hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,125 miles

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2001 Subaru Legacy fuel system problems

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2001 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 302013

Legacy 4-cyl

  • miles


When starting car in cold weather there is a very strong gas odor in cabin. Subsequent research has indicated that other 2001 Legacy wagons have been recalled due to exact same problem. My car was not recalled, which is confusing given that the exact same risks are associated.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #7

Dec 102013

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Purchased vehicle in South Carolina and drove it back to northern Kentucky. It produced approximately 380 miles on one tank of fuel. Note: It was well into the 50-60 F range outside while driving during that time. Subsequent fill-ups in northern Kentucky (with outside temperatures ranging from 10-30 F) produced 160-225 miles in-town. I experienced a very strong, raw fuel odor in the passenger cabin. It was taken to a mechanic and they found "nothing wrong." This of course, does not mean there is nothing wrong. The fuel lines were checked and tightened even though they were neither loose nor worn. After reading the numerous complaints about this problem from other owners, it seems that Subaru owes me and many others a recall. Today is about 14 F outside and I drove the Subaru 16 miles. The fumes were so unbearable I had to pull over and wait for them to subside. This seems like not only an emissions violation, but also a fire and health hazard.

- Union, KY, USA

problem #6

Jan 102006


  • 30,000 miles
During the winter months, when the temperature is in the 20's or below, there is a strong smell of gasoline in the cabin when the car is idling and when I turn on the heater fan. The smell remains in my garage after I stop the car. My son, who is a mechanic tightened the fuel lines which seemed to help a bit but this problem has persisted every winter. There was a recall in 2001 but Subaru maintains that the recall does not apply to my VIN number and says that I need to bring the car in and pay for the diagnosis. There are many complaints detailing exactly the symptoms of my problem on the website, arfe which leads me to think that the problem should be addressed by a broader recall by Subaru.

- Mansfield Ctr, CT, USA

problem #5

Oct 302010

Legacy 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Legacy outback. The contact noticed a fuel smell and when she would turn the heating system on, the smell became unbearable, forcing the contact to roll the windows down. The failure began October 2010. Neither the dealer or manufacturer had not been notified nor was the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 130,000. Updated 09/28/11 the consumer stated the gas smell only occurred when the temperature was below 30 degrees. Updated 10/05/11

- Sussex, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 012001


  • 7,000 miles
Raw gas leak in cold weather has been a persistent problem, overwhelming odor in passenger compartment and after parking in basement garage. This was brought to dealers attention at first service when car was new and dealer could not identify any problem. I understand this is still a common problem with this year and model vehicle for which there has been no recall.

- Sagamore Beach, MA, USA

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problem #3

Jan 152010


  • 130,000 miles
We started to experience gasoline fumes in the passenger compartment of the car. Our dealers service department determined that the fuel line was leaking and needed to be replaced. While no damage of which we are aware has occurred to the car, it would appear that a high risk of fire was present (or would become present) without replacement of this part (which typically would last the "lifetime" of the car). Cost of repair: $355.15.

- Guilderland, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 012008


  • 106,000 miles
2001 Subaru Legacy wagon emits gas smell into cabin on start up in cold weather months. Although numerous owners complain with regard to this issue via internet, Subaru has yet to issue a tsb. This is a dangerous condition that Subaru should be required to fix free of charge.

- Cedars, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 152008


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Legacy. When the vehicle is idling with the fan blower/vent activated, the contact smells a strong odor of gasoline. He is in the process of having the vehicle diagnosed to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer stated that his VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 00V393000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings). The failure and current mileages were 54,000.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

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