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

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1998 Subaru Outback brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 192002

(reported on)

Outback 4WD

  • miles


Car attempts to accelerate when applying brakes to come to a stop. Engine roars and it is difficult to stop car. Problem happens intermittently and usually when the car is going 5 miles per hour or less. Brake pedal goes all the way down when attempting to stop car. The same problem is happening with our 2001 suburu Outback (see ODI#764455).

- Holmdel, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 202001

Outback 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 60mph on highway, vehicle in front slowed down, consumer applied brakes, and vehicle took off on its on. Vehicle was out of control, but avoided other cars. Without prior warning, flipped three times, and ended on driver's side. Dealership was aware of problem. Consumer was traveling at 60 mph and was using cruise control, the vehicle in front of consumer was braking, in which consumer began to brake, however vehicle did not slow down, the cruise control did not disengage and the vehicle rolled over on the drivers side, vehicle was totalled.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #5

Feb 082000

(reported on)


  • miles
When applying brakes the pedal goes to the floor, and vehicle takes an excessive amount of time to stop. Owner has veered into intersections several times. Dealer can't find solution because problem can't be duplicated.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #4

Mar 081999

(reported on)


  • miles


When applying the ABS brakes the pedal goes to the floor, causing extended stopping distance. Also after releasing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle surges forward. Cause unknown.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 121999


  • miles
ABS braking system was activated, and the pedal went to the floor, causing extended stopping distance which almost resulted in an accident. Then, while driving the brakes did not work at all for some seconds. Dealer is also replacing the master cylinder, and stated that it was a known problem.

- Burlington, VT, USA

problem #2

Jan 101999

Outback 4WD

  • miles
I was approaching a stop sign in second gear and preparing to stop when the ABS apparently took control of my car. I was unable to stop before the intersection and nearly hit another car. I did not feel that the road conditions warrented the ABS response (the road was slightly wet) and I did feel that I was in control of my car before the ABS took over. I was traveling under 10 miles per hour. I have driven my car in considerably worse weather and was always able to anticipate my stopping distance. The ABS light has never come on and when I took my car to the dealer, they could find nothing wrong. Info that may be relevent...I was recently involved in a minor car accident but I do not think it should've affected the brakes. I also had my car realigned today and I do not know if this could have any affect on the ABS.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 271998

(reported on)

Outback 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes the vehicle does not stop. The emergency brake has to be applied in order to stop. Dealer can't find the problem.

- Gardners, PA, USA

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