Subaru Outback owners have reported 28 problems related to brake electric antilock (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Subaru Outback based on all problems reported for the Outback.
The abs on my 2005 Subaru Outback 2. 5i limited is too sensitive. It is dangerous driving in the snow because the abs kicks in too easily and it takes way too long to stop. I have recently gotten new tires with an excellent rating and that didn't help. Bumps in the road also set off the abs too easily leading to scary situations. I drive other vehicles with abs and this does not occur. I am not confident driving this vehicle in the snow, which is ironic because it is an awd Subaru (which is supposed to have an excellent reputation). Abs is supposed to benefit the driver, not help create a collision.
See all problems of the 2005 Subaru Outback.
Brakes would not stop the vehicle while driving on ice. The parking brake had to be applied to stop the vehicle.
See all problems of the 2003 Subaru Outback.
My Subaru, forester xt has had numerous problems since it had 5000 miles. The engine performance is inconsistent. The car has an intermittent miss at idle, cruise control that disengages at will, is difficult to start intermittently; spitting and sputter for 30 seconds, acts as if it will stall occasionally while braking, and the clutch does not grip the flywheel properly. While passing on 2 lane roads, I have nearly had numerous head-on accidents; the car does not accelerate consistently. The cruise control defect has nearly caused many other accidents in distinct conditions:
1. While ascending hills, I have nearly been rear-ended by other cars when my car loses speed without warning
2. While descending hills, I have nearly lost control as the car accelerates while cruise control has disengaged
I have problems with the car when I must take off hard, especially when crossing a busy street. When launching hard, the clutch will slip excessively. The car will not accelerate; it will only burn the clutch creating a large cloud of smoke. It does not matter which gear I switch too or how much throttle I apply; the clutch will not grip until it cools down. I have nearly been hit numerous times because of this. I am experiencing problems with the brake pedal. After braking to a stop, when the engine idles down, the brake pedal will sink an additional half an inch. I have brought my car to 2 different dealerships, and involved Subaru's regional service manager. All efforts to repair my car have been unsuccessful or ignored. The dealerships have only adjusted switches and replaced an oxygen sensor. The manufacturer has now claimed that they will not issue a repair order, since the problems are intermittent, even though the lead tech has experienced the problem, and they can't replicate the problems. I am stuck with a defective vehicle that is going to cause a serious accident, as I drive 1500 miles per week throughout a 6 state region.
See all problems of the 2004 Subaru Outback.
Have been experiencing continued brake problems with my 2001 Subaru Outback ltd. This causes shuddering and pull to both left & right upon application of brakes. Dealer has turned rotors etc. ( 1st @ 18000 miles) but problem still exists (current milage 28500) I have been hearing of other indiv. With the same problems in this model year. . . Rumor : rotors are too thin /undersized? for car heat build up etc. I feel this to be a safety issue as well . Car is hard to stop in a straight line. . . I am also concerned as to Subaru backing up their warranty on this problem, as I've been hearing some "horror stories" . Can you explore the safety/warranty issues on this problem?.
See all problems of the 2001 Subaru Outback.
When my vehicles brakes are depressed with uneven surface traction on the left or right side of the wheels, the abs system delays and does not engage the brakes for 1 to 3 seconds. This happened today on a smooth suburban street with water contacting only the right side wheels. When I went to brake for an upcoming stop sign, the brakes did not engage at all for approximately 2 seconds. It was extremely frightening. I am reporting this because it seems it is an unacknowledged problem with a lot of the model year 2002 Subaru imprezza wrx cars. . Read more...
See all problems of the 2002 Subaru Outback.
Consumer was traveling on highway, and while approaching a stop sign she applied brakes, but pedal went all the way down to the floor, and vehicle slid.
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.
See all problems of the 1998 Subaru Outback.
Brake pedal goes 1/2 way down before brakes engage at all. Pedal can be pushed to floor without much effort by my 120lb wife. Abs did not engage. Neither airbag deployed - impact speed was 30 to 35 mph. Dealer insists brakes are ok. 2001 model has 13 inch discs and it stops great! (our rental is a 2001 Outback wagon). We love the car, it just worries us that it doesn't stopproperly and the airbags don't go off - apparently the 'computer' deemed it "unecessary" although it was a head-on, smack in the middle of the front, collision!.
See all problems of the 2000 Subaru Outback.
When driving and applying brakes pedal is soft, and there is excessive free play.
The design of the anti-lock brake system (abs) seems to overcompensate in icy or slick conditions, to the point that no significant braking occurs. This has caused the vehicle to sail through intersections during icy conditions numerous times. The system does not perform as other abs systems such as Chrysler/Dodge. This problem is typical for those people driving in northern areas of the u. S. Where winter condition exist. The problem appears to be a design defect, not a maintenance related issue. Constant or increased pressure on the brakes did not affect the outcome. Disengaging the servo to the abs may be a safer option during winter conditions than to allow the abs system to override driver braking control entirely. Subaru customer service (1-800-782-2783 attn:don) was contacted on 1/5/2000 and did not recognize this as a significant/chronic problem, but noted that they would log the complaint. Review of the NHTSA defects investigations points to this problem as being an ongoing and recurring theme.
