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Old 01-10-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default 2011 WRX - transmisson pops out of 3rd

The car just hit 12k miles. Previous owner knew about the problem, failed to tell me, and I did not experience it on the test drive. Nice, thank you. I really like to buy other peoples problems.

The shifter will pop out of 3rd gear given the right conditions. It seems to happen at low speed, no/low load from a 2nd to 3rd upshift OR if you rev match a downshift from 4th to 3rd. It's also happened a few times when going over a large bump or bumpy corner. The transmission works perfectly otherwise, and will stay in 3rd during accel/decel. Shift bushings are super mushy, plus it has the factory short-shift kit.

Bent shift fork maybe?

The car is at the dealer right now. I was able to reproduce it several times on a test drive with the tech. Let's hope it gets fixed without much drama. I'm on day 2 without my new car.
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:28 AM   #2
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If it was reproduceable on a test drive with a tech, they will fix it. It's not like they're going to say, it fixed itself. Good luck
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:35 AM   #3
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Does it have an SPT or any other short shifter? The shifter could just be loose causing it to pop out.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:12 PM   #4
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Yes, it has the Sti short shifter kit installed as a factory option.

I don't like short shifters for the reason that they change the way the linkage operates. The damn 5 speeds are sensitive enough. I will upgrade the bushings in the future for sure, and possibly remove the short shifter.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:12 AM   #5
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Seen this plenty of times, the bush comes off the 3-4 shift fork, and it wears away, so doesn't fully engage 3rd.
Definitely warranty
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:33 AM   #6
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Seen this plenty of times, the bush comes off the 3-4 shift fork, and it wears away, so doesn't fully engage 3rd.
Definitely warranty
The bush as in shifter bushing? I have this same issue with my 09 but I have the Perrin shifter bushing.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:08 AM   #7
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Time to go back to the dealer then. I took my '10 2.5i for third gear poping out and they said they could not duplicate it on a test drive. Now 4th is a problem when down shifting.
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