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Old 12-02-2009, 09:13 AM   #1
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Default Subaru Voluntary Recall: 2002–2003 Impreza WRX Cold Weather Fuel Line/Hose Seep

Subaru has initiated a voluntary regional recall to replace specific engine fuel lines and hoses
on approximately 5,724 2002 and 2003MY Impreza WRX models registered in 16 “cold weather” states located in NOAA Climate Zone 1.

The affected states are:
Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York,
South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Campaign code WVK-21 has been assigned to this regional recall.
In extremely cold temperatures, a certain engine fuel line/hose may
temporarily seep some fuel during initial cold engine start up.
If this condition occurs, vehicle occupants may notice the smell of fuel.
To correct this condition, affected vehicles will require replacement of the engine fuel delivery line and hose.
A special repair parts kit will be available in the near future.
The kit contains all parts needed to complete this repair.

Additionally, Subaru will follow up in early CY 2010 with letters to owners
that it will provide an extended 12 year/unlimited mileage warranty for this
condition to owners of affected vehicles located in the remaining 34 states.


General information concerning this Recall:
• Campaign Bulletin WVK-21 will be posted on the Techinfo.Subaru.com website during the week of December 7, 2009. The Bulletin will contain additional information concerning identification of affected vehicles, repair and claim submission procedures.

• Notification letters will be mailed to vehicle owners registered in the 16 affected states on or around December 16, 2009.

• VIN lists will be sent to dealers located in the affected 16 states on or around December 14, 2009.

• Information concerning repair parts availability will be released in the near future.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:24 AM   #2
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Subaru has initiated a voluntary regional recall to replace specific engine fuel lines and hoses on approximately 5,724 2002 and 2003MY Impreza WRX models registered in 16 “cold weather” states located in NOAA Climate Zone
DO NOT go calling your dealership to set up an appointment. If your vehicle is affected SOA will send you a letter on or around Dec 16th. If you receive a letter you can contact the dealership to set up an appointment. If you do not receive a letter then your car is not affected, or has been repaired already.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:32 AM   #3
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What if you have already paid to have this repaired? Will SOA be offering reimbursement?
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:34 AM   #4
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What if you have already paid to have this repaired? Will SOA be offering reimbursement?
You would have to discuss that with SOA. See if you receive a recall letter in Dec and contact them at that point.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:39 AM   #5
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DO NOT go calling your dealership to set up an appointment. If your vehicle is affected SOA will send you a letter on or around Dec 16th. If you receive a letter you can contact the dealership to set up an appointment. If you do not receive a letter then your car is not affected, or has been repaired already.

What if SOA has no idea I own the vehicle? I suspect that the vast majority of 02/03 owners are at least the second owners, and many of those exchanged hands privately or on non-subaru dealer lots. (unless they check state vehicle registration data, which they might but would be a pain...)

Also, only 5700 vehicles? I haven't meet an 02/03 owner locally that hasn't had the problem, so I would assume it would be 100% of 02/03's in that area.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:11 AM   #6
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the original tsb mentioned engine numbers, so it does not apply to all 02/03 wrx's. according the SOA, all engines after that number already have this fix. this being said, i think it would be difficult to get them to service any car beyond that for free
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:54 AM   #7
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What if SOA has no idea I own the vehicle? I suspect that the vast majority of 02/03 owners are at least the second owners, and many of those exchanged hands privately or on non-subaru dealer lots. (unless they check state vehicle registration data, which they might but would be a pain...)

Also, only 5700 vehicles? I haven't meet an 02/03 owner locally that hasn't had the problem, so I would assume it would be 100% of 02/03's in that area.
The letter will go to whomever the vehicle is registered to thru DMV. (Assuming your registration information is up to date)
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:25 PM   #8
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Either way this is good news for those that own 02/03's... I hated that Subaru did nothing for all these years though... I fixed mine by going with an engine EJ207 engine swap lol... not quite the cheapest fix, but then again there are quite a few other perks.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:37 PM   #9
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What if you have already paid to have this repaired? Will SOA be offering reimbursement?
I doubt they would do much if anything. Pa is not on the list of "cold" states, neither is Ohio. I guess it isnt cold enough here.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:55 PM   #10
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I doubt they would do much if anything. Pa is not on the list of "cold" states, neither is Ohio. I guess it isnt cold enough here.
Just have to wait until the other 34 states can get in on this. I've waited for a long time already. Wonder how many gallons of premium 93 octane gas has been lost due to this leak.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:32 PM   #11
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Subaru has initiated a voluntary regional recall to replace specific engine fuel lines and hoses
on approximately 5,724 2002 and 2003MY Impreza WRX models registered in 16 “cold weather” states located in NOAA Climate Zone 1.

