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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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Old 06-16-2013, 04:47 PM   #28
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:49 PM   #29
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I try to never let my tank get below 1/4 tank. Why would you?
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:14 PM   #30
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:24 PM   #31
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This implies you drive less.. since you stated the one extra day only costs you 1 gallon.. vs. over 2 gallons per day prior. Or, perhaps u get better mileage now?

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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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Old 06-16-2013, 05:28 PM   #32
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you could get a gas can and run it out just to find out for sure
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:54 PM   #33
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This implies you drive less.. since you stated the one extra day only costs you 1 gallon.. vs. over 2 gallons per day prior. Or, perhaps u get better mileage now?
I don't know how it works out that way but it does.

The only time I drive my car is back and forth to work and that trip doesn't change. And according to the DIC, my MPG is always within .5 MPG when I reset it after filling up. But somehow my receipts when I was filling up at 1/4 tank says I would always get 14.5-14.8 gals and when I fill up the next day when the low fuel warning comes on my receipts say 15.5-15.8.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:26 PM   #34
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Must be that ocean air from Cape Hatteras that affects your fuel gauge.
That's a long way for ocean air to travel, about a 8 hour drive from here. I live in SOUTH Carolina & about 20 miles off the Georgia line.
Seriously, I keep my foot out of it most of the time. I also got 33K miles out of my original tires, while reading on this very forum some guys were changing theirs after only 15K. Guess I'm not having as much fun as some, just enough for me.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #35
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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.
Your analysis is flawed. If you drive the same number of miles, getting the same MPG and pay the same price per gallon then your total cost will be the same no matter when you fill up. If your total cost has changed then one or more of those three variables has changed.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:33 PM   #36
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I don't know how it works out that way but it does.
it's either in your head or your numbers are wrong. filling up less often will not increase your MPG. if your MPG's are staying the same, then your spending the same amount of money. so long as your doing the same amount of driving. you may fill up less often, but your spending more when you fill up. the only way you would save money by filling up less often would be if you could somehow buy 18 gallons of gas for the same price as 14 gallons.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:58 PM   #37
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is the fuel tank the same size in the v6s? always thought they where 17gallons?
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:59 PM   #38
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is the fuel tank the same size in the v6s? always thought they where 17gallons?
Yes, Same fuel tank size, 19 gallons.


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Old 06-16-2013, 07:26 PM   #39
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Oh now I get it! The lower the gas level, the cheaper it gets!!!!???
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:20 PM   #40
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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.
That's what I thought, mine comes on right after about 35 - 40 miles remaining, and usually only has about a gallon to a gallon and a half left. I've never had 4 gallons remaining when filling up.
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:26 AM   #41
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OMG here we go again. You woke up the fuel pump Nazi's when you post a thread like this you know.

I always run mine to below 1/4 and close to the 1/8 mark and I have yet to see the message in the DIC. I don't think I have ever put in over 14.5 gallons either.

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Old 06-17-2013, 01:30 AM   #42
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:04 AM   #43
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I don't think all cars are the same. It would depend on the brands of parts in the cars and the calibrations of those parts. On my car the low fuel light would come on with 3 gallons left. Then the dealership changed the fuel pump and sending unit. Now the low fuel light comes on with 2 gallons left. I would just drive the car till the fuel light comes on and then fill it up. That will tell you how much fuel is left in the vehicle for peace of mind.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:46 AM   #44
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I see many fuel pump replacement purchases in the future...
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:07 AM   #45
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In my 2011, I have consistently noticed it hitting the Magical "Fuel Low" warning message right around 40 miles. Maybe the set-up was different in different model years? I managed to maintain about 20/21MPG (according to the DIC), so that's NOT 4 gallons. Also typically when I fill up, she takes around 16 gallons or so. Just my 2 cents.
Agree...appears like the '12 and '13 may operate differently. My '11 comes on around 40 and still give range for a while after that down to say 22 or 25
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #46
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Agree...appears like the '12 and '13 may operate differently. My '11 comes on around 40 and still give range for a while after that down to say 22 or 25
My '13 V6 comes on at 45-50 miles left....I refill when the trip hits 400 miles

have never put in more than 17.5 gallons back in it

I average 22-23 mpg per tank
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:41 AM   #47
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Ok, the tank size is 19.2 gallons... you had 4.3 gallons left at that point.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:14 PM   #49
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I wouldn't wait on fuel level to get low, fuel pump might suck some dirts from tank to engine.

19gal is ideal volume of tank, in reality I would subtract 1-1.5 gal because of the shape of tank!
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