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#1 (permalink) Old 04-28-2006, 02:43 PM
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whats up fellahs/ladies...

i normally get about 230-250 from full to allmost dead empty tank...

now, my queston is... i get about 150-160 to the first half... then the second half i get 60-80 miles...

is this normal? i see that the first half tank lasts about 3-4 days.. whent he second half lasts 2...

anyone else get this problem...

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not really sure how the float in the tank is set up but maybe if its on a hinge after a certin point the drop gets steeper and so its not exactly accurate?
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If you top off, the fill will hold a bunch of gas... no idea how much exactly. Also, when the gas light comes on, theres still like over 2 gallons in there i believe. This could have something to do with it, but you seem very off... maybe the need itself is off?

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It's set up that way on my car. And my wife's VW. And my Ford pick-up. And my neighbor's Oldsmobile. Bet it's like that on pretty much all cars. why it's that way, I have no idea. I just wait til the "low fuel light" comes on, and then fill it up.

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my car does the exact same thing....i don't think it's an issue as the previous bmw's i owned used to do the same thing. i usually fill it before the light comes on cuz i've heard that u don't want to two low bcuz the crap that maybe sitting at the bottom of the tank might get into your fuel line and stuff..
when i use the mpg feature, it tells me that i m running somewhere between 20/21 mpg highway/local combined...
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so i guess its normal..

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my car does the exact same thing....i don't think it's an issue as the previous bmw's i owned used to do the same thing. i usually fill it before the light comes on cuz i've heard that u don't want to two low bcuz the crap that maybe sitting at the bottom of the tank might get into your fuel line and stuff..
when i use the mpg feature, it tells me that i m running somewhere between 20/21 mpg highway/local combined...
Well, according the my owner's manual, there is still 2 gallons left when the light comes on. Haven't had any problem yet. But, you are right, it could be a concern, especially on the older cars.

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my car does the exact same thing....i don't think it's an issue as the previous bmw's i owned used to do the same thing. i usually fill it before the light comes on cuz i've heard that u don't want to two low bcuz the crap that maybe sitting at the bottom of the tank might get into your fuel line and stuff..
when i use the mpg feature, it tells me that i m running somewhere between 20/21 mpg highway/local combined...
good point... ive never thuoght of that before...
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