hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
273,295 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester fuel system problems

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2005 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 152016


  • 172,000 miles


In cold weather, around 20 degrees Fahrenheit and below, I am experiencing a fuel leak under the intake manifold caused by contracted fuel lines. This is a known issue with 03-05 Foresters, especially those with turbos. Subaru should be help accountable for this, as it is a manufacturer defect that was recalled on similar vehicles around the same model year.

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #7

Jan 162016


  • 192,000 miles
During cold weather starts there is a significant fuel leak underneath the intake manifold, with gas pooling on top of the engine block, next to the turbo on the passenger side of the vehicle. There are several rubber gas hose connections between hard lines underneath the intake manifold and it seems the cold causes the rubber to shrink. This makes the hose clamps not effective enough to keep pressure on the lines and gas is seeping out from those connections (which are pressurized). With raw gas pooling not only on a hot engine block (close to several electrical connections) but also next to a very hot turbo on 2003-2005 Forester xt's which are factory equipped, this seems to pose a safety issue.

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #6

Dec 152015


  • 1,400,000 miles
Strong fuel smell in cold days in cabin, leaking fuel

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #5

Nov 132014


  • 138,000 miles


Fuel lines are leaking due to cold weather the same thing that was recalled for the WRX once already.S when it gets cold the lines constrict and the connections aren't right enough allowing liquid gasoline to leak out onto the hot engine. This is not an uncommon thing. Subaru needs to own up for this one like they did the WRX.

- Colorado Springs , CO, USA

problem #4

Jan 242014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 49,500 miles
On January 24th, 2014 at approximately 10:00am, my wife and I got inside my Subaru Forester. I started the vehicle and turned on the heater, when we both smell a strong smell of gasoline. We immediately decided to take car to the dealer, since the fumes where so overwhelming we drove with the windows open. Lucky for us the dealer is a 15 minutes ride, but with the windows down and no heat to minimize the situation and the weather below 20 degrees is kind of hard. We finally made it to the dealer. The service technician told us that when the weather is below 30 degrees the fuel lines shrink, causing fuel to leak. I was taken back to know this kind of hazard was not recall by the manufacturer and that other folks are having the same problem on their Subaru Forester. I further learned the repairs were estimated at over $1,300, because they needed to replace all the fuel lines in order to stop the leak. It seems this is issue happen to vehicles from 2000-2003 based on recall (Subaru recall no. Wvk-21it). I believe this is a serious safety issue that has the potential to be fatal. The vehicle in this condition is a fire hazard and due to the strong fumes that can overwhelm a person to lose conscience while driving. The bottom line is that the car is not drivable under this condition. I believed that the cost of repairs should be a burden of the manufacturer and not of the owner per the resolution of the mentioned earlier by Subaru's recall. As is indicative of the same problem. It will seem to me that this is a situation worthy of an investigation from dot, or is it going to wait until there is a fatality, and we go back to saying "I told you so".

- Washington, DC, USA

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problem #3

Feb 042013

Forester 4-cyl

  • 72,600 miles
When it is below 20 degrees F and the vehicle is stopped, there is a very strong odor of gasoline in the passenger compartment, indicating a leak near the cabin air intake. Similar problems have been reported by other forrester xt owners on various web sites (see www.subaruforrester.org for example).

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 292012

Forester 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Strong gasoline smell in the cabin of the vehicle when temperature drops below 30F. No smell when engine riches normal working temperature. No smell in the warm weather. Possible issue rubber fuel lines. Car is not to old to have rubber parts defected.

- Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 242012


  • 44,260 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that a strong gasoline odor was in the interior cabin of the vehicle. Upon inspection, it was discovered that the fuel lines failed. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 44,260.

- Budd Lake, NJ, USA

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