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528i strong gasoline smell

My 1998 528i has been running great. I have driven it for 165000 kilometers. All of the sudden the last week I have noticed a strong smell of gasoline inside and outside the car. What could be the cause?

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Don't know this car but from the age, I'd start looking for damaged fuel or vapor recovery hoses

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