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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,397 miles

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2008 Toyota Prius fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 122009


  • 120,490 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet trail Blazer. The contact stated that the fuel tank was leaking around the spout since there was an inlet check valve fracture. No maintenance was performed on the vehicle prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed that the inlet valve was cracked. The dealer refused to assume responsibility for the repair cost. There were no recalls or warranties related to the failure. The Chevrolet manufacturer was notified and stated that they would review the case and inform the contact of the outcome. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Malibu , CA, USA

problem #2

May 052008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. While placing fuel in the vehicle, it will not fill to its full capacity. This is a continuous failure that occurs in all weather conditions and temperatures. There is a malfunction with the fuel gauge device. The inaccurate readings of the fuel gauge causes discomfort when driving. The Toyota manufacturer stated that the vehicle would only consume 6-7 gallons of gasoline, even though the fuel tank capacity was 11.9 gallons. The manufacturer is aware of the failure, but the fuel tank cannot be replaced in these vehicles. The tank would need to be redesigned. The contact recently took the vehicle to an authorized dealer and the mechanic stated that the fuel tank failure was related to the bladder system. The vehicle is currently being repaired for the failures. The failure mileage was 5,000 and current mileage was 9,000. Updated 07/07/08. Updated

- Woodland, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 7,700 miles
Summary: Prius low fuel warning light/buzzer came on, and only 5 miles later car ran out of gas, in a bad place at night on highway. The manual states that when low light comes on you have three gallons or less. With the Prius, even treating this conservatively as only 1 1/2 gallons, that should still be over 60 miles. I had driven the vehicle between 30 and 50 miles with low light on multiple times previously. This usually works occasionally fails fuel warning is clearly dangerous. And from internet researching, it is clearly a widespread problem, and Toyota not only is completely ignoring it, they denied to me having received any complaints on this (there are previous complaints on this even right on this NHTSA website). Driving from Colorado to Kansas City on I-70, a little after passing the sign that said "topeka 27 miles", just after 10 at night, the low fuel light illuminated and warning sounded. We planned to stop at the next fuel stop, which we expected to be within 20 miles at the most. About 5 miles after the light illuminated, the car suddenly lost power, the gas engine clearly had quit, the red triangle warning illuminated, along with another warning. After the initial scare, I pulled the vehicle over, slowly, under battery power, not knowing what had happened. In the manual we found that the second warning indicated "hybrid system malfunction", and not to attempt to drive the vehicle. Some 10-15 minutes later, as we were trying to get emergency help, that warning disappeared, and a new message came up, "add fuel". eventually we borrowed gas from a family that stopped to help us in this rural area, and got help from a highway patrolman. Toyota checked vehicle, denies problems, denies receiving complaints, refuses to send warnings to Prius owners. NHTSA, this is a safety issue, like your recall 00V384. 6/19/08 add * the consumer believed that the low fuel warning light was defective.

- Westwood, KS, USA

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