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Old 12-01-2009, 03:44 PM   #21
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I can do 62 Miles easy, max range with one tank of diesel was 1227 Km's / 762 Miles
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It is widely variable and testing it will tell you little. People have run out of fuel when the dash indicates 50+ miles remaining, while others have gone past zero. The mileage indicator is based on your average consumption, not an absolute number based on the quantity of fuel left.
the op is not talking about the mileage indicator and i dont think the light comes on before 50+ miles..
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:30 PM   #22
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the op is not talking about the mileage indicator and i dont think the light comes on before 50+ miles..
FWIW, when my gas light comes on, the range indicator is always between 60-62 miles remaining.
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:38 PM   #23
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Am I missing something or is there a way to enable the OBC to read out the fuel amount remaining? How can this be done?

My amber light comes on when I have 120km left under range. I think this is calculated based on how much fuel you have left and how you drive i.e. fuel consumption rate.
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:42 PM   #24
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alright guys here it is. I was on 0 miles or just the blank miles on the turnpike. I went 13 miles with my car saying 0 miles (actually blinking 0 miles i think) before i finally found a gas station. I rolled in and she died right in front of the pump. FWIW my fuel pump died a couple months later but im at 110K so who knows. BTW I drove on the kansas turnpike through the flint hills, I had to go up so many inclines I was spooked but hey what goes up must come down. That was my first and last adventure with 0 miles.
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:55 PM   #25
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when i had a volvo the range said 1 km and then it said fuel lol so i filled up
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Old 12-01-2009, 06:41 PM   #26
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my buddy and i were driving to vegas with 2 other friends. the gas meeter was 10 mi off from the gps to the closest gas station on the outskirts of vegas. our car went to the ---- and we cruised at 55 mi an hour with the windows up, ac off and mr morrison and the doors playing to guide us in. Haha it was like 110 that day and when we rolled in to the gas station on fumes we got out all sweaty can cracked a bud light from the trunk. epic
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:40 PM   #27
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I've never seen the fuel light come on, but I still ran out of gas three times. What?

A couple of months ago, I took my 2008 X3 in to the dealer because on two separate occasions, I ran out of gas when the computer said I still had 51 and 59 miles before the tank was empty, and the gauge showed well over 1/8 tank. They had the car for 5 days while replacing the fuel level sensor(s?). I filled up and drove home. No problem.
Today, however, with 125 miles of range left and the gauge showing well over 1/3 tank, I ran out of gas again!
After putting 17.9 gallons in it (capacity is listed at 17.7), it's showing 195 miles of range, and the gauge is showing around 2/3 tank. It's definitely full though.
Any thoughts? Should I worry about my fuel pump and filter?
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:18 PM   #28
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I've driven mine to "---" before, I was quite nervous.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:36 PM   #29
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I've driven mine to "---" before, I was quite nervous.
I drove my about 12 miles after it hit the ------ screen. I've done this a few times. I'm pretty convinced my car doesn't actually need gas
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #30
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I've done like 4-5 miles past the ---- but only one time.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:55 PM   #31
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Bout 50 miles. When the light comes on you really should get gas. Run it near E too many times and you'll kill the fuel pump.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:50 PM   #32
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Running out of fuel is foolhardy. Try to avoid it. Many times if you run out of fuel you may end up requiring a new fuel pump as the fuel pump runs many times faster than engineered as there is no fuel to pump hence no resistance. Some vehicles have a lift pump and then a pressure pump. Your vehicle has only one to do both jobs.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:27 PM   #33
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How far can you get after the fuel light comes on?

Mine ran out of gas when it says there are 15 mile left on the range.


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Old 06-19-2013, 04:31 AM   #34
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Ask my wife, she is a fvcking expert on this subject!
In fact, she took her mom shopping in my car this past Saturday, came home, and immediately started fussing at me because we were going to be late for a movie (I was ready and waiting for her). As we were getting in the elevator to the garage, she says "Oh, YOUR car is out of gas!"
Before she left that morning, I had checked the oil and had to add 1/2 a QT, and I wrote down the mileage, because I am tracking my oil usage. She said that the light came on about 3 blocks after leaving the house.
I checked the mileage, to see just how bad the situation was, and she had driven about 49 miles since the light came on! City driving, because she hates to drive on the freeways and Interstates. And of course, the AC was on full blast.
So, we ended up walking the 4 blocks to the movie. We were going to drive because we were running late....
She refuses to put gas in the car, because she overfilled it one time, and my "stupid car" ruined her brand new shoes. I had warned her numerous times not to try to run it up to an even dollar amount when she filled it up, because when the pump kicks off automatically, it is full to the brim, at least on my car.
I have never had a car that would get so full before the pump kicks off. You literally can not add another drop without it overflowing.
What I do not understand is why she can't just put $20 or so in it, and not have to worry about overfilling. But, she just refuses to risk another pair of shoes.
She has done this numerous times since the "shoe incident" last year. This was the worst by far. She is getting overconfident.
It's a good thing I love her. Being a hot Latina helps too.

Edit: I was able to drive it 6 miles to the gas station late Sat night, and it took 16.492 gallons, which is a new record.

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Old 06-19-2013, 04:48 AM   #35
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13-14 miles is as far as you can go after "----" I've run mine out twice, one on accident and one on purpose...
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:48 AM   #36
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Re: How far can you get after the fuel light comes on?

I've driven about 10 or 12 miles after the obc says 0 miles to empty. Then I filled it and it took almost 16.8 gallons. I was amazed. Lol.

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Old 06-19-2013, 06:04 AM   #37
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I've driven a few times past the ---.--- but not too many times and only a mile or two. My OBC always has the fuel light coming on at exactly 57-55 miles until empty. I try not to test it too much since hearing that fuel cools the pump and the more you run it to empty the more you are flirting with disaster. I have a fuel pump in the garage in case I need it. Maybe I'll replace it before it goes bad...
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:16 AM   #38
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Until I pm replace my fuel pump, I don't let it get below 1/4 tank. Avoiding the soft fail....
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:24 AM   #39
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Until I pm replace my fuel pump, I don't let it get below 1/4 tank. Avoiding the soft fail....
Definitely a smart thing to do to make sure you don't get too close to E, but not something necessary. I'd say that is more important in rural areas where gas stations are more sparse.

Speaking of which, I should probably do mine at some point too since it's so simple and relatively cheap.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:55 AM   #40
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Why would anyone purposely try to run out of gas just to see how far they can go after a 0 miles reading? You may wreck the fuel pump, clog up your filter with crud at the bottom of the tank, & get a dashfull of christmas lights that will need to be re-set. As another poster put it above, this is just foolhardy.
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