definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,186 miles

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2006 Subaru Forester fuel system problems

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2006 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 282013

Forester 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


In February 2013 my Forester developed a very strong fuel smell. After investigation I discovered the rubber fuel lines under the intake manifold were cracked and leaking fuel onto the engine block, a significant amount of fuel. I paid $550 for repair. Now today I have once again started to develop a fuel odor and assuming when I investigate I will find another leak. Upon researching I see numerous posts in forums and other social media as well as some on your guys website indicating similar issues. Additionally a recall was issued for 2003 WRX for the exact same problem (09V46800). This isn't a car specific issue, this is an engine specific issue and the designs of all of these engines are very similar, so all engines with rubber lines located in this area should be investigated. This is a very serious safety concern and is going to cost someone their life and/or cause serious injuries when one of these cars bursts into flames. Subaru should be much more proactive with this issue and fix fuel line leaks like this at no cost and immediately, there is no reason a 7 year old car should have fuel line failure. I should have never paid for it the first time around and I won't pay for it this time.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 282008


  • 43,944 miles
I have a hesitation when accelerating from a stop caused by my vehicle's drive by wire throttle body. This hesitation is ongoing despite an ECM reprogramming done by the dealer on 12/16/08. It is bad enough that I'm afraid I'm going to get into a collision sometime.

- Mountain City, TN, USA

problem #2

May 092008

Forester 4-cyl

  • 38,800 miles
This incident first occurred shortly after my last oil change at about 38,000 miles. During four of the last eight times I have refueled my 2006 Subaru Forester, which now has about 40,000 miles, the filling pump has not automatically shut off when my gas tank was full. As a result, gasoline overflowed from my fuel tank and spilled out. Fortunately, no fire has resulted, and I have managed to Dodge the spray. However, I am concerned about spilling gasoline, and I fear that I will one day spill gasoline on myself. This has happened at four different gas stations over the past month, which leads me to believe that the problem could be with my car. The gas stations were taylor #80 in amarillo, tx; exxon in childress, tx; love's in encinal, tx; and shell at the corner of calton and san dario in Laredo, tx, and the incidents occurred on May 9, May 19, June 3, and June 5, respectively. Again, I am concerned about the possibility of fire, chemical injury, and waste of money. I have not contacted Subaru as of yet because I was uncertain whether the problem was with my vehicle or the gas stations. I will soon contact a Subaru dealership about this matter. Thank you for considering my report.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 012005

Forester 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle- 2006 Subaru Forester with 5-speed manual transmission. On cold starts, the engine races uncontrollably up to 3500 RPM after the clutch is released. This causes the car to accelerate briskly to 15-20 mph. This has occured repeatedly since the car was purchased new in late September.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

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