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Old 06-16-2013, 06:38 AM   #15
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The big thing to remember with these cars is the fuel pump is in the tank. If the tank gets to low the fuel pump can overheat and fail.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:40 AM   #16
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The big thing to remember with these cars is the fuel pump is in the tank. If the tank gets to low the fuel pump can overheat and fail.
plus it's easier for it to pump when it's submerged. because it has to pump fuel all the way to the front of the car, and do it under considerable pressure; it has to work hard enough as it is. you really don't need to make it even harder.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:50 AM   #17
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mine comes on around 35 miles idk why your warning would come on so early
i avg 20.3 mpg

usually i fill in around 15.5 by the time i get the station
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:04 AM   #18
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Strange .. when my Low Fuel warning message comes on it says:

"Time to rob another bank!!"
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:13 AM   #19
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I have always driven my cars until the tank is almost empty. On cars (Chrysler products and older GM) where the reading would down to zero, most of the time I would drive it down to below a dozen miles left. After over a million miles - I never had a single fuel pump issue. If the pumps were prone failure from running the fuel tanks low - the manufactures would be shelling out too much for warrenty repairs. JMO
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:26 AM   #20
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I purposely tried running my fuel down as far as I dared. It was showing est. miles remaining of about 85 when I got the low fuel warning. After that it wouldn't show the estimated miles left anymore, only the "low fuel warning". It did bring up a list of nearby gasoline stations on the MyLink screen. I drove probably 2 miles and filled up. The tank took 14.9 gallons meaning I had 4.1 gallons left. I thought you guys (gals)might be interested if you ever saw the low fuel warning, how may gallons were still left in the tank about 2 miles after the warning appeared. Glad I could be of service.
Sorry but you're the odd ball out, having 4 gals left in the tank when the low fuel warning comes on is not normal.

I get the warning about every other week. I average 20-21 mpg and it comes on at 35 miles left. When I fill up, it takes about 16.5 gals.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:19 AM   #21
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I have always driven my cars until the tank is almost empty. On cars (Chrysler products and older GM) where the reading would down to zero, most of the time I would drive it down to below a dozen miles left. After over a million miles - I never had a single fuel pump issue. If the pumps were prone failure from running the fuel tanks low - the manufactures would be shelling out too much for warrenty repairs. JMO

in statistical terms, your whats called an outlier. no, there is no guarantee that running on empty all the time will cause you to need a new fuel pump. just as there is no guarantee that smoking will give you cancer. your just increasing your chances.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:02 PM   #22
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I get this warning message at about 36-39 miles left
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:10 PM   #23
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Good info but seriously! When you get to between 1/4 and 1/8th of a tank why do you wait for a warning light before you fill up?
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #24
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The 1/4 fill line is my low fuel alert.


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Old 06-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #25
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Good info but seriously! When you get to between 1/4 and 1/8th of a tank why do you wait for a warning light before you fill up?
cuz we in a damn recession!


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Old 06-16-2013, 03:29 PM   #26
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Mine is consistently @40 miles one the DIC when the low fuel comes on..16 gallons later, I drive away from the pump for another joy ride!!
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:10 PM   #27
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Good info but seriously! When you get to between 1/4 and 1/8th of a tank why do you wait for a warning light before you fill up?
Because according to my test's it's cheaper in the long run.

First off let me say the cost for 93 as pretty much stayed the same at the gas station I use for the last 2 years at $3.70. Now when I filled up at 1/4 a tank, I had to fill up every 7 days. No matter what, I had to get gas every Wednesday on the way home for work. It was like clock work for a year. My bill for filling up was always between $54-$56 every week and according to my credit card bills it averaged out to $55. $55 a fill up times 52 fill ups comes out to $2,860.

Back in Jan I started something new. I started to push it until right around the time the light would come on. It's always on at round 35 miles to go so I know when it's getting ready to come on. I found out that by doing this I could get one extra day between fill ups and the cost of one extra gal of gas (instead of my buying 14.5-14.8 gals I'm now getting 15.5-15.8 gals). Since Jan my average cost for a fill up is $58.50 every 8 days, which comes out 45.5 fill ups a years. $58.50 a fill up times 45.5 fill ups a year is $2,661.75. This is a $200 savings every year just by do this.

Even when you do this, fuel pumps last a long time and they are fairly cheap to replace. The savings definitely out way the costs.
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