I agree with Guy there. 300
I agree with Guy there. 300 to even 500 gallons sound pretty good to me. I don't own one but my Grandfather does and he loves it. I wish I could have one. I would probably be able to go a whole month without having to fill up. I get about 28 mpg highway in my Honda Odyssey. I can't really complain with that. Take what you can get and fill at a 1/4 tank. Stop whining. Or just trade it.
Several U.S. Navy ships ran
Several U.S. Navy ships ran out of fuel during World War II with disastrous results. Since that time all conventional U.S. Navy ships must never go below 75% fuel onboard. In car terms that would require filling up every time you get down to 3/4 of a tank. However, I would think that filling up every 300 miles would be prudent, especially in the winter, and besides you could brag to those dinosaur drivers about how little it cost to fill your Prius!
FYI - i have a 2009 Prius
FYI - i have a 2009 Prius and i'm having the same problem. there was no "fix" in the 2009 models. i'm glad i found this site. i didn't know anything about the flexible bladder tank.
i kept driving with the blinking box thinking i had 3 gallons left as stated in the owners manual and almost ran out of gas on the highway. i went to the dealership maintanence shop to ask why my range is so much less then expected and they said nothing about the flexible bladder.
their own maintenance people don't seem to know about the tank.
I have a new '09 and have
I have a new '09 and have experienced this $%$##@ problem with the tank. I got the car from the dealer with a full tank. I was only able to drive 400 miles even though the indicator said I was getting 46 mpg. When I went to the gas station I could only fill 5.3 gallons. I thought that was quite odd. I called the dealer and I was told by the service advisor to not let the tank get below 1/3. I almost busted out laughing when I heard that. What a load of BS. If that was the case Toyota would have the warning light go off at the 1/3 level. This is just laughable and an extreme example of a really bad design. No customer should have to put up with this crap. I was even told that certain gas stations work better than others and that certains days or times of the day make a difference, oh and we have to only get gas on blue moons!!!!
I have the same issue with
I have the same issue with my fuel tank-at least for the past 4 months or so. I've had my Prius for nearly 4 years, and now when I fill up right after the warning beep, I can fill up anywhere between 5.5 and 9 gallons. I get worried now that I can see the fuel indicator lights almost racing down! I never had that problem before. "You just have to live with it" isn't really an acceptable answer on a flawed product I spent nearly $25,000 on.
I bought my 2008 Prius in
I bought my 2008 Prius in January. I too noticed that the manual said the tank held about 11.9 gal and when I would fill up when it was completely empty it only held 10.2 gallons. I called the Toyota Dealer here in town and informed them of my finding. They confirmed it so I preceeded to tell them that perhaps they should reprint their manuals to reflect the correct amount that the tank holds. This is false advertising!
I only have 14,000 on my prius but will keep an eye on my tires...Thanks for the input.