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Old 04-02-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default 99 impreza L manual trans problem

I bought a 99 L coupe from a guy a few years back... When i bought the car, the shifter acted like it was in neutral while the car was in gear. No biggie right...? I took it to a speed shop in ohio and their "master subaru tech" had me order shifter stay bushings and a linkage update from kartboy. Upon recieving the part, the technician informed me that the wouldnt fit because the linkage was all wrong. He claimed he could use the shifter stay bushing however he would have to custom make my shift linkage. When. The car was done, i was told that he had to weld somehing together to fix my problem. The shifter was really tight and i could barely get the car into first and third gear. After a day and a half of driving... In the middle of a shift... I heard a snap and my shifter went limp like before. It again moved freely even when the car was in gear. I took it back and the tech wasnt there for my "fix your mistake " appointment. I quickly demanded my money back and never returned. Fast forward 2 years... I was sick of the shifter play and decided to take my car to an authorized subaru dealer for servicing. After the tech looked at the car, he determined the same problem. There is an unusual set of linkage used on my 99 2.2l 5spd. It seems like a simple fix to me... Why didnt the technicians verify my tranny id numbers to verify the correct transmission? His solution was to take my linkage update and "create" a piece to make it better.... Or i could pay 1200.00 with 600.00 in parts alone to put all correct linkage back in the car. I chose the quick fix and now i regret it. I still have shifter play. I cant install any short shifter/linkage updates or anything else on my car. Maybe if i properly identified the tranny i could get correct parts?? Why couldnt a speed shop and subaru dealer just do that? Did i get hosed? Do i have a forrester tranny in my impreza? Please help my identify my tranny. I need the tranny id code location and a link to tranny codes and identifiers... Plz help!!!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:44 PM   #2
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:34 PM   #3
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What you might have done is to read some of the archive posts nearer to when your car was new. The L folks would simply use the SPT short shift assembly (not just the lever) and buy the correct clevis joint for that setup. Bam, factory short shift setup with new bushings and everything. From that point you can go to the kartboy shift lever or cheap knockoff of it (at your own risk).


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Old 07-04-2014, 12:00 AM   #4
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Someone must have put in an old shifter linkage on your car or replaced the whole tranny with shift linkage with an older tranny.

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