Hoping that there are some Subaru techs that can help me. I bought a 2011 Forester in Sept. 2011. It’s a 5-speed manual, premium. In January 2012 I throw a 0505A code, cold idle start. Of course check engine light came on, cruise and traction control disengaged.
I took the car into the dealer and they cleared the code, and off I went. That was the first of seven times in 12 months that this has happened. Same code each time. I’ve had all the software updates, including the one that just came out in the form of a recall specific to this code. That was done on December 13 when I had thrown the code and took it in. They had just gotten the software for the recall related to Foresters, 2012 and 2012. So here I am five weeks later, after getting the updated software for the recall for code 0505A, and had the exact same thing happen this morning.
There are no outside temps that correlate with this happening. Has happened when it’s 8 degrees and when it’s 90 degrees. Doesn’t matter if it’s in the garage or was outside overnight. Always has happened when I first start it in the morning, not during the course of the day.
I have a business where I drive seven days a week, averaging about 50 miles per day, stopping and starting multiple times. No interstates around here so usually don’t get over 45-50 miles, and mostly my daily driving is more like 35-40 throughout the day.
I’ve owned the car for 16 months, and am at 23,000 miles so I likely have about 7-8 months before my warranty is up. I’m concerned that they can’t seem to fix this problem and each time it’s an hour driving time/30 miles to get to the dealership, and 2 hours there of my time. What do I do?
Since they can’t fix the problem will they be responsible for continuing to check the code and clear it at no charge after my warranty is up?
Is this a software issue or is there a mechanical related problem that contributes to this ongoing problem?
Would you attempt to pursue an issue like this through MA Lemon law if it were you? I’m taking it in tomorrow to have the code cleared and need to know where and what to do at this point.
I’m just so frustrated with this and don’t know where to turn. Thanks for any input/suggestions.