Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Austin, TX, 78741
For about the last 4 months, I've had a moderate-strong odor from within my vehicle. I beleive the odor is strongest in the back of the car. I can get a good whiff when I roll my windows down and the air pushes the odor to the front of the car. I can also get a good whiff when I load groceries into the trunk. I think it gets stronger if I do a lot of stop-and-go driving, as opposed to highway miles. The odor is more noticable in warm weather, but I don't think it's dependant upon the level of gas in the tank.
I drive a 97 camaro with 44,000 miles. I've taken it to the service shop three times, but they have not been able to detect anything but a few pinhole leaks in the neck of the tank. I've had the tank replaced, but there haven't been any improvements.
The car was in the body shop about 9 months ago when I was in an accident, but the odor didn't pop up until 4 months ago. This could be a residual effect of the accident, but all of the damage was limited to the left side of the vehicle (almost no internal damage).