hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,320 miles

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2005 Subaru Outback fuel system problems

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2005 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 116,400 miles


I began to smell the odor of raw gasoline as the temperatures became consistently in the single to sub-zero range. I contacted Subaru of America and set up an appointment with my Subaru dealer for Jan. 3rd. The dealer informed me that the fuel lines and clamps would need to be replaced at a cost of $500 (after an ~ $300 compensation). I rebutted and asked soa to pay for everything as this seems like a fundamental engineering/design flaw and it is also the 2nd time that I have had to make this repair (first time was when the car had ~40,000 to 50,000 miles on it)- had to replace the intake gaskets as well (per dealer). They have declined to compensate me further and claim the issue is age related. When I asked (soa) if this was a known issue for newer Subaru, they said they did not know. I asked if they did not know or couldn't say and the responded "both". bottom-line: Fuel leaks, of this nature due to poor design, should not be something consumers should have to worry about none-the-less pay for.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #4

Nov 102011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Sitting at stop light - light changes green - no acceleration. Car will move at idle speed creep through intersection. Pull over stop turn car off. Restart w accelerator working but cruise control indicator flashing and check engine light on. Error code indicates pedal position sensor and dealer says entire pedal assembly needs replaced. New 'drive-by-wire' accelerator system for Subaru in 2005. Repair: ~$200 with no change in assembly from what the service dept. Reports.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #3

Oct 222011


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that when driving the vehicle he noticed an overpowering smell of gas. Once he inspected the vehicle, he noticed that there was a leak near the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised him that the fuel tank was fractured due to corrosion. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 126,000.

- Mount Horeb, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 012011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 85,200 miles
Fuel is leaking from the welded seam on the passenger side of the fuel tank when the tank is full. I parked the car in the garage after filling the tank, went into the house, and the next morning found a small puddle of gas just forward and inboard of the right rear tire, and a very strong smell of gasoline. I could see a drip approximately every 10 seconds. My neighborhood mechanic examined the car and diagnosed the leak at the welded seam, not at the fuel filler tube connection at the tank, and recommended it be fixed at the dealer. It is at minooka Subaru in minooka, pa. Right now.

- Covington Township, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012007


  • miles
I had my 2005 Subaru Outback sent to shop for tune-up. Now over the last year I have been having gas fumes entering the passenger cabin when ever you run the A/C or front window defogger with the recirculation air off. (meaning letting fresh air in). When ever I am at a stand still (ie-at traffic light or in traffic or when I am de-icing or de-fogging the front windshield when not in motion) the smell of gas comes through the vent and is making me sick and dizzy. I have attempted to have two different Subaru dealers correct the issue but to no luck. They cannot figure it out and it seems that this is an on going and persistent problem with Subaru vehicles. I am concerned for my health and safe operation of the vehicle. It seems that no one will attempt to really fix the problem. I have read on numerous forums that this is a common problem with Subaru's, yet nothing is ever done to correct a possibly fatal accident or asphyxiation from happening. Please investigate.

- Park Ridge, NJ, USA

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