hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,805 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 152011


  • 90,000 miles


During cold weather, there is a very strong smell of gasoline inside the car. It's coming from a fuel leak near the passenger side of the engine. I first noticed it about 4 years (60,000 miles) ago. The car currently has 150,000 miles on it. It hasn't been fixed yet. It hasn't caught fire yet either.

- Olney, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 032014


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that during cold temperatures, strong fuel fumes emitted in and around the vehicle. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Townsend , MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 122014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
Since the cold weather started Nov. 12, 2014 I have smelled a raw gas smell in my 2001 Subaru Outback when I start it. In time it fades away, like perhaps it evaporates once the engine warms up. I can only guess and some mornings when cold the smell is overwhelming, a raw gas order ~ not a faint smell of gas. Very concerned breathing these fumes which can't be healthy or safe. There are plenty of people having this problem and if anyone enters...Subaru Outback cold weather gas smell.. on your browser you will latterly see hundreds if not more people looking for help. Something must be done to rectify this problem.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

Jan 222013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 103,221 miles
When the weather gets very cold (below freezing) the car begins to get a fuel smell. It is extremely strong inside the vehicle, although you can smell it outside the car as well. The first time I noticed it happening was in 2006. Took it to dealer who checked it and found no leaks. Odor went away after a few days sitting outside dealership so they did not do anything (weather may have warmed up). It happened again in 2008 and this time they said there was a fuel leak so they replaced the fuel hose and clamp. It worked until the following year when it got cold again. Looking at various posts on the internet found many others with the same problem. I tightened the clamps around some of the hoses around the filter and it mostly worked. When the weather is warmer there is no problem. This is a temporary fix and sometimes does not work so well, esp. When really cold out. There has to be another answer to this problem. What is Subaru's response? replacing hoses and clamps every year is not a solution!

- Springfield, VA, USA

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