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Old 09-17-2003, 02:46 PM   #1
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2003 outback wagon
Regatta Red

Default Auto Tranney question

Hi everyone!

We've had our '03 outback wagon (4cylinder and auto trans) for about a month now.

I find that after stopping at a stop sign or traffic light, for the first moment after I press the accelerator (not even a second) there is a slight hesitation before the transmisson engages into first gear, then it engages. I can feel a bit of a knock (not engine knocking) as it engages.

I also find the same thing as I take my foot off the accelereator and then press it again.

Is this normal?? Everything else seems to be working fine.

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 09-17-2003, 03:00 PM   #2
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2000 Legacy Outback
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My '00 Outback does the same thing! I may try the TransGo shift kit to see if it offers any improvement.
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Old 09-18-2003, 08:41 PM   #3
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I think all 4EAT Subaru trannies do that.

Just the electronics doing the job.

-paK +1
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Old 10-07-2003, 02:49 AM   #4
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My 2002 Outback (AT, 4-cyl) has some delay or hesitation after shifting from neutral to drive.

My 1997 Legacy GT (AT, 4-cyl) has none. When its in drive, and I hit the gas, it immediately launches. Even after shifting from neutral to drive, my Legacy GT will immediately launch. No delay, no noises, no thumps.
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Old 10-07-2003, 08:46 PM   #5
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my 03 ob does the same thing which drove me nuts. what i do is when i'm driving around town <45mph i put it in 3rd and it goes away.
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