2004 SUBARU FORESTER VIN: JF1SG69684H702921

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VIN JF1SG69684H702921 Decoding Subaru Vin Decoder

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Make

SUBARU

Manufacturer Name

FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES U.S.A., INC. (C/O SUBARU OF AMERICA)

Model

Forester

Model Year

2004

Trim

2.5XT

Vehicle Type

PASSENGER CAR

Plant Company Name

Fuji Heavy Industries

Body Class

Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)/Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)

Doors

4

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating From

Class 1C: 4,001 - 5,000 lb (1,814 - 2,268 kg)

Bed Type

Not Applicable

Cab Type

Not Applicable

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Transmission Style

Automatic

Transmission Speeds

4

Drive Type

AWD/All-Wheel Drive

Displacement (CC)

2500

Displacement (CI)

152.559360236

Displacement (L)

2.500000

Seat Belt Type

Manual

Front Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Side Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

2004 SUBARU FORESTER Crash Test Score

0

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating 4x4
Rollover Star Rating 4x2
Rollover Risk:
16.4%

2004 SUBARU FORESTER Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Standard
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Not Available
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Not Available
Seat Belt Reminder System Not Available

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Head/Torso Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Yes

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN JF1SG69684H702921

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER ENGINE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

January 10, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 11133427
Consumer Location: PORTLAND, OR
VIN: JF1SG69684H****

Summary of Complaint

ANYTIME THE TEMPERATURE DROPS BELOW 60 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT THERE'S A STRONG SMELL OF GASOLINE INSIDE THE CAB OF THE VEHICLE. WHEN LOOKING UNDER THE HOOD I CAN SEE IT DRIPPING OUT OF SOMETHING UNDERNEATH THE INTAKE MANIFOLD. SEVERE GAS LEAK. NAUSEOUS AND DANGEROUS FUMES.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

October 01, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 11012786
Consumer Location: KELLOGG, ID
VIN: JF1SG69684H****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN TEMPS DROP THERE IS A STRONG SMELL OF GAS IN THE CABIN, DOESN'T GO AWAY AND PEOPLE GET VERY SICK. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT'S IN MOTION, STOPPED, ANYWHERE, AND NOTHING CAUSES IT TO GO AWAY UNTIL WELL INTO SPRING TIME OR WARMER WEATHER.

Components: SEAT BELTS

October 25, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10435388
Consumer Location: DUNLAP, IL
VIN: JF1SG69684H****

Summary of Complaint

MY 2004 FORESTER 2.5XT SUSTAINED A SIGNIFICANT MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON 10/25/11 DAMAGING THE FRONT & REAR END AT A REPAIR COST APPROACHING 9K. MY SEAT BELT FAILED TO HOLD ME IN PLACE -- NO OTHER VEHICLE OCCUPANTS. SUBARU CORP IN NJ, USA WAS NOTIFIED. I BELIEVE THE 'EMERGENCY LOCKING RETRACTOR' (ELR) FAILED TO OPERATE AS INTENDED; MY CHEST SLAMMED AGAINST THE STEERING WHEEL TWICE WHEN I WAS HIT IN THE REAR AND WHEN I SUBSEQUENTLY HIT THE VEHICLE IN FRONT. THIS HAPPENED AT A TRAFFIC LIGHT AND 10MPH WAS ESTIMATED WHEN TRAVELING FROM A STOPPED POSITION INTO THE VAN IN FRONT. I WAS INJURED WITH A BLACK & BLUE MARK ON MY CHEST WITH SOME DISCOMFORT FOR 2 WEEKS. MY BODY BENT AT THE WAIST AND MY NECK WAS NOT EFFECTED. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE CABIN AREA WHERE THE SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES ARE LOCATED WERE NOT DAMAGED BY THE CRASH. WITHIN 1 WEEK SUBARU REQUESTED INFORMATION FROM ME AND RESOLVED THE CASE. I APPRECIATE THE COMPANY'S QUICK RESPONSE, BUT I AM NOT SATISFIED WITH THE RESOLUTION. I REQUESTED THAT THE SEAT BELTS BE EVALUATED BY SUBARU EXPERTS ALONG WITH OTHER ASSOCIATED SAFETY COMPONENTS, AND TO HAVE MY SEAT BELT (AT A MINIMUM) REPLACED BY MY LOCAL DEALERSHIP AT NO COST TO ME. MANUAL STATES TO REPLACE THE SEAT BELT IF IN AN ACCIDENT. THE COMPANY RESPONDED BY SAYING THAT BECAUSE THE VEHICLE WAS IN AN ACCIDENT, THAT SUBARU CORPORATION WILL NOT DO ANYTHING, WILL NOT INSPECT THE VEHICLE AND WILL NOT PAY FOR NEW SEAT BELTS. THE COMPANY ALSO DID NOT REQUEST ANY PHOTOS FROM THE COLLISION REPAIR FACILITY TO VALIDATE THAT THE SEAT BELTS WERE NOT PHYSICALLY ALTERED BY THE IMPACT. IT WAS THE CRASH THAT REVEALED THAT THE SEAT BELTS DID NOT OPERATE AS THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO, TO HOLD ME BACK IN MY SEAT. BECAUSE I CONTACTED SUBARU CORP WITH NO VISUAL DAMAGE TO MY SEAT BELT, THE INSURANCE COMPANY WILL NOT REPLACE THE SEAT BELT. MY COST IS OVER $500. *TR

Components: SUSPENSION

May 23, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11418334
Consumer Location: ROUND HILL, VA
VIN: jf1sg63664h****

