2008 Prius Fuel Tank Capacity???
Bought a new 2008 Prius in December. Noticed that the fuel tank was only holding about 6 gallons or so.
I would let the fuel gauge get down to 2 bars remaining, and it would only take 4.5 to 5 gallon on fill up.
Went back to dealer a couple times, they told me everything was fine.
Submitted a complaint to Toyota National Customer Service.
They phoned me back and said that it is "normal" for the Prius fuel tank (flexable rubber bladder) to only hold 6 gallons or so in the winter. And that the tank would not hold "rated" capacity of 11.9
gallons until after temperatures are above 70 degrees.
Just curious, how much fuel is your 2008 Prius holding, and what is the temp in your area?
I had the same problem. I
I had the same problem. I rented a 2008 in for Thanksgiving 2007. Keep in the mind though, I live in SF and I was traveling to Central California, which is even warmer than SF. It wasn't 70 degrees, but it was by no means cold. It wasn't a big deal at the time and since I only rented the car for a few days, I didn't call to inquire why that happened.
My 2008 Prius holds about 10
My 2008 Prius holds about 10 gallons with temperatures ranging 35-55 degrees daily. I wish the manual would have said the capacity varies - instead it says the tank holds 11.9 gallons. My wife ran out of gas because we thought that it could go another 100 miles based on the mileage x 11.9 gallons... Grr...
I have been keeping track of
I have been keeping track of this. I live in SF and my tank holds about 10.4-10.6 g's. By the way, I too overestimated my miles/tank and ran out of gas. Interestingly, my car drove the extra mile on its battery to get me to a station to fill it up. 460 miles/tank is about what I expect. The tank alarm (which I love) goes off at around 430 miles.
I dont have a prius but I
I dont have a prius but I would believe that having the gas capacity in my car vary 25% would be a little concerning, especially when Im on a road trip. How far will a quarter tank get me? With regular tanks I can get a feel of what that is but when its constantly changing it turns into mathmatical delema.
I wanted a prius but that is a big discouragement. Hopefully they have aftermarket ones that are metal.
I picked up my 2008 Prius
I picked up my 2008 Prius today and after reading this thread last night I asked them about this. I was told that this sometimes occurs because, as has been mentioned above, the bladder is not as flexible when it is cold. HOWEVER, the bladder will stretch out after a few seconds and then you can fill it up the remainder of the way to 11.9 G.
I haven't tested this (although it's supposed to snow here in Denver the next two days), but this is what I was told at the dealer.
The dealer lied.
The dealer lied.
Get used to having a small gas tank during the winter.