hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,286 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 202015


  • 170,000 miles


Return fuel line leak. The leak is on the drivers side on top of the engine. A small rubber hose shrinks in the cold allowing fuel to leak on the engine block. A strong smell of fuel in the cabin when stationary. Leak goes away when the engine is warm. This problem has been reported in other Subaru models. I have repaired the problem once before as well as the previous owner of the car, and now it needs to be repaired again.

- Newtown, CT, USA

problem #6

Nov 032015


  • 200,000 miles
The cabin is flooded with the smell of raw gasoline on cold days due to the same defect that caused a recall for the early 2000's Subaru impreza WRX's. this defect is also present in the forester and the legacy, just read the forums. On turbo charged cars this can lead to a fire and on all cars it bathes the occupants in gasoline vapor as the leak occurs just outside the fresh air intake. This is more than just the scent of gasoline. Turning on the air blower pulls in enough vapors to make my eyes water. The vapors persist until about 45mph which means driving with the windows open in the winter.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #5

Jun 012013


  • 110,000 miles
Car suddenly looses power and will not run above 1500 RPM it will run but you have to turn it on and off several times it does this when pulling out or going steady down the road.... cruise light flashing and check engine light

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #4

Aug 152014


  • miles


Strong raw gasoline smell in and around engine, as well as throughout the cabin when outside temperature drops to below 60 degrees (F).

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #3

Jun 012012


  • 120,000 miles
I was attempting to accelerate from a stop light and my Outback acted as though I took my foot off the accelerator. The more I attempted to accelerate the less it responded. If the oncoming traffic hadn't noticed, they would have hit me. When I finally got it off the road and shut if off for awhile, it started but didn't run correctly. I called the Subaru dealer and they hauled it 90 miles to their shop. The replaced the foot pedal sensor and it worked ok until the last 2 weeks and it is acting like it did 2 years ago. As I visit with other owners, they say they have the same issue but do not worry about it. I feel as though this is a safety feature that needs attention and a permanent fix for a solution before some one gets hurt do to the inability to accelerate and get out of harms way.

- Eddyville, IA, USA

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problem #2

Dec 092013


  • miles
My vehicle has started to leak fuel after cold starts in colder weather (below 50 degrees F). The odor inside the cabin is enough to give me a headache. Once the car warms up it does dissipate. The dealer diagnosed it as fuel lines leaking under the intake manifold. With parts and labor the bill is almost $1000. After doing some "research" online it appears that this a more widespread issue with Subaru's, it even resulted in a recall of some wrxs in some states... I can't believe that Subaru is not issuing a tsb or recall on other similar vehicles.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 102010

Outback 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
On approximately 10 occasions right after a rain when I start up the car the engine light starts blinking and the car runs roughly with little power. After a short time the car power returns but the check engine light stays on for about a week. Once the light goes out the car then runs normal until the next rainstorm. It then does the same all over.

- Demarest, NJ, USA

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