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Old 12-06-2012, 12:23 AM   #3101
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Mine has several recalls on it and I refuse to take it in for any of them. Too many opportunities for them to screw stuff up. I just drive with gas spraying all over the place a few times a year.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:31 PM   #3102
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Just moved to Denver from the southeast. Car hasn't seen cold in years. Now under the driver's side intake manifold I have a puddle of gas.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:16 PM   #3103
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2005 WRX - strong gas odor on cold days...enough to cause nausea. I live in Omaha, NE so I can expect this for several months out of the year!
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:47 PM   #3104
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Just moved to Denver from the southeast. Car hasn't seen cold in years. Now under the driver's side intake manifold I have a puddle of gas.
Welcome to Colorado We moved to Denver from the SE too (FL and then NC). My 02 leaks fuel and my wife's 03 leaks as well, but it's easily fixed every year with a turn of an easily accessed screw.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:09 AM   #3105
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2005 WRX - strong gas odor on cold days...enough to cause nausea. I live in Omaha, NE so I can expect this for several months out of the year!
Just double up on the clamps on your fuel lines that go to the fuel rail.....I had the same problem, fuel would actually drip from one or two on the lines. Just check and see where it's dripping from
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:48 PM   #3106
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Just double up on the clamps on your fuel lines that go to the fuel rail.....I had the same problem, fuel would actually drip from one or two on the lines. Just check and see where it's dripping from
i get about the same on my 2002 with 170xxx miles. it happens mostly when cold but sometimes when its 50-60 degrees out. i happen to enjoy the smell. my passengers do not
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:41 PM   #3107
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Just double up on the clamps on your fuel lines that go to the fuel rail.....I had the same problem, fuel would actually drip from one or two on the lines. Just check and see where it's dripping from
Except that for many the intake manifold needs to be removed to get to the problem hoses. On my wife's 03 Forester I was able to easily tighten the loose screws. Can't get to them on my car, and gas literally sprays when it's cold and I live in Denver where it gets COLD.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:39 PM   #3108
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Keep us updated on this. The dealer should pay for parts they break. They usually do. It shouldn't cost you a dime.
I think the dealer is trying to pass the broken parts under warranty so as not to eat the cost.
One thing that irked me was after they put the WRX back together again, there were hoses not installed correctly, fasteners not plugged back in, lucky I spotted it.
It's like fighting the mob....I have a good friend who used to work for this particular dealer and he basically said it sucks, but fighting it will get you nowhere, and on the plus side, the fuel rail warranty covered all the labor on those other parts, which would have been around $1000.

The dealer gave me a box containing all the old parts and a lot of them weren't actually broken, but completely worn out and needed to be replaced anyway, and the dealer doesn't really want to leave them to break and have a customer come back claiming it was their fault. So I can kind of understand where they're coming from, but dam it still sucks shelling out $300 right before Christmas lol.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:19 PM   #3109
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The dealer gave me a box containing all the old parts and a lot of them weren't actually broken, but completely worn out and needed to be replaced anyway, and the dealer doesn't really want to leave them to break and have a customer come back claiming it was their fault. So I can kind of understand where they're coming from, but dam it still sucks shelling out $300 right before Christmas lol.
This.

Too many people who feel entitled to something are quick to blame someone when it is just an unfortunate circumstance that neither party caused. Sadly this causes establishments to go above and beyond to protect themselves even if it means making a customer unhappy, but such as life.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:28 PM   #3110
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Hey all, I wonder if someone can help me out.

I've had a fuel smell issue for a while now. Basically it appears whenever the HVAC is on vent and stationary or moving at a slow speed. Not so bad at highway, but still evident.

Not evident at all when HVAC is on recirc. Is there any method to pin point where this is coming from? I'd assume somewhere near the cowl where the HVAC intakes from, but... I'm still a nub w/ the fuel system. Definitely NOT the tank or exhaust.

Car is tuned to run a bit rich, also is hard to start sometimes, but not sure if these are related.

Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:35 PM   #3111
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Hey all, I wonder if someone can help me out.

I've had a fuel smell issue for a while now. Basically it appears whenever the HVAC is on vent and stationary or moving at a slow speed. Not so bad at highway, but still evident.

Not evident at all when HVAC is on recirc. Is there any method to pin point where this is coming from? I'd assume somewhere near the cowl where the HVAC intakes from, but... I'm still a nub w/ the fuel system. Definitely NOT the tank or exhaust.

Car is tuned to run a bit rich, also is hard to start sometimes, but not sure if these are related.

Thanks!
It's coming from the fuel rail lines in the engine compartment and always rears it's ugly head in the winter when the rubber fuel lines start to shrink and seep from the cold weather.
If I remember correctly, the recall has a special repair kit that pretty much replaces the rubber fuel line with a longer one to prevent the winter shrinkage and seepage.

