definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,842 miles

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problem #2

Jan 042015


  • miles
A strong fuel smell began entering the car through the heating vents on the car. This has only been noticeable since the temperature dropped below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. There was a also a noticeable trail of gasoline in the snow following the car.

- Red Wing, MN, USA

problem #1

Dec 142012

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 51,683 miles
When starting the vehicle "cold" in cold outdoor temperatures (10 F or below) there is a very strong smell of raw gasoline in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The odor is coming into the passenger compartment via the heating/cooling vents; if the heating/cooling fan is turned off the passenger compartment does not become filled with gasoline fumes. The odor is strong enough that I am concerned about the possibility of a fire. The odor is strong enough that after driving the vehicle after a cold weather start my clothing smells like gasoline. This has been a recurring problem whenever the vehicle is started in cold weather. The problem occurred tonight at a temperature of 0 F. the problem has been occurring since before the date above, but I did not realize I could file a complaint until now. Continental motors, authorized Subaru serviced reported on the problem after vehicle was serviced on 2012 Dec 14: "199 car designed to run rich when very cold. No problem found. No fuel leak noted." I am a former VW mechanic and I know that when a vehicle runs rich there should not be gasoline fumes in the passenger compartment - Subaru's explanation is illogical.

- Anchorage, AK, USA