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Old 05-15-2001, 03:12 PM   #1
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Post Impreza Fuel Gauge fault

I am getting about 200 miles from a full tank in my 95 impreza (standard tran)before the gauge reads empty. When i fill it up it only takes 6 or 7 gallons. Whats the go. The manual says it has a 14 gallon tank! I am not prepared to run out of fuel just to prove a point. Any ideas?
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Old 05-15-2001, 07:17 PM   #2

I'm experiencing the same phenomenon. My mom's '99 Brighton wagon has a fuel low light, not sure if mine does or not.
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Old 05-15-2001, 07:33 PM   #3
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My wife's '95 does almost exactly the same thing. Hers reads empty at ~160 miles. We reset the trip meter every time and just run the car to 300 miles. I think the problem is a bad sending unit inside the fuel tank. I have the parts on order (roughly $70) to replace it.

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Old 05-15-2001, 08:38 PM   #4
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It seems that bad fuel sensors are one of the most common Subaru problems of any model year. Unfortuneately, it will cost you several hundred dollars to fix . It appears that due to the AWD system and drivetrain layout, many Subaru's use a "split" gas tank. This means that there are 2 sensors to go bad!

I had my gas tank sensors fixed, and I'm still not completely happy with the gauge accuracy. My low gas light comes on at about 300 miles. When I go to fill up the car, it only takes 12 gallons (it has a 16 gal tank!).
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Old 05-16-2001, 06:29 AM   #5
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My old '95 LX had the same problem. I fixed the problem myself! Here's how: I traded it in for a 2002 WRX Sportwagon!!!

Now my gas gauge work fine! Except now I get a little shocker each time I visit the pump... Before, my 2.2L '95 would cost about 12-13 bucks to fill with regular unleaded - Now my WRX costs about 21-22 bucks to fill with premium! (That's a little bit of a shock!)
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Old 05-16-2001, 11:03 AM   #6
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No problms here. My light goes on a 340-360 miles and I drive it another 50 odd miles before I fill up and I get 14.2-.8 gallons per fill up.
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Old 05-17-2001, 01:00 AM   #7
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My 91 Legacy Turbo only gets about 220 between fills.. It really sux... The only thing I could think of that would cause that whole gas reading problem would be bad fuel sensors.. They cost a bit to get replaced or simply clean them... They can be accessed under the trunk carpet...next to the fuel tank inside the trunk... You have to fluid the tank or something so that fule won't spill all over.. I really don't know the process, I just remember a bit that someone told me.. Hope the helps a little
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