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Posted by a on October 3, 2007, 12:11 am

Bought a 2007 about a month ago and was wondering about the gas gauge.
I have gone 400 miles on this tank of gas and the gauge only has one block lit.
I know I am getting 50MPG highway, so I have only used 8 of the 11.9 gallons.
Is this normal for the gas gauge in this car?


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Posted by Richard Warren on October 3, 2007, 2:28 am

It's normal for my 2005.

Posted by richard schumacher on October 3, 2007, 3:02 am


The gauge is not linear, and the bladder inside the tank varies in size.  
Together these mean that you cannot reliably estimate how far you
"ought" to be able to go after a fillup.  The one thing you should rely
on is that when the last pip on the gauge starts to flash, you are about
to run out.  And when you do run out, remember that you must put in at
least three gallons, otherwise the gas tank computer will not let the
car start.

An amazing number of people have run out of gas in a Prius because they
*just knew* they could go 500 miles on one tank, or that there just
*had* to be another two gallons in there.  Uh-uh.  No.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on October 3, 2007, 3:15 am

Or they just *had* to see the biggest number they possibly could on the
silly screen in the middle of the dash.

People do stupid things.

Posted by Ike on October 3, 2007, 3:42 am

Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

I have an Oct '04 delivered in Oct '03 - among the first of the
new body style. The gas gauge has always been unreliable. I've
seen the blinking bar with 200 miles left in the tank... and
some reverse situations. It's probably the biggest fault of the
car, but as soon as that became apparent I started driving by
the odometer. I just take the dash average mileage times ten as
my "time to get gas" point. So far, so good.

Toyota has offered a "fix", but friends who did it aren't
particularly pleased with the result.

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