I noticed that As our Vermont weather approaches freezing, I have a strong gas smell when I drive my 03 Forester. I had a local mechanic, a person I have no experience/reason not to trust, check it last winter. They all smelled it; ran all kinds of diagnostic "paper" tests to try to find a leak; checked with local Subaru mechanics and couldn't ID the problem. The weather got warmer and the problem went away. It has started again this winter and I am smelling it again. I have an appt with a local dealer but the talk on the street is that this place cannot always be trusted to not try to scare people into more "service" than is really needed. The dispatch person in their dept also said "I've heard a lot of people say that about Subarus - I think it's just something that happens with this car."
Is it safe for me to be driving (with my 2 year old?) Has anyone encountered this as well?