15k miles for brakes is really really bad. But you get what you pay for. The original pads on my bmw lasted 110k miles. Normally the original brakes are very high quality. So don't think they are crap. And when the time comes to replace them, don't cheap out. If you're spending like $20 for pads, you're doing it wrong.WOW, Mainiac, I'm amazed! I've always been accustomed to the 15-25k range for brakes. Then again, I am in an area where I may have a stop sign or traffic light every 500 feet when driving close to home. I think I also always bought the cheap pads Didn't know people were getting that much out of their brakes. Only reason why I asked was because my road trip is coming up and I recall reading somewhere that car companies sometimes skimp and put cheap starter pads in the car at the factory. Anyone else hear of this? Well, I hope the XV is similar to your Outback when it comes to the brakes!
The warranty covers defective parts. Not stuff that wears out like wiper blades, motor oil, tires, breaks.It's not in Subaru's interest to use parts that need replacing before 36,000 miles, due to the bumper-to-bumper warranty (they're not considered a "consumable," unlike the tires). I expect to get at least 60k on mine before I change any part of the brakes.