2008 Subaru Outback brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,946 miles

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2008 Subaru Outback brakes problems

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2008 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 312016


  • miles


All of below: Since early original ownership, for years Subaru dismissed repeated reporting of (moving, stationary, all roads): Takata recall airbag warning light illumination. Only after national airbag recall did Subaru recognize concern and address. Subaru recently has serviced airbag twice. Both times, shortly after service dash warning lights illuminated: Airbag, cruise, check engine. Also, erratic cruise function and engine clicking noise (moving, all roads) resulted. For numerous weeks, Subaru has been refusing to fix lethal airbag/S and remedy damage/concerns resulting from airbag service. Subaru seeks payment for diagnosis (and presumably, subsequent service) of airbag and related damage/concerns and a written waiver for this service and any future service needs as condition of service. Brakes rusting, squealing, sponginess. Weeks before warranty expired Subaru dismissed issues. Weeks after warranty, (at some 25K miles) Subaru sought to sell some $1900 in new brakes or new car. Subaru relented months later, addressing concern. Thereafter, following the national brakes recall, Subaru reported no service needed on second full set of brakes. This month replaced 4 rotors (and pads)¿this is the third time 4 rotors installed on original-ownership car with some 65K miles. Engine's loud rattling, gurgling. Subaru eventually admitted and serviced heatshield defect. Subaru has stated repeatedly heatshield issue can¿T be resolved. After three services, Subaru reported related engine damage: Oil leak and catalytic. Chronic heatshield and related damage/concerns ongoing. Windshield interior pooling water and icing (needing scraping off despite winter-package windshield heating), as well as exterior windshield seal sliding freely. Only after shield spontaneously cracked did Subaru recognize issues and address.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #2

Sep 012010


  • miles
We took our Subaru into the dealer to get regular services. We were told that our front drivers side brake was completely ground down while the others were fine and or normal for our mileage. Our car was still under warranty and although the dealers explanation was " a stuck brake caliper" they made us pay for new brakes. And, they failed to give us a new brake caliper. When we asked for the manager, he refused to help us and blamed it on the regional repair manager. We complained for nearly a year and were finally given the money back just for the brake, but since we had brought the car in, they should have fixed the brake caliper as well. This was a problem from the beginning and we had bought the car "brand new". we think this is a an overall manufacturers defect but when we called Subaru corporate offices, they slammed the door in our faces and we were never allowed to talk to a person other than "customer service" in the Subaru corporate offices. We have taken the car to 3 Subaru dealers and all 3 refused to replace the parts and services for free. We have email and other documentation of our communications with them. Please help us. Updated 11/14/12 updated 11/14/2012

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #1

May 242012


  • 86,837 miles
The contact owns 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that while attempting to park, she heard a loud noise coming from the engine and noticed the vehicle moving forward while the brake was depressed. The vehicle proceeded to crash into a store. The contact did not sustain any injury. The kanawha county sheriff was present and a police report was available. The vehicle was towed to a body shop, but a diagnostic test was not performed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but provided no assistance. The approximate failure and current mileage was 86,837.

- Elkview, WV, USA

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