2006 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Don't get a 2006 5-speed manua

2006 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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2.5 X Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Don't get a 2006 5-speed manual
By wlv on


2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Bought new 5-speed in Oct '05. Problems after 2 weeks. After "cold starting" vehicle and putting in gear, when clutch is pressed in, RPMs shoot up to 3000+. When clutch is released, RPMs go to around 1500. Press clutch in again, RPMs shoot back up. Can put car in 1st gear, and without pressing accelerator, car accelerates to about 20mph with RPMs climbing to 3000+. One time I kept clutch depressed to observe RPMs. RPMs went through a series of about 6 large damped oscillations over a period of 30- 45 seconds. Malfunction is very repeatable. Took car to 2 dealerships. Neither able to diagnose and repair. Safety concern ... so I am contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Best Features

Fold down seating. Weather radio. Crash safety ratings. Keyless entry. Auto- dimming mirror. Digital compass.

Worst Features

Get an engine control system that works! Selecting heat for floor does not close off side vents. Reduce road and wind noise.
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