really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Subaru Legacy brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 172000

Legacy 4WD

  • miles


This car accelerated suddenly and spontaneously while I was shifting from reverse to drive;the brakes had no effect in slowing the car down and I had to crash into a concrete post to stop the car and avoid hitting other cars and pedestrians. The car is totaled and I am lucky to have survived.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #4

Nov 291999


  • miles
While driving 50mph had gradually applied the brakes, and ABS brakes locked up when entering ramp exit. Vehicle skidded out of control and hit a concrete wall. Vehicle was declared totaled.

- Evergreen, CO, USA

problem #3

Jun 141998


  • miles
When driving at 45 mph vehicle veered to the right and lifted up, and all power went to the front side. Consumer applied ABS brakes, and vehicle wouldn't stop, causing vehicle to skid and run into a house. Upon impact, driver's side and passenger's side air bags didn't deploy.

- Waterville, ME, USA

problem #2

Jan 011998

Legacy 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When sitting at a light with foot on brakes, brakes go straight to the floor, and vehicle is moving forward. Also, when consumer is driving and if another vehicle stops in front of the consumer, and consumer applies the brakes, vehicle won't stop. Consumer has to go around the other vehicle to avoid hitting it. Occurs in winter. Consumer experienced two near collisions because brakes did not engage and stop vehicle. Both situations were at 25 mph.

- West Ford, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 131998

Legacy 4WD

  • miles
Brake pedal went to floor when applied.dealer has replaced linings, front caliper, master cylinder and booster.problem still occured.lucky all occurances were at speeds below 25 mph and there was no accident. Speedometer failed internaly and odometer started to operate backward. Actual milage on car is unknown.

- Claymont, DE, USA

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