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The low level light will probably come on when you drop from 2 bars to 1 bar.

Depending on your instantaneous MPG, you will still have approx. 3/4 to 1 gallon left in the fuel tank.

If you decide to continue to drive after all the bars are gone, you may want to have a spare gas can handy.
 

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.....I have tested this on all 3 of my Insights, purposely running out of fuel to "calibrate" the fuel gauge. In every case it was the same --- after ALL the bars are gone, I could drive about 68 miles (freeway)........
 

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I don't get the idea behind "run it practically dry then fill it up to the brim." Why not run it between, say, 3/4 and 1/4 full? That way you don't take a chance on running out of gas, and also you don't carry around 20 pounds of extra weight?
 

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Bragging rights and the element of fear, :shock: :lol: and driving so long between fill ups that you forget which side of the car the filler is on. :roll:
 

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Once I let it get down to 2 or 3 bars and when I filled it, it almost took 10 gallons of gas!!!! :shock: It is a 2006, i believe there is a 10gal tank, no reserve. My civic has 12 gals and the light goes on at 2 to go.
 

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Dougie said:
I don't get the idea behind "run it practically dry then fill it up to the brim." Why not run it between, say, 3/4 and 1/4 full? That way you don't take a chance on running out of gas, and also you don't carry around 20 pounds of extra weight?
Very simple, actually. I'm a hypermiler, and I keep a log of exactly how much gas I put in on every fillup, how many miles on the tank, etc, etc. By filling up to the brim (so that gas is literally sitting right there), I *KNOW* I have exactly the same amount of gas in the tank every time I leave the station.

I run it is dry as possible merely for the challenge of getting as many miles as I possibly can on a tank. Between my paper log and my mpg for the current tank, I know exactly *to the mile* how much further I can drive with zero chance of running empty.

It isn't about practicality, weight, time, or any other foolishness. I do it simply because it amuses me.
 

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On my last fillup (today) I was trying to fill up at the gauge's half way point, but I slightly missed the point. My gauge read 1 bar below half full...and my tank took 6.058 gallons. The tank is rated at 10.6 gallons so I would expect half full to be 5.3 gallons. At one bar below half it appears that slightly over 6 gallons to fill up indicates pretty good accuracy for the fuel gauge :)
My mpg was about 57 mpg which is mostly hilly rural road and town driving.
I really appreciate the vapor recovery system on the Insight. While living in Maryland I got used to pump nozzles with vapor recovery...nice, no gas fumes to inhale. When I moved back to Central; PA :( no vapor recovery on the pump nozzles :shock: When I bought my Insight I was delighted to find that the vapor from the pump nozzle seemed to stay in the fuel tank. Nice job Honda!!!
 

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I was under the impression that on the Insight, as on every other new car, there were a bunch of filters and stuff in the fuel system that could be "force filled" and thereby screwed up...
 

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psuinsight said:
On my last fillup (today) I was trying to fill up at the gauge's half way point, but I slightly missed the point. My gauge read 1 bar below half full...and my tank took 6.058 gallons. The tank is rated at 10.6 gallons so I would expect half full to be 5.3 gallons. At one bar below half it appears that slightly over 6 gallons to fill up indicates pretty good accuracy for the fuel gauge :)
My mpg was about 57 mpg which is mostly hilly rural road and town driving.
I really appreciate the vapor recovery system on the Insight. While living in Maryland I got used to pump nozzles with vapor recovery...nice, no gas fumes to inhale. When I moved back to Central; PA :( no vapor recovery on the pump nozzles :shock: When I bought my Insight I was delighted to find that the vapor from the pump nozzle seemed to stay in the fuel tank. Nice job Honda!!!
i was under the impression that the fuel guage was non-linear.... although exactly how much bigger the top "half" is should be interesting
 

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i was under the impression that the fuel guage was non-linear.... although exactly how much bigger the top "half" is should be interesting
I usually fill my insight within 20 miles of losing my last bar. When I do this, I also usually put in about 12 gallons. (1.5 of which is "overfill" to get the gas up the the gas cap). Under these conditions, I lose my first bar of gas after about 30% of the miles I'd expect from that tank. At 1/2 full indicated, I've traved about 60% of my total range, and at 3 bars showing, I've gone about 90% of my total range.

This is totally repeatable given the avg mpg of my current tank, which I always reset on trip 2 on every fillup.

Once you hit 2 bars, they seem to go out unreasonably quick, yet the gauge decays very linearly until about the 3 bar level. I've also seen the gas gauge seems to do a "mini-recal" of sorts after changing driving styles. If I drive the car after my wife, I'll sometimes gain a bar or stop loosing bars for about 100-150 miles or so. It's almost as if the car is taking into account your current driving style when prsenting you the gas gauge info....
 

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...and driving so long between fill ups that you forget which side of the car the filler is on. :roll:
This made me laugh. I bought my Insight last Thursday and was just thumbing through the owner's manual. When I got to the part that told me the gas cap was on the passenger's side of the car, I was like, "What!?" On every Honda I've ever owned, the gas cap has been on the driver's side.

Then I thought, "Why did I not realize this before??"

And then I remembered - It's because I haven't had to fill up the car yet! :lol:
 

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having the gas cap on the passenger side is really weird, this is my 4th honda too! Ijust filled up for the first time in 3 weeks, the last time i filled up was memorial day weekend 4 states away! whoohooo.
 
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