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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,436 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette fuel system problems

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #20

Dec 112014


  • 29,000 miles


When I fill my car with gas above 1/2 a tank. I notice my fuel gauge goes to full and then to empty and I get a warning light that states service fuel system. I also notice a strong odor of gas when I park in my garage.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #19

Aug 052016


  • 37,000 miles
A strong fuel odor is coming out from the drivers side rear. Whenever I fill up the odor is present. When I'm under 1/2 tank odor is gone. It's only when I have a full tank. GM has issued a "special coverage adjustment" for 2007-2013 Corvettes.the # is N150682. GM said mine is currently not covered even though I have all the same symptoms. My car is a 2009 with only 37,000 miles.

- Windcrest, TX, USA

problem #18

Mar 212016


  • 39,000 miles
Dealer indicates a leak in the driver side fuel tank. Strong smell of gas every time vehicle is refueled. Vehicle has approx. 39000 miles and has never been in an accident.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #17

Aug 102015


  • 43,653 miles


Fuel smell comming from gas tank went to dealer where I purchased the car from it ws a used car dealer told me it would it would about 4,000 doller to fix it was a cracked filler line and crossover tube after a lot of complaning about it ended up costing me 1200 dollers.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #16

Jul 142015


  • 80,000 miles
Smelling gas when I fill up my gas tank

- Neptune, NJ, USA

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problem #15

Jan 052016


  • 79,500 miles
Strong gasoline smell when tank is more than 1/2 full. Can't leave vehicle parked in enclosed places, or drive with the windows up. Gas smell is strongest around the drivers side rear tire.

- Liberty Hill, TX, USA

problem #14

Jan 142016


  • 49,000 miles


Purchased used 2009 Corvette Z06. Immediately noticed gas smell in garage. Dissipates after sitting for several days. Immediately returns upon driving a few miles. This implies it is at least from a pressurized line (probably the fuel pump fitting.) researched Corvette forums and found this is common problem on C6 Corvettes usually with fuel pump fitting. Contacted GM customer assistance. They authorized dealer to confirm leak. Dealer did so. Requested GM to provide repair or at least provide replacement parts. GM refused. These gas tanks and fuel pumps sit immediately behind the seats in a Corvette and very close to the exhausts. Come on NHTSA. Do a recall on these fuel pumps before people die from fires or explosions.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #13

Nov 012015


  • 90,000 miles
Strong smell if gas after filling up. Gas is leaking after I fill up.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 172015


  • 41,600 miles
Detect a strong gas odor after having been parked in a closed garage overnight. I have noticed this problem each morning for one week now the vehicle has 41,600 miles on it.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 282015


  • 68,000 miles
I have a 2009 Corvette with about 68,000 miles. For my last three tanks of gas, I have noticed the smell of gas coming from within the driver side rear wheel area when the fuel tank is more than half full. The smell fills my entire garage at night, and the smell is very strong. Even when parked outside, the smell of gas is recognizable from about ten feet away. The smell is also present while driving with the windows down. The dealership did a pressure test, smoke test, and visual checks. They were unable to find any issues, even though everyone agreed that they could smell gas from the rear driver side wheel area. After thoroughly researching this issue on the Corvette forum, it seems that the problem is most likely related to the fuel pump, which is most likely cracked. A rather large number of people have reported identical symptoms. The problem is difficult to diagnose, because there are no visual signs of a leak, and the dealership seemed at a loss as to what might be causing this problem. Moreover, this is a dangerous issue, because gas is highly flammable and very hot exhaust pipes run directly in between the two gas tanks.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Sep 042015


  • 40,000 miles


After intermittently smelling fuel in our garage I crawled under the vehicle and noticed a wet spot on the fuel tank. The dealer found a cracked fuel tank. It separated along a seam. It was leaking fuel when it was over 1/2 full. The vehicle has less than 40,000 miles and I feel it should have been covered as a recall as I have seen many owners have reported a fuel smell. This is an extremely dangerous manufacturing defect.