See all problems of the 1996 Subaru Outback.
While driving down road applied brakes and transmission jumped hard into a lower gear and then brakes would grab. Driving on highway, travelling 35mph with snow on the road and coming off a ramp, tapped the brakes, and all wheels locked up, and vehicle went out of control, hitting a pole. Contacted dealer. Dealer informed consumer that the transmission was causing the problem. Also, this was the second time vehicle went out of control. Was also told that transmission was being redesigned.
See all problems of the 1999 Subaru Outback.
When the brake pedal is depressed on this vehicle, the pedal travel is so long and spongy that when the pedal is fully depressed it is below the level of the gas pedal. The incident I am reporting occurred when I had to make an emergancy stop. My foot (being a wide shoe size) ended up not only in contact with the brake pedal but also the accelerator pedal. Consequently, I was unable to stop the vehicle and struck a road sign. I contacted Subaru and my dealer and their response was that all of the cars they manufacture have the same brake feel and pedal travel. Just because all of the vehicles are like this dosen't make it right. The car is fine under normal driving conditions because you have time to think about where your feet are, but in an emergency situation it can be deadly.
Experenicing brake problem when applying brakes. Too much force is needed to get vehicle to stop properly. Dealer /manufacturer notified, and informed consumer that nothing can be done.
While driving at 50 mph on wet pavement vehicle hydro planed. Driver applied the brakes, and vehicle slid off the road and ran into brick wall.
See all problems of the 1997 Subaru Outback.
When driving at highway speed and going up a incline, applied the brakes and brake pedal was soft, and went straight to the floorboard, causing consumer to slow down and rear end another vehicle.
The braking system malfunctioned, causing brake pedal to feel "mushy," and had extended stopping distance, which could cause a crash. Currently at dealer's. Please provide further information and VIN#.
On a dry pavement, while driving 60 mph, went to slow down by applying the brakes, and the vehicle spinned out and almost caused a serious accident. Dealer won't determine problem.
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.
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. Please give any further details.
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 anti skid system on this vehicle has a major flaw in operational design that only becomes evident in packed snow & ice conditions, and at very low initial speeds, when first beginning to move on a downhill slope. On such slippery surfaces, when the car is barely moving forward downhill by gravity, if you apply the brakes ever so gently to avoid unwanted acceleration, the anti-skid will release rapidly and continuously, destroying any deceleration capabilitity, even though the surface friction characteristics are such that the tires could grip and stop the car. I drive in hilly terrain in the winter and this has happened a number of times. To demonstrate to myself that the car can be stopped under such conditions, I have, on several occasions, done the following; placed the transmission in reverse while the car is stopped on a slippery downhill grade, with the footbrakes applied. The 'reverse' input to the transmission tries to move the car upward on the hill. Slowly releasing the brakes permits gravity to move the car downhill, even though the transmission is applying a force against it. . As the car accelerates forward (because of gravityd), I apply just enough gas pedal to bring the car to a stop, via the transmission 'reverse' imput to the tire and surface interface. . Had I applied the footbrake alone, without the reversing force, the anti-skid would have activated and rapidly cycled as the car accelerated downhill. I have nearly wrecked my car several times because of this shoprtcoming. Each time I stopped oniy when reaching the bottom of the hill. This dangerous problem that can easily be fixed by Subaru by tweaking the system to cut out at very low speeds. I hope you can solve this dangerous problem before someone gets into real trouble. Thank you. J. Ruddy.
When traveling 45 and mph upon applying the brake pedal to make a suden stop, vehicle continued to acclerate ,causing extended stopping distance, resulting in an accident. Upon impact, neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed. Passenger side frontal damage to the front end. Consumer has contacted the dealer. Please provide any further details.
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.
While traveling at 20mph and when stopping at a light depressed brake pedal, noticed pedal traveling to floorboard, and lost brake power. Please provide further information.
While driving vehicle suddenly accelerates out of control which could cause a crash. The braking system does not work properly while vehicle is accelerating. Also problems with rack and pinion steering. Please provide further information.
When applying the brakes the pedal goes to the floor and vehicle does not stop. Dealer has not seen vehicle since collision.
Vehicle continued to accelerate while standing on the brake pedal.
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).
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|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brake Disc Rotor problems||
|Brake Disc Pads problems||
|Brake Master Cylinder problems||
|Brake Light On problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Disc Caliper problems||
|Brake Foundation Components problems||
|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||