My 2001 Subaru Impreza RS25, with about 80,000 miles, recently
developed a problem with its 5-speed manual transmission.
When shifting from 3rd to 4th gear, sometimes "grinding" occurs as it
moves into 4th gear. The problem doesn't always occur. It appears less
often if I pause in neutral before moving into 4th.
Is this a synchromesh problem? Is this a known problem with this
And what are my repair options? If it requires the transmission being
pulled out and taken apart, who is best to do this? A Subaru dealer? A
franchise transmission shop? An independent transmission shop? (I've
never had a transmission problem before, so I have no experience with
who is best to repair it.)
If the transmission must be pulled and repaired, what does it
typically cost? Am I talking about hundreds, or thousands, of dollars?