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Old 01-14-2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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Noob question - 2005 ZX3 SES

I just bought a 2005 ZX3 SES recently. The dealer told me it has a 12 gallon fuel tank. Every piece of literature I read on it says 14 gallon. When I filled it up when the gas light was on I put in about 11.2 gallons. Anyone care to help me out?


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Old 01-14-2008, 11:04 PM   #2
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I am unsure how many gallons my car has maybe 12, but I was on empty today and I drove maybe 5 miles and then filled up and It was exactly 10 gallons. Probably extra gas is in there if you need it when you get to empty.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:04 PM   #3
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What does the owner's manual say?

I have a 2007 ZX3 SE, and my manual says I have a 14 gallon tank.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:04 PM   #4
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yup yup the gas lights comes on with about 3 gallons left. mine comes on with about 2 to 2.5
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Owners manual says 14.0 gallons. I think some of it is kept as "reserve" so you don't run out as soon as the needle hits "E"
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^true, but if you let the pump click off and call it good, its not really FULL, you can usually add 2-3 more gallons but takes a while to do, i got 11.8 then pumped about 2 more gallons in, i was riding on E for a while lol, i like when i fill it til its about to come out, then you can get 500 miles before you have to fill up again on the highway
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my car will run out as soon as it hits E

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I just filled my tank this morning w/ a little over 13 gals. I know I've put in a smidge over 14 gals before as well. I also have a 2005 ZX3. I've run out of gas twice testing how far I could push the needle.
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I have a 14 gallon tank in my 07 zx3. My old zx3 - an 02 had a 13.2 gallon tank. My experience with Ford is that the light always first comes on when you have just a smidge under 3 gallons in the tank. (confirmed on 99 Contour, 00 Taurus, 01 Ranger, 04 Escape, 04 Mustang, and 07 Fusion (rented)). I come from a family that tends to buy Ford or foreign made cars.

My wife's Chevy Malibu doesn't turn it's light on until the car has just shy of half a gallon in the tank. Gee, thanks GM - that's awful thoughtful of you. (the cobalt and uplander I rented did that too)
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