2004 Subaru FORESTER Fuel Propulsion System Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2004 Subaru FORESTER Fuel Propulsion System Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID980078
 Internal NHTSA #10511640
 ManufacurerSubaru of America, Inc.
 Model Year2004
 File date31/01/13
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemFor a period of approximately three weeks in early january 2013 my wife, daughter and i could smell what can only be described as raw gasoline when we drove our 2004 subaru forester xt. It would typically take less than 5 minutes after we started the engine for the smell of gas to become very strong, even overwhelming. Although it could still be sickening, the problem would improve somewhat after we drove the car for a few minutes. After we carefully refueled the car on two or three occasions we concluded that the issue definitely had nothing to do with spilled fuel or the fuel cap. We were very concerned that whether or not the situation led to a fire, we were all being made very sick by the problem. We contacted the subaru dealer where we have our forester serviced and dropped off the car for them to troubleshoot. We were quickly contacted and told that the issue was with the fuel system and that because the fuel lines ran under the turbocharger the repair would be very expensive (and it was). After researching the issue it quickly became apparent that this is a common problem with not only foresters, but for other subaru models as well. Being that this is (by any standard) a common problem arising from the design of the vehicle, that there is no option but to repair these vehicles on threat of fire or illness, that the problem does not occur due to any kind of misuse or neglect, there should be a recall made for all subarus that experience leaking fuel systems (not just the wrx). Because the repair is so expensive, and so many of the affected vehicles lack any warranty coverage to pay for the repair, i am concerned there are many owners who will attempt the repair themselves or have the work done by technicians who are not familiar with the problem. It is my sincere hope that a safety recall is made and owners are notified before anyone is harmed.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure60000
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateVIENNA, VA
VIN pattern JF1SG69664HXXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase31/10/20
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesN
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders4
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 Vehicle speed0
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 Was defective tire repaired?
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  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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