Could you describe it? I haven't seen this with my 2013, but perhaps I'm not understanding exactly what sort of "clunk" sound you mean.With 2013 Subaru Outback, is it normal to hear a clunk from releasing the brake pedal? Doesn’t happen all the time and more consistent when releasing the pedal faster.
What he said. It's even an issue circulating on the Legacy forums. Subaru Canada published a memo with diagram explaining the design of the brake system, to illustrate why the noise happens. It's annoying, but not annoying enough for me to trade it in. (It's more annoying that it doesn't happen to everyone.) There's also a possibility it will get better in warmer weather.Hi all,
Unfortunately this issue has been addressed in multiple threads within this forum, and at this point there is no resolution by Subaru. This issue has been reported since 2011 (that I have been able to find), so that does not give me any hope for a resolution. Folks reported having master cylinders replaced, brake boosters replaced, etc., but did not address the issue. Now dealerships are telling customers that this is normal.
I hear you, it really bugged me too. But, my wife is the primary driver, and she doesn't seem to mind for now, so I am not going to worry too much about it. Here is the Tech Bulletin I was talking about:Yeah, I was little dramatic in my previous post as I was so annoyed by this issue this morning on my commute in. Like anything new, I want it to work "perfect" so this stuff really gets under my skin. My wife tells me I am OCD. (-:
I will most likely keep the Outback until next summer, and if I am still not used to the issue will trade it in at that point. It is super annoying, but not enough to take a significant depreciation hit!
Interesting about the Subaru Canada memo - thanks for the heads up on that. Also good to know it could get better in warmer weather - hope the summer makes it better!
Sorry, you picked the wrong brand if this requirement was on your car shopping list. Didn't you pay attention to H/K stereo hiss when you test drove the car? The good thing is, Subarus hold their value very well. Trade her in, get Venza and be happy...There is just no attention to detail.
Honestly, when I test drove it I only used the audio system for a few minutes and did not notice the hiss. Also I did not use the functions that create the elevating hiss sounds on my unit (navigation programming, bluetooth phone conversation) so it never came up or I just did not hear it. Had I noticed the brake pedal noise (which did not occur on my car until around 1000 miles) I would definitely not have purchased the car.Sorry, you picked the wrong brand if this requirement was on your car shopping list. Didn't you pay attention to H/K stereo hiss when you test drove the car? The good thing is, Subarus hold their value very well. Trade her in, get Venza and be happy...
Thanks, two interesting things:I hear you, it really bugged me too. But, my wife is the primary driver, and she doesn't seem to mind for now, so I am not going to worry too much about it. Here is the Tech Bulletin I was talking about:
When family or friends ask me about buying a Subaru, I make it abundantly clear that if rattles, clunks, piston slap, gaps in interior plastic panels bother them, they should not consider a Subaru. Subaru makes mechanically reliable, fun to drive (compared to other economy brands) cars. However, fit and finish is a whole different storyIt is a shame, as I really like the styling of car, and how it handles on the road.
The brake system supposedly was tweaked in the 2013s (not 100% on that) which may have changed the noise, but not the reason for it.Thanks, two interesting things:
1) They say a slight clicking noise on the document, however the noise I am experiencing is very loud and noticeable (and is almost like a clunk). I guess they have to downplay it a bit...
2) It doesn't explain why it doesn't happen until around the 1000 mile mark. I guess at that point things have worn in a bit?
It gets worse when dealing with a Japanese company. Depending on who says its normal, it may be fixed anyways quietly down the road. There's a culture of saving face that is bizarre by our standards in Japan. I've seen it done where a company denied the problem even existed until suddenly a fix showed up.Regardless, Subaru says it is normal. I am in the software industry, and when we use the dreaded "working as designed" phrase, that means that no fix is coming... (-: