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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,167 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Subaru Forester fuel system problems

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2006 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 152016


  • 80,000 miles


Upon start up in cold weather there is a very strong smell of fuel inside the cabin of the car. It made myself and my daughter feel very ill. Had to exit my 2006 Subaru Forester xt. Inspected engine under the hood to find leaking fuel lines. Googled the problem to discover it is reacurrent with this make/model/year as evident by similar complaints in Subaru forums, google search, and fb pages. This is a danger to health and safety and should be recalled. Vehicle is under 100,000 miles. Leaking fuel drips directly onto the engine cylinder and close proximity to the turbocharger on the passenger side. There is significant risk of engine fire! health and safety risk also from the fuel fumes in the engine cabin. Subaru dealership quoted $1,300. To fix.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 212016


  • 54,000 miles
Purchased in ak in 2006. Approximately 13,000 miles on engine. Paperwork listed entry-point: Hawaii. Current 2016 mileage: Less than 60,000. Well-maintained vehicle.----- upon acceleration, the engine sometimes lurches and revs too high too fast, and then settles into how it is supposed to feel and sound. Other times, it suddenly loses power instead, lurching down like we've taken our foot off the gas (but we haven't because we are on a highway or freeway!), very briefly and then time, just a few weeks ago, it felt like I'd lost all power and the car was going to stop in the middle of the busy highway, but it immediately recovered and then felt normal.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012014


  • 40,000 miles
Purchased in ak in 2006. Approximately 13,000 miles on engine. Paperwork listed entry-point: Hawaii. Current 2016 mileage: Less than 60,000. Well-maintained vehicle. --- in cold weather, despite being garaged, intermittent strong smell of fuel in garage and upon start-up. Sometimes the odor is present before startup. Other times odor not present until engine starts. Goes away when engine warms. Used to be in only very cold weather, then in 2015 it happened in cold but not as cold weather. Recently, in 2016, it happened in garage in warm weather state, so cold weather no longer necessary variable. Again, it is intermittent. This issue first became noticeable in winter of 2014.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012014


  • 110,000 miles


The passenger cabin smells like gas due a fuel leak. It only happens in very cold weather.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 012013


  • 60,000 miles
When the temp gets into the teens or lower gas leaks in and around the engine. This is dangerous!! I have found fuel near area that get very hot, and I am worried about my family starting on fire. Soa recalled a few years to repair this issue, but not all that are affected.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

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problem #1

Mar 102014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
On cold mornings, the car smells very strongly of fuel. The odor goes away after warming up, and is only on cold mornings.

- Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA

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