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      12-26-2005, 01:37 PM   #1
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How low would you go?

I am down to 26 miles to empty. How low have you taken the fuel to? Anyone ever go negative?
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      12-26-2005, 01:56 PM   #2
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I am down to 26 miles to empty. How low have you taken the fuel to? Anyone ever go negative?
Not a good idea to get low on fuel injection vehicles. And i would not
trust the OBC when getting that low.
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      12-26-2005, 02:03 PM   #3
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The fuel pumps (2) are in the gas tank and they are cooled by the fuel.
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      12-26-2005, 02:07 PM   #4
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26 miles would be pushing the envelope to me. That would be ~ 1 gallon. I also agree that I woudn't trust the OBC to that degree. I generally don't go much below 1/4 tank, but if I get the fuel warning I stop and get gas.
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      12-26-2005, 02:16 PM   #5
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I got down to zero....and my car was still running......very inaccurate....
try it..if you don't believe me!
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      12-26-2005, 02:21 PM   #6
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I got down to zero....and my car was still running......very inaccurate....
try it..if you don't believe me!
Ok, so you are the leader so far - Was the needle on zero? I still have one line showing.

Anyone get to less than zero?
Will BMW assist get you going again if you run out?
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      12-26-2005, 03:42 PM   #7
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I got down to --- that is what it shows. And had to drive on that for about 7 miles. It is bad to run that low though. Oh well. Warranty.
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      12-26-2005, 04:20 PM   #8
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I can't say I've ever seen my petrol warning light.
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      12-26-2005, 04:58 PM   #9
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I know it's not good to let your car get too low, especially in cold weather, but I have gone 5-6 miles past zero. Highway gas station closed etc.. Of course this was in my E46, since I'm waiting for my E91.
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I usually fill my tank when I have a quarter tank left but I have gone down to 12 miles once....
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Does not make sense that you could have a negative number distance to empty. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer test drives the Saab until it runs out of fuel.
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      12-26-2005, 05:08 PM   #12
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I went as low as 24 miles once.... but I try to avoid the fuel warning light whenever possible.
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I've been down to 4 before. It was sort of scary because I was in the boonies and I really didn't feel like walking. ....was driving my e46.
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Ok, so my car counted down to zero miles left with my current MPG average multiplied by the amount of gas it was sensing, then being to rebel that I am and the fact that there was no gas station open, I drove another 5 to 6 miles.
That was a funny episode though.
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I went as low as 24 miles once.... but I try to avoid the fuel warning light whenever possible.
Incase fuel runs out at the local garage? HAHAHa :mad:
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Let's say you are low on feul and there are no stations readily available that you are aware of. Should you speed up to get to the station quicker or should you drive the speed limit to save gas. Just something I've sometimes wondered about.
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Incase fuel runs out at the local garage? HAHAHa :mad:
Very true... in the past two weeks, I've been filling up everytime I got to half tank, to avoid pouring leaded petrol as I've seen desperate people do when the garages ran out of unleaded petrol.... ah well, I guess their catalytic converters are gone now.
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Remember that your cars optimum performance is attained when your gas tank is full or near full.
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Let's say you are low on feul and there are no stations readily available that you are aware of. Should you speed up to get to the station quicker or should you drive the speed limit to save gas. Just something I've sometimes wondered about.
I would say drive normal speed or even slower to ensure lower consumption.... If you speed up, you increase consumption and your remaining gas will last a shorter distance.
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well, if you run the tank down to 0 mileage remaining, just note how much gas you put in when you fill up, then you'll know the fuel that was left in the tank

all fuel gauges are so pessimistic that even at 0 miles remaining you probably have 2 gallons left
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      12-26-2005, 05:35 PM   #21
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I have no problems getting down to mid 30kms to go. Did that for years in my e46 without problem and same with my e90 now. In fact I don't like filling up when I still have more that 1/4 tankful.

Just my silliness.
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Let's say you are low on feul and there are no stations readily available that you are aware of. Should you speed up to get to the station quicker or should you drive the speed limit to save gas. Just something I've sometimes wondered about.
That depends on the speed limit. If you are on the highway I would do less than the speed limit. If you are on other roads you could get up to the speed limit. In any case try to accelerate and brake as little as possible and as smoothly as possible. There have also been tests with using air conditioning vs windows down, etc. Use the tips in the articles below if you ever get in that situation.

http://money.cnn.edmunds.com/ownersh...2/article.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...in766084.shtml
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