hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,625 miles

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2003 Subaru Impreza fuel system problems

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2003 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 042016


  • 148,000 miles


Fuel line leaking gas in cold weather. I really don't think it's safe to drive with quite a bit of gas leaking all over the right side of the engine that gets very hot and could cause a fire.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #7

Jan 152015


  • 183,000 miles
My car is leaking fuel. I smell the poisonous fuel inside my vehicle every time I am inside it. I am losing 50 miles per full tank. Can this leak cause my car to blow-up and kill me or others" I am scared. My name is [xxx] from clifton New Jersey. My extended warranty expired in November. Isn't safety more important than a 3 month expired warranty" I work for NJ transit, I know the dot would be concerned! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 122015

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Extremely strong smell of gasoline in cabin in cold weather (below 32 degrees F.).

- Swarthmore, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 112013


  • 160,000 miles


TL - the contact owns a 2003 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that fuel fumes were emitted in and around the vehicle. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that there was a fuel leak. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician confirmed the failure. As a result, some of the fuel lines needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 160,000.

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 272013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Only on cold days I smell fuel while driving, upon investagation I found that the little rubber lines under the intake were leaking fuel on to the top of the engine. I called Subaru and they said the they know about the problem but my car is not in the recall becauase I don;T live in the affected states so if I move to newyork or Michigan I would be covered well I like Ohio so if this could get expanded that would be great.

- Youngstown , OH, USA

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problem #3

Dec 032008

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Following initial startup in cold weather, fuel leak occurs in engine compartment. Leak causes gasoline odor in vehicle cabin and poses fire hazard. Once engine is warm, after a few minutes, leak and odor dissipate. Initial occurrence was in 2008 at high altitude. Problem did not resurface in southern California where night time temperatures are now low enough for issue to manifest. Since relocating to san joaquin valley, where overnight temperatures are significantly lower, problem occurs on every morning start in cold weather.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 282011


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that while driving approximately 1 mph after accelerating from a complete stop, a strong odor of fuel was smelled inside the vehicle. There was no visible sign of a leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the fuel line and clamps were replaced. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 09V468000 (fuel system, gasoline). The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #1

Dec 102012


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle smelled of gasoline. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that there was a leak coming from the fuel delivery line. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V468000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump), but was told by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 137,000.

- Blasedell, NY, USA

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