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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,200 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 Impreza brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 122006

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,800 miles


Hello, I've been having extreme problems with the antilock brake system in my 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX. It'll kick in at unneeded times, where I will lose control of the car and the car will continue to lurch forward. This can be a frightening experience, especially if there's a car in front of me. In the winter, I have to pull the ABS fuse, which believe it or not, actually helps my braking distance. If I leave the ABS enabled and hit a patch of ice, I'll lose total control of the brakes and continue to glide. In my opinion, this is a huge safety concern, and one that many other Subaru owners have complained about to both Subaru and your organization. Subaru issued a voluntary recall for the ABS system for models 2003 and under, but the problem is still there for the 2004 model as well. Subaru refuses to do anything to fix my problem. I appreciate any help you can give me in this matter. Sincerely, paul ahern.

- Medway, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 282005

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,800 miles
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX - during braking, if a bump or rough piece of road is encountered, the brake pedal goes limp, drops to the floor, and brakes cease to function until pedal is released and brakes reapplied. Re-application of the brakes resume full functionality.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 142004

Impreza 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Driving South on South dixie highway traveling at 45 mph. Upon noticing the red light the brakes were applied. When the brakes were applied there was no response from them at all. I had to redirect the course of the car to avoid hitting other cars at a red light. As I turned to the right I came upon a curb and the front left tire as well as the left rear tire hit the curb. The front suspension of the car was damaged. The car was not driveable after the accident. It was towed to bird road Subaru in miami. I have been feeling fluttering in the brake pedal for 2 days prior to the episode.

- Miami, FL, USA

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