Summary of Complaint

The contact owns a 2004 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that while having a routine safety check performed on the vehicle, she learned that the lower control was completely rusted. The contact learned that the repair was covered under a special coverage. The contact stated that because the vehicle was not registered in a stated listed for the special coverage, the vehicle was not eligible for the free repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and opened a case. The manufacturer confirmed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA Campaign Number: 11V464000 (SUSPENSION). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

November 05, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11406648
Consumer Location: RIDGEWOOD, NY
VIN: JF1SG69624H****

Summary of Complaint

THERE IS A FUEL LEAK ON THE LOW AND HIGH PRESSURE FUEL RUBBER HOSES, AND THEY CAUSE FUEL ODOR TO ENTER THE CB VIA CLIMATE CONTROL. IT IS A VERY STRONG ODOR, THAT REQUIRES ME TO EITHER DRIVE WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN OR WAIT FOR THE CAR TO CLEAR OUT THE FUEL ODOR OUT OF THE CABIN. MOSTLY OCCURS DURING COLD WEATHER DAYS. ONCE ENGINE WARMS UP, ODOR FADES AWAY. MANY PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR CARS SAY IS A COMMON ISSUE WITH SUBARUS.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

January 29, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11391059
Consumer Location: CAMBRIDGE, MA
VIN: JF1SG63604H****

Summary of Complaint

NEOPREEN HOSE TO THE RIGHT SIDE FUEL RAIL STARTED LEAKING. THIS HOSE IS NEAR THE TOP OF THE ENGINE AND THE LEAK CAUSED FUEL TO RUN ALL OVER ENGINE, WHICH WAS THEN DRAWN INTO THE CABIN VIA THE CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM. THIS OCCURRED WHILE DRIVING, AND RAW FUEL WAS DRIPPING FROM THE HIGH PRESSURE HOSE ONCE STOPPED.

Components: ENGINE

October 16, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11387683
Consumer Location: LAUREL, MD
VIN: JF1SG636748****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THERE WAS A LEAK IN THE HEAD GASKET. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE LOCAL DEALER HERB GORDON SUBARU (3161 AUTOMOBILE BLVD, SILVER SPRING, MD 20904, (866) 520-7894) WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE HEAD COVER GASKET WITH NEEDING TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. UPON INVESTIGATION, THE CONTACT ASSOCIATED THE FAILURE WITH NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 04V473000 (ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING) HOWEVER, THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS INFORMED OF THE FAILURE. THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED THAT THE REPAIRS WERE NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY AND THE COSTS FOR THE REPAIR WOULD BE OUT OF POCKET. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 161,000.

Components: SUSPENSION

May 30, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11329674
Consumer Location: SLOAN, NY
VIN: JF1SG63674H****

Summary of Complaint

CONTROL ARMS ROTTEN OUT WITH FRONT CRASH BARS... SHOULD BE A RECALL ON THEM AS THE CONTROL ARMS ARE ABOUT 200 EACH PLUS LABOR... AND TO FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS THE FRONT CRASH BARS CAUSE THEY ROT OUT DO TO THE AC LEAKING ON THEM AND ROTTEN THEM OUT.... *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN ENGINE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

March 28, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11319673
Consumer Location: CAMBRIDGE, MA
VIN: JF1SG69664H****

Summary of Complaint

CAR WAS SHIFTED FROM DRIVE INTO NEUTRAL FOR OPERATOR TO USE A PARKING LOT GATE MACHINE. THE ENGINE SURGED A LITTLE WHILE IN NEUTRAL BUT SETTLED BACK DOWN. WHEN PARKING GATE OPENED THE OPERATOR SHIFTED INTO DRIVE AND LIGHTLY PRESSED THE GAS PEDAL. THE ENGINE IMMEDIATELY SURGED TO FULL THROTTLE AND RAPIDLY ACCELERATED ACROSS THE DRIVEWAY FOR A FEW SECONDS BEFORE BEING STOPPED BY COLLISION WITH A GRANITE POST. OPERATOR COULD NOT BRAKE HARD ENOUGH TO STOP THE VEHICLE IN TIME. DRIVER INJURED IN CRASH.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

November 10, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11298419
Consumer Location: NEW BERLIN, WI
VIN: JF1SG696X4H****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT AT START UP, THERE WAS AN ABNORMAL FUEL ODOR INSIDE OF THE VEHICLE. AFTER EXITING THE VEHICLE, THE CONTACT BECAME AWARE OF A FUEL LEAK UNDER THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE. SCHLOSSMANN SUBARU CITY OF MILWAUKEE LOCATED AT 4640 S 27TH ST, MILWAUKEE, WI 53221, (414) 459-3677 WAS CONTACTED BY PHONE AND INFORMED OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO BE DIAGNOSED NOR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS INFORMED OF FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 101,000.

