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Old 08-08-2003, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default Let's play...anyone else notice!

So, today was my third fillup. I pumped about 11.9 gallons in, even though my light came on and the needle was approaching empty. That is weird considering there is 5 gallons left right?

Then I'm driving along shortly after, and I notice it drops from full to part of the way between full and 3/4 tank awfully fast. Anyone have this issue, is it something I should have checked out?

Also, has anyone else noticed the fuel gauge being more linear as to how much fuel you actually have left versus the norm where full to 1/2 tank means like you use 2/3rds of your fuel?

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Old 08-08-2003, 05:53 PM   #2
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Agreed. I have noticed the exact same thing. With my 02 WRX after the needle went past half of a tank you could only get about 33% instead of the expected 50%. Where as the STi the needle seems to come off of 'F' pretty quickly but the gas needle is much more linear.

Just the other night I had a little over a 1/4 tank of gas left. I drove about 90 miles and the needle wasn't quite on E. So I ended up getting about 320 miles out of a tank of gas with probably 2 or so gallons left.
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Old 08-08-2003, 07:24 PM   #3
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Yep, the first quarter goes fast, then it slows down. Much different than the WRX.

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Old 08-08-2003, 08:08 PM   #4
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Haha, ok... maybe it's their way of telling us to keep the tank full
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Old 08-08-2003, 09:22 PM   #5
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It's something that I learned from my Harley's chronic fuel level guages. At fill-up, you reset the odometer and make sure you get gas again at 250 miles.

The most accurate gas guage I had on a vehicle consisted of a stick that I stuck in the tank of my 60 VW....it was very accurate.

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Old 08-09-2003, 01:42 AM   #6
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Fair: That same stick was undoubtedly long enough to prop open the hood/trunk as well, right?
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Old 08-09-2003, 02:32 AM   #7
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I noticed that today too- moves off "F" pretty quickly....

I am getting crappy gas mileage too - far worse than in my Celica All trac. Not that I care about the fuel cost (you don't buy a car this expensive and worry about that) but rather the piss poor range on a tank. Frequent Ultra 94 stops are hard to make/find in some areas.....

BUT - get this guys - I ran out of gas yesterday. First tankful I had the 'low fuel' light came on and I headed straight for the gas station--> put in 45 litres. ok- that told me on the 60 litre tank that the light came on with approx 15 litres left, or roughly 25% of a tankful in reserve.

Low fuel light came on yesterday and I drove it only about 60km after that which should have used little more than5 or 6 litres and -voila- I run out of gas. Good thing I was driving in tandem with my g/f on the way home from her store, otherwise i would have had no one to go get gas for me!

One other note- today I think it feels like the car is down on power. Anyone think there is a co-relation between running out of gas and this? The car just plain ran out - ie sputtered and died.


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