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Old 02-10-2004, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default How far can you go after your fuel light comes on

The answer for me today was ~60 miles, about 1/2 of it in stop & go traffic. It started to stumble on hard acceleration (is there another kind of acceleration?) so I decided it was time to get gas.

Incidently, I got 330 miles out of the tank, including racing it and towing with it this weekend so thats not bad.
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:58 PM   #2
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Wow, 60 miles??? I'm lucky to see a light in my camaro before it goes out of gas...

My fiancee's focus gets bout 40miles.
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Old 02-11-2004, 12:03 AM   #3
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Default How far can you go after your fuel light comes on

Light comes on around 11.5 gallons gone (~3 gal left). Average mph is about 20-25. So 60 is about right.
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Old 02-11-2004, 04:37 AM   #4
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Default How far can you go after your fuel light comes on

If I were Moderator for a day..........

I'd move this topic to the right place

Other than that, I'm glad someone out there was brave enough to drive around and wait until his car ran out of gas, so I wouldn't have to do it. *makes a note*. I will now set trip meter B to 0 when my light comes on and fill up at 59.9 miles.
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Old 02-11-2004, 10:42 AM   #5
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Powerplant perhaps?
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Old 02-11-2004, 02:47 PM   #6
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60 miles? are u sure,

i did 40 KM when my light came on, next tiem i will go for more hahaha
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Old 02-11-2004, 06:21 PM   #7
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u ppl r crazy......i've only had the fuel light go on once in my car and i was so freaked out already

i heard tho that it's bad for the car to run down ur fuel to a very very low level......i forgot why....but yeah......
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Old 02-11-2004, 06:28 PM   #8
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The theory is that you have little bits of sediment or debris in every fuel tank and that builds up in your gas tank. People say when you run your tank really low the sediment is super concentrated and can clog your filter or get into your engine.

Maybe that's valid if you NEVER let your gas tank get low and for some reason are forced to (can't find a gas station or something) but my opinion is that if you regularly run your tank low it won't have the chance to build up.
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Old 02-11-2004, 06:33 PM   #9
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Ive only been able to juice about 40 miles after the light comes on. Then again, I havent ran it till the motor studdered.. came to the conclusion I didnt want to run out so I filled up.
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Old 02-12-2004, 12:46 AM   #10
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Poor fuel filter. I feel bad for my cars if the gauge ever gets to the E.
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