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Toyota Prius The Fuel Gauge May Read Incorrectly

Toyota Prius Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012

Average Mileage: 102,002 mi (19,000 mi - 258,000 mi)


The fuel gauge may read incorrectly. Our technicians tell us there is a recalibration procedure which should be performed to correct this issue.

  • prius gas gauge stuck in empty position.

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  • One year ago, the fuel gauge dramaticallly changed, going down much faster than the mileage would have indicated. Keeps getting worse, now starts blinking as though empty and still has about 4 gallons in it. The Toyota dealer is telling me it can't be fixed. They did try to recalibrate it but that didn't fix it.

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  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    Filled gas tank and gas gauge did not change from half full reading. Finally Changed after four stops and thirty miles.

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    Filled up but car did not register it. Remained on 4 bars

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  • Visitor, , 120,387 mi

    Gas gauge was at 1/4 full and I put 5 gallons in tank and gauge has not moved. I have made 3 trips equaling about an hour worth of driving. My 2008 Prius Touring should be almost full. JTDKB20u987765535

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    gas gauge shows half a tank after fill up and show empty with 6 gallons left

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  • While traveling on the freeway, over 100 miles after a fill up, the gauge went back to reading full.
    It had gone down 2 ticks, then jumped back up to full. Later it went back to a correct reading.
    I mentioned it to the dealer, and they basically blew me off. It just happened again on another trip.

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  • Visitor, , 106,600 mi

    Gas gauge was at one bar. Parked car, restarted and then it read three bars. Drive about 5 miles and started blinking one bar.

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  • Visitor, , 19,000 mi

    2012 Prius C.

    Gauge is inconsistent. We have run out of gas 4 times now, and all times the gauge has had at least 3 bars. Each time, we get it towed to Toyota to have them look at it. We have had no help, they have reset the car by disconnecting the battery and told me it must be because I am only putting a little gas in at a time (THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED!!!) or because I try to "top off" the gas (ALSO NEVER HAPPENED)

    Obviously there is an issue with the car, but I swear they are just trying to wait out my warranty so they don't have to fix it.

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  • Visitor, , 117,000 mi

    Today, my daughter put $10 in fuel in her car with no visible change in the guage. Just shy of 5 gallons. Out of concern, I gave her another $10. Still no change. I will call Yota tomorrow to see if a recal is needed.(?) otherwise the car has been perfect.

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