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Old 02-29-2004, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default Premature brake wear - 2003 LL Bean Outback - Need Help!

I've mentioned this before in another thread, 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 02-29-2004, 02:53 PM   #2
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Try a different pad....
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Old 02-29-2004, 05:47 PM   #3
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Try a different pad....
All of the pads so far have been genuine pads and installed by technicians at a Subaru dealership. Is there a better pad I can ask them for that doesn't cause safety/warranty problems?
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Were all brake replacements done at the same Subaru Dealership? If so then sounds like you should try a different dealership.
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Old 03-01-2004, 09:28 AM   #5
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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.
285 pounds is noticable. And in case of Outback the difference is at the front of the car (where your wear is higher). Add to this a more powerfull engine with which you can accelerate your car to higher speeds before you start to brake.
The difference in weight/speed does not have to be big to notice a lot higher pads wear. It's enough to just break your pads critical temperature by a little and they can wear like crazy.
I am really surprised as well you still use the stock pads. They are bad enough to change them before the first set wears out.
Find some better pads.
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