hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
142,500 miles

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1998 Subaru Outback brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 072014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


While driving in the city streets, I came to a stop and realized the car would not stop. When I took my vehicle to the mechanic he said 3 brake lines on my Subaru Outback 1998 had broken. I live in Pennsylvania. This incident cost me $500 in repairs. I realize there is a recall for newer models, but my older Subaru Outback is having the same issue.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 192013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
On March 19, 2013, I was returning to my place of employment after picking up my Outback from bloomington Acura Subaru, bloomington, mn after a clutch replacement when the hydraulic brake system had a total failure resulting in a near catastrophic collision with several vehicles. This vehicle was taken back to the dealer for evaluation. Dealer inspection confirmed that the right rear brake line by the fuel tank protector had excessive corrosion resulting in severe fluid release thus not allowing the hydraulic system to properly pressurize resulting in a complete failure of the brake hydraulic system. The brake lines replaced were part number 26522aa010 and 26522aa020 (right and left). On March 27, 2013, the NHTSA issued campaign number 13V110000 for Subaru legacy Outbacks regarding "brake lines may fail due to corrosion". this recall pertains to model year 2005 to 2009. This citizen requests, nay, insists that this recall notice be extended to include later model years.

- Beldenville, WI, USA

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