04-05 Pedal Insert
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Sharon, PA
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?'s Answered on DTE, Fuel Light, MPG
This past month I did a little test to see how far I could go, what DTE actually was, How much gas I had when Light came on etc..I filled car about a month ago....I had 3 extra cans I filled at the same time totalling an extra 15 gallons in which I put in the car as it needed it. I reset the trip ODO and went on my way. Most of my driving is in the city, with a good 8 cold starts per day and short 1-2 mile trips. Here are my results..
My gas light came on at 17,998 miles and my DTE read 26
When I got to the gas station I had 17,999 miles and DTE read 28
The car took 15.51 Gallons to full meaning that the car has about a 4.5 Gallon reserve.
So if my DTE said 28 that is way, way off because over 638.9 miles I averaged 20.94 mpg.
So actually, if I averaged the 20.94 mpg that I had been getting I could have theoretically gone 113.07 miles before running out of gas. Much further if it were all highway.
I hope this helps to answer some of your questions about our cars that get asked all of the time.
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