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Old 07-16-2015, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default 2016 WRX 3rd Gear issue

Im not sure if it's me, cus this is my first manual car, but I've made sure the clutch is all the way in and Im not forcing it. Anyways, when I go from 2nd to 3rd almost every time it doesnt want to actually go into 3rd. I'll even set it back to neutral and try again. There is this rubbery feel when trying to put it in 3rd and I almost have to wiggle it in.


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1090 miles on it (only had it 3 weeks, but drove from Austin to Dallas and back on July 4th weekend)


I've also made sure to stay under 4k RPM during this entire time while varying the RPMs as well.


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Old 07-16-2015, 11:34 AM   #2
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You do have warranty yes? Take it to your dealer.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:37 AM   #3
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I do, and I need to take her in for the 1k mile oil change, I was just wondering if anyone had other suggestions. So I know if it's me causing the issue or not, that way Im learning lol
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:42 AM   #4
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I've never driven a 15/16 so I have no real experience with it but I haven't heard anyone complain about third gear. It could be you or it could be the car. If you are getting into other gears just fine it might be the car.

Have you check the "2015 WRX Defects" thread yet? You might find something there.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:48 AM   #5
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I think I remember someone having a similar issue and they just had to adjust the cable/bushing. Should be relatively painless at the dealer.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:06 PM   #6
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My '15 is good!
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Old 07-17-2015, 06:47 PM   #7
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I have a 2016 wrx and have no problem with any gears, take it back to the Dealer and have them take a look.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:24 PM   #8
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I've never driven a 15/16 so I have no real experience with it but I haven't heard anyone complain about third gear. It could be you or it could be the car. If you are getting into other gears just fine it might be the car.

Have you check the "2015 WRX Defects" thread yet? You might find something there.
1k oil change?!? I've never heard of anybody getting a 1k oil change the first service is 10000klm (so 6000 miles)

Go to the dealer my car shifts into third smoothly (notchy) and always has.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:55 AM   #9
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its blowed up.....sell it quick
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Old 07-18-2015, 01:39 AM   #10
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2 things... take it in to have the dealer check it out under warranty... second, changing the oil at 1k isn't going to break the car but its also a waste of money and completely unnecessary.
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Old 07-18-2015, 08:40 PM   #11
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We didnt do the first oil change to 4000 miles, the book says every 6000 I think and no special instructions for a first oil change. I don't care for the cable shifter in the 15+ wrx, it dosent feel great but shouldnt be difficult. We have never had that problem either, not a common problem it sounds like.
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Old 07-22-2015, 02:49 AM   #12
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I got my 2016 limited almost a month ago. It's my first manual too and I had the same problem going into 3rd lol. My shifting issue stopped when I got used to the car.
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Old 07-22-2015, 03:02 AM   #13
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I do, and I need to take her in for the 1k mile oil change, I was just wondering if anyone had other suggestions. So I know if it's me causing the issue or not, that way Im learning lol
I think you just mean the 1k checkup. Its actually just a list of checks, they dont change the oil.
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Old 07-22-2015, 03:15 AM   #14
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Take it back. I don't have that issue.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:19 AM   #15
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We didnt do the first oil change to 4000 miles, the book says every 6000 I think and no special instructions for a first oil change. I don't care for the cable shifter in the 15+ wrx, it dosent feel great but shouldnt be difficult. We have never had that problem either, not a common problem it sounds like.
The cable shifter sucks......no one really likes it at all. Bad move by Subaru on that one.
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:53 PM   #16
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I changed the oil at 1,500. It's common for people to even change at 500 miles in an effort get rid of contaminants from the engine build. It won't hurt the engine at all but yes, you do pay for it. I'd much rather put a better oil early on also.

7.5k miles and issues with the motor on my 15 WRX. I will say though the 3rd gear is a little notchy and difficult to get in. It's almost like it catches trying to go from 2nd to 3rd gear. Your issue might be different.
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:38 PM   #17
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Default 2016 WRX 3rd Gear issue

Pretty much echoing everyone's previous responses but shifting to 3rd in my 2016 is usually pretty smooth, but in the morning when I shift at lower RPMs (2800ish) it does feel notchy but still goes in with no issue.

Would be interesting to know what the dealer finds.
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:50 PM   #18
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This is something i worry about with the 15-16 WRX's. I drove one and loved the car but I hated the shifter feel when rowing through the gears. I've been driving my S2000 a lot and the difference between the two shifters is ridiculous.

It's probably just an adjustment issue. The thing that I would look at is the Perrin shifter stop. If I wind up ordering a 2016 I will definitely order one of those too.
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:04 PM   #19
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I think part of what you're feeling is the fact that in the 15+ WRX it's a cable actuated shifter, instead of rod-actuated. Engagement in cable actuated shifters don't feel positive and can have some slop. The other part of what you're feeling might be a hardware issue with the car, so get it checked. But, unfortunately, some of what you're feeling is the poor choice by Subaru for putting a cable-actuated shifter in the WRX. IMO, cable shifters should be no where near cars of this kind -- sporty, powerful, etc.
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:05 PM   #20
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I've been driving my S2000 a lot and the difference between the two shifters is ridiculous.
The difference between a cable shifter and rod shifter. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy to recognize. Also, Honda makes some of the slickest shifting shifters in the business. Renown.
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:59 PM   #21
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I think part of what you're feeling is the fact that in the 15+ WRX it's a cable actuated shifter, instead of rod-actuated. Engagement in cable actuated shifters don't feel positive and can have some slop. The other part of what you're feeling might be a hardware issue with the car, so get it checked. But, unfortunately, some of what you're feeling is the poor choice by Subaru for putting a cable-actuated shifter in the WRX. IMO, cable shifters should be no where near cars of this kind -- sporty, powerful, etc.
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The difference between a cable shifter and rod shifter. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy to recognize. Also, Honda makes some of the slickest shifting shifters in the business. Renown.
Hence why I'm looking for an sti transmission.

The feel of this transmission is horrible though. Especially coming from a front and rear bushing+kb short throw 5 speed.
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:01 PM   #22
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People don't seem to realize that there are plenty of terrible feeling rod shifters
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:56 PM   #23
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Try placing your palm behind the shifter and pushing forward. See if it's easier to get into gear that way.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:45 PM   #24
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People don't seem to realize that there are plenty of terrible feeling rod shifters
Even the worst feeling rod shifter has a more positive shift than a good cable shifter. The point is, a car like the WRX shouldn't have a cable shifter. The natural aspirated BRZ has a rod shifter and it's based off the same boxer platform. This is why you wait for the mid model year refresh.
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:12 PM   #25
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Try placing your palm behind the shifter and pushing forward. See if it's easier to get into gear that way.
He's right, I'm two days into owning my 2016 and was experiencing the same(ish) 3rd gear issue. All I had to do was changed how I shifted it, and it slides in just fine. Try pistol gripping into 3rd and see if it helps your problem.
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