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Old 08-18-2007, 08:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Orange Light = How much fuel left?

Hi,

When the low fuel sign comes on (orange light) Does anyone know how much fuel is left in the tank? A friend says that it's about 5 litres. I'm not sure if that's true though.

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Old 08-18-2007, 10:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well there's one sure fire way to find out, and that's to clocks your miles once the light comes on and check that number by your miles per gallon/litre.
But if you do that too many times you'll kill your fuel pump.(Not recommended)
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LOL I do this all the time and my fuel pump seems fine haha

I reset the trip meter as soon as the light first comes on, from there I can do 60km (37 miles) city driving. About 75km open road. At approx 10L/100km you do the maths
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LOL I do this all the time and my fuel pump seems fine haha

I reset the trip meter as soon as the light first comes on, from there I can do 60km (37 miles) city driving. About 75km open road. At approx 10L/100km you do the maths
I'm not saying you can't do it, I'm just saying eventually you'll pick up enough crap from the bottom of your gas tank to kill your fuel pump.
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enough to last 30-40 miles driving normally

so you count the gallons
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When my light comes on the range on my obc says 54 miles. I don't think it will go that full distance though, the range gets a lil sketchy when it gets low. I tried driving 15 miles when the range said 24 and i ran out a few blocks away from the gas station. So.... Orange gas light comes on, fill it up as soon as you can but i'd say ur guaranteed a solid 30 miles if u drive conservatively
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my OBC is so inaccurate I think.. Goes from like 90 miles to 60 in literally 5 miles. I would guess about 30 miles would be left.
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You have about 1.5 gallons left when the light comes on. Running your tank that low on a regular basis is hard on the fuel pump and causes a lot of excess wear.
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my OBC needs reset = ( I dunno how much mine says haha. But where can I find out where to get that reset at and how much does it cost at the stealer?
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Hit your OBC Range button. Whenever it gets down to 9 miles left the OBC will say ---Miles
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Unless you have the cruise control set on the freeway the range in the OBC is very inaccurate once you get to about 50 miles.
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I've ran my car to --- Miles on my OBC probably about three times. I also still went about another 4-5 miles after that the other day. Not good of course, but I've been busy, didn't get around to getting gas, my bad. So, watch your range, not your gauge. Slightly off topic question... my car is listed as having a 17 gallon tank. Even the other day when I ran it to --- Miles, it only filled up to 15.8 gallons. So how many more miles did I really have to drive? I don't know, never ran out. But I assumed i only have a 16 gallon tank based on how much the cars fuels up when I run it that low. Any ideas?
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^^ What car do you have? According to every spec I have read, the E36 has a 16.4 gallon tank
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