Subaru Forester owners have reported 58 problems related to gasoline fuel system (under the gasoline fuel system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Subaru Forester based on all problems reported for the Forester.
This past week, with the temperatures here in new jersey dipping into the teens, I smelled the distinct odor of gasoline in my 2003 Subaru Forester in my driveway before I hit the road. The smell was so strong, I had to turn back home as my children were not feeling well from the smell. This had happened before, but never to this degree. I went to the Subaru service department and was told that they had received many calls about this same issue. He indicated that the cold weather caused the lines to contract and allowed gasoline to leak onto the engine. He said that the as the weather warmed up, the lines would expand again, thus minimizing the problem. However, he said that the only way to correct the problem was to have the lines changed. When I asked if it was a hazard to continue driving the vehicle until I could have the lines replaced, he suggested that I limit my driving since gasoline dripping onto a hot engine was dangerous. I asked if there was a recall for the lines, and he stated no. Since this is a dangerous situation and not evident in later models of Subaru, I think that other owners should be made aware.
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While driving vehicle in extremely cold weather notice strong fuel smell coming in car.
I started the car after it had sat in 10-15 degree weather and there was a strong smell of unused gasoline in the cabin. It has started happening on start-up frequently since then.
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Very strong odor of gasoline in the cabin right after startup and throughout short trips, especially with heater on. Seems to happen most often when outside temperatures are near or below the freezing mark. Did not experience before this winter, now occurs daily. Please investigate this problem before someone gets hurt or killed! if Subaru knows that there is a safety problem with the fuel system, owners should not have to pay for repairs.
A strong fuel smell when I started my car.
Smell of raw gas inside of vehicle while driving. It doesn't happen all the time only on extremely cold days.
During the recent cold snap here in tennessee I got a report from a friend that his 2004 Forester xt was leaking fuel into his engine bay. I went out to start my car the next day and mine is doing the same thing. The fuel is slowly leaking onto the engine block. This is an extremely dangerous situation. I did some researching and it seems that almost all Forester models from 2002-2006 have this exact same issue! some have been recalled, but the Forester xt hasn't. The engines are the same. . . I don't understand why this dangerous problem hasn't been resolved by Subaru.
When starting my car in very cold temperature there is a very strong raw gasoline smell in the cabin. After driving the car to a doctor's appointment my husband checked under the hood and saw smoke. It is currently parked. This has happened for three days in our current cold weather.
In below freezing cold weather my 2003 Subaru Forester smells like gasoline inside the cabin.
Very strong fuel smell in the car with heater on so strong have to roll window down. Happens 2 to 3 times a week on cold days. Strongest when its a cold start.
In cold weather we get a strong fuel smell. The smell enters the car and gives everyone a headache. Other Subaru owners we know have the same problem. Subaru knows of this problem but will not make a recall. Estimates for a fix run about $300.
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2003 Forester has heavy smells of fuel when starting in cold weather only. This was prevent last winter and has returned this winter. Fuel vapors are very dangerous. Subaru should issue a recall and address the issue.
Strong smell of fuel when operating the vehicle in cold weather (around 35 degrees or colder). The fumes are sometimes so intense that they cause a headache and certainly pose a significant fire risk.
My 2003 Forester has recently been experiencing extremely strong smells of fuel when driving in the cold weather. Inhaling fuel vapors are very dangerous, here are side effects associated with inhalation of fumes: inhaling gasoline fumes brings concentrated hydrocarbons into your lungs and bloodstream. Some of the ingredients in gasoline are extremely toxic and are mutagens. Liver damage and permanent brain damage are possibilities. The side effects caused by the inhalation of gasoline can range from central nervous system (cns) depression, which can include: eye and throat irritation, mild or pronounced dizziness, headache, lack of appetite, drowsiness and in-coordination. In more serious circumstances, it can cause unconsciousness, pulmonary edema, and death. Subaru should issue a recall and address the issue!!.