Components: SUSPENSION

October 15, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11277340
Consumer Location: BETHLEHEM, PA
VIN: JF1SG63664H****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. WHILE REVERSING THE VEHICLE IN THE DRIVEWAY, THE CONTACT HEARD AN ABNORMAL NOISE AND NOTICED THAT THE FRONT DRIVER'S SIDE TIRE WAS TURNED OUTWARD. THE CONTACT LOST CONTROL OF THE STEERING WHEEL. THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS UNABLE TO BE DRIVEN. THE CONTACT ASSOCIATED THE FAILURE WITH NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 11V464000 (SUSPENSION). THE CONTACT REPAIRED THE VEHICLE ON HIS OWN AND REPLACED THE GEARING ASSEMBLY (AXLE SHAFT, LOWER CONTROL ARM, AND BOLT JOINT). THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. A DEALER WAS NOT CONTACTED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS PREVIOUSLY SERVICED PER NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 11V464000 (SUSPENSION) IN 2012. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 211,000. *LN PICTURES OF CONTROL ARM. *JB

Components: AIR BAGS

June 15, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11220309
Consumer Location: SEATTLE, WA
VIN: JF1SG65684H****

Summary of Complaint

HELLO, THIS IS THE SECOND 04 SUBARU FORESTER I HAVE OWNED THAT HAS A FAULTY SOLDER AIRBAG CONNECTION CAUSING THE AIRBAG LIGHT TO BE ON AND LIKELY DISABLING SOME OR ALL OF THE AIRBAG SYSTEM. THAT IS VERY HIGH LIKELIHOOD THAT MOST OF THESE 03-04 VEHICLES ARE AFFECTED. WHY IS THERE NOT A RECALL TO ADDRESS THIS SAFETY FAILURE? BELOW IS THE DOCUMENTATION FOR THE LACK OF RESPONSE FROM SUBARU OF AMERICA. ATTACHED IS A PDF OF THE TSB FOR THIS ISSUE. HI [XXX], THANK YOU FOR CONTACTING SUBARU OF AMERICA. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OF ASSISTANCE. I CAN CONFIRM THAT I HAVE DOCUMENTED THE CONCERNS YOU HAVE RELATED TO YOUR VEHICLE, INCLUDING YOUR REQUEST TO HAVE A RECALL ISSUED CONCERNING THE PROBLEM DESCRIBED IN TSB 17-07-04. SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO US BY REPLYING TO THIS EMAIL OR CALLING US AT 1-800-782-2783. SINCERELY, [XXX] SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. CUSTOMER/RETAILER SERVICES DEPARTMENT 1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783) SERVICE REQUEST NUMBER:[XXX] INFORMATION REDACTED PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). *TR

Components: SUSPENSION

December 03, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11206025
Consumer Location: MARCY, NY
VIN: JF1SG69644H****

Summary of Complaint

12-2017; DRIVING , STRAIGHT AT 40MPH, STATE HIGHWAY, RIGHT CONTROL ARM SNAPPED , ALMOST LOST CONTROL, RIGHT TIRE WAS BOUNCING BUT WAS ABLE TO STOP. TOWED CAR TO SUBARU DEALER , CARBONE, UTICA, NY. CONTACTED SUBARU OF AMERICA CASE # 1-28524133057. WAS DIRECTED TO HAVE DEALER INSPECT DAMAGE. DEALER INSPECTED DAMAGE RT. CONTROL ARM BROKEN, SEPERATED, FRONT AXLE ASSEMBLY DAMAGED, STABILIZER LINK DAMAGED AND LEFT CONTROL ARM EXTREMELY RUSTED. SOA WILL PROVIDE ALL PARTS BUT I WILL HAVE TO PAY LABOR. OK HAD WORK DONE, ALL PARTS WERE NEW EXCEPT AXLE (REFERB.) . NOTE; RUST COAT FIX WAS DONE 2012. PER RECALL. (SPRAY RUST PROOF ON AN ALREADY SUSPECT PART NOTED IN A NHTSA DIRECTIVE). PRESENT DAY: CALLED SOA AND INQUIRED AS TO WHY I HAD TO PAY LABOR? I RECENTLY NOTICED THE RECALL VERBAGE , STATES; REPAIRS WILL BE HANDLED BY DEALER RUSTPROOF OR REPLACE THEM WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE. SOA SAID MY CAR IS TOO OLD AND HAS TOO MANY MILES ( 130, 214) AND WE GAVE YOU GOOD WILL. NO FURTHER GOOD WILL PROVIDED. AND SUBARU CLAIMS , '98 PERCENT OF SUBARU VEHICLES SOLD IN THE LAST 10 YEARS ARE STILL ON THE ROAD TODAY.' ???? IS THIS AN ADMISSION THE VEHICLE HAS LONGEVITY? I PLAN ON DISCUSSING THIS FURTHER WITH THE SUBARU DEALER (CARBONE) AND IF NO SATISFACTION WILL FILE IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT TO GET MY MONEY BACK FOR THIS FREE SERVICE.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 20, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11206030
Consumer Location: MARCY, NY
VIN: JF1SG69644H****

Summary of Complaint

HAVE GAS SMELL WHICH I CANNOT FIND THAT IS ONGOING. I DID HAVE A GAS LINE REPAIR ON A GAS PRESSURE LINE THAT BURST THAT WAS LOCATED BEHIND THE REAR SEAT BUT STILL HAVE AN ONGOING GAS SMELL WHEN I FILL THE GAS TANK. I SEE MANY COMPLAINT REGARDING GAS SMELL FOR THIS YEAR VEHICLE SO I AM ALSO POSTING. I DO NOT SEE A RECALL REGARDING GAS SMELL BUT WITH ALL THE COPLAINTS THERE SHOULD BE ONE. ITS UNKNOWN AS TO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 01, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11161910
Consumer Location: BANGOR, ME
VIN: JF1SG696X4G****

