hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
286,121 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester fuel system problems

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2005 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 242014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 49,500 miles


The morning of Jan 24, 2014 my wife and I came started the car and noticed a strong gasoline smells when we started the car, turn on the heater and drove away. I immediately drove it the dealer, because the fumes whete so strong that we had the windows open without heat to minimize the smell, otherwise we could have easyli be overcome by the gas fumes. The dealer said that the fuel lines shrink due to the cold below 30 degree's thus leaking raw fuel whenever the vehicle is runing. As you can imagine this is a serious safety hazard that need to be investigated by your Agency before it turns into a fatality. Furthermore, it seem that previous Subaru models had this issue and a recall was issued (Subaru recall no. Wvk-21it) I was advised by the dealer that to repair thi problem will cost an estimate of $1,340, which is ridiculous knowing and most likely that this is a defective(s) fuel hoses. I guess I am very lucky that no fire started. I hope that you will look into this and get back to me with a reasonable explanation, since this is a serious safety issue.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Jan 022014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
It had been cold, below freezing in the mid West, most of the time I would recirculate the cabin air, but every time when I bring in fresh air from outside to clear the moisture, I experienced a strong odor of raw gas coming in through the air vents. Then I noticed fuel was actually leaking in the engine compartment, one section of the rubber hose was damp as a result of fuel dripping over it.

- Mount Pleasant, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 192014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 1,612,000 miles
Fuel leak located near the fuel rail only apparent while vehicle is cold, once it warms up it appears to go away.

- Kingsford, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 232013

Forester 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Car has raw fuel/gas smell on cold starts when idling. Fumes can be noticed both outside and inside the vehicle. Occurs only when the outside air temperature is below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Fumes disappear once the engine reaches normal operating temperature. Fuel line leak(s) are occurring under the manifold where the screws to tighten can not be reached. Subaru dealer has informed me that the cost to repair for parts and labor would be $750 as the manifold needs to be removed in order to make the needed repair. I have driven cars to 180K and 155K in the same geographical footprint and have never had a fuel line leak. This is a common problem for Subaru and needs to be recalled like they did on the 02-03 WRX!!! this is a major life safety issue. I'm going to Subaru North America to see if they will pay a portion of the repair.

- Flanders, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 012010

Forester 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Strong raw fuel smell inside and outside vehicle during cold weather. Fuel smell strong enough to cause nausea and dizziness if windows remained closed. Parked vehicle outside of garage until smell dissipated for fear of accidental ignition. Noticed that smell usually diminishes or completely dissipates when vehicle reaches normal operating temperature. Detected over several years during cold weather conditions (below 50 degrees). Wa Subaru dealer in February 2012 determined the rubber fuel lines under the intake manifold were leaking and replaced all seven. So far, this has corrected the condition.

- Olympia, WA, USA

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problem #2

Dec 272010


  • 63,860 miles
Temperature dropped below 20 and the smell of raw fuel became strong inside the vehicle. Smell continued to happen on successive days below ~25, regardless of engine temperature. Fuel smell was apparent in engine bay on passenger side but the source was unidentifiable. Vehicle was taken to dealer for inspection; dealer "found signs of fuel seepage past hose clamps on fuel hoses under intake." Repair estimate including parts came to $663. Vehicle has not been repaired at this time and we will be contacting soa about possible reimbursement under their good will policy.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #1

Mar 082010

Forester 4-cyl

  • 49,485 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Forester. He stated that he received a recall notice for a generic check valve in the fuel tank. After the dealer removed the check valve, the contact was concerned that there could be a possible explosion in the fuel tank. He called the manufacturer and advised them of his concerns but was told that if he wanted the check valve to be re-installed, it would have to be done at his expense. The current and failure mileage was 49,485. Updated 05/24/10 updated 06/04/10

- College Point, NY, USA

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