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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,180 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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2004 Subaru Forester brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 262010


  • 56,180 miles


On 03/26/2010, car failed to stop in spite of heavy pressure on the brake pedal. The ABS did not cut in, the car veered to the left and collided with a vehicle causing extensive damage. Upon examination of the brakes, the following was found: Driver side, outside pad worn to bare metal scoring rotor; inner pad frozen in position by accumulated rust under the inserts on the brake carrier. Rust thickness approx. 1 mm. Material remaining on the pad approx. 4 mm. On the passenger side both pads were frozen in place w/ approx. 5 mm of material remaining. Rust was removed from the brake carriers and new oem rotors and pads were installed.

- Howared Beach, NY, USA

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