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Subaru Impreza, Brakes, Sedan, Wagon
#45 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [vali51]
May 14, 2008 (8:33 am)
Subaru is not recognizing the design flaw.. they are just replacing brake switched with new brake switches of the same design.. go back to them.. start creating a record. My dealer said they have to redesign the break switch..
I will keep going back.. also I cancelled a Forester purchase in progress because I think they use the identical brake switch in that car.. What a shameful state affairs.
I hope the Subaru car division is acquired by another company as soon as possible and salvage whatever reputation they have left.
#46 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [impreza2008]
May 14, 2008 (10:17 am)
I had the same problem re the lights coming on. My dealer replaced the brake switch. I have found that the NHTSA has issued a techinical service bulletin no 15 re this problem. I have ordered the bulletin from the NHTSA but that will take awhile to get.
According to the summary of the bulletin Subaru restyled the original brake switch. I called my dealer today and was told that when my car was fixed the new design of brake switch was used. The service department said they have not had any person coming in with recurrent problems.
Is it possible that when your car was fixed the old style was used? PM">link title
#47 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [mom3peggy]
May 14, 2008 (1:29 pm)
Thanks.. this is very helpful. My dealer said they replaced the defective brake switch with the same design brake switch and that the new design was not available.. maybe they are in the dark.. will call the dealer and report back. Post the NHTSA bulletin when you get it. Wonder if the bulletins are online.
#48 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [impreza2008]
May 14, 2008 (2:02 pm)
The summary of the service bulletin is on the nhtsa.dot.gov web site under service bulletins.The service bulletin number is 10024073.
Please keep us informed as to the results of your talks with the dealer. I really hope that the new brake switch design works. PM
#49 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [mom3peggy]
May 14, 2008 (5:33 pm)
Thanks for info. What does this brake switch in fact? Is it the one controlling the rear brake lights? Or some other? Any code for the restyled one please?
#50 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [vali51]
May 14, 2008 (6:36 pm)
Since I do not have the full bulletin I can only go by the fact that codes C0074 and C0054 are listed on the summary and these are codes reported by people who are having problems with the abs and vdc lights flashing on their dashboards.
My dealer did not give me the new part number. I was told that the problem was related to the new electrical system on the 2008 subaru impreza and the fact that all the parts were not communicating correctly. I am hoping that the service bulletin lists the correct part number.
I know very little about cars but am trying to understand the problem so I can feel better about driving my car. I have tried to call the Subaru 800 number but could get no one who was willing to discuss the brake switch problem with me or the tech bulletin.
My prior car was a Honda Civic and I never had problems with it. I changed cars only because I was moving to the state of Washington and was advised that because of the rainy weather and the hills a Subaru was a good car.
I did order the entire bulletin from the NHTSA and I am hoping that this will help me understand the problem.
#51 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [mom3peggy]
May 14, 2008 (10:07 pm)
Thanks a lot, noted. Will really appreciate to post the bulletin when u ‘ll get it.
#52 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [vali51]
May 18, 2008 (12:12 pm)
My lights came on again today. This time around, however, the situation reset itself and the lights went off. I will call the dealer tomorrow and find out what to do. I am almost to the point where I think I should trade in the car for another. PM
#53 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [mom3peggy]
May 22, 2008 (5:27 pm)
I had my break switch replaced for the third time...again with the same type of switch. I was told that Subaru is working on the problem and that it is on the verge of releasing the new design. I was also told that the next time this happens, the dealer will ignore what Subaru is dictating and try to come up with an indepdent view of the problem and solution.
The oil change today was on Dan Perkins Subaru as a token of their appreciation for may patience. I still enjoy driving the car and I am impressed with the service I get from the dealer.
mom3peggy, don't through in the towel.. the problem does not affect safety..unless you are in snow. I am hopeful by winter this will be behind us.
#54 of 68 Re: abs+vdc lights [impreza2008]
May 29, 2008 (9:29 am)
I really appreciate being able to read about your experience with your Impreza. Although my brake switch was replaced at the end of February and so far I haven't encountered further problems, I'm certainly taking it on a day-by-day basis. It is a great car when it's working. Thank you for taking the time and effort to keep everyone up to date.
If the 2008 Impreza didn't have the safety features of abs and vdc, I would not have purchased it -- in fact, I didn't purchase the 2007 Impreza for my son for that reason alone. Instead, I purchased a 2007 Honda CRV, complete with all of the safety features. For sure, the safety features are great in the winter on icy roads, however, they're every bit as important on wet roads. Also, abs allows one to steer while braking, which is great in all weather conditions. I would be just as upset to lose my safety features in the summer as I was in the winter when I was driving with the systems disengaged. I wouldn't want anyone at Subaru to think that because winter is behind us, there's no urgency in fixing the safety systems. I really hope they come up with a fix very soon!