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Fuel tank capacity?

My Toyota RAV4 manual says the fuel tank holds 15.9 US gallons. I ran the RAV4 deep into the red the other day, yet it only took 12.7 gallons. Question, how far past empty has anyone ran their RAV4?

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Dean, Is someone dumping a little sumped avgas in at work while you're out buzzing around?
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Dean, Is someone dumping a little sumped avgas in at work while you're out buzzing around?
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The RAV4 has a 60 liter tank--doesn't matter if it's made in Japan or Canada, or sold in N. America, Europe, or the Far East. I've checked the spec sheets and even the diesel RAV4's have a 60 liter (15.9 gallon) tank. From what I've read, 60 liters is a standard size for small Japanese cars. The reason is if they went with a larger tank, the manufacturer is taxed as if it's a larger car. For example, my daughter's Altima also has a 60 liter tank, while my mother's larger Maxima has a 70 liter tank.

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Hi Dean,

I have the same problem and mine too fills upto max 12.7 Gallons. Did you find out what the problem is?
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Wildly inaccurate fuel gauge. Makes the small tank seem even smaller. Used to always refill at about 1/4 tank. On my Rav4 if I do that I only put in about 9 gal. Running it 10-20 miles after the fuel light comes on lets me put in about 12.7-12.9 gal. To put in 15 gal I would have to drive about 75 miles after the fuel light comes on.
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My fuel gauge is on the money, extremely accurate. I've never driven it until the low fuel light comes on but doesn't that usually mean there is about 3 gallons left? I fail to see why this would be a problem

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My fuel gauge is on the money, extremely accurate. I've never driven it until the low fuel light comes on but doesn't that usually mean there is about 3 gallons left? I fail to see why this would be a problem
1/4 tank showing. 9 gal or less fills it up so actual level is closer to 1/2 tank. So filling up at 1/4 showing gives a range of about 225 miles. That could be a problem for some folks. My wife refuses to let it go below 1/4.
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Like RF, my gauge seems to be very accurate. The other day the needle was at EXACTLY 1/2 and I filled it up. Took just a little under 8 gallons. And when the low fuel light comes on I have about 4 gallons left.

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