NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Delivery: Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,667 miles

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2001 Subaru Outback fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012011

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles


Car smells like fuel when idling on a cold day. Rubber fuel lines and fuel filter were loose and after tightening them fuel smell temporarily stopped. Smell has returned and after calling Subaru dealership they acknowledged the issue was related to rubber fuel lines that needed replacing. This is a common problem with Subaru's and needs to be addressed by Subaru. Dealership is asking over $300 to replace four rubber fuel lines located under the manifold.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #2

Sep 282006

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
2001 Subaru Outback leaks fuel in cold weather. Read on the web about hundreds of owners with this complaint. Live in Massachusetts and when the weather gets below about 25 degrees fuel smell fills the passenger cabin. Appears to come from under the engine manifold. Hope to not pass out from fuel vapors. Haven't had a fire yet. 2nd issue is head gasket leak which was a $1500 repair. Also appears to be a common issue with Subaru.

- Hopkinton, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 182006

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
The flexible fuel hose connecting the #1 cylinder fuel line leaks. This is located approximately four inches from the #1 cylinder fuel injector. The hose clamp screws/nuts are not self-locking and have loosened over time causing fuel to leak onto the hot exhaust manifold which led to a fire inside the engine compartment.

- Commerce City, CO, USA

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