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Toyota Prius, Fuel System, Hatchback, Sedan
#21 of 114 Re: Bladder issue really worth getting upset over? [sherry9]
Mar 28, 2008 (11:55 am)
HI I live in Canada and I own a 2005 Prius and a new 2008 with about 8,000 miles. I think I am having the same problem with both cars. It hit me worse this week because I ran out of gaz with my 08 nodel. Everytime I get down to the flashing light I do 10-15 miles and then tanl up and I find that I still had 3-4 gallons left based on the capacity. So 2 days ago - it was snowing - raining and ugly and I was late so I figured that I had 3-4 gallons left and I had about 55 miles to go so I went for it and I ran out of gaz at 49 miles, this is the first time in my life I run out. So I filled up with a 1 gallon reservoir and then I put in about 8 more gallons and it was full - so my tank is 9 gallons? evidently we all have the same problem. ( this is all with the 08) With the 05, I (which my wife drives) I haven't really stretched it but yes I always thought that I had more left in the tank than appeared to be - but now I see it is the tank that is smaller. I agree with others - this is not acceptable - winter or summer. A small variation might be acceptable but has anybody really measured this summer and winter? They tell us not to overfill and I have never really tried to overfill - what would that do.
I will follow this forum to see what happens with this problem - did anybody write to Toyota Motors?
BTW in Canada we are all in litre and the tank is 45 litres per the book.
#22 of 114 Re: Bladder issue really worth getting upset over? [sergelbergeron]
Mar 30, 2008 (3:31 pm)
Your problem does sound like mine but I am only putting in 6.5 gallons. The most I have gone on the empty light is about 20 miles. I also assume there should be more in the tank but I'm not willing to try it. I have contacted Toyota and they tell me it is normal, I don' think so. They are not willing to do anything till it gets warmer. Have you taken yours in for service? I have been asking other people I see if they are having these problems and they aren't. I sent a letter to Toyota arbitration last Monday and am expecting to hear from them this week. I requested a buy back or replacement since it can't seem to be fixed. It is out of Toyota's hand now and they have to abide by the arbitration ruling. It has to be settled within 40 days. I will post what happens.
#23 of 114 Re: Bladder issue really worth getting upset over? [sherry9]
Mar 30, 2008 (5:45 pm)
well my tank problem is improving, I've gone from 7.5 gal. or so last month up to 9.68 gals. today. I was on my flashing light. The temp was 43 F. I too wish Toyota would come clean on this. If the bladder tank is best technology I could probably live with it in the winter, if that is what I was expecting. But as I said in an earlier post, I didn't have this problem last year.
#24 of 114 Re: Bladder issue really worth getting upset over? [yermell]
Mar 30, 2008 (7:39 pm)
My bladder problem this winter disappeared a few weeks ago but I did NOT have it in 2007, 2006, 2005 or 2004.
#25 of 114 Re: Bladder issue really worth getting upset over? [stevegold]
Mar 31, 2008 (4:20 pm)
I just filled mine up today and it took 5.2 gallons with 1 bar still lit. It has been in the sixties here for the last few days;
#26 of 114 Re: Bladder issue really worth getting upset over? [sherry9]
Mar 31, 2008 (4:53 pm)
Worth mentioning is the method by which the Prius should be filled. My point being: Over the last 4 plus yrs of filling my '04 Prius I found that filling very slowly makes fill-ups attain maximum fill. When I do hit the blinking fuel gauge lite I know I can go approx. 25 miles. With that in mind, I find fill-ups usually are about 9 to 10 gallons. Again I reinterate. FILL VERY SLOWLY. It works for me. Last note...Winter's very cold weather does vary fill-ups about a gallon or so less.
#27 of 114 Re: Bladder issue really worth getting upset over? [railroadjames]
Apr 01, 2008 (4:00 pm)
Well spring is almost here in Canada. I will watch this closely this summer and next winter. On my 05 and the 08 and I will advise - up here in Canada we are in litres so I will be converting. It is still a great car - I just wish I could depend on the gauge - is full really full?
#28 of 114 Flap covering filler hole?
Apr 11, 2008 (7:58 pm)
Does your Prius (or HH) have a spring loaded round metal flap that covers the hole where the filler nozzle gets inserted? My 2004 does not, but it may have fallen in the tank causing the filling problems I experienced a few months ago. I don't remember if there ever was such a flap. Other owners report having such a flap.
#29 of 114 Re: Flap covering filler hole? [stevegold]
Apr 13, 2008 (10:47 am)
Not that I know of.
#30 of 114 Re: Prius and filling the tank [jchshade1969]
Apr 28, 2008 (4:50 pm)
Add gas very,very,very slowly.