hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,075 miles

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1998 Subaru Outback fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 140,150 miles


As my wife and I were filling up our 98 Subaru legacy Outback we noticed a smell of gas fumes on the way home as I backed the car into the driveway I noticed the smell of fuel even stonger. I went to the back and looked under the right rear and to my surprise the fuel filler neck was leaking fuel!! I placed a oil change pan underneath and to this day I still haven't fixed it. Don't know were to begin with it and I'm thinking it's a design flaw seems like there is heavy corrosion on the very low part of the filler pipe and that's were it's leaking from. I'm going to try and have it repaired but at what cost. I think that this should be addressed to and by Subaru of North America as a potentially dangerous design flaw and legal liabilty.

- Patterson, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 172007


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Subaru Outback. Since October of 2007, the contact smelled fuel inside the passenger compartment. He took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnosis and they stated that the failure was due to the fuel metal nose. The nose corroded and caused fuel to leak. The dealer will replace the nose metal at the cost of $278. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was out of warranty; therefore, they would not assist with the repair. The failure mileage was 122,000 and current mileage was 124,000.

- Cotton , MN, USA

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