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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,333 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.

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2003 Subaru Forester brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 302007

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Forester. While performing a routine inspection and oil change, the mechanic noticed that the rotors were cracked. The mechanic replaced the rotors. The dealer and manufacturer were notified and they stated that the failure was caused by wear. The current and failure mileages were 40,000. Updated 11/07/07

- Marina, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 232004

Forester 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Rotor prematurely worn. Car was purchased 10/03. Rotors have had to be turned twice since purchase date.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #1

Apr 212004


  • 15,000 miles
Brake rotors failed at 15,000 miles. Consumer stated that 2,000 miles later the rotors needed to be replaced again.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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