My '99 automatic transmission Forester will not go into any gears except for reverse and park. Help!


Asked by Jun 02, 2007 at 02:22 PM about the 1999 Subaru Forester S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The gearshift(stick) only will go into "park" or "reverse". The engine revs fine, and the vehicle moves backwards when shifted into "reverse", but I can't seem to get the gearshift into any of the forward drive positions. What can I expect to be done to correct this problem?

4 Answers


Hi giarc! All you can do is check the fluid levels on the tranny. It doesn't sound like that's the issue here. Your problem seems more systemic than that. The rage of solutions are wide due to a wide range of potential problems. Seek professional help. Put your Forester in from of a transmission specialist. Good luck!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Hi giarc - I have the same problem with my 1999 Forester. Did you find a solution?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

sounds like one of your solenoids in your transmission. You should take it to a garage and let them run a diagnostic on it to identify if it is indeed a solenoid and if so which one. It could also be an electrical problem. But lets hope its electrical and not the solenoid!!


Had the same hesitation then the 99 forester jerked into it after 5-10 seconds Had to have mechanic check for head gasket problem and thermostat, can be those.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 35,415 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,295.


Subaru Forester Experts

  • #1
    Nick Eidemiller
  • #2
    Chris W
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback
279 Great Deals out of 37,635 listings starting at $1,700
Used Honda CR-V
555 Great Deals out of 66,508 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota RAV4
491 Great Deals out of 65,687 listings starting at $1,995
Used Subaru Impreza
157 Great Deals out of 20,678 listings starting at $1,333
Used Subaru Legacy
145 Great Deals out of 13,673 listings starting at $1,900
Used Toyota 4Runner
306 Great Deals out of 30,157 listings starting at $2,995
Used Toyota Tacoma
442 Great Deals out of 40,250 listings starting at $2,600

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Forester For Sale
27 Great Deals out of 26,432 listings starting at $19,960
2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 1,366 listings starting at $16,881
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
35 Great Deals out of 1,088 listings starting at $12,988
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
79 Great Deals out of 2,487 listings starting at $10,950
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 696 listings starting at $7,700

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.