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Hi All:

___I thought there was a similar discussion but after searching using the terms Fuel light, low fuel, and 0 bars, nothing popped up …

___Anyway, I had a Low Fuel Warning Light appear and drove for another 15 miles until I parked at work. Afterwards, I drove another 95 miles back home (110 miles total) before I filled the little red beauty up. I was at 0 bars on the fuel gauge for over 50 miles if that helps give a fellow Insighter an idea as to what the actual reserve range available is after the Low Fuel Warning Light and/or 0 bars on the fuel gauge appear. I do not recommend that you drive this far beyond your low fuel warning or even to 0 bars and beyond but I wanted to know the ~ reserve so if I really do need it, I know what is actually available. I was actually quite impressed ;)

___IIRC, Chisight had driven over 120 miles after the Low Fuel Warning Light appeared and actually ran his 5-speed out of gas to see what his maximum range was some years ago …

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
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Dang, I think the furthest I've ever driven with the low fuel light on was about 10 miles. The last bar dissapeared right near the end of the trip but came back on right before I hit the station. I sware that light inspires fear.

This tank I might push it though. I've been driving my neighborhood electric to school and the Insight only when necessary to drive on regular roads so I'm kind of wanting to say, hah I haven't had to buy gas in X weeks. Right now It's been 15 days and I've got one bar over a half a tank left. Come to think of it gas was $1.61 for regular when I last bought it, now it's 2.01 I think. Time to rub it in again every time someone whines about fuel prices.
 

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I use 10x my mpg for the tank to know when to refuel. I have gone 70 miles after the last bar went out. I always wait until all the bars are gone to fill-up and its usually slightly over or under 10 gallons so there is a bit of a reserve. Have fun, Rick
 

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Yeah, I also have gone exactly 70 miles after the last bar disappeared. I have experimented 3 times by purposely running out of gas. This is a great way to "calibrate" your fuel gauge. (I don't try this in my airplane)
In my car the warning light goes on when there is 1 bar left. Then in about 47 miles that bar disappears. Billy......
 

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I guess it all depends on the milage at that point. Yesterday I drove over 100 miles on the highway with an empty fuel gauge. Not that it was a smart thing to do, but it makes the drive interesting...Plus I always carry an electric scooter should I run out of gas...
 

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Hi Aaron,

OK for the scooter but do you have a plastic container to bring some gas back to your car.
 

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You guys are braver than me...

Yesterday I filled up with 2 bars left, and pumped 9.2 gal....
 
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Hi Holicow:

___You can drive across a state with the amount of fuel left in your Insight at that point … Well maybe a small state ;)

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
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I use 50 miles as my limit when the last bar goes out on the fuel gauge. I ran out of gas once in my Insight. I was at a 4 way stop going uphill. The car studdered and I lost a lot of power but the electric motor kept me going uphill through the intersection and into an inclined parking lot. Good to know I can do that in an emergency. As long as the engine tries to start but dies, you have electric motor power to move the vehicle. Otherwise the car won't do anything if the engine doesn't even try to start via the gas engine.
 

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Resist said:
The car studdered and I lost a lot of power but the electric motor kept me going uphill through the intersection and into an inclined parking lot. Good to know I can do that in an emergency. As long as the engine tries to start but dies, you have electric motor power to move the vehicle.

Well, that's interesting...

Were you holding the key in the start position?
 

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Okay, First of all geeze the car gets 700 miles per tank, talk about you guys being lazy :p

The way i figure it its a 10.9 Gallon tank per the owners manual. I reset my Trip A every time i top off a tank.

Based on the 10.9 gallons and your average mpg for the tank so far just do the math.

if you're getting 72 mpg expect to be able to go at least 120 miles. I wouldn't trust the fuel gage that thing seems to stay on F for the first 100 miles then quickly goes down. so i don't think its as accuate as your FCD meter.

Good luck, and to be safe if you really want to test out how far you can get that car until it runs out. Please put a emergency gas can in the trunk of your car when you run low.
 

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Well, that's interesting...
Were you holding the key in the start position?
I've driven the car "pure" electric several times. Let the tank run dry, with just enough to get the engine started. Start the engine, then floor the pedal and immediately dump the clutch. Takes a little practice to get the technique down, but the range is about 1KM.

Not saying that this is good for the car, but it can be done in an emergency.
 

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Rick Reece said:
I use 10x my mpg for the tank to know when to refuel. I have gone 70 miles after the last bar went out. I always wait until all the bars are gone to fill-up and its usually slightly over or under 10 gallons so there is a bit of a reserve. Have fun, Rick
Blimey, 10x mpg figure :shock:

I'm showing a trip mpg of 82.1 at the moment & at 620ish miles since I last filled her right up, the low fuel light has just come on.

Question is, do I be brave & try to push it nearly another 200 miles before I fill up :?
 

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i also just use the 10x the mpg number, then ill usually push it a little further till i feel like filling up, as i know from there i have ~50-70 miles left

so for instance if i am getting 65mpg, ill wait till i get 650 miles on the tank, and i know from there i have about 60 more miles(w/o doing the math of the .9 gal :lol: )

and yes, i am lazy...i also enjoy saying "i got 700+ miles out of my last tank of gas"
 

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My main concern with that is if I am averaging 75 mpg on my tank because I have been traveling mostly freeway, so I figure I have another 75 miles left, but now I am driving in city streets - I don't think I'll get my 75 miles in.

I try to fill up based on price, not miles. Catch the price per gallon at it's lowest point. If I see gas prices on the rise, why wait until my tank's empty. Save the buck or two.
 

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Thinking back "numerous" years ago when the "low fuel" lights were first installed in vehicles, I think the FEDS mandated that vehicles have 1 gallon of gas left in the tank when the light comes on.

How many miles you drive after the light comes on is up to you, not the vehicle.............. :D


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Fuel tank capacity

I've seen three figures for fuel tank capacity in gallons: 10.4 , 10.6 , and 10.9. But only one figure for fuel tank capacity in liters: 40. Being of Japanese design I am even more inclined to trust the 40 liter figure which Google converts to 10.5669 gallons.

An interesting way to determine if gas is needed is with the trip reset track the MPG and miles since last fill up. When the trip miles = 10 times the trip MPG it should be exactly 10 gallons of gas consumed, leaving a little over half a gallon in the tank. Then fill up.

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....An interesting way to determine if gas is needed is with the trip reset....When the trip miles = 10 times the trip MPG it should be exactly 10 gallons of gas consumed....
I don't know how interesting it is, but I do the same thing - a nice, round easy number, method to use...
 
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