hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,312 miles

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2004 Subaru Forester fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 072014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 101,312 miles


Fuel leak in 2004 Subaru Forester xt similar to other safety complaints entered, NHTSA campaign 09V468000 and Subaru recall wvk-21 for 2003 WRX. Evening of 7jan2014 driving home (in uncommonly cool weather) the vehicle began to smell strongly of gasoline in the passenger compartment. Upon arriving home, inspected under the hood to observe dripping fuel (approximately 1 drip per second) above the engine at a metal to rubber fuel line connection. Leaked fuel was pooled on the top of the engine. A puddle of warm fuel vaporizing near electrical equipment (battery, alternator, radiator fans) is a serious fire hazard. The car has been parked since the event. I investigated on the internet and have found numerous other accounts of cold weather fuel leaks in many Subaru models nearly identical to mine. My local Subaru dealer appeared to be aware of the issue when I called, but stated there is no active recall on my model. They offered that their fix is to tighten the hose clamps but I would need to cover the cost of the work. If Subaru has accepted responsibility for this issue in the 2002-2003 impreza and WRX, why would they not address the problem in other models that show the same symptoms?

- Kingsport , TN, USA

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