transmission swap subaru forester

Asked by May 05, 2016 at 09:24 PM about the 1999 Subaru Forester

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was just wondering if you could swap a 1999 subaru forester transmission
with a 2001 subaru forester

4 Answers

5,910

If you have Gen 1 2.5 DOHC motor I wouldn't bother, as the motor is extremely fragile wrt repeated head gasket ruptures. OTOH if you have a new motor then check with salvage yards for an exact match so you don't have to chase a TCM (or even ECM!) as well. Forester and Legacy/OB stuff doesn't match up exactly, so I forget the particulars of these oldies....

6,985

check www.opposedforces.com. I bought a used trans (still haven't changed it) with a different code but the two codes for 01-04 (or 00-04?) foresters seem to mesh on OF. I don't know that 99/01 will work. Hey Ern, off topic, but what if people with DOHC's changed (and block sanded or machined) the head gaskets before they go bad? Wouldn't that make for a long lasting engine?

5,910

Hi Walth, No, the problem with Gen 1 DOHC 2.5H was that the thickness of the heads between the combustion chamber and the coolant passage was too small. Changing the head gasket was a temporary measure before repeat percolation. Atmospheric breaches with Gen 2 SOHC were remedied by better gaskets, but the DOHC design was just too fragile to stay sealed.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
6,985

Gotcha. Thanks.

Your Answer

Forester

Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 1,079 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,498.

Postal Code:

Subaru Forester Experts

  • #1
    Nick Eidemiller
    Reputation
    3,900
  • #2
    walth
    Reputation
    3,300
  • #3
    lifeson34
    Reputation
    2,750
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback
52 Great Deals out of 651 listings starting at $4,285
Used Honda CR-V
42 Great Deals out of 2,345 listings starting at $990
Used Toyota RAV4
67 Great Deals out of 3,279 listings starting at $1,891
Used Subaru Impreza
43 Great Deals out of 749 listings starting at $500
Used Subaru Legacy
17 Great Deals out of 381 listings starting at $3,171
Used Toyota 4Runner
4 Great Deals out of 562 listings starting at $2,152
Used Toyota Tacoma
34 Great Deals out of 1,018 listings starting at $7,950

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Forester For Sale
626 listings starting at $25,995
2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
27 Great Deals out of 79 listings starting at $26,523
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 41 listings starting at $19,950
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 80 listings starting at $15,900
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 80 listings starting at $14,895

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.