I've recently purchased a 2000 Outback Limited with "transmission problems". It has the typical hesitation going into Drive from any other position. Sometimes, I'll need to get the revs up in order to get it to engage, but even then, it's sketchy. However, once it slams into Drive, it shifts well, with no other issues (until the next time I need to put it into Drive, again.)
Scouring the forums, I've found this to be a very common issue with 99-01 Outbacks. Apparently, the new "phase II" trans was manufactured with bad seals that cause this issue.
I tried the Trans-X suggestion first. It worked like a charm! ... for about 4 days. Then the issue returned.
A 30-year veteran at a respectable trans shop in town tells me that Trans-X (like brake fluid) swells the seals and will work, temporarily, but isn't advisable, since it doesn't discriminate and swells ALL seals in the trans. It also makes it more difficult to rebuild, due to swollen seals being more difficult to remove. Still worth a shot IMHO. ($8 bottle vs $1k for a rebuild.)
My question is: what years and models will interchange with mine (TZ1A4ZCABA-WL on bellhousing.)??
I have found a salvage yard with a '00 Forester Auto (TZ1A3ZC2AA-P8) and an '02 Forester Auto (TZ1A3ZC3AA-PM). The '00 has fewer miles, but I'm cautious due to being the same year model as mine, might have similar issues.
The harness plugs appear to be the same and all have the spin-on external trans filter on the side.
Any help would be appreciated.
I apologize for being verbose, but I'm trying to give as much pertinent info as I can. Thanks!
Edited by RacerX, 05 July 2014 - 05:07 PM.