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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,889 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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2009 Subaru Forester brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 072010

Forester 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles


Since the purchase - we needed to push brake pedal down too far to apply brakes. We complained to Subaru - they checked but said nothing wrong. But I am unhappy.

- Mission, SD, USA

problem #3

Mar 022010

Forester 4-cyl

  • miles
The issue with my vehicle is that we have to push the brakes too far before the brakes start working. I reported the matter to Subaru service dealer in rapid city, sd and to Subaru (complained through their website), the Subaru dealer checked the brakes and they say they are all good and normal. So far we did not have any incident caused by this but we are not happy and do not feel safe. We have driven a no. Of vehicles but this is the only vehicle where we need to push the brakes so much down.

- Mission, SD, USA

problem #2

Feb 102012

Forester 4-cyl

  • 22,555 miles
2009 Subaru Forester encountered rear brake failure at 22555 mi.. brake pads destroyed by caliper hardware that would not disengage due to corrosion. Brake rotors scored and required replacement because faulty wear sensors design failed to alert to problem.

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 232010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Subaru forrester. The contact was driving at an unknown speed when the brake pedal independently went to the floorboard abnormally and the vehicle began to decelerate but did not come to a stop. The contact stated the vehicle exhibited an unusually loud noise. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the rear passenger brakes were completely gone. The dealer advised he bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing however, the contact did not feel safe driving the vehicle. The manufacturer advised the contact that brake pads were not covered under warranty and would provide any further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Ballingsville , NY, USA

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