2003 Forester has extremely strong aromas of fuel when starting & driving in cold weather. Fuel vapors are very dangerous, here are side effects of inhalation: inhaling gasoline fumes brings concentrated hydrocarbons into your lungs and bloodstream. Some of the ingredients in gasoline are extremely toxic and are mutagens. Liver damage and permanent brain damage are possibilities. The side effects caused by the inhalation of gasoline can range from central nervous system (cns) depression, which can include: eye and throat irritation, mild or pronounced dizziness, headache, lack of appetite, drowsiness and in-coordination. In more serious circumstances, it can cause unconsciousness, pulmonary edema, and death. Subaru should issue a recall and address the issue, because they installed a defective product!.
Start vehicle in the morning and can smell gas fumes outside and inside even when driving. This causes burning of nose and throat.
Fuel smell at start up in temps below 35 degrees, decreases after car warms up. If very cold does not go away.
I first noticed a strong gas smell in the vehicle on the coldest day of the year, when the temperature was below 20 degrees. The gas smell enters the vehicle through the vents when the heater is turned on and the car is idling. While the vehicle is traveling at a speed of 10+ mph, the gas smell is not noticeable. When the heater is turned off, the gas smell does not enter the vehicle. When I exit the vehicle, I can smell gas outside of the vehicle also. The smell is so overwhelming that I cannot run the heater in the extreme cold temperatures while the vehicle is idling. I ran the vehicle throughout the summer months and there is no problem with the gas smell whatsoever. I do not take my child in the vehicle with me during the winter months due to the strong gas fumes. I fear that I may become stranded in my vehicle and I will not be able to idle my car for heat.
There's a noxious smell of gasoline entering the cabin during cold weather. It dissipates when driving, but comes right back when idle. This went away during the summer, but has returned for the winter of 2013/14.
Strong gas/fuel smell inside cabin and engine compartment during vehicle warm up in driveway when temp was in low 20's. Unable to locate leaking fuel but smell is noticeably stronger on passenger side of engine bay. Vehicle will be towed to dealer in the morning as vehicle is unsafe to drive. Gas vapors are extremely flammable/explosive. I have found many similar complaints posted on this website and others. This suggests there may be an inherent design flaw since these vehicles are marketed to owners in cold weather locales. I have contacted Subaru of America via e-mail about this incident. Today is Sunday and nothing is open.
My 2004 Forester xt (turbo) developed a slow gasoline leak, with gas seeping from hoses/clamps located underneath manifold. Gas fumes were entering the cab of vehicle, especailly when out-side temperatures below 40 degrees f. This is a safety and health hazard for drivers and passengers. This appears to be the same problem as outlined in recall of Subaru impreza wrx turbo (recall #wvk-21), but to date there are no recall for this issue for Foresters. I reently had this fixed at a cost > $500, cost was primarily to take manifold off in order to get to hoses & clamps which had to be replaced.
On the first genuine cold day of the year (below 40 degrees f) I noticed a strong fuel smell coming from my air vents while driving. As it's now mid November and averages below 40 degrees f I get a strong fuel smell at every cold start until the car warms up to top opperating temperature. After researching this symptom, I discovered that it's very common for the fuel clamps underneith the intake manifold on the passenger side to leak when cold on 2004 Subaru Forester xts. Upon further investigation I discovered that this is happening with my car, and is pooling fuel on the engine until warm. Average estimate from dealer is $500.
1st issue with 2004 fxt 4at . Cold start emmitting raw fuel smell both in and outside of car. Local shop diagnosed as weak connections on fuel filter. Filter needed replacement in 5,000 miles, so opted to swap out to a new oem filter. Next day smell still present. Temps below freezing for past 6 weeks (michigan), but problem only started 1 week ago. Since problem persists, doing more research, and will contact soa and local sub dealer for assistance and plan. No other fuel complaints (knock, stall, rough idle, economy issues). Current mileage 109,000.
Gasoline odor inside vehicle when stopped at traffic lights causing headaches,and fear of fire!.
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Strong smell of gas inside the car in cold weather. Replaced and tightened fuel clamps, to no avail. A recall was issued for the same system on the wrx, why not the Forester?.
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