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#1 of 113 Subaru Forester Brake Questions
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Oct 23, 2006 (6:16 am)
Discuss brake issues with your Forester here.
#2 of 113 brakes
Jan 25, 2006 (7:33 pm)
I just bought an '06 and I've noticed when braking I need to push down with a bit of force when wanting to stop. Almost feels like the brakes are not biting. I also have only 150 miles on the car. Do they need to break in? Is this normal for the Forester? I'll be going in tomorrow to the dealer, but wanted some feedback from other owners.
BTW, the car is great, fun to drive and amazingly strong for a 4 cylinder.
#3 of 113 Re: brakes [jeqq]
Jan 25, 2006 (8:10 pm)
Funnily enough I can't comment on the brake feel of my own 06 FXT, because I'm so used to it I don't notice anything strange. However, the first 06 Forester I test drove was an X, and one of the first thing I noticed was how soft the brake pedal was; there was almost no resistance whatsoever until you pushed it almost to the floor.
The car slowed just fine, it was only the feel of the pedal that wasn't as sharp as most other cars I've driven.
#4 of 113 Re: brakes [dstew1]
Jan 25, 2006 (9:34 pm)
that's exactly what I'm feeling. I have the LL Bean which is basically an X. I guess they all feel the same.
#5 of 113 Re: brakes [jeqq]
Jan 26, 2006 (3:55 am)
You can mention it to your dealer at the next service, but Subies are known for squishy brakes.
#6 of 113 Re: brakes [jeqq]
Jan 27, 2006 (4:06 am)
I add my name to the list of people who would like Subaru to address the "squishy" brake issue.
I have an 01 and have never liked the soft feel of the brakes....BUT I have always made all the stops needed.
Would also like to have a 20 gal fuel tank . Note that I have amassed 87000 on the puppy and cannot find a reason to replace this seamless vehicle. I have had zero issues with it.
#7 of 113 Re: brakes [jeqq]
Jan 27, 2006 (6:02 am)
Reviewers are always criticizing the Forester's brakes for their "soft" or "vague" feel. However, they work just fine and once you get use to them, most drivers don't even notice.
#8 of 113 Re: brakes [p0926]
Jan 27, 2006 (6:12 am)
My wife has a Forester and I drive a Maxima. I often drive her car when we are going places together due to better gas mileage and more cargo space, and I will definitely agree that it takes me a few miles each time to get used to the brakes. The car stops fine, but it just doesn't have the right feel.
#9 of 113 Re: brakes [p0926]
Jan 27, 2006 (11:09 am)
Frank....I agree most people "get use to them" however I would prefer to get use to a firmer feeling pedal. All things being equal ....my confidence level would be enhanced with the firm pedal vs the vague pedal. But hey...thats just my opinion.
#10 of 113 Re: brakes [jeqq]
Jan 27, 2006 (8:29 pm)
I don't know if it helps but I had a similar issue with my Dad's Camry. I can remember him complaining about the brakes and me not noticing anything, then I would drive it and notice that it seemed they were "soft". The dealer never found a problem with them. I suppose it's something that happens from time to time on some cars.