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After a drive out today I've just got in (1am)& found out my visa debit card doesn't work at the pumps.

My range has gone from "19" straight to "----" and I've been driving like this for the last 5 miles.
Anyone actually ran out of fuel or driven with a range this low before?
 

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I usually get '---' when the range drops below 90 and this normally happens just after the guage gets into the red zone. If this happens on the motorway then I know I have about safe 50 miles (barringdelays) left in the tank but on normal roads I would guess that I'd be lucky to get another 30 miles.

My trip computer is not very accurate regarding fuel consumption, regularly telling me I'm averaging 68 MPG when in reality it is more like 56 MPG so I take the range calculation with a pinch of salt.
 

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Only ran out of Diesel once not in a Pug in a company ford escort back in the 90's. What a bloody nightmare never again had to walk in the cold sleety snow to the nearest garage about 2 miles away walk back then put the damn stuff in and start pumping it with the pump:(. returned home changed out of my suit into another went to the office for other engineers to have a laugh :lol:. One had seen my car stopped not seen me and drove off

Never let it go too low now always worry about picking crap of the bottom of the tank as well
 

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in my diesel 407 sw (2.7!!)..it goes from 18 to .... I have never been more than 20 miles...anticipate big hassle if you actually run out..carry a can!!
 

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Not suggesting you try this but....

Where I work we do loads of bodywork on used cars for local dealers - dealers are notorious for having as little fuel in cars as they can get away with (hell I think they drain them sometime lol) and I've regularly driven way WAY past the range - 0 mark. It isn't always the best idea - in a rover 75, I actually ran out within about 30 seconds of it saying 0, in an audi A6, it said zero when we picked it up in Newcastle, we drove to the bodyshop (18 miles away) and back without putting any in and had no problems.

On another note, got in an Astra the other day, range of 33 miles. Drove home (had to pick up my phone) - 4 miles, and got home with 14 miles left on the range. Restarted the car after grabbing my phone and it said 36 - then drove the car to Durham (about 12 miles) and arrived with 48 left on the range!

I can tell you that a 1.9 diesel Partner van (well ours anyway) was good for about 70 miles once the light came on - no range computer. My 306, again a 1.9 diesel went well over 50 after the light came on once (I honestly just kept forgetting to put any in - lots of short journeys) but with my current 407, 22 miles left is as low as I've let it get so far.

I remember Jeremy Clarkson getting (I think) nearly 100 miles out of an Audi A8 after it went to 0 miles on the clock when he tried (and succeeded) in getting from London - Scotland and back on a tank (cant remember which bit of scotland tho).

Point is, over time, you'll come to realise that the ranges on modern cars, generally, speaking, are total and utter b******** - don't rely on them absolutely.
 

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Hi big slavey

pretty sure that clarkson thing was the new, at the time, ally bodied jag xj..basically they are going to be pessimistic aren't they..absolutely no prizes for running out of fuel and you run the risk of sucking up rubbish in tank into fuel system and only god knows how much that would cost, and it lasts for ages..

Just refuel, it's inevitable anyway isn't it...
 

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Wikipedia said:
Main challenge: Clarkson finds out if he can drive a V8 TDi Audi A8 from London to Edinburgh and back on one 20 gallon tank of fuel (a round-trip distance of 800 miles, requiring an average of 40 MPG), destruct-testing Audi's claims of good overall economy in their large, powerful executive car. He tries to drive the car uncharacteristically economically, removing unnecessary weight, not running anything but essential electrical equipment, and never once exceeding 1200 rpm in the 4.0 litre, twin-turbo super-saloon. Though he seemed to have finally run out of fuel 35 miles short, the trip computer (and Audi themselves) underestimated the efficiency potential of its diesel engine and Clarkson's fastidious driving, and he eventually made it to the same filling station he started from on a single tank of fuel. Jeremy completed the challenge after two whole days on the road (with an overnight stop), using plenty of dramatic music and lines from 24 and Apollo 13.
A8, definitely, back in May 2004....

As for the sucking up junk issue, I wonder if people over-concern themselves about this aspect - the fuel filter is there for a reason so surely should be preventing issues like that - fair enough the filter could block up and need replacing, but that's usually in the region of a fiver (plus hassle)
 
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personally when the light comes on I fill up so I dont have a clue what is in the tank after empty I don't believe in emptying the tank as you never know what crud is in the bottom. on a posibbly unrelated note my 407 seems to get unhappy and drives a little pants whenthe tank starts getting into the red anyway.
 

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ive ran out. was on the way to pickup the mother in law :(
had to buy a 5l can and the fuel but couldnt work out why it wouldnt start after copious priming.

a read of the manual confirmed it had to have more than 5l in the tank :(
 
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ive ran out. was on the way to pickup the mother in law :(
had to buy a 5l can and the fuel but couldnt work out why it wouldnt start after copious priming.

a read of the manual confirmed it had to have more than 5l in the tank :(
At least mother in law wasn't with you at the time:eek:

Peugeot Planet owner, Doncaster
 

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I did 55 miles with the fuel low warning and when I managed to get to a pump there were still 5 litres left in the tank. But don't quote me on this. I did turn everything off and fold the mirrors in too...
 

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On the subject of picking up crud in the tank, this has always confused me as the fuel is drawn from the bottom of the tank anyway so surely all the crud will already be drawn through and the level is irrelevant?
 

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Hey there! No using logic and/or common sense to dispute commonly held myths!!!!! - The location of the pickup pipe and existence of a fuel filter are irrelevant :p
 
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