2015 Dodge Viper: Doesn't Want a Full Tank
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 30, 2015
No, that title doesn't refer to the diminutive center on your high school basketball team. That's Short Phil. I'm referring to a recurring problem when refueling our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper.
I was on the brink of running the Viper's tank dry the other night, a common occurrence when you have 645 horsepower and 8.4 liters of displacement. After fueling up until the pump stopped, then trying to explain to a panhandler that I was indeed not as wealthy as the car suggested, I wriggled back into the driver seat.
I was met by the image you see above. Seeing a 7/8ths-full tank made my eyes roll and my lungs expel their contents. Stumble back out, swipe the card, ignore the panhandler making snide remarks and start fueling again. Click. Click again.
I figured it was this particular pump, so I just barely cracked it open, slowly trickling gas in the filler neck until another click. Yup, it's full now. Wriggle, rinse, repeat, and I'm back in the seat, met with a strong gasoline smell.
That ain't right.
Another hundred or so miles later (I drive like a meathead in the Viper) and I'm back to fumes in the tank. After the first click, I waited then gave it another slow fill. Click. Once again, another 7/8ths reading. Argh.
Not wanting to overfill it again, I left it as is and notified our man Schmidt that it'll need some looking into the next time the Viper's in for service. Will this somehow affect our fuel economy readings? Perhaps. Will it matter? No.
It's a Viper. We're lucky we measure it by mpg and not gpm.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor