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8.0

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,000 miles

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2003 Subaru Baja miscellaneous problems

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2003 Subaru Baja Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 192003

Baja

  • 5,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Subaru rotors, we have in our family 6 Subaru, 2-2003 Bajas, I - 2005 forester, 1-2005 legacy, 1-2007 impreza, also sold one 2004 forester. Our Bajas have 48,000 miles one each vehicle and we have had our rotors replaced, cut, and replaced again. Each time we take them in for inspections we are told the rotors need to be cut due to them warping. The cars will shake and pull to one side and we know this as it has gone on for years. They are cut then cannot be cut anymore then have to be replaced. The 2004 forester had the same problem, as did the 2005 forester in which my son ended up buying and after market rotor instead of letting Subaru continue to cut them every 6 months. The after market rotors work fine. The 2005 legacy same rotor problem, my daughter this past weekend after getting tired of the problem put on after market rotors to solve the problem. My sons 2003 Baja has the rotors warp every 6 months and ends up having them cut to restore the steering and braking safety. My 2003 Baja has had the rotors replaced twice and cut 4 times, and my car is only driven 3000 miles a year. I was told that just having my car sit and not used will cause the rotors to warp and caused braking and steering concerns. I have brought my concerns to the dealership and Subaru of America and was told to have the dealership inspect them and the dealership always tells us to have the rotors cut and always at our own expense. With all the Subaru we owned and have owned. It seems that the ones made in the 2003 to 2004's, and 2005 models have all had the same problem. We are left with the choice of having our rotors cut to solve the breaking problem, then after 2 cuttings they become too thin and then have to be replaced. I believe Subaru knows of this and has just hidden the truth from its owners. With all our Subaru having the same problems this is not an isolated incident.. I checked the property damage circle on the form since the rotors are property damage. All years listed.

- Audubon, PA, USA

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