hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,498 miles

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2003 Subaru Forester fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Subaru Forester Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Jan 172013

Forester 4-cyl

  • 108,750 miles


I was driving my 2003 Subaru Forester and noticed a strong odor of gasoline coming from my vents, increasing when I tuned on my heat. At first I thought I was behind a car using diesel fuel. The temperature outside was 11 degrees F. I brought my car into the Subaru dealer when on the second day it increased and I had to open the windows to for ventilation as this was making me feel light headed an ill. I was told by the person in repair that an employee of Subaru had come in also that day with the same complaint. My car was found to have leaks in the gas lines. I was told his happens in cold weather. Since Subaru advertises their vehicles as the cold weather vehicles I find this totally unacceptable. This is a safety hazard and feel their should be a recall, since they have recalled some of their other vehicles for this very same reason. This is very frightening to say the least. I was told it will cost $750 to repair. I feel his is a defect and major safety hazard and shoued be a recall before someone gets seriously injured if they have not already.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 212013


  • 190,000 miles
When weather is cold, there is a strong smell of fuel inside the car. Happens on any morning when temperature is below freezing.

- Warren, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 242013


  • 75,000 miles
Started and drove vehicle approx. 1 mile in 20 degree weather when I began to smell an extremely strong raw gasoline odor. The passenger compartment was inundated with the odor. I checked for leaks but did not see any(it was at night). I slowly drove home with my passenger-side windows open. Haven't driven the vehicle since....

- New York, NY, USA

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