Summary of Complaint

THE RUBBER INJECTOR LINES RUNNING BELOW THE INTAKE MANIFOLD ON THE TURBOCHARGED (XT) MODEL, INCLUDING MY VEHICLE, ARE WELL KNOWN TO DEVELOP A DANGEROUS LEAK. EITHER THE RUBBER DRIES OUT OR THE FACTORY CLAMPS LOOSEN UP OVER TIME, LEAKING GASOLINE ONTO THE ENGINE BLOCK. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS DESIGN FLAW THAT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS AN ISSUE ON THE IMPREZA BUT YOU FORGOT ABOUT FOERESTER OWNERS, SUBARU! SHAME ON YOU.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

January 06, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11157009
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: JF1SG69614H****

Summary of Complaint

DURING COLD WEATHER, WHILE AT A STOP AND IN MOTION, THERE IS A STRONG FUEL SMELL INSIDE THE CABIN. THE SOURCE WAS DETERMINED TO BE THE FUELS LINES AND SPECIFICALLY THE FITTINGS ON THE LINES. DURING COLD WEATHER, EITHER THE FITTINGS OR THE HOSES CONTRACT, CAUSING FUEL TO LEAK IN THE ENGINE BAY, NEAR THE HOT HEADERS AND HOT TURBO.

Components: SUSPENSION

November 20, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11154321
Consumer Location: IMPERIAL, MO
VIN: JF1SG63694H****

Summary of Complaint

MY DAUGHTER (DRIVER) AND A PASSENGER PULLED SLOWLY OUT OF OUR DRIVEWAY IN REVERSE, HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE (100 MILES AWAY) BUT JUST AFTER PULLING OUT IN THE STREET, THE RIGHT FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM OF HER 2004 SUBARU FORESTER BROKE IN HALF DUE TO RUST/CORROSION. I WAS ABLE TO INCH THE CAR BACK INTO MY GARAGE AND ON JACKS ONLY TO FIND THE RIGHT LOWER CONTROL ARM BROKE IN HALF. I CHECKED THE OTHER LOWER LEFT CONTROL ARM AND IT WAS VERY RUSTED. I HAD THE VEHICLE TOWED TO THE NEAREST SUBARU DEALER. THE SUBARU DEALER NOTIFIED ME THAT SUBARU RECALL WVX-34: FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM/TRANSVERSE LINK, ISSUED 09/11 HAD BEEN COMPLETED FOR THIS 2004 FORESTER IN 12/11. I WAS TOLD THAT THE LOWER CONTROL ARMS WERE NOT REPLACED IN 2011, BUT THAT THE LOWER CONTROL ARMS WERE TREATED WITH THE RECALL-PRESCRIBED RUST/CORROSION PREVENTION. THIS "FIXED" RECALL LASTED ONLY 7 YEARS! INITIALLY, THE SUBARU DEALERSHIP WOULD NOT COVER THE COST TO REPLACE THE LOWER CONTROL ARMS; HOWEVER, AS I PLACED A CALL WITH SUBARU OF AMERICA (SOA), I RECEIVED ANOTHER PHONE CALL FROM THE DEALERSHIP STATING THAT THEY CONTACTED THEIR "REP" AND AGREED TO PAY 50/50 TOWARDS THE COST OF REPLACING BOTH FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS. I DISCUSSED THIS VERY UNSAFE ISSUE WITH TWO DIFFERENT SOA REPRESENTATIVES, ONE OF WHICH WAS A SUPERVISOR. SOA LET ME KNOW THAT I WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF THIS REPAIR BECAUSE IT WAS A 2004. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? MY DAUGHTER WAS GETTING READY TO MAKE A DEADLY 100 MILE TRIP IN THIS VEHICLE CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN "FIXED" BY SUBARU JUST SEVEN YEARS PREVIOUS. HOW NEGLIGENT IS THIS, COMING FROM A COMPANY CLAIMING TO HAVE MORE CARS ON THE ROAD THAN ANYONE ELSE AND SAFER THAN OTHERS? I HAVE FOUR SUBARUS (04' FORESTER, 05' FORESTER XT, 08 TRIBECA LTD., AND 2010 IMPREZA) AND I'VE LOST MY FAITH IN THIS ORGANIZATION. THIS IS A DEADLY RECALL THAT SOA IS IGNORING.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

November 12, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11151274
Consumer Location: STOCKTON, CA
VIN: JF1SG696X4H****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. WHILE ATTEMPTING TO START THE VEHICLE IN COLD WEATHER, THE CONTACT NOTICED AN ABNORMAL FUEL ODOR UNDER THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE OF THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE DEALER AND THE MANUFACTURER WERE NOT CONTACTED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 160,000.

Components: SUSPENSION

October 20, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11142416
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: JF1SG63614H****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. WHILE DRIVING 35 MPH, THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE LOWER CONTROL ARM FRACTURED AND BECAME JAMMED IN THE WHEEL BED. AS A RESULT, THE WHEEL SEIZED AND THE VEHICLE SLID TO A STOP ON THE SHOULDER AFTER CROSSING LANES. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHO STATED THAT THE LOWER CONTROL ARM WAS SHREDDED AND THE CV AXLE AND ROTOR WERE ALSO DAMAGED. THE MECHANIC STATED THAT THE LOWER ARM FAILED DUE TO CORROSION AND RUST. THE CONTACT CALLED THE DEALER (AUTONATION SUBARU WEST, 16351 W COLFAX AVE, GOLDEN, CO 80401, (303) 578-6120) AND A SEARCH WAS PERFORMED FOR THE RESULTS OF AN UNKNOWN RECALL REPAIR THAT WAS PERFORMED WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS PREVIOUSLY OWNED. THE DEALER CONSIDERED THE REPAIR SUCCESSFUL; HOWEVER, THE FAILURE RECURRED. THE DEALER REFERRED THE CONTACT TO THE MANUFACTURER. THE MANUFACTURER WAS CONTACTED AND STATED THAT THE RECALL REPAIR WAS PREVIOUSLY ADDRESSED AND THE FAILURES WERE UNRELATED. THE VEHICLE REMAINED AT THE INDEPENDENT MECHANIC AND THE REPAIRS WERE COMPLETED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 161,728. *TT

