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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,615 miles

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2012 Subaru Forester fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2012 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 082012


  • 3,330 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Subaru Forester. While coming to a stop, the vehicle made an intermittent clunking sound when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact stated that the vehicle had a lot of electrical issues. While driving 5 mph, all the electrical components in the instrument panel failed and a whining noise was heard. The contact also stated that the vehicle was experiencing fuel issues. When the vehicle was fueled, the fuel gauge reading was inaccurate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 3,330.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 252012

Forester 4-cyl

  • 1,900 miles
During cold weather starts, the vehicle cabin smells strongly of raw fuel, as if there was a fuel leak. The smell persists until the engine has reached its normal operating temperature. Loose fuel lines have been reported in previous model year Foresters, and rare instances of this occurring in current generation Foresters (09-13).

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

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