2015 Subaru Legacy fuel system NHTSA complaints: Fuel/Propulsion System

NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,767 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2015 Subaru Legacy fuel system problems

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2015 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 192016


  • miles


After sitting in driveway for 3 days, vehicle would barely start, strong exhaust smell, rat nest on top of engine and chewed hoses and wiring. Had towed into dealership. Advised of rodent damage. Replaced: Engine wiring harness, transmission harness, transmission insulation, firewall insulation, hood insulation, fuel transfer pipes, and fuel lines at engine bay. Cleaned excess debris from engine bay and fuel bay (they had to drop the fuel tank). Reassembled. Final cost, including tow charge: $4557.42. Thankfully, insurance covered, minus our $1000 deductible. Green cars, not green in the wallet.

- Blanchard, OK, USA

problem #8

May 252016


  • 13,500 miles
My 2015 Subaru Legacy has at different times (at idle in gear, coming up to a red light while moving, pulling into a parking lot or driving at 45 miles an hour) accereated on its own and would not slow down untill I put it in nuetral. I have to drive with my hand on the shifter at all times to put into nuetral. I bought the car new in 2015 and have 13900 miles on it now in July 2016.

- Budd Lake, NJ, USA

problem #7

May 022016


  • miles
Gas cap lid does not open. We took the auto into dealership June 30, 2015 and gave them tsb-09-60-15. Mileage 5987. Temps in the 70's. they greased the gas lid contact. I indicated the tsb indicated something other than that. They took back into shop and ground down the lid release contact. Drove home. Tried to open gas cap lid and it would not open. We are concerned about driving auto any distance by oneself because it now takes two people to put gas into auto. One to pull up lever and one to pry open the lid on the outside. I am seeing numerous problems with several other Subaru models besides the Legacy. Such a simple manufacturing flaw should be able to be fixed. Love the auto but this is really really an annoying simple flaw. One person's comment on a tsb pertaining to this issue said if the lube and grinding does not fix the issue, the entire cap assembly needs to be replaced. I have not discussed this with the dealer yet. This issue happens in all temps. Currently 60 in garage and cap does not open. Mileage 10365.

- Robins, IA, USA

problem #6

Dec 302015


  • 11,900 miles


Fuel door would not open at gas station. Tried many times. Drove home. Put car in garage. Had to hit door with hand and pry open while releasing latch in car.

- Desoto, WI, USA

problem #5

Nov 182015


  • 32,000 miles
Slowly pulling into a parking spot, when the car accelerated (unintended acceleration) into a brick wall. My passenger suffered 3 broken ribs from the seat belt, and I suffered whiplash, bruising from seat belt, and bruised knees. The air bags did not deploy. Subaru Corp decided to do nothing, and suggested that I trade in the car, which I have only owned for a few weeks. Do they then sell it to some unsuspecting person. Please help. VIN [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lowell, MA, USA

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problem #4

Jul 152015


  • 1,200 miles
Gas lid would not release after pulling the lever. This has happened mulitiple times prior without me realizing it was a problem because the second time I pulled the lever it would release - this last time it would not release even after multiple pulls - I had to push the gas door forward with the palm of my hand and then pry open

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 112014


  • 1,000 miles


From a slow roll making a right hand turn. Put my foot on the gas peddle and got no reply for about 3-4 second then the card pulled out very fast this often. Most of the time from a stop at a stop sign. No movement for about 3-5 seconds. Also, then jumps out fast. Took back to dealer. They could not find the problem. June 18, 2015 called main office of Subaru.. they sent me to a local dealer. June 24, 2015. Car with them for 2 days. No response. Very scarey.

- Tarrytown, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 152015


  • 300 miles
At 300 miles, coming off highway, slowed down to 5 mph and went thru toll booth. I then stepped on gas, had hesitation, no response then acceleration. Happened again on 5/11/15 when I had 900 miles. Came off highway on to local streets. This time had 5-7 big hesitations over 10 minute period. Very dangerous because I was making a U-turn and car hesitated then accelerated as I was making U-turn !! returned car to dealer. Do not want to drive it until fixed.

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 092014

Legacy 4WD

  • 1,000 miles
Almost every time I fill up with gas, when the gas pump shuts off there is a back splash of gas out of the tank. I would say anywhere from 1 to 3 ounces of gas splashes out. Depends on the pressure it's being filled at. I talked to my dealer about it and was told that is common for Subaru Legacy's.

- East Earl, PA, USA

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