Components: SUSPENSION

September 17, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11130207
Consumer Location: CANONSBURG, PA
VIN: JF1SG696244****

Summary of Complaint

THE CONTROL ARM FELL OFF. THE BODY OF THE VEHICLE FELL TO THE GROUND. THE OTHER ONE IS ALMOST COMPLETELY RUSTED THROUGH. THE RECALL ON THIS PART ALLOWED THE DEALER TO USE THEIR DISCRETION TO EITHER REPLACE THE CONTROL ARMS, OR SPRAY RUST PROOFING OVER CORROSION, WHICH THEY DID. THIS OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT STOP THE RUSTING, AND IT EVENTUALLY RUSTED THROUGH. I LUCKILY WAS NOT INJURED. I AM QUESTIONING THE ADEQUACY OF THE EXISTING SAFETY RECALL. TO ALLOW THE DEALER TO DECIDE IF THE CORROSION IS LIGHT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY SPRAY RUST PROOFING OVER IT SEEMS LUDICROUS. RUST PROOFING DOES NOT STOP CORROSION FROM CONTINUING WHEN IT HAS ALREADY BEGUN. I CALLED SUBARU USA TO SEE IF THEY WOULD REPLACE THE CONTROL ARMS. THEY WOULD NOT, AND WOULD PROVIDE NO COMPENSATION, AS THEY FEEL THEIR RUSTPROOFING SATISFIED THE RECALL. THE SAFETY RECALL IS FOR THE LIFE OF A VEHICLE. IF THEIR RUSTPROOFING DID NOT FIX THE PROBLEM, WHICH IT OBVIOUSLY DID NOT, WHY SHOULDN'T THEY BE REQUIRED TO FIX IT CORRECTLY? CONTROL ARMS SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO RUST AWAY AND FALL OFF A CAR! HOW DANGEROUS! I'M SURE I'M NOT THE ONLY VEHICLE OWNER WHOSE CONTROL ARMS EVENTUALLY ROTTED AWAY AFTER THE CORROSION WAS 'RUSTPROOFED' OVER BY SUBARU. SO DANGEROUS! I AM ASKING THAT SUBARU BE REQUIRED TO COVER THE COSTS OF THESE CONTROL ARMS! AND ALSO, I AM REQUESTING THE NHTSA TO AGREE AND ADVISE SUBARU THAT A SAFETY RECALL ACTION THAT DOES NOT ULTIMATELY FIX THE SAFETY ISSUE SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED CLOSED/COMPLETED.

Components: SUSPENSION

July 07, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11110092
Consumer Location: FALL RIVER, MA
VIN: JF1SG65624H****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING DOWN A STATE HIGHWAY(RTE. 195), I EXPERIENCED A SEVERE VIBRATION AT NORMAL HIGHWAY SPEED LIMIT IN THE LEFT FRONT DRIVERS SIDE WHEEL. I PULLED OVER TO A BREAKDOWN LANE AND GOT OUT TO VISUALLY INSPECT THE WHEEL AND SURROUNDING AREA FOR ANY SIGN OF TROUBLE AND DID NOT NOTICE ANY. THE FOLLOWING DAY WHILE DRIVING THE SAME HIGHWAY THE VIBRATION AGAIN OCCURRED BUT ON A MORE FREQUENT BASIS. I ARRIVED AT MY DESTINATION AND DID MY BUSINESS. WHILE REVERSING AND TURNING THE VIBRATION HAPPENED AGAIN BUT MORE INTENSELY AT THIS TIME. I PROCEEDED TO DRIVE DOWN A SMALLER STATE HIGHWAY(RTE. 6) WHERE I COULD GO A SLOWER SPEED AND FOUND THAT THE VIBRATION HAD GOTTEN EXTREME TO A POINT OF WHEN APPLYING THE BRAKE THE WHEEL LOCKED UP AND I EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE. I PROCEEDED TO A FAMILY MEMBERS HOUSE, PARKED AND JACKED THE VEHICLE UP AND REMOVED THE WHEEL. UPON INSPECTION I DISCOVERED THAT THE LOWER CONTROL ARM HAD IN FACT ROTTED TO A POINT OF IT SNAPPING AT THE MIDPOINT AND THUS DISCOVERED THE MECHANICAL ISSUE WITH THE VEHICLE. A SAFETY RECALL WAS ISSUED BY SUBARU DEALERS OF AMERICA AND AS PER THE VIN MY VEHICLE IS COVERED UNDER THE RECALL. THE CONTROL ARM NEITHER APPEARS RUSTPROOFED NOR REPLACED AS PER THE RECALL.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

March 01, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 11091135
Consumer Location: ANDOVER, ME
VIN: JF1SG63614G****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. THE CONTACT NOTICED AN ODOR OF FUEL AND A LEAK COMING FROM THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE FUEL LINES NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED BY A DEALER. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 123,000.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

March 17, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11080085
Consumer Location: SEATTLE, WA
VIN: JF1SG69614H****

