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It might be my imagination, but having had a facelift V70 and now a 2002 S60 both of which have the trip computer that tells me how many miles to go before the tank is empty, it seems they both rather overestimate the amount of fuel left. I ran out when the V70 said 45 miles left and I reckon I was on fumes yesterday when I filled up the S60 to the brim but it said I had 50 miles to go. I've advised the guy who bought the V70 to ignore the message and just watch the fuel gauge and wait for the red spot before panicking. Anyone out there have similar problems or is it a common thing for the trip computer to lie through its teeth?<p>Hate to lower the tone, but Vauxhall/Opel have a flashing fuel pump icon that flashes faster as the fuel gets lower. You sure as hell know you're in trouble when that little fella starts flashing twice a second!
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (thevicar)

Best never to get your car below an 1/8 or 1/4 tank. You wind up dredging the accumulated crap off the bottom of the tank and clogging the fuel filter, or worse, the injectors. As far as I'm concerned 1/8 is empty. I've never seen the low fuel light on my car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I'll even gladly pay a few extra pennies per gallon to fillup sooner rather than later. Fortunately my 01 T5 has the old 21 gallon tank <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Remember though, it calculates the remaining fuel based on your past 12 miles of driving.
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (Freeworld)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Freeworld</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Best never to get your car below an 1/8 or 1/4 tank. You wind up dredging the accumulated crap off the bottom of the tank and clogging the fuel filter, or worse, the injectors. As far as I'm concerned 1/8 is empty. I've never seen the low fuel light on my car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I'll even gladly pay a few extra pennies per gallon to fillup sooner rather than later. Fortunately my 01 T5 has the old 21 gallon tank <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>yeah, but if you do it on EVERY tank (such as i do), you dont have to worry about crap building up. i never fill my tank until it gets down to AT LEAST 20miles remaining (ie, deep into the gas light) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p><br>PLUS...at 8.xx lbs/gallon, you save some weight running less fuel and therefore slightly better mileage...for those of us who have OCD when it comes to gas saving tips <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (phuz)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">yeah, but if you do it on EVERY tank (such as i do), you dont have to worry about crap building up. i never fill my tank until it gets down to AT LEAST 20miles remaining (ie, deep into the gas light) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> PLUS...at 8.xx lbs/gallon, you save some weight running less fuel and therefore slightly better mileage...for those of us who have OCD when it comes to gas saving tips <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ah yes, a fellow OCD! I am the same way, and not just with gas mileage. It drives my wife crazy, especially when I mow the lawn twice in separate directions. Is there any other way? Back to gas mileage, there is a good article in the August issue of C&D that expounds on ways to increase your mileage. The author validates my earlier claims that you can obtain very decent gas mileage (35-40mpg) in almost any mid-sized sedan these days if you follow a few fundamental laws of physics while driving. Have a look...<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by darylkaiser30 at 1:45 PM 7-31-2006</i>
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (darylkaiser30)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>darylkaiser30</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Take a look...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>im eating an italian hoagie while working and im lazy...post the link <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">im eating an italian hoagie while working and im lazy...post the link <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Jeez, do I have to do everything around here?! Just kidding! I purchased a hard copy at the news stand for reading on my throne, so I don't know what the actual link is. Lemme search real quick. By the by, I received an invoice from BSR this morning for my "order" but I can't read the damn thing since it's mostly in Swedish. Sheist!
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (darylkaiser30)

ugh....i found it:<p><A HREF="http://www.caranddriver.com/columns/11312/driving-for-fuel-economy.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.caranddriver.com/co....html</A><p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (Freeworld)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Freeworld</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Best never to get your car below an 1/8 or 1/4 tank. You wind up dredging the accumulated crap off the bottom of the tank and clogging the fuel filter, or worse, the injectors. As far as I'm concerned 1/8 is empty. I've never seen the low fuel light on my car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I'll even gladly pay a few extra pennies per gallon to fillup sooner rather than later. Fortunately my 01 T5 has the old 21 gallon tank <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>I agree.<br>When you hit that 50 miles to go, the computer at that point is guessing and it could be 10 miles, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> FILL UP ASAP!
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (phuz)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">ugh....i found it:<A HREF="http://www.caranddriver.com/columns/11312/driving-for-fuel-economy.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.caranddriver.com/co....html</A><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Good job. You must be tired after all that hard work... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (Freeworld)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Freeworld</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Fortunately my 01 T5 has the old 21 gallon tank <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>pardon my ignorance guys but how many liters exactly is one gallon?
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (Serdar-S60T5)

us gallon = 3.785 litres<br>imperial gallon = 4.546 litres<br>
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (phuz)

Volvo says the fuel helps cool the pump (by design). So if you run it to the bone you risk burning out the pump. I wonder how much that costs to repair?
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I agree.<br>When you hit that 50 miles to go, the computer at that point is guessing and it could be 10 miles, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> FILL UP ASAP!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>i don't believe that one minute. i have trusted that damn computer "miles remaining" for the past 11 years and its never let me down. i've taken mine down to the "---" several times and sometimes for 5-10 miles. i believe its more accurate than you give it credit for.<p>if ANYTHING, it over estimates. i think they build-in an idiot factor. when i had my saab, i was out on the PA turnpike and wasn't paying attention to my gas gauge and i still had 15 miles to the turnpike exit and 5 more miles to the gas station when the display went to 0 miles remaining. i made it no problem.
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (phuz)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>yeah, but if you do it on EVERY tank (such as i do), you dont have to worry about crap building up. i never fill my tank until it gets down to AT LEAST 20miles remaining (ie, deep into the gas light) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I doubt you will find many car mechanics who would agree with you. There will always be crap, you are just sucking it through the system every on every tank. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> Most people let it fall to the bottom and accumulate there never to be heard from again.
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (Freeworld)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Freeworld</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I doubt you will find many car mechanics who would agree with you. There will always be crap, you are just sucking it through the system every on every tank. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> Most people let it fall to the bottom and accumulate there never to be heard from again.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, as long as you get your fuel filter replaced on a regular basis there shouldn't be a problem. I always request that the dealer do this every 7,500 miles or so, just to be safe...
 

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Re: Fuel Remaining to Empty Tank...Whatever (darylkaiser30)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>darylkaiser30</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well, as long as you get your fuel filter replaced on a regular basis there shouldn't be a problem. I always request that the dealer do this every 7,500 miles or so, just to be safe...</TD></TR></TABLE><p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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