The affected states are:
Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York,
South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Campaign code WVK-21 has been assigned to this regional recall.
In extremely cold temperatures, a certain engine fuel line/hose may
temporarily seep some fuel during initial cold engine start up.
If this condition occurs, vehicle occupants may notice the smell of fuel.
To correct this condition, affected vehicles will require replacement of the engine fuel delivery line and hose.
A special repair parts kit will be available in the near future.
The kit contains all parts needed to complete this repair.

Additionally, Subaru will follow up in early CY 2010 with letters to owners
that it will provide an extended 12 year/unlimited mileage warranty for this
condition to owners of affected vehicles located in the remaining 34 states.


General information concerning this Recall:
• Campaign Bulletin WVK-21 will be posted on the Techinfo.Subaru.com website during the week of December 7, 2009. The Bulletin will contain additional information concerning identification of affected vehicles, repair and claim submission procedures.

• Notification letters will be mailed to vehicle owners registered in the 16 affected states on or around December 16, 2009.

• VIN lists will be sent to dealers located in the affected 16 states on or around December 14, 2009.

• Information concerning repair parts availability will be released in the near future.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:40 PM   #12
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Just have to wait until the other 34 states can get in on this. I've waited for a long time already. Wonder how many gallons of premium 93 octane gas has been lost due to this leak.
Combining all the cars over the course of 7 years I would venture a guess of 6 Gallons.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:44 PM   #13
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Yeah, seriously ........
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:59 PM   #14
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This happens on my '04 WRX, why are they only covering 02-03?
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:39 PM   #15
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according to SOA, it was a design flaw for the 02/03 models only. you should already have this fix. but i wouldn't put it pass SOA
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Combining all the cars over the course of 7 years I would venture a guess of 6 Gallons.
Mine leaks like crazy and I can tell the difference in how many miles I get out of a tank.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:57 PM   #17
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Mine leaks like crazy and I can tell the difference in how many miles I get out of a tank.
For it to make a difference in the miles per tank you would literally have cups of fuel on the engine every day.

What you are noticing is simply the difference between the winter blend and summer blends of gas, as well as the extended warm up times in cold weather.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:03 PM   #18
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For it to make a difference in the miles per tank you would literally have cups of fuel on the engine every day.

What you are noticing is simply the difference between the winter blend and summer blends of gas, as well as the extended warm up times in cold weather.
Whatever you say man. I know what I see when I pop the hood and I would think it is cups. It's doesn't drip if flows while idling. Hopefully since my car is garaged now it won't be as bad this year compared to the other years being outside in winter.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:07 PM   #19
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....thanks for posting this info Jamie.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:58 PM   #20
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wow, I need to get out of OT more often.

I JUST had my fuel smell issue fixed at my expense last month - I SHOULD qualify for the recall, I'll be interested to see if SOA refunds the full cost.

I suspect that this is in response to the ongoing NHTSA engineering analysis...
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Subaru has initiated a voluntary regional recall to replace specific engine fuel lines and hoses
on approximately 5,724 2002 and 2003MY Impreza WRX models registered in 16 “cold weather” states located in NOAA Climate Zone 1.

The affected states are:
Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York,
South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Campaign code WVK-21 has been assigned to this regional recall.
In extremely cold temperatures, a certain engine fuel line/hose may
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If this condition occurs, vehicle occupants may notice the smell of fuel.
To correct this condition, affected vehicles will require replacement of the engine fuel delivery line and hose.
A special repair parts kit will be available in the near future.
The kit contains all parts needed to complete this repair.

Additionally, Subaru will follow up in early CY 2010 with letters to owners
that it will provide an extended 12 year/unlimited mileage warranty for this
condition to owners of affected vehicles located in the remaining 34 states.


General information concerning this Recall:
• Campaign Bulletin WVK-21 will be posted on the Techinfo.Subaru.com website during the week of December 7, 2009. The Bulletin will contain additional information concerning identification of affected vehicles, repair and claim submission procedures.

• Notification letters will be mailed to vehicle owners registered in the 16 affected states on or around December 16, 2009.

• VIN lists will be sent to dealers located in the affected 16 states on or around December 14, 2009.

• Information concerning repair parts availability will be released in the near future.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:14 PM   #22
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Good job on posting information only released on subarunet. Dealers do not have parts kits yet and they havent recieved the official notice yet. All this will do is create uneeded phone calls to dealers and SOA

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Good job on posting information only released on subarunet. Dealers do not have parts kits yet and they havent recieved the official notice yet. All this will do is create uneeded phone calls to dealers and SOA

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If the fix is the same as the one in the TSB that's been out for years, they should have the parts? I had an appt to get mine fixed when I saw this. SoA should reimburse people who have made this exact repair to these exact models once it becomes a recall?
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:46 PM   #25
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well i'llll be damned. i had this fuel smell a few times a few cold winters ago. never found a leak, never figured out what it was, and it just went away. and there you have it.

waiting for my letter.
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