definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,067 miles

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2001 Subaru Legacy fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 062007

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


I have a Subaru Legacy GT. Every time the temperate gets to about 20 degrees or colder, the engine emits a strong raw fuel smell into the cabin. The car has done so almost constantly since purchase, has been repaired twice for the problem (attributed to a problem with the fuel lines) and has been the subject of a prior NHTSA complaint. Cars manufacturer around the date of mine have been recalled for this problem, but my car was not included. Today was the first day below 20 degrees in several months and the fuel smell reappeared. Car now needs to be repaired again for this problem. The vehicle simply cannot be driven in extremely cold weather as it is a health hazard to breathe these fumes, as well as a fire danger. A search of the internet reveals a number of other owners with the exact same complaint.

- Cos Cob, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 102004

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,800 miles
Car at issue is a 2001 Subaru Legacy GT limited. On two occasions in the past month, a strong raw gas smell filled the engine compartment and passenger compartment of the car. On both occasions, the temperature outside was below 10 degrees. After the first occurrence, car was left at dealer who found nothing wrong. The car was fine for next 5 days (weather was 10 to 30 degrees). On day 6, weather dropped to about 8 degrees and gas smell returned. Car was left in garage after driving and garage filled with very strong gas smell. There is an obvious correlation between extreme cold (10 degrees or less) and this problem. Will return car to dealer for second attempt at repair but since weather is expected to be over 10 degrees for next 2 weeks am not sure will be able to replicate problem. Seems likely that the problem is a gas leak at cold temperatures, which may well be a safety hazard and fire/explosion danger.

- Cos Cob, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 032003

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,400 miles
Fuel system issue. I have owned my vehicle for approximately 9 months. I bought it as a used car from sloane in philadelphia. It has approximately 17000 miles on it and is considered still under warranty. I have had to take it in for service 4 times for the vehicle hesitating upon acceleration. The service center first said the hesitation came from a bad battery, second incident they stated they could not find anything wrong, third incident, when I almost got in an accident because the vehicle started to stall up entering the freeway traffic, I brought it back in for service. They did a thorough check and said it was the oxygen sensor. They replaced it. Approximately 2 weeks later, the vehicle began hesitating once again! again, at a crucial point in a traffic situation. I returned the vehicle again for service, they stated it was the codes, they just needed to be cleared. The vehicle is still hesitating and is causing a potential for serious injury upon driving under crucial situations. I have now resorted to public transportation. Audio system issue: Vehicle's radio will display all it's features, but will not play any sound through speakers. This has been addressed with the service team on 3 past occasions, but it has not been remedied. Last know problem was the speaker amps and grounding mechanism for speaker, also the radio, when it does work gets interference when the rear defrost is on.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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