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Old 06-30-2004, 12:33 AM   #2
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Do Subarus have transmission problems? When the WRX was first released many people unaccustomed to AWD vehicles became owners. Since it was a quick car, naturally many of these owners spent some time at the drag strip. Transmission problems obviously occurred. The cause of these transmission problems can be mainly attributed to many drivers' inexperience with AWD vehicles.

Have these problems changed? Transmission problems appear to have turned the corner. Mid 2002 saw an important physical change in the Subaru transmission in the form of a dump valve with does not allow the end user to perform a true clutch dump launch. While this doesn't protect against sustained abuse, it will protect the ignorant from occasional folly. Also, word started spreading that acceleration and shifting techniques should be modified to transfer the power properly. Buying a new clutch is far cheaper than a new transmission.

As well, sometime (no one knows for sure when) in mid 2003, the WRX transmission saw an upgrade in gear width. This width increase was up to RA width or approximately 1 mm wider than the previous models. After careful research here you will find that most broken transmission stories are coming from 2002 owners with inexperience and the narrower gears. This isn't to say that wider gearset owners are excused from breakage, but the odds are more in your favor vs. the older MY owners.

Other shifting articles:'s shifting article
Shifting Technique by Brian Brown
Double clutching article
Double clutching article
Heel/toe article
Heel/toe article
Cobb Tuning's Gear Oil article
GravelRash's shifting article

Editors Note

This post was created because I wasn't able to find a good shifting/driving/transmission FAQ. I came up with the text based on LOTS of searching here. Upon reading this you should have an idea of to properly drive your vehicle to maximize performance and it's lifespan.

If you find an error in this FAQ, please PM me with factual details and I will update this post.
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Last edited by Unabomber; 06-07-2006 at 04:57 PM. Reason: Sorry buddy....I need more space!
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