Fuel companies Z Energy, BP and Mobil are investigating a quality issue that affected petrol stations from mid November to December.

Inaccurate fuel gauge readings have been linked to fuel sold in Auckland, Fairfax reported.

A higher level of active sulphur in the fuel interfered with some vehicle components, said BP spokeswoman Leigh Taylor.

"As an industry we haven't seen anything like this before."

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The issue included 91 and 95 octane fuels, Fairfax reported.

One driver ran out of fuel twice despite the fuel gauge indicating the car had a quarter of a tank remaining, and was advised to spend $450 on a new fuel pump.

Taylor said the effects could be delayed.

"If they have not driven it or it's taken a while to drive it a reasonable distance then they may be experiencing issues more recently."

Drivers concerned about their fuel gauges should contact the company from which they bought the fuel, Fairfax reported.