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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Master Cylinder Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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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2002 Subaru Outback brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 092003


  • miles


NHTSA# on certain passenger vehicles, the brake master cylinders may not function properly in ambient temperatures below freezing 32 degrees Fahrenheit and lower. Consumer has the same problem. However this vehicle was not recalled due to the VIN.

- Lincoln, VT, USA

problem #2

Feb 182003


  • miles
The dealer took too long to peform recall #02V079000 regarding the master cylinder.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 052001

Outback 4WD

  • miles
I have reported the problem to dealer, been to Subaru dealer 3 times who can't duplicate the problem, however the problem keeps recurring to me. Feel it is either master cylinder or ABS, given low mileagea and age of car. Poor brake design if computer cannot pick up this fault.

- Edneyville, NC, USA

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