fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,150 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 142008

Outback 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


At around 14,000 miles the dealer told me the rotors had warped and needed to be turned. Again at about 22,000 I was told the rotors had warped and needed to be turned. I was told this was due to heavy braking, stop and go traffic or riding the brakes. I have another car with over 100,000 miles on it and the rotors have never needed to be turned, my driving habits not the cause of this problem. Subaru has not gotten back to me in over 2 months about this problem. I think this could be a very dangerous problem with this car.

- Lake Elsnore, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 202005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,450 miles
Re ODI 10133280 similar problem at low speeds and varying road conditions, eg flat road, bumpy road etc.

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 012005

Outback 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
The brake rotors on my 2005 Subaru have warped (all 4) at 14,000 miles producing a violent pulsating pedal and inefficient braking. This alone could cause some drivers to allow for insufficient braking distances causing a crash. It is now my understanding, after some investigation, that this is a "common" problem with this manufacturer for many years. The Subaru dealer cut the rotors under warranty but this should never have occurred at 14,000 miles.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

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