Summary of Complaint

MY FORESTER HAS BEGUN TO SMELL LIKE GAS WHEN IT IS TURNED ON WHILE IT IS COLD OUTSIDE. A FUEL LINE IS LEAKING ON THE RIGHT SIDE FUEL RAIL. THE FUEL IS LEAKING RIGHT NEXT TO THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD AND THE TURBO (SEE, REALLY HOT PARTS, SEE ALSO, DANGEROUS). THIS IS A WELL KNOWN ISSUE WITH THE CAR AND IS A SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD. I DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS RIGHT TO REQUIRE OWNERS TO PAY HUNDREDS TO THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO KEEP THEIR CARS FROM BURSTING IN TO FLAMES. PLEASE SEE ALL THE OTHER COMPLAINTS ON THIS SAME ISSUE AND DO SOMETHING TO PROTECT AND REIMBURSE THE OWNERS OF THE VEHICLES FOR THIS SAFETY ISSUE. THANK YOU.

Components: STEERING SUSPENSION WHEELS

March 14, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11079474
Consumer Location: SIDNEY, NY
VIN: JF1SG69634H****

Summary of Complaint

FAILED RECALL ON 2004 SUBARU FORESTER XT FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS. THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM ON THE PASSENGER SIDE OF MY FORESTER RUSTED IN HALF. WHEN BACKING OUT OF A FLAT CONCRETE DRIVEWAY ONTO A CITY STREET, AS I BEGAN TO TURN THE WHEEL I HEARD/FELT A POP IN THE FRONT END. AS I BEGAN TO STRAIGHTEN THE WHEEL IT STARTED MAKING A GRINDING NOISE AND I NOTICED THE STEERING FELT FUNNY/LOOSE. BEFORE FOING ANY FURTHER I PULLED THE CAR STRAIT BACK INTO THE DRIVEWAY TO INSPECT THE PROBLEM. WHILE I WAS JACKING THE CAR UP I NOTICED IMMEDIATELY THE FRONT PASSENGER WHEEL APPEAR TO GO LIMP AND SLOPPY. AFTER CRAWLING UNDERNEATH TO CHECK I FOUND THAT THE CONTROL ARM HAD COMPLETELY BROKE/RUSTED IN HALF. A FEW WEEKS EARLIER I NOTICED THE FRONT CONTROL ARMS ON BOTH SIDES WERE QUITE RUSTED. AFTER A LITTLE RESEARCH I FOUND THAT SUBARU HAD A RECALL ON THE CONTROL ARMS AND WOULD EITHER REPLACE THEN OR RE COAT THEM. I THEN CONTACTED A LOCAL DEALER ABOUT THE RECALL. AFTER RUNNING MY VIN THE TOLD ME THAT MY VEHICLE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVICED FOR THAT RECALL IN 2012 AND THAT MY CONTROL ARMS WERE UNDER COATED AND THEREFORE WERE NOT COVERED FOR REPLACEMENT. SO NOW AFTER MY CONTROL ARM IS COMPLETELY BROKEN I CONTACTED THE SAME DEALER AGAIN AND WAS TOLD TO TRY CONTACTING SUBARU OF AMERICA BUT THAT THEY COULD DO NOTHING. I THEN CONTACTED SUBARU OF AMERICA AND AFTER GIVING THEM ALL MY INFORMATION WAS TOLD AGAIN THAT MY VEHICLE HAD ALREADY BEEN SERVICED FOR THE RECALL AND WAS NOT COVERED, BUT IF I TOOK IT TO A DEALER THEY WOULD "LOOK AT IT". I THEN CONTACTED ANOTHER LOCAL DEALER AND I WAS ABLE TO TRAILER IT THERE MYSELF. I AM WAITING FOR A RESPONSE. THIS IS A DANGEROUS PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY BEFORE SOMEONE IS HURT. HAD THE CONTROL ARM BROKE WHILE DRIVING DOEN THE ROAD AT ANY RATE OF SPEED THE RESULTS COULD BE CATASTROPHIC OR EVEN FATAL.

Components: EQUIPMENT UNKNOWN OR OTHER

December 30, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11074775
Consumer Location: BOULDER, CO
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

CSPC: THE WELD THAT CONNECTS THE MAIN PART OF THE RACK TO THE PORTION THAT ENTERS THE HITCH CRACKED, RESULTING IN THE BIKES DRAGGING IN THE ROAD UNTIL WE COULD PULL OVER. THE RACK THEN SNAPPED OFF COMPLETELY. AT THE TIME, WE HAD THREE BIKES WORTH ABOUT $2,500 EACH ON THE RACK, AND MORE SERIOUSLY, THIS COULD HAVE CAUSED A CATASTROPHIC ACCIDENT HAD THE RACK SNAPPED OFF WITH ANOTHER CAR DIRECTLY BEHIND US. *DT *JS *B F *CN *JS *TR

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

September 23, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11071717
Consumer Location: CEDAR FALLS, IA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

LEAKING FUEL LINE UNDER MANIFOLD, FUEL SMELL VERY STRONG AND LEAKS INTO ENGINE BAY.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

January 03, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11058587
Consumer Location: TRAVERSE CITY, MI
VIN: JF1SG69614H****