It's time to have that repaired.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:36 PM   #3112
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It's coming from the fuel rail lines in the engine compartment and always rears it's ugly head in the winter when the rubber fuel lines start to shrink and seep from the cold weather.
If I remember correctly, the recall has a special repair kit that pretty much replaces the rubber fuel line with a longer one to prevent the winter shrinkage and seepage.

It's time to have that repaired.
Aha, I should've mentioned that this was a summer problem, and hasn't just reared its head recently.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:46 PM   #3113
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fixed my problem

searched everything but youtube..... (facepalm)
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:05 PM   #3114
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About a week ago I noticed the raw gas smell in my 2003 WRX wagon on cold starts. Under the hood it seemed to be coming from the passenger side under the intake area. I'm glad I found this thread - I stopped by the local Subaru dealer today and they ran my VIN and they're pulling the intake and replacing the fuel lines for free under the extended Subaru warranty/recall.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread - much appreciated!
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:19 PM   #3115
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About a week ago I noticed the raw gas smell in my 2003 WRX wagon on cold starts. Under the hood it seemed to be coming from the passenger side under the intake area. I'm glad I found this thread - I stopped by the local Subaru dealer today and they ran my VIN and they're pulling the intake and replacing the fuel lines for free under the extended Subaru warranty/recall.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread - much appreciated!
Let us know how it goes once you have your car back.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:56 AM   #3116
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my 02 wagon just started doing the same thing, it seem to be coming from under the intake manifold...my question is if it has never been taken in for a recall would they still do it eventhough its an old recall?
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:04 AM   #3117
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my 02 wagon just started doing the same thing, it seem to be coming from under the intake manifold...my question is if it has never been taken in for a recall would they still do it eventhough its an old recall?
See post #3114 above yours. It should be covered.

There is a time limit on recalls -- I think it may be 10 years, so get it done ASAP.

Good luck.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:08 AM   #3118
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^ thanks!
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:09 AM   #3119
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thanks!
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:02 PM   #3120
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Just started noticing this as it got colder here in Michigan. I ONLY notice it when i start my car in the morning and let it warm up before i leave for work. As soon as i drive away, the smell goes away.

Vehicle: 2004 Subaru Wrx
Mods: Sti block w/wrx heads, gt30r turbo, 850cc injectors, etc.

Idk if my year falls into the recall, i could only find it for 02-03 Wrx but even if I am in the recall, idk if they will honor it with my modifications done to the car.
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:40 PM   #3121
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Wondering if the raw fuel smell will have the dealer blame my downpipe or if the 05 wrx is even covered. Anyone hit these aftermarket issues?
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:45 AM   #3122
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They only acknowledge it being a problem for '02/'03s. I don't believe they even cover all '03s. They sure as hell don't acknowledge that other models, like my Baja turbo and Forester XTs and such. I'll be picking up one of the fix kits soon because the smell on mine is becoming unbearable.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:40 AM   #3123
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any of u guys know what the kit is called or part numbers for the kit? thanks
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:29 PM   #3124
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any of u guys know what the kit is called or part numbers for the kit? thanks
It's described in this bulletin related to the WVK-21 recall:
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs...9V468-1307.pdf

Description: WVK21 Repair Kit
Part Number: 10130AA000

Note that the bulletin above indicates that SOA will apply the WVK-21 fuel leak fix for free on any 2002-3 WRX with no questions asked (i.e. dealer doesn't need to duplicate the problem). However, that deal only lasts while the car has been "in-service" for less than 12 years. Deliveries of the 2002 WRX began on Mar 15, 2001, so time will run out on Mar 15, 2013 for some of the first-delivered 2002 WRX cars.

If you have a 2002-3 WRX, see your dealer NOW.

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SUBARU IMPREZA WRX ENGINE FUEL LINE EXTENDED WARRANTY
PROGRAM


Subaru has initiated an Extended Warranty Program for certain 2002 – 2003 model year
Impreza WRX models. Extended warranty coverage has a 12 year/unlimited mileage duration
and is limited to replacement of the engine fuel delivery line/hose to correct the fuel seepage
condition previously described. Warranty coverage begins on the date the vehicle was delivered
to the first retail purchaser. If the vehicle was used as a demonstrator or company vehicle
before being sold at retail, warranty coverage begins on the date the vehicle was first placed in
such service. All other warranty terms and conditions, including exclusions, will continue to
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Note: Dealers do not have to duplicate this condition to have the repair covered by this warranty.
An owner complaint of fuel smell from the engine compartment unrelated to any other
problem is sufficient for coverage.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:54 PM   #3125
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Spoke to SOA 10 min ago. Getting warranty extension to replace fuel line with absolutely NO CHARGE. Warranty extension is until 2015 on 2003MY. Was given a Case# to go up against the dealer(s) if any problems should occur. I would reccommend any/all 02-03 owners to contact SOA & do the same process.
Whole call only took 12 minutes.

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