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My 99 b4 tiptronic will not shift into drive or rev i have checked fluid its fine and the car has done under a 100k what could it b

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  • melz_p Sep 08, 2010

    it did this a cupple of times but now it wont drive at all i was just looking 4 a easy fix unsted of a trans replacement . in hope of solanoyd or sumthing like that its only got 83k on speedo. wanted 2 know if you have *** across eneything like this with the 99 b4 subaru legge. u put it in gear drive or rev and there is nothing. and if i have 2 replace it i want 2 put in a 5 speed man is it posable with the ecu and wireing etc

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