- Helotes, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 152015


  • 33,000 miles
Significant gasoline fumes in garage after filling the gas tank and storing the car overnight. Gasoline smell obvious when driving with the targa top is on. Worse smell when the top is off. Fumes are mostly gone after the gas tank level drops below half.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #8

Aug 172015


  • 39,500 miles
2nd occurance in 6 months I went to fill my car with gas. Filled it up and gas gauge went to 0. engine light came on, fuel system warning came on and then low fuel warning. Drove a few miles and gas gauge went up and down over and over again. Just called dealer and he wants $2000 to replace fuel sending unit. I have read a half dozen Corvette forums and this is a popular problem for C-5 and C6 Corvettes. You would think Chevy would have figured out the fsu is defective and needs to be recalled

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #7

Aug 172015


  • 34,666 miles
When I park my vehicle in my garage I have a strong gasoline smell from car. Especially when I fill my gas tank. Afraid one of tanks is leaking may drip on hot exhaust and explode

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #6

Aug 032015


  • 32,000 miles
Smell gasoline

- Monument, CO, USA

problem #5

May 172012


  • 6,170 miles
Every time you fill up your gas tank to full there is some gas leakage and car smells of gas. I stop at 3/4 and do not seem to have a problem. I have 3 GM cars and this is the only one that has this problem.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 172015


  • 59,000 miles
After filling my car up with gas and parked it overnight in the garage, the next morning my entire garage smelled like gas. I didn't think anything of it but the smell was inside and outside of my car as I drove and/or parked it anywhere. I left it outside of my garage until I didnt notice the smell anymore at which point I parked it inside the garage. I noticed that the issue only starts when there is more than half a tank of gas. Once the fuel gauge drops to under half a tank, the smell goes away. I took it to two separate dealerships that did smoke tests and visual checks and they do not see any issues, even though the smell is there with more than half a tank (in both occasions the tanks were more than half and the dealer noticed the smell but did not see any issues and attributed it to my vehicle running rich, even after I told them the smell went away when the fuel gauge was under half a tank). It is apparent to me that there is an issue, a dangerous one at that since gas fumes are highly flammable and the hot exhaust pipes run in between the tanks themselves. After further research, it appears that there is a plastic piece on the top of the fuel pump that seems to be the issue and ends up having small cracks. There are multiple Corvette owners that have reported the same issue and have had to replace the part at their expense (an expensive proposition at that). Please investigate this issue as soon as you can. I am concerned there may be a major fault which will/can cause an injury due to the nature of the problem (ie: Gas fumes and hot exhaust pipes).

- Cooper City, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 092014


  • 45,000 miles
Hi, I bought the Corvette used. The first time I filled it all the up with gas I noticed a very strong gas smell the next day in my garage. I hoped it would go away or it was just something I wasn't aware of about the car since I just bought it used. The next time I filled it up the same thing the whole garage smelled like gas the next day. Did some research online and found out there are allot of the C6 Corvettes with this defect. If you fill the car up over half full gas leaks from the top of the tank down the inside and on to the tailpipe. Called the dealer and they refused to fix it or recall the defective part. Im afraid of two possible things happening either the car catching fire or the fumes igniting my gas water heater thats in the garage as well. Hope you guys can get something done about it. Thanks for your time.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 012014


  • 72,500 miles
Strong gas smell after filling up gas tank. Can be smelled in car and overwhelms garage if tank is over half full.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 162014


  • 30,129 miles
My fuel gauge would not record any fuel level after filling the tank and driving for approximately one quarter of the tank of fuel.the gauge would drop to "empty". this triggered the check engine light, and an error code, resulting in not being able to pass my car inspected in AZ, where it is registered. I was charged $2300 by the dealer to fix this problem in order to be able to use my car. This presents a problem of possibly running out of gas while in the passing lane of a highway. Fortunately this did not happen to me.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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