I have a 05 Auto Forester I am thinking of trading in for a OBXT 5 speed. I drove it today and it is really hard to shift from 2nd-3-4-5 and down, I really have to push hard to shift. My S-10 was never this hard. I noticed the diff fluid was just reading on the dip stick ( very low) . I am also hearing a whining noise when I am driving along with a ticking noise. The tick is not from the engine, Its only when I am slowing down, or speeding up, never constant, just here and there. Is this a major issue or will Redline fluid help this? No I do not hear ticking noise when I turn, only going straight. Thanks all for the help, if this is minor, then I will have the car soon, if not, the forester it is for a while. Thanks!!!