NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems

2005 Saab 9-2X (Page 1 of 2)


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Average Mileage:
92,567 miles

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2005 Saab 9-2X fuel system problems

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2005 Saab 9-2X Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Feb 142016


  • 155,000 miles


When temperature is below freezing, there is a strong smell of fuel in the cabin until the engine reaches operating temperature. It is noted that the fuel lines are leaking near the clamps under the intake manifold on the passenger side. Approx. 1 drip every 2 seconds until the engine is warm and the rubber seals again. It appears this is a known issue with many Subaru models, however there has only been a partial tsb and the 2005my has not been included at the time of this posting. The smell is very strong when stopped, and goes away once in motion. Once the car warms up, there is no sign of any smell. Fuel leak location is also very near the turbocharger, which gets to very high temperature.

- La Grange Park, IL, USA

problem #22

Jan 202016


  • miles
Beside the takata recall, the car is leaking gas when the temperature drops below 20 degrees. The interior is filled with the smell of fuel when it is cold. Obviously the same problem is happening to more cars and all you have to do is a search on google for gas smell WRX when it's cold. Or similar. Apparently the fuel lines shrink when it's cold and the clamps do not hold and leak gas on a hot engine right by the manifold. It most certainly can cause a fir and should be recalled. Especially when so many people have had the exact same problem.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #21

Nov 032015


  • 160,000 miles
This vehicle, being made by Saab and Subaru of America, is exibiting the same exact issue as described by the 2002-2003 Subaru WRX fuel leak recall initiated by the NHTSA in 2003 (I believe). This issue is starting to appear, even in mild climates like mine in California, on vehicles well beyond the 02-03my. My vehicle is equivalent to the 2005 Subaru WRX wagon. It uses the same engine/fuel system. It doesn't get very cold here, but on a 50 degree F day this morning, I had a strong smell of fuel for the second time in a row. I anticipate this will happen every morning, from now on. This is an obvious fire and safety hazard, proven by the fact the NHTSA already had soa issue a recall previously for the same issue. The "fix" is not working long term, since my vehicle fell into manufacture years after the fact. Manufacturing changes did not remedy the issue, the issue remains, even up to the 2005 my. I urge the NHTSA to seriously investigate this fuel leaking issue for all 2002-up Subaru boxer engines. It's still a major issue. Raw fuel evaporating into the atmosphere, and noxious vapors entering the vehicle cabin while being driven, not a good situation.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #20

Feb 252015


  • 110,000 miles


Every time vehicle is started in below freezing temperatures there is strong cabin smell raw gasoline fumes. It only goes away after several minutes of driving. Possible fire hazard. Please help.

- Mansfield Center, CT, USA

problem #19

Dec 152014


  • 70,000 miles
I notice a strong smell of gas if the temperature drops below 20 degrees. This seems to be a fire hazard and also a health hazard. The same problem existed on the Subaru WRX which is the same car and it was recalled. The same needs to be done for the Saab which was built by Subaru.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

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problem #18

Nov 182014

9-2X 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Every time vehicle is started in below freezing temperatures gasoline sprays out of fuel lines under intake manifold and leaks all over engine, interior cabin smells of strong gasoline fumes during this time and also while driving, possible fire condition may occur.

- Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #17

Nov 132014

9-2X 4-cyl

  • 111,000 miles


In cold temperatures my car begins to smell of fuel and based on a mechanics diagnosis, it has to do with the fuel line clamps needing to be tightened. It seems like many of Saab 9-2X aero models have this issue. This is unacceptable and should be recalled by the company. If this many people are having issues, there is clearly a problem.

- Holladay, UT, USA

problem #16

Jan 152014

9-2X 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Upon cold weather startups (less than 20 degrees) strong smell of raw fuel in cabin until car warms up.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #15

Dec 032013


  • 113,000 miles
When the temperature is below freezing or close to 45 degrees F, this car will leak gasoline from the fuel lines under the intake in the engine bay. This fuel pools onto the hot engine block and causes a fire hazard. It also creates a smell of gasoline inside the vehicle cabin that is so strong that the windows need to be lowered to breathe properly and for the health of the passengers. The maker of this car, fuji heavy industries (Subaru) and the seller (General Motors), knows about this problem and have done nothing to prevent a fire that is waiting to happen or make any safety recalls for this car.

- Mayfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #14

Mar 102014


  • 53,000 miles
When the outside temperature is approximately 35 degrees F or less, there is a strong raw fuel smell in the vehicle from cold startup. The problem dissipates after the vehicle comes up to operating temperature. Mechanic diagnosed it as a leaking fuel line under the intake manifold. The cost of this repair is approximately $700. This issue appears to be common in both the Saab 9-2X and its Subaru equivalent, the impreza WRX. Both models were built by Subaru. There was a recall for the 2002 and 2003 Subaru WRX, but nothing has been issued regarding this vehicle.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #13

Mar 182014


  • 148,500 miles


For the winter a raw fuel smell filled the engine and passenger compartment, especially in cold weather on a cold startup. Mechanic diagnosed it as a leaking fuel line under the intake manifold. This problem appears to be quite common affecting both Saab 9-2X and its Subaru equivalent the WRX (both models built by Subaru). There was a recall issued for 02-03 WRX's, but it appears nothing has been done to fix this hazardous issues in later models.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #12

Dec 102012


  • 100,000 miles
When weather reaches below 20F raw fuel seeps out of a line running on the engine. Smell of gas is apparent until car is fully warm.

- Commerce Twp, MI, USA

problem #11

Dec 022013


  • miles
During cold weather there are fumes coming from the right side of the engine, and strong gasoline smell inside the cabin, the driving is only possible with windows rolled down. The driving at night is not possible when the warm air is turn on, more gasoline smell comes inside. I don't understand since Subaru had similar problem with impreza WRX and there was a recall, why they ignore this with Saab 9-2X that has Subaru engine.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #10

Jan 242014


  • miles
This car while being badged as a Saab is exactly the same as the 05 Subaru impreza WRX. The Saab 92X leaks raw fuel. I'm not sure where it's coming from. In the 02-03 impreza had a recall for this same problem which unfortunately does not cover 05. However the fuel leak problem still exists and needs to be addressed by Subaru or GM any fuel leak is hazardous especially one like this. This needs to be a recall. It's not safe.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 212014

9-2X 4-cyl

  • 95,541 miles
Strong fuel smell inside of car. Inspected under hood and determined that the fuel smell was emanating from the right side of the engine.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 012012


  • miles
When temperatures get near freezing, there is a strong gasoline smell coming from the engine compartment that seeps into the cabin. It seems like the clamps that hold the rubber fuel lines may come loose over time and the cold causes the lines to contract allowing the fuel to leak.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #7

Jan 032014


  • 140,000 miles
Vehicle interior smells heavily of gasoline after sitting outside in freezing temperatures. Fuel smell persists at low speeds and seems to be coming from underhood.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 272012

9-2X 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
There is an extremely strong gas smell in the cabin when temperatures are below 32 degrees. This appears to be a very common problem on these cars, as well as their Subaru cousins (Subaru WRX, Subaru impreza). Some references: forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php"T=2127350 saab92X.com/viewtopic.php"id=49113.

- Brighton, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 132013


  • 100,000 miles
When starting up and driving in cold conditions (temperature below 32F, not referring to engine bay temperature but ambient), a fuel line 'shrinks' or 'leaks' fuel vapor and liquid onto the engine block and causes a very noticeable and nauseous raw gasoline smell. This condition is know and is in a recall for MY2002-2003 Subaru wrxs with the same engine as the 2005 Saab 92-X aero as well as other Subaru and is know to exist by many, many Subaru and Saab owners. This is a safety concern since mine is leaving gasoline directly on top of the cylinder head and could potentially result in a fire which in many circumstances can lead to serious injuries to myself and/or other motorists. My car is completely stock with no modifications to the power-plant of any kind.

- Hyrum, UT, USA

problem #4

Feb 012012


  • 105,000 miles
Raw fuel odor in cabin. Took vehicle to personal mechanic as it was no longer under warranty. It was determined that fuel lines under exhaust manifold were dry and had cracked. Replaced two lines at the cost of >$750 parts and labor. A year later the fuel smell came back. Upon completing another repair, it was determined the other two lines were also dry and crack and were repaired. Cost could not be singled out as the repair was in conjunction with another. Fuel smell was present especially on cold mornings (<30F).

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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