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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,802 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Corvette fuel system problems

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2004 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #76

Jul 092014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 106,765 miles


Since buying this car at auction. I noticed a fuel smell coming from left rear wheels. I have asked the dealership if there were any recalls or specials announcements dealing with car and was told no. After reading the Corvette forum and finding there was a repair for the fuel tank. Now my car is out of the coverage time frame and mileage however with the tank being defective shouldn't they at least cover the tank. Or what was the agreement between NHTSA and Chevrolet.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #75

Mar 242014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 67,430 miles
I filled my tank today with no over flow of gas. I got in my vehicle and started the car. I now have a very strong gasoline smell. It is all throughout the cabin and make gas appears to be running out faster than normal. I park in a garage which has a gas water heater in it. I am very concerned that the house could catch on fire if the leak gets stronger.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #74

Mar 202014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Leaking gas. Mechanic says gas tank is leaking needs replaced. Seems to be a problem with this car yet there is no recall?

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #73

Oct 092012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 35,698 miles


Noticed gas leaking on ground after refueling the car....I don't drive the car much and since then there is always a strong smell of gas. The car now has 39850 miles on it and the smell is getting worse.

- Eagle, ID, USA

problem #72

Oct 222012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
When I was filling up my car at a gas station I noticed a rather strong smell of gas. I looked under the car to see that it was leaking fuel. I finished the car trip and took it to the dealer. They said the gas tank was leaking and needed to be replaced.

- Belvidere, IL, USA

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problem #71

Feb 222012

Corvette 8-cyl Diesel

  • 25,500 miles
I am experiencing strong odors of gasoline, faint at first, but now very evident around the vehicle and in the driver's compartment. I am quite concerned to place the car in the garage, or even drive it. Checking on line, I found a department investigation, but nothing on a recall. The complaint was prevalently posted on forums with the most common source as the gas tank and/or crossover pipe. Dealers seem to be using the opportunity of fear of a fire for overcharging (~$2500) for a repair that should be a recall. Would you please advise with my options.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #70

Jan 022012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Fuel leak. I identified the leak source as cracks in either the fuel tank cross-over tube quick connector (connector) and/or the "hot-plate" weld joint of the connector to the tank. The root causes are attributed to errors in connector material processing, variations in the welding process, and high stresses placed on the driver's side connector during vehicle use.

- Alamo, TX, USA

problem #69

Aug 012011


  • 34,000 miles
Strong gas fume's when tank is half full.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #68

Apr 202010


  • 55,000 miles
Drivers side gas tank has a leak nita's has open investigation on this complaint.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #67

Sep 122011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle cut off while driving @ approximately 25 mph. Dash indicator read "check gauges". I was able to pull to the side of the road and found that the fuel pump fuse had failed. Tried another fuse, but it blew immediately. Vehicle was towed to local Chevrolet dealer who has diagnosed problem as both fuel pumps have shorts causing the fuel pump fuse to blow. This is a very dangerous situation and needs to be investigated. It should be noted that after a day of sitting at the dealership, the fuel pump fuse was replaced and the vehicle then started enabling the dealer to diagnose the problem. Chevrolet zone rep was contacted, but refused to help. There is obviously an issue with the fuel pumps as the replacement fuel pumps from Chevrolet have been redesigned. It should be noted that vehicle has only 18,316 miles.

- Sandy Hook, VA, USA

problem #66

Aug 012011


  • 182,000 miles


I have recently been told by representatives of young Chevy dealership in dallas, Texas that I have a gasoline fuel leak at the connector of the two gas tanks. In my opinion this is a "life-safety" issue that must be addressed by General Motors (GM) immediately. I love my 2004 Corvette and plan on continuing to drive it daily until it is properly "fixed" at no cost to me, or I die driving it because it was an unsafe condition caused by GM and not addressed within a total recall of the defective assembly. I will gladly join a class-action lawsuit for this un-safe condition created by GM.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #65

Jul 042011


  • 35,400 miles
I own a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. While the vehicle was parked in the garage I smelled a strong fuel odor. I checked and he replaced the gasoline cap, and noticed a gas puddle on the ground washed the vehicle but could still smell fuel. The vehicle was taken to a Chevrolet mechanic who diagnosed the failure and confirmed that the fuel tank pipe connectors were defective. The fuel tank connectors could not be replaced; therefore, the fuel tank had to be replaced. The vehicle wasn't repaired. The failure mileage was 35,400 and the current mileage was 35,400. The Chevrolet dealer diagnosed the following issues: Needs left side fuel tank and sending unit $3,887.50, rear brakes pads and rotors $517.50, front brakes pads and rotors $482.50, brake flush $165, induction and injector services $350. Service rear posi diff. $165. Currently I am a cancer patient and due to medical cost I am unable to afford the repairs. This vehicle is the only mode of transportation that I have.any assistance that you could afford me would be greatly appreciated shouldn't the issues be a recall/safety issue. Thanks in advance..R. thomas

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #64

Jun 092011

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Strong gasoline odor inside the vehicle after fillup and when parked in garage that started around 05/15/2010. I replaced the gas cap and that did not help. I had mechanic look at it and said it seems to be a cracked fuel tank or crossover pipe leak. Drive-train must be drop to verify and cost to repair upwards around $2K-$3K. After a internet search this is a know common problem for this year Corvette. This should be a manufacturer recall!

- Chauvin, LA, USA

problem #63

May 062011


  • 48,555 miles
Smell of gas noticeable when car just sitting in garage. Service engine light also came on. Vehicle brought in for service and found to have right fuel tank leak. (of importance was the fact we had the left gas tank replaced about a year before this event at which time I thought it was just a freak occurrence until it happened again)

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #62

Mar 012011


  • miles
Strong gas smell behind driver's seat.

- Happy, TX, USA

problem #61

Sep 282010

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 22,373 miles
I have a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette that is leaking gas. Mechanic said it is the "fuel tank crossover". after much researching, I have found that this is a big problem for this year. Cost will be over $2,000 to repair. This should be a recall! some of these Corvettes have caught fire.

- Mount Washington, KY, USA

problem #60

Dec 212010


  • miles
2004 Corvette owner. When I park my car in the garage there is a strong fuel smell. I took the car to the manufacturer and they told me that they have had multitudes of issues with owners who have 2004 Corvettes on the fuel system, especially pertaining to the gas tank. The crossover leaks.

- Wolfforth, TX, USA

problem #59

Dec 162010


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed a puddle of gasoline on the driver side beside the rear tire. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnosis or repair. The approximate failure mileage was 34,000.

- Pavernier, FL, USA

problem #58

Oct 152010


  • miles
2004 Corvette Z06 leaks fuel under the vehicle and very likely into the passenger compartment judging by the smell. Car has 18, xxx miles on it, completely stock and never abused. When filling the fuel ends up pooled under rear driver tire area. Smell inside is very strong of raw gasoline. Smell remains for days if parked, and small puddle found under the left fuel tank. This vehicle is in almost brand new condition.

- Kingston, 00, USA

problem #57

Sep 232009


  • 23,816 miles
Had to have the gas tank replaced on my 2004 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at a cost of $2600 in September of 2009. Have since learned that NHTSA is investigating this. Please add this to the list.

- Camden, AR, USA

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