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SUBARU FORESTER - 2004 SUBARU FORESTER Problems & Complaints

 
Auto Recalls For Consumers
by Subaru of America, Inc.

There are 181 complaints filed for the 2004 SUBARU FORESTER

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2004 SUBARU FORESTER, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/28/2016 - CRYSTAL LAKE, IL
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.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/19/2016 - EAST CHATHAM, NY
CAR LEAKS FUEL PROFUSELY FROM FUEL LINE NEAR ENGINE BLOCK WHEN RUNNING DURING COLD WEATHER TEMPERATURES BELOW 20 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

12/19/2016 - HELENA, MT
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.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/19/2016 - HELENA, MT
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.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/16/2016 - BLACKLICK, OH
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.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/8/2016 - LAKEWOOD, CO
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.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

12/7/2016 - WINDSOR, CO
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS STARTED, A VERY STRONG FUEL ODOR EMERGED FROM THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. THE FUEL TANK LEAKED FUEL ONTO THE MANIFOLD. THE FAILURE WAS DIAGNOSED BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC AS A FUEL TANK LEAK. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 149,966.

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ENGINE

12/7/2016 - WINDSOR, CO
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS STARTED, A VERY STRONG FUEL ODOR EMERGED FROM THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. THE FUEL TANK LEAKED FUEL ONTO THE MANIFOLD. THE FAILURE WAS DIAGNOSED BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC AS A FUEL TANK LEAK. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 149,966.

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POWER TRAIN

11/16/2016 - BLOCK ISLAND, RI
THE TURBOCHARGER BROKE TWICE IN THE 2D QUARTER 2015. SHORTLY AFTER THE SECOND TIME IT WAS FIXED, THE CAR CAUGHT FIRE OVER THE TURBOCHARGER UNIT (WHILE BEING DRIVEN 9/18/15), UNDER THE HOOD. NEW SUBARUS HAVE BEEN RECALLED FOR THIS REASON, BUT I THINK THE REPLACEMENT TURBOCHARGER WAS DEFECTIVE. THE SUBARU TURBO FP # WAS 14411AA5329L.

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ENGINE

10/14/2016 - DIXON, IL
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2004 SUBARU FORESTER. WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE RPMS BEGAN TO INCREASE AND THE VEHICLE OVERHEATED. THE VEHICLE WAS PULLED OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND CAUGHT FIRE FROM THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. THERE WERE NO INJURIES AND A POLICE REPORT WAS NOT FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED AND LATER DEEMED DESTROYED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 110,000.

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