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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Subaru Legacy fuel system problems

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2003 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012012


  • miles


For at least 3 yrs now, we've been experiencing very strong raw fuel smell in the cabin in cold weather especially when the temp drops near freezing point in the winter. The fuel smell in the cabin happened when engine was on and the car was either stationary, in motion of any speed in cold weather. We didn't notice the fuel smell in the summer or in warm weather months. The fuel smell was so bad that at time we had to open the windows in the winter to air it out. Our biggest concern is that it might catch on fire and compromise our safety. Subaru has recall no. Wvk-21 for 2002-2003 Subaru WRX models, but not for other models with the same engine and model years. Please see that Subaru investigates the problem and makes the appropriate repairs. Many thanks, andrew

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012012


  • 75,000 miles
Fumes accumulate in the passenger compartment when driving in temperatures below freezing. Dealer states 'didn't smell any fumes'. replacing exhaust system didn't fix the problem.

- Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 202014

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Car will leak gas as temperatures go below freezing. Leak is located in the engine compartment passenger side.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 072014

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Subsequent to filling gas tank, gasoline was observed leaking from the rear undercarriage area, near the rear wheel driver's side. Approximately 1/2 to 1 gallon of gas was observed to leak onto the ground. A slow fuel leak continues in the same area, and a strong smell of gasoline in the passenger compartment persists until the fuel gauge indicates approximately 3/4 full. At this point, no leakage is observed, and a light smell of gasoline persists. This represents a dangerous condition and appears to be a manufacturer's defect.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #1

Jan 072014


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Legacy. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the contact smelled a strong gasoline odor coming from the engine compartment. The vehicle had not been taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnosis or repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Wakefield, RI, USA

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