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7.7

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,067 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 Impreza brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 182003

Impreza

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The brakes on my car have been worked on three times since I got my car a year ago and about to go again. They keep trying to fix them but I keep having to take it back. The date below is the first time I took it to the shop.

- Waynesburg, PA, USA

problem #8

Oct 182002

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles
This failure has happened on several occasions. When stopping using a moderate braking force from average road speeds (25-45mph) I have experienced total inability to stop due to premature and prolonged engagement of my ABS (anti-lock brake) system. This has happened on somewhat bumpy roads, during rain, over small amounts of loose gravel on roadways, and even on smooth dry roads during harder braking. I have not been in an accident due to this, but I have found myself in the middle of intersections multiple times. I have since disabled my ABS system in order to feel safe while driving. I have the number of failures listed at 5, dating from the time I purchased my vehicle. There have easily been more incidents than 5 though, but I can clearly remember at least 5 of them when I feared an accident.

- Greendale, WI, USA

problem #7

Mar 302004

(reported on)

Impreza

  • 12,000 miles
Consumer complained about an ABS brake problem. Brakes activate when vehicle is riding over bumps. The ABS is overly sensitive.

- Auburn, ME, USA

problem #6

Dec 132003

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,200 miles

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

When I apply the brakes on rough dry roads or when the road is wet or snowy ABS kicks in and my Subaru WRX take a very long time to come to a complete stop. It's almost like the brakes aren't even working. I have almost rear edned people because of this. Also, when the ABS goes off once in the snow, it continues to go off every time I stop.

- Wauconda, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 312003

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
ABS activates when driving over a semi-bumpy surface. Does not seem normal. Almost rear ended a car due to this incident. This happens regularly as the exit of the parking lot seems to cause this to happen.

- Wood Dale, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 242003

Impreza

  • miles
ABS turns on way to quick in snow...

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 232003

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,800 miles

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

The anti-lock brakes on my 2003 Subaru WRX sedan, seem to be malfunctioning. While braking over bumps / broken pavement the antilock brake system activates and seems to malfunction as there is a very acute loss of pedal pressure and a severe loss in backing power. This is not an isolated incident and happens on a semi regular basis whenever braking over a surface that has irregularities.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 132003

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,000 miles
On my 2003 Subaru Impreza outback sport, the antilock brakes are dangerous. If you hit a bump while braking it will trigger the ABS - and result in an almost complete loss of braking ability. I notice a bulletin is listed for the WRX only, but this is a major problem in my car as well.

- Greenfield, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 092003

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,500 miles
When traveling over rough or wet roadway and brakes are applied ABS kicks in and vehicle will not stop, or slow down at all. You then have to release the brakes and then press the pedal again to get any braking action. This problem has happened numerous (aprox 10 or so) times since I have purchased the vehicle in Feb 2003. I have driven numerous other vehicles with ABS and none of them have responded in the same manner.

- New City, NY, USA

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