Summary of Complaint

GOT UP TO AND STARTED MY CAR TO GET IT WARMED UP SINCE IT WAS 8 F OUTSIDE. 20 MINUTES LATER WHEN I GOT INTO THE CAR THERE WAS A STRONG SMELL OF GAS. UPON INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT I FOUND THAT THERE WAS A FUEL LINE ON THE DRIVERS SIDE DRIPPING GASOLINE ONTO THE ENGINE BLOCK, WHERE IT WAS POOLING. WHILE SEARCHING ONLINE FOR INFO ON THIS, I FOUND THAT THIS IS A COMMON ISSUE WITH EARLY 2000'S SUBARUS, EVEN TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY RECALLED THE WRX MODELS FOR THIS EXACT REASON, BUT MADE NO MENTION OF THEIR OTHER MODELS.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 25, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11057668
Consumer Location: PRATTSVILLE, NY
VIN: JF1SG63654H****

Summary of Complaint

GAS SMELL COLD WEATHER CAR IDOLING

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 11, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11054095
Consumer Location: BANGOR, ME
VIN: JF1SG696X4G****

Summary of Complaint

JUST LIKE 60 OR SO OTHER 03-05 FORESTER XT OWNERS, I'M EXPERIENCING THE FUEL LEAK FROM THE RUBBER FUEL LINE WHERE IT CLAMPS ON TO THE METAL LINE TO THE FRONT DRIVERS SIDE INJECTOR. JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, THE ISSUE ONLY OCCURRED WHEN TEMPERATURES DROPPED BELOW ABOUT 20F - UNCOINCIDENTALLY, IN MY OPINION, THIS WAS THE FIRST NEW ENGLAND WINTER THIS CAR HAD EVER SEEN. SUBARU HAS ISSUED A RECALL FOR WRX WITH THE SAME EXACT ISSUE INVOLVING THE SAME EXACT HARDWARE. GET ON IT SUBARU, THIS IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE AND AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS DESIGN FLAW. YOU'VE ALREADY FESSED UP TO THE ISSUE WITH OTHER VEHICLES USING THE EJ255 NOW DON'T FORGET ABOUT US FOZZY OWNERS.

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE ENGINE

November 23, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 11048212
Consumer Location: NEWBURGH, NY
VIN: JF1SG69664H****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. WHETHER THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED OR BEING DRIVEN, A FUEL ODOR WAS DETECTED IN AND OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE. THE FUEL ODOR WAS MOST NOTICEABLE WHILE OPERATING THE HEATER. THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO MID-HUDSON SUBARU (1715 U.S. 9, WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY 12590 (866) 678-2048) SEVERAL TIMES, BUT NO LEAKS OR FAILURES WERE DETECTED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE DEALER FINALLY DETECTED A FUEL ODOR AND DIAGNOSED THE FAILURE AS A MALFUNCTION WITH TUBING OR PIPING WITHIN THE ENGINE. THE PARTS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED DUE TO THE COST. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE AND STATED THAT THEY WOULD CONTACT THE LOCAL DEALER. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 120,000. *TT *TR

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 15, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 11025492
Consumer Location: JAMAICA, NY
VIN: JF1SG69674H****

Summary of Complaint

CAR HAS A STRONG GAS ODOR IN THE CAB WHEN TEMPERATURE DROPS TO 20 DEGREES AND BELOW. OCCURING ON COLD START AND CONTINUING IN MOTION ON LOCAL AND HIGHWAY DRIVING. AFTER A FEW UNSUCCESSFUL FIXES BY AUTHORIZED SUBARU SERVICE PROBLEM STILL EXISTS FOR THREE YEARS SOA NEEDS TO RECOGNISE THIS GAS LEAK FOR THIS MODEL AND YEAR AS A RECALL AND PERMINENT FIX PLEASE HELP

Components: SUSPENSION

July 08, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11004381
Consumer Location: EASTHAM, MA
VIN: JF1SG63684H****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVING APPR. 35MPH ON STATE HIGHWAY 6 IN EASTHAM, MA WHEN STEERING WHEEL WAS JERKED OUT OF MY HANDS, CAR ABRUPTLY MOVED TO THE RIGHT AND INTO GRANITE CURB BEFORE COMING TO A STOP. UPON EXITING CAR I FOUND RIGHT FRONT TIRE TURNED TO THE RIGHT WHILE OTHER TIRES WERE FACING FORWARD. RIGHT LOWER CONTROL ARM WAS BROKEN CAUSING CV AXLE TO BREAK AT INNER JOINT. THIS WAS A CROWDED HIGHWAY ON A SUMMER WEEKEND IN A RESORT AREA. I AM EXTREMELY FORTUNATE TO NOT HAVE BEEN INJURED OR CAUSED INJURY TO OTHERS. REPAIRS TOTALED $929.95

Components: POWER TRAIN UNKNOWN OR OTHER SERVICE BRAKES

May 17, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 10990817
Consumer Location: FRANKLIN PARK, IL
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVING HOME FROM GYM, I NOTICED THE CLUTCH PEDAL WAS NOT ENGAGING THE CLUTCH MAKING SHIFTING DIFFICULT. EVENTUALLY RETURNED HOME SAFELY AND UPON INSPECTION, I NOTICED A LARGE FIREWALL CRACK NEAR THE CLUTCH MASTER CYLINDER. THE LARGE FIREWALL CRACK COMPROMISED THE CLUTCH PEDAL FUNCTION. ALSO, FEAR OF POSSIBILITY OF BRAKE PEDAL FAILURE AND POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO ENGINE BAY FUMES. I SPOKE TO A SUBARU SERVICE ADVISOR AND SUGGESTED TO "BRING-IN" FOR INSPECTION. ENROUTE TO THE DEALER WAITING FOR THE GREEN LIGHT ON THE MAIN STREET, DEPRESSED THE CLUTCH PEDAL AND FELT A SNAP THEN MY CLUTCH PEDAL PLAY IS NONE. LOOKED ON THE FLOOR OF MY CAR TO SEE WHAT FELL/DETACHED, AND IT LOOKED LIKE PART OF THE PEDAL BRACKET THAT ATTACHED TO THE CLUTCH MASTER CYLINDER. I EVENTUALLY TOWED MY CAR TO THE DEALER. ARE FIREWALL SUPPOSED TO CRACK?

