really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,500 miles

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2003 Subaru Impreza brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 092004

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles


Had to brake hard on semi-bumpy pavement and ABS activated and lost all stopping power. ABS is way too sensitive and over-reative. I ended up slightly crashing into vehicle in frot of me. This ABS problem has occurred numerous times and I was well aware of it, however I was still unable to compensate and make a complete stop.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 092004

Impreza 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
ABS in my Subaru Impreza WRX engaged unexpectedly as I tried to stop on a bumpy (small light debris) road. As distance lessened between myself and the car in front of me, brakes did almost nothing to slow the approaching speed. To avoid collision, I veered off the road causing damage to the front bumber skin of my car. All damage was cosmetic, and involved no other vehicles. I have experienced said ABS problem before, but never resulting in damage or overly dangerous situation. I have never experienced this before in any other ABS equipped car since I began driving. In my opinion, there seems to be problem with the way the ABS computer decides when to acctivate and under what circumstances it needs to function. I could forsee this being a larger problem and leading to a more severe accident.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

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