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Old 12-04-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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Running on empty :)



Enough said.

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:03 AM   #2
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I got to the pump once with 0 ToE. I can't remember how much went in the tank, but it was pretty well dry.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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haha.. im not that brave :) I have killed a gas pump on a previous car and it sucked.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:46 AM   #4
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I ran my 05 Explorer 5 extra miles once it reached 0 miles to empty. It had a 22 gal tank and took 21.9 gallons... oops.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:49 PM   #5
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Just FYI, E doesn't really mean empty.

Manufacturers purposely do this so that drivers only think their cars are empty so they get gas immediately.

In actuality, there's a few gallons extra below E to allow you time to get gas.

I discovered this from tracking my gas mileage at the pump. I'd be on empty and go for a fill up and the amount of gas that went in wasn't even close to the size of the gas tank.

I figured about 1/5 of the tank's capacity is below E. Oh, that wasn't on a Focus though, lol!
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:56 PM   #6
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Just FYI, E doesn't really mean empty.

Manufacturers purposely do this so that drivers only think their cars are empty so they get gas immediately.

In actuality, there's a few gallons extra below E to allow you time to get gas.

I discovered this from tracking my gas mileage at the pump. I'd be on empty and go for a fill up and the amount of gas that went in wasn't even close to the size of the gas tank.

I figured about 1/5 of the tank's capacity is below E. Oh, that wasn't on a Focus though, lol!
Considering how some people have run out with greater than 10 miles distance to E remaining on the display where as others have gotten right down to 0 miles and beyond without running out I'm not sure that there is necessarily this reserve as such now based on real time averages.

The furthest I've stretched a tank was also the tank that I had gotten the highest mileage. I think the DTE was still above 10 miles but I'd gone 470.1 miles on 11.176 gallons of the 12.4 gallon capacity. That doesn't sound like the car was leaving a reserve cushion of 2-3 gallons based on the DTE calculations.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:12 PM   #7
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Drove my car to work the other day, when I pulled in to work DTE was 6 miles. When I left 8 hours later I started the car and it said DTE was 29 miles. Haha I don't trust it anymore.
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Good to know the gas gauge goes below E. My last car, '98 VW Golf, would go empty above E, in "the red zone" (the last 1/8). I learned of this while running out of gas. In a tunnel. During rush hour.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:54 PM   #9
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I frequently run it down to around 20 to E, gas gauge just below the E line, and I usually end up putting around 11.2 to 11.4 gallons in it, so around 0.8 to 1 gallon remaining. Which is a little conservative given the estimated 20 miles to empty (and averaging around 33 mpg), but not much.
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I got down to 29km to e and mine took 48.7 L
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