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

March 15, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 10966013
Consumer Location: COLUMBUS, OH
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

THERE IS A RAW GAS SMELL INSIDE THE CAR WHEN PARKED, OR STOPPED WHILE THE CAR IS RUNNING IN COLD WEATHER.

Components: ENGINE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 13, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10949258
Consumer Location: SOUTH BEND, IN
VIN: JF1SG69684G****

Summary of Complaint

FUEL LEAK IN LINES ABOVE ENGINE BUT BELOW INTAKE DURING COLDER WEATHER. FUEL FUMES PULLED INTO VEHICLE BY HEATING SYSTEM.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 23, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10937987
Consumer Location: CRYSTAL LAKE, IL
VIN: JF1SG63624H****

Summary of Complaint

THERE IS A TERRIBLE GAS SMELL DURING COLD WEATHER FROM SOME LEAK IN THE FUEL LINE. OTHER SUBARU MODELS HAVE BEEN RECALLED FOR THIS SAME PROBLEM, BUT NOT THE FORESTER. THE SMELL IS SO BAD THAT IT HAS GIVEN ME HEADACHES AND NAUSEA. THE SMELL IS PARTICULARLY AWFUL WHEN THE HEAT IS TURNED ON, WHICH IS PROBLEMATIC SINCE ONE WANTS THE HEAT ON WHEN IT'S THAT COLD OUT. SMELL PERSISTS AROUND THE CAR EVEN WHEN IT ISN'T RUNNING AND IS SO BAD I CAN'T PARK IT INSIDE MY ATTACHED GARAGE BECAUSE IT COMES INTO THE HOUSE. SUBARU REALLY NEEDS TO ADDRESS THIS. I HAVE MENTIONED IT TO MY MECHANIC SEVERAL TIMES AND THEY HAVE TRIED TO CORRECT IT BY TIGHTENING FUEL LINE CONNECTIONS, WHICH HAS NOT SOLVED THE ISSUE. THEY TOLD ME ABOUT THE OTHER MODELS BEING RECALLED, AND WHEN I RESEARCHED IT MYSELF I DISCOVERED THAT THERE ARE HUNDREDS (AT LEAST) OF SUBARU FORESTER OWNERS WHO HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT THE SAME PROBLEM. THIS IS A HEALTH HAZARD. I DON'T THINK ANYONE SHOULD BE BREATHING THESE CONCENTRATED FUMES. SUBARU NEEDS TO DO A RECALL AND REPLACE THESE FAULTY LINES. THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR AT LEAST THE PAST 2 YEARS/WINTERS. MY MOST RECENT VISIT TO THE MECHANIC (TO ADDRESS THE FUEL SMELL AGAIN) WAS DECEMBER 23, 2016.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 16, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10936221
Consumer Location: HELENA, MT
VIN: JF1SG63634H****

Summary of Complaint

IN VERY COLD WEATHER, THERE IS A STRONG GASOLINE SMELL INSIDE THE CAR THAT REMAINS AS THE CAR WARMS UP. THIS ONLY OCCURS WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE WELL BELOW FREEZING.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 19, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10936225
Consumer Location: EAST CHATHAM, NY
VIN: JF1SG65684H****

Summary of Complaint

CAR LEAKS FUEL PROFUSELY FROM FUEL LINE NEAR ENGINE BLOCK WHEN RUNNING DURING COLD WEATHER TEMPERATURES BELOW 20 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 14, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10935600
Consumer Location: BLACKLICK, OH
VIN: JF1SG65614H****

Summary of Complaint

FORESTERS HAVE A COMMON PROBLEM OF A VERY COMMON PROBLEM OF THE FUEL LINE LEAKING. THE COLD CAUSES SHRINK TO THE FUEL LINES CAUSING A LEAK INTO THE ENGINE AND FUEL VAPORS TO ENTER THE CABIN. THIS ISSUE OCCURS WHETHER IT'S STATIONARY OR IN MOTION AS WELL AS ALL OTHER CONCEIVABLE STATES THAT THE VEHICLE CAN BE IN. A RECALL WAS ISSUED FOR THE WRX, THE SAME SHOULD OCCUR WITH THE FORESTER. THIS ISSUE OCCURS EVERY WINTER WHEN THE TEMP DROPS BELOW 20 DEGREES.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

December 07, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10933813
Consumer Location: LAKEWOOD, CO
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

STRONG FUEL ODOR HAS BEEN ENTERING THE CABIN DURING STARTUP ON COLD MORNINGS. THIS IS CAUSED BY A FUEL LINE LEAKING ONTO THE ENGINE. THE LEAK CAN BE SEEN BUT IS INACCESSIBLE WITHOUT REMOVING THE INTAKE MANIFOLD. ONCE THE VEHICLE HEATS UP AND THE LINE EXPANDS THE LEAK STOPS. I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR A VEHICLE FIRE AND THE DANGER OF INHALING GASOLINE FLAMES. *TR

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