2009 Subaru Impreza fuel system NHTSA complaints: Fuel/Propulsion System

NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,700 miles

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2009 Subaru Impreza fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2009 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 162013


  • 38,000 miles


Gas tank will not allow any gas to be pumped. Attempted to pump and gas sprayed back out. Car is throwing a check engine light of P0453 "evap system pressure sensor high input." Car is nearly on E for gas. Taking to dealership to resolve problem. Safety issue as gas could spray on person, causing injury.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 262013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 68,100 miles
Vehicle will not take fuel. Fuel nozzle shuts off as if tank is full or fuel spills out of the tank. Tried three different pumps at the first gas station, then drove to two other gas stations and was only able to fill with approximately 1 gallon of fuel. From online inquiries, may be possible fuel tank pressure valve failure?

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

Apr 052010

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The first incident was in 2010. The check engine light came on (steady, not blinking) and after that I attempted to put gas in the car. The tank was down to approx. 1/4 but the car would not take gas, and when I attempted to add gas it back splashed all over me. The dealer said it was a problem with spider webs in the line causing a pressure problem in the tank, and replaced the pressure valve. Since then this has happened 4 additional times - I am now on my 3rd pressure valve. This is a safety issue on several fronts: Unexpected backsplash of gas, possibility of running out of gas and not being able to add it (I.e. being totally stuck far from home) and pressure in the tank (seems this could result in fire or other danger). The dealer does not have a fix for this - a recall is necessary to force Subaru to acknowledge this issue and coming up with a fix to prevent spider entry (Mazda and Honda have addressed this same issue - Mazda recalled 50K + cars).

- Worcester, MA, USA

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