I have a 2002 Outback with about 96K on it. The other night we got down to 14 degrees. My tank was on empty...the light had come on. We were late for a movie so I figured I'd get gas afterward. On driving home, we smelled fuel. Heavy. It seemed to be most strong while idling. Got gas the next day. Same thing. Thought maybe there was something going on with the gas cap. Opened, securely closed. Same thing. Not conclusive yet, but tt does appear, though, that if I start the car and idle but not turn on the heater (thus, the fan). At least the one time I tried this. I'm going to try it again, but any ideas as to what is causing heavy gas fumes to enter the car now? Was the very cold start on empty just a coincidence?
Also, under "Strange smells" category: I have smelled, for some time, what seems to smell like plastic (actually it smells like candle wax), from the right front when I have driven awhile...or come home (I live up on a mountain and I usually drive up and down in second gear).
By the way, the brakes have been replaced - twice! Not just the pads but roaters (sp!)
Any ideas would be appreciated. I have an appointment Monday to take it to my mechanic, but would like some other impressions as well.