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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,392 miles

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2002 Subaru Outback fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 062010


  • 90,784 miles


Idling at stop with foot firmly on brake pedal. Sudden surge with audible and tachometer increase in RPM. Car jumped forward slightly. A few prior minor RPM surges with foot on brake. Thanks to the recent news re Toyota. I knew to shove the transmission into park and turned off the ignition.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012005


  • 50,000 miles
When the temperature is below 30 degrees, there is a strong fuel smell in the cab when the heater is running. This has been a problem for the last 3 years in my 2002 Subaru Outback. I tried correcting the problem by tightening the brackets in the fuel line and this has not helped. My internet research indicates this is a common problem for Subaru (different models and years). I am surprised this has not been recalled. In some cases, it is due to loose brackets and in others leaky gaskets in the fuel injector. This is clearly a health issue. I cannot drive my car with my two small children with the heater running (even without the heater there is a residual fuel smell).

- Denver , CO, USA

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