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Hello,

My car was up for the 60,000km maintenance. We found out that the rear wheel brake were finished (2mm left). While front wheel were A-Ok.

This is my fourth Subaru, and every time the brakes were wearing evenly.
I wonder if the Eye-Sight automatic braking is using more the rear wheels than the front?

Thoughts?
 

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Meh.
I has wagons.
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Normal for the 2010+ models.
 
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+1. don't think of it as a problem so much as technology and systems utilization is improving - just like every other gadget and novelty that attracted you to a new vehicle to begin with. it's not like everything improves while brakes stay in the 1970's.
 

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I agree this is 'normal' for the 2010+ mainly due to the electronic brake proportioning system.

I have switched from using CERAMIC brakepads to SEMI-METALLIC ones in the rear. This seems to have reduced the rear-wear. (Because SEMI-METALLIC pads wear MUCH better and have better braking power too)

The main 'drawback' to SEMI-METALLIC pads is the black-dust they create on the wheels. (Ceramic pads create white dust which is less noticeable)
 

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Yup. My theory is that the VDC braking is using the rear brakes more. Maybe slow down on the turns. Nah, what's the use of having a Subaru if you have to slow down? :)
 

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Thanks all for your reply! Much appreciated.
 

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Good info above.

2010+ models eat rear brake pads. The VDC stability program increases the wear in general, yet the parts are still sized for a car without such software.

You could look at it as a cost-savings measure- they kept the purchase price down by using an off-the-shelf part, but you also get the consequence of more frequent replacement.
 

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The rear pads are a smidgen thimmer than the fronts. I say smidgen because i cant remember the actual measurement.
 
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