2011 Subaru Impreza brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,322 miles

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2011 Subaru Impreza brakes problems

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2011 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 112014


  • 26,000 miles


I had leased my 2011 Impreza 2.5I premium through metric Subaru in 2011, I extended my 36 month lease another 5 months in June 2014 through chase bank, and was now in the process of buying the car through chase. On October 11, 2014, after doing a courtesy multi-point inspection, [xxx], the service advisor, advised me to get out of this car and into a new car with an extended warranty, she told me that I needed rear brake pads for $265 and my struts were sweating and I would need to replace them for $1,100. I left there, my brakes were now squealing... very odd. I called Subaru of America and spoke to [xxx], I asked if they be able to somehow extend my warranty to cover the cost of the rear struts, [xxx] said that soa would cover the cost. [xxx] made arrangements with rich, the service manager at metric, and I scheduled an appointment for October 18, 2014 to have the rear struts and rear brake pads replaced. I left metric Subaru with a vibration in my seat and on the floor, and a bounciness/bumpiness in my seat, the belts, engine and exhaust seems to vibrate and sound much louder. One week later, North coast Subaru tells me I now need front brakes and I have a bend in the rim of the front left side and my tire is ripped on the front right side, and I need my front wheels balanced. The price tag for this $550. Two weeks later, competition Subaru recommends a brake and steering fluid flush and an oil change, because my fluids may be contaminated. Metric Subaru topped off my fluids on October 11" other than that, they tell me my car is fine. But it's not! Grand Prix Subaru also tells me, "your car is fine." I have kept [xxx] well informed, all she say is "I am sorry you are having so many issues with your car". Subaru is destroying my car and blackballing me from all of the dealerships. There is another brakeline recall coming up... where can I find an honest Subaru dealership" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 212013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 32,387 miles
Clutch pedal squeaks while being depressed. Clutch pedal is attached to the firewall. Firewall joint is weak. Brake pedal will slightly shift when clutch is depressed. There is currently only minor movement but it has become worse and worse. There are shops that offer a "repair" by re-welding the firewall but it is an expensive fix. I foresee this being a safety issue and needs to be a recall. The firewall seams could break and we could lose our braking. Also, the firewall would not be able to do its job of protecting us from a potential fire. Please advise. I want this repaired before it becomes a major or catastrophic issue.

- Temple City, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 282014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
In cold weather (approx. 10 degrees Fahrenheit or below) upon starting the vehicle a high-pitched noise can be heard and the traction control warning light and hill-hold warning light at times simultaneously illuminate. Each time I have cycled the ignition off and then started the vehicle again the warning lights are no longer on. In such extreme temperatures this forces me to decide between clearing the warning lights in this manner and hoping the vehicle will start again due to the strain placed on the vehicle's battery in such conditions or leaving the warning lights illuminated knowing that I will have limited safety assist from the affected systems in these extreme driving conditions. In either circumstance I am forced to make an unfavorable choice. I have contacted Subaru of America to document this concern.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 022014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 26,900 miles
The clutch pedal on my 2011 sti makes a loud creaking noise every time it's depressed. When I investigated the noise, I noticed that the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly (attached to the forward firewall) shifts approx 1/4 inch every time the clutch pedal is depressed. I found that the three spot welds securing the clutch pedal bracket to the forward firewall were broken. From the outside of the firewall, just under the windshield wipers, I saw the spot welds pulling away from the firewall every time the clutch pedal was depressed. This allows the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly to move, causing the creaking noise. If the bracket completely separates from the firewall, the clutch may become completely inoperative - especially dangerous while driving. This has also directly caused the failure of three clutch master cylinders in the last 6 months. 2 of which failed at freeway speeds leaving me with no clutch, and a hardly any braking capability. (the clutch and brake pedal are both attached to the same assembly, thus when the clutch does not work, neither do the brakes. Reference links: Subaru Impreza general service brakes problems Subaru Impreza 2009 - power train - car safety information, failing parts, recalls, bulletins, complaints firewall weld break information needed. www.wrxforums.com/forums/37-C...inkage-45.html popping clutch broken firewall fix www.wrxforums.com/forums/37-C...bly-issue.html my clutch squeak/broken welds story another 08 clutch pedal/firewall problem... clutch squeak fix without taking the whole dash apart (nut/bolt style) squeak+click clutch pedal help - nasioc 08 squeaky clutch pedal...anything to worry about? - nasioc bad firewall flex - nasioc.

- Reno, NV, USA

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