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Posted by Michael Pardee on March 14, 2006, 11:21 pm

Yes, but... the hybrid system alarms if you run out of fuel, because it has
no direct knowledge why the engine won't start. People who have run out of
gas report the warnings clear after a while / number of restarts.


Posted by dnorton on March 22, 2006, 9:28 pm
I've run out of fuel twice.  Both times on the highway.  The MPH will
slow waaaaaaaaay down, to like 30MPH.  The battery level drops faster
than the fuel gauge in a Hummer fighting a head wind.  If you run out,
you will be lucky to get 5-10 miles off the battery alone.

In both cases the car was a-okay after filling the tank.  The car
didn't complain at all.  I did experience the "stalling issue" about
3-4 months after the first time I ran out of fuel, the dealer tried to
blame it on me running out of fuel.  Apparently the computer keeps the
fact that you ran out of gas in it's memory.  When the dealer plugged
it in - there is was in the log file.  I haven't had any problems with
the car after the second time I ran out of fuel, which occured last
July on a trip through Virginia.

2004 Prius.

Posted by zaax_guard-ggroups on March 24, 2006, 10:10 am
 which is lot better than a normal car which won't move an inch

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