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Was out today in the GTi and it said 18 miles left on the range, the suddenly ----, indicating ZERO miles left,
Not funny when you have got a further 15 miles to a petrol station which we believed we could make. We did make it but seriously annoying that it went from 18 miles to displaying dashes in a split second.

Also filled up and for 45 litres in. Is the tank a 50 litre or 45 does anyone know?

Only other thing to report is how many miles to the last tank. 275 miles exactly, not a massive amount but not bad for only 45/50 litres or whatever. OBC indicted 29mpg.
 

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All depends on your driving style with the mileage from the tank. And I wouldn't trust the screen prediction of the remaining miles. Go off your needle
 

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Tom300zx said:
And I wouldn't trust the screen prediction of the remaining miles. Go off your needle
Totally agree
And I wouldn't be letting it get down to near saying 18 mies to go, when you've 15 miles to go until petrol station!!!

I never let level get under a quarter tank
 

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Always run cars low, then fill em back to the top.

Fuel filters are too food these days, can't afford not to be with injectors and the like. One tiny but of grit would screw an injector.
 

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I've managed to get all most 300 miles out of a tank. I'm averaging 33mpg. Depends on driving stile. But it is hard to be gentle lol.
Mine goes from 18 miles to ---- it is only a 50 later tank matey
 

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Definitely 50 litre, so even though we travelled 15 miles on ---- we still I ly got 46 litres in so there was still 5 litres left.
 

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Just out of interest with it saying --- miles remaining where was fuel gage sitting at?
 

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The problem you have with running it low is it picking up the [email protected] out the bottom of the tank. Even on a new car....
that is completely incorrect mate. On a 1980's Carb fed escort yes. Not on a modern day fuel I injected car. Fuel filters are fantastic today and they have to be with injectors and the like otherwise they would be screwed left right an centre..

No crap will be getting through.
 

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Hi, sorry but I have to agree with Tom on this one. By definition a filter exists to remove impurities from whatever is passing through it (either gas or liquid) so if it is very efficient it will become blocked quite quickly or else it will allow some smaller impurities through thereby extending its working life. The obvious thing to do to ameliorate either scenario is to not run the fuel tank down too low so that impurities in the fuel are allowed to settle in the tank and do not get drawn into the filter.
 

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Agreed. sh*te won't be getting through to the injectors. Also, there is no logic in the idea that running a car to close to empty is bad. Surely any 'crap' would sink to the bottom, irrelevant of how full the tank is.
 

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Just one of many many articles on the World Wide Web..........



Little driving tics and quirks you've had for years could be hurting your car and costing you some serious cash.

Here's a closer look at some common driving no-nos and the damage they can do to your car and your wallet.

Driving on empty
Do you pride yourself on getting every last drop of gas out of your gas tank before filling up? Cut it out.

Sediment from gasoline settles at the bottom of every gas tank. When you let your gas level run low, you force your car to use the dirtiest gas in its tank for fuel.

The lower your car's gas level sinks, the more the dirt gets stirred up from the bottom of the tank. Drive on a near-empty tank and you risk this dirt getting into your car's fuel line and even into the engine. There's a good chance your car's fuel filter won't be able to catch all of it, especially if you drive with a barely filled gas tank on a regular basis.

"You're going to pull the heaviest sediment into the fuel line," says Karl Brauer, editor-in-chief at Edmunds.com. "If it gets all the way to the engine, it could scar or damage internal parts of the engine."

If this happens, you're putting extra strain on the engine. And you'll need to flush the entire fuel system if it clogs up with dirt.

"You're talking a minimum of a couple of hundred dollars if it really jams up the system," Brauer says.

At the very least, you'll need to replace your car's fuel filter more often. That will run you about $100. And if sediment deposits or sludge form on your fuel injectors, you won't like the way your car drives.

"The car will run funny," says Tony Molla, a spokesman for the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. "It will feel like the car needs a tune-up."

The best advice? Never let your gas level dip too low.

"It's a good idea to keep your tank half full," Molla says.
 

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That isn't proof though, it's opinion. Can someone explain why your tank being low mean crap gets forced through? Surely it's all going to go through first anyway, considering sediment sinks and fuel exits the tank through the bottom.
 

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The only damage that I can see clear evidence for is that running on a low tank long term can have a negative effect on your fuel pump, as it's cooled by the fuel.
 
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