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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Subaru Forester brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 012004

Forester 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

Anti lock brakes failed to stop vehicle in a timely manner when the two right tires were on ice, and the two left tires were on dry pavement. When this occurred it almost caused an accident. The dealership indicated that this problem was due to a design flaw.

- Pittsboro, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 202002

Forester 4WD

  • miles
The triggerring mechanism for the ABS seems too delicate. The car starts skidding even in very light snow. This has caused 3 incidents of run-off-road crashes onto the curb with minimal property damage. The car gets out of control very easily in slippery conditions which defeats the purpose of a 4WD vehicle with ABS.

- Niskayuna, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 152001

Forester

  • miles
Vehicle was on a side street and was traveling about 20mph, another vehicle jumped in front of consumer's vehicle, consumer applied brakes and pedal went all the way down to the floor. Upon impact, airbags didn't go off. Dealership was aware of problem. Mechanic looked at the vehicle three times already.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 142001

Forester

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving 35 mph applied brakes, and vehicle slowed down to 25 mph. Then, brakes locked up. Pedal felt soft. Dealer found no problem with the brakes. Left rear tail light bulb burned and was replaced.

- Arnold, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 292001

Forester 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Parking with foot on brakes and vehicle suddenly accelerated over cement block. Had hit a few bushes and then a building. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Had vehicle towed to a mechanic based on referral from dealership.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 242001

(reported on)

Forester 4WD

  • miles
Brakes lightly applied due to slush on roadway, brakes did not work vehicle crashed, driver suffered concusion as head hit windshield and air bags did not depoly. Seat belt did not hold driver firmly. Subaru home office notified, chris, customer service rep appears not very concerned and almost callous in response to our concerns. Ins co has elected to further investigation the vehicle.

- My. Vision, NY, USA

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