.

they called the Subaru Support people, and were now that they are aware of the They said it is a problem the computer. The way it is programmed, it is too sensitive to in gasoline.

They said is to be a recall on it in the future, but due to government red it could take six months for the to take place.

At that they are to reprogram the computers to be sensitive. In the meantime, they me they were going to the computer memory for me. Then I was to sure I bought my gasoline a place that just gas, rather than a such as Sheetz or Uni-mart.

They claim that other companies get their from various sources, and mix all together, which adds to my

After resetting the computer, and gasoline from a place recommended, the problem was still They said it may take a of tanks of gas until the problem is After filling up again, reset the computer memory and it doesn’t do it as much.

During time, I am spending a lot of money more expensive gas, the problem is with their settings.

I average 20,000 to 25,000 a year due to my traveling back and to work. That adds up to a lot of spent for gas. This six months until the recall easily turn into a or more.

Are they feeding me a If they are aware of this with the computer, why do I have to for a recall to have it fixed? they be obligated to fix it now, my car is still under warranty?

Do you any other recommendations?

2002 Forester

2.5 Litre engine, 4

4 speed automatic transmission

9,000 miles

Multi-point injection

Anti-lock brakes

steering A/C



A. I all my Subaru Technical Service and I see nothing pertaining to this And I would take the information the upcoming recall with a of salt. And since this occurred before the warranty and it is documented so, the problem has to be fixed the warranty even if it takes 20 to do it.

This is a tough one to advise you on. You have grounds for a claim the Lemon Laws of most But if this is a problem with all Forester‘s then is going to resolved by giving you vehicle. I would check the Laws in your state and see if is a provision for returning the car for the purchase

I know in New Jersey if the vehicle is not within a reasonable time, the has to buy the vehicle back.

Have you dealing with the Subaru representative? I think he would be the one able to help you resolve situation with either replacement or refund.

Added 1/11/03


the letter from a lady that her Forester is a lemon I I know what the problem is.

The are equipped with a sensor will Kick the automatic into a special power when the accelerator is pushed I have a Forester and have that this feature like it says, and will throw you back if you aren’t Subaru designed these to do some light work and I this is something they to give the car some snap.

I this helps.


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