really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,462 miles

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2003 Subaru Baja brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Subaru Baja Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 6,790 miles


Total ABS brake system failure while attempting to stop vehicle in light traffic at less than 20 mph on dry surface. First attempt to brake met with undue brake pedal resistance with no stopping action. Second attempt met with unrestricted pedal travel to the floor with no stopping action. Vehicle only stopped on impact. The driver and two other people were injured.

- Chatham, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 182004

Baja 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,135 miles
My Subaru Baja has an intermittent braking problem. When travelling at about 10 - 20 miles per hour it will not stop but just slow down even though pressing the brake as hard as I can. The brakes do not go all the way to the floor. Two days ago I almost hit a car when doing about 10 miles per hour and the brakes failed to stop properly. It took the car about 20 feet to stop applying as much pressure as I could to the brakes. It repeated this problem in a safe area of the parking lot 4 more times before working properly. The pavement was dry. The dealer says there is no problem. This is the 3rd or 4th time this has happened over the past 5 months. We are bringing the car in again but the dealer says it has to occur when they are driving the car. This car is dangerous. Would you please investigate before someone is killed or injured.

- Woodland Park, CO, USA

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