*DANGER* PLEASE READ THIS!!
I rented a Prius yesterday and it showed 1/4 tank full (two bars). At the dealership, the said "you have plenty of gas, it practically runs on fumes!" and I left to get to a meeting. About 15 minutes into my trip, the car just DIED. Completely quit, shut down at 75 MPH
in the middle of the 280 HWY in San Francisco. The engine light went on, all the lights went on. I tried to push the 'restart' button of course works only when the brake is on. Thank god the steering worked.
Coasting at 75, then 70, then 65 - the cars behind me are starting to get annoyed - there is NO indication of anything wrong from the outside. I barely manged to merge through heavy fast traffic to the left shoulder - not my ideal choice, but the only choice at the time. The police arrived about 45 minutes later to completely shut down the 280 highway and push me to the right shoulder where it was safe. The tow truck arrived about 45 minutes later. I was shaking and practically crying after these events.
The gas meter read 1/8 and NOW it was blinking, where it had not been before. There was absolutely NO indication that the car was low in gas when it shut down - and even I know that when the gas light goes on, I usually have a few miles, if not many miles to get to a station. I have to say - Toyota needs to do a much better job of warning that the car is going to literally sut down - I have very little faith in the electronic systems (like if your computer froze and you needed to restart, only you were going about 70 on the freeway.) I am lucky to be alive, and not to have gotten into an accident where I could have hurt or killed someone else.
TOYOTA - PLEASE LEARN FROM THIS. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOUR CAR. PEOPLE MAY DIE.
Kelly in San Francisco