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Old 02-28-2004, 04:12 AM   #1
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Default LL Bean Outback - Excessive brake wear - Need feedback

I think I've mentioned this before, but my 2003 LL Bean Outback seems to grind brakes like a banshee. I have had the car for a little over 15 months now, and have 41,000 miles and have been informed my front brakes AGAIN have worn down to 20% even though I just had ALL FOUR replaced between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is now my FOURTH brake replacement on this car.

After speaking with the dealership, they tell me the following (see my answers after the quotes):

1) "It's the way you're driving." I drive this car no differently than I did either of my 2 previous Outbacks.

2) "Your foot may be depressing the brake ass you press the gas." For laughs, I stayed EXTRA aware of this being a possibility and made sure that the brake was in NO WAY being touched when depressing the gas. i kept my foot on the far right side of the gas.

3) "Its common when you put on the mileage you do." BULL****! My two previous Outbacks accrued the same mileage in the same amount of time. My commutes haven't hanged at all.

4) This Outback is heavier because it's a six-cylinder". The total curb weight difference is only 285 pounds, which is not much (good technical design on Subaru's end though), so the differences should be negligable.

Anyway, I was wondering what you LL Bean owners out there have experienced with your brake life. Am I driving a lemon? Unfortunatly, the extened warranty i bought seems to be worth aout as much as a squirt of piss since it doesn't cover brake wear (even abnormal)! HELP!!!
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Old 02-28-2004, 05:05 AM   #2
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What's the wear on your brakes like on your rear brakes? I know front brakes tend to wear out first but curious about your rear end brakes!
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Old 02-28-2004, 03:08 PM   #3
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Subaru's district manager checked it out last time and decided to replace pads all around. The rear seem fine right now, but I don't have an exact %.
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Old 02-29-2004, 03:42 AM   #4
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I too have a 2003 LL Bean. The car now has 18,000 miles on it and it's still on the original brake pad. The last time I checked the brake at about 15,000 miles, there was at least 70% brake pad left. I do not consider going through 3 sets of brake pads in 41,000 miles normal. Unless you drive 100% on the race track , which I don't think you do.

BTW, I've owned 3 Subarus in the last 8 years, '96 Outback, '00 RS and '03 LL Bean. In both cases of my Outback and RS, the original oem brake pads lasted over 50,000 miles, in the case of the RS under pretty aggressive driving. And due to the fact that the rear brake pads are smaller in size than the front pads , both front and rear brake pads wear at almost the same rate. Though your milage may vary.

HB_dad, you may also want to post in the Legacy and/or brake forum for more relevant comments.
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