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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,867 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.

2002 Subaru Impreza brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 062008


  • 70,000 miles


It was raining. I was turning left at a light, saw another car coming towards me. I applied brakes and there was a hesitation of braking power due to the ABS system. This also happens when driving in low traction conditions or over bumps. I went to the dealer and they said that the same year similar model had problems with the ABS computer and that they replace the ABS computers for that one but they said they wouldn't for my car.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #5

Oct 072008


  • 98,800 miles
2002 Subaru Impreza sport - ABS "fires" during routine braking leading to increase stopping distance. Returned car to dealer and advised that "rear wheel bearing was bad"... refused repair because there was no other indication of bad bearing (noise, heat, smell, vibration, resistance during free spin). Took car to second independent repair center. No bad bearing found. Turned rotors but this did not completely solve problem. ABS continues to fire during routine braking.

- Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 292007

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Subaru Impreza. While driving 35 mph the vehicle would not stop when the brake was depressed, this caused him to crash into the rear of the vehicle in front of him. The contact was injured. The police report was filed. As of August 2, 2007, the dealer was inspecting the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 60,000.

- Zion Grove, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 242005

Impreza 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,400 miles


The brakes worked intermittently. It was hard to stop the vehicle. The dealer and the other mechanics can find no defects. Instead of stopping the consumer stated that the vehicle picked up speed.

- Ardsley, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 102003


  • 26,000 miles
Consumer applied the brake and the pedal went to the floor. The vehicle went through the intersection before consumer could apply the brake again to stop. The road was dry and even when this occurred.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072003

(reported on)

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When the brakes were applied on wet or dry pavement, the brakes sometimes traveled to the floor, the consumer had to pump and release pressure on the brake pedal then re-apply pressure on the brake pedal to stop the vehicle.

- Spanaway, WA, USA

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