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    Thread: How many miles till empty when the fuel light comes on?

    1. 05-10-2004 12:29 AM #1
      Hey guys,
      My Jetta doesn't have a on-board computer... It's a 2.0 GLS... Does anyone know how many miles/gallons I have from when the fuel light comes on until the fuel tank is empty? I went 26 miles today, but I am just curious what the limit is.
      Thanks,
      Kat

    2. 05-10-2004 12:39 AM #2
      Ummm, I'd say you pretty much burnt all your fumes with 26miles. I think I was able to go 20miles before I ran out of gas, but this was stop and go, and stomp on the gas as fast as I can traffic.

    3. 05-10-2004 12:40 AM #3
      was wondering the same thing

    4. 05-10-2004 12:46 AM #4
      haha, this thread reminds me of the seinfeld episode where kramer test drove the saab and eventually ran out of gas. anyways, i've gone around 35 miles after the light went on. i think one day, i'll get a container for some gas and drive it until i run out to find out. seriously.

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      05-10-2004 12:52 AM #5
      does it have a gas guage? i personally dont let my gas go under a quater of a tank just my .02 cents

    6. 05-10-2004 12:56 AM #6
      my bf has mastered driving with no gas. you swerve around to get the little bit of gas left in your tank. if that runs out, pull over, restart, and hope no one gets in your way! "sorry officer, i ran out of gas! i am sober, i swear!"

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      05-10-2004 12:58 AM #7
      The light comes on with 1.9 gallons left in the tank. Since you have a 2.0 that I'd say averages about 25 MPG at the least, I'd say you are safe to go at least 40 miles before running into a problem.
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      05-10-2004 01:01 AM #8
      Well I think it is a little over a gallon of gas. I can go a little over 20 or so.

    9. 05-10-2004 04:35 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by L2Jae »
      haha, this thread reminds me of the seinfeld episode where kramer test drove the saab and eventually ran out of gas. anyways, i've gone around 35 miles after the light went on. i think one day, i'll get a container for some gas and drive it until i run out to find out. seriously.

      Running your car out of gas is so bad for it. Really, don't be stupid.


    10. 05-10-2004 05:19 AM #10
      Yep, I recently did a bit over 40 miles on the highway no prob... Incidentally, on that trip I made it from outside Sacramento, CA to Eugene, OR on 1 tank of gas with a 2.0. That's 40.5 miles per gallon.... So much for the 31 that the EPA rates it at


    11. 05-10-2004 05:21 AM #11

      Quote, originally posted by PlatinumGLS »
      The light comes on with 1.9 gallons left in the tank. Since you have a 2.0 that I'd say averages about 25 MPG at the least, I'd say you are safe to go at least 40 miles before running into a problem.

      Whoops, I was refering to this


    12. 05-10-2004 08:11 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by PlatinumGLS »
      The light comes on with 1.9 gallons left in the tank. Since you have a 2.0 that I'd say averages about 25 MPG at the least, I'd say you are safe to go at least 40 miles before running into a problem.

      1.9 gals is correct (14.5 gal tank - light comes on around 12.6 gals). The actual number of miles depends on the fuel economy that you'll get while using those last 1.9 gals (hopefully you won't try using all of it). Multiply your fuel economy by 1.9 and that's how many miles you can drive once the light comes on.

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      05-10-2004 09:04 AM #13
      On my car the light comes on when there is 1 gallon of fuel left. 2001 GTI has a 13.5 gallon tank. I have driven as far as 20 miles with the light on.
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    14. 05-10-2004 09:12 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by WaltMan »
      On my car the light comes on when there is 1 gallon of fuel left. 2001 GTI has a 13.5 gallon tank. I have driven as far as 20 miles with the light on.


      Actually, every MKIV Jetta, Golf and GTI has a 14.5 gal fuel tank. That is unless VW is lying to us all.

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      05-10-2004 09:41 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by VgRt6 »

      Actually, every MKIV Jetta, Golf and GTI has a 14.5 gal fuel tank. That is unless VW is lying to us all.
      Gary

      I stand corrected. Just went out and checked my owner's manual. Indeed it has a 14.5 gallon tank and a 1.9 gallon reserve (included in the 14.5 gallons)

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      05-10-2004 09:43 AM #16
      15 posts and noone said, "it's in your manual."
      Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Just not their own facts.

    17. 05-10-2004 10:10 AM #17
      Quote, originally posted by VolksPike »
      15 posts and noone said, "it's in your manual."

      This is a "discussion" forum, not a "go look in your manual" forum.

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    18. 05-10-2004 10:40 AM #18
      Why would you deliberately drive with the low gas light on just to see how far you can go?

    19. 05-10-2004 10:44 AM #19
      its really not a good idea to run your tank so low. but, i am just as guilty of it as the next guy.

      anyway, its depends on the driver, the amount of weight in the car, and a few other factors. driving habits are probably the biggest thing that changes this for every driver. i wouldn't get into the habit of running so low though.

      if you run your tank empty, its a good possibility that you'll draw the sediment from the bottom of your tank into the fuel rails and injectors. over time, this will slowly degrade your car's preformance.

      as mentioned before, its a good practice not to wait till you're on fumes to fill up.

      just my .02...


    20. 05-10-2004 10:46 AM #20
      i get about 45 miles before it dies

    21. 05-10-2004 10:57 AM #21
      Its funny...most of the post's were referring to 2.0's.

      Everytime someone posts a thread and mention they own a 2.0, all of the 1.8 and VR6 people chime in and flame.

      I have yet to hear a post from a modded 1.8t or VR6 saying "I only get 16 miles before I run out...."

      Congratulations my fellow 2.0 drivers...we have found a topic that we can flame....Mileage !!!!


    22. 05-10-2004 10:59 AM #22
      Regarding this issue, isn't this one of those things that cant be solved, because it depends on how fast you are going, that depends on how many miles.

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      05-10-2004 04:11 PM #23
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    24. 05-11-2004 02:04 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by gtigye79 »
      its really not a good idea to run your tank so low. but, i am just as guilty of it as the next guy.

      anyway, its depends on the driver, the amount of weight in the car, and a few other factors. driving habits are probably the biggest thing that changes this for every driver. i wouldn't get into the habit of running so low though.

      if you run your tank empty, its a good possibility that you'll draw the sediment from the bottom of your tank into the fuel rails and injectors. over time, this will slowly degrade your car's preformance.

      as mentioned before, its a good practice not to wait till you're on fumes to fill up.

      just my .02...

      This is dead on. I always try to fill up before my light even comes on. Fuel regardless of octane has impurities that settle to the bottom of the tank. Running it low sucks it into the fuel rails and injectors.


    25. 05-11-2004 02:06 AM #25
      Quote, originally posted by askthefool »

      This is dead on. I always try to fill up before my light even comes on. Fuel regardless of octane has impurities that settle to the bottom of the tank. Running it low sucks it into the fuel rails and injectors.

      If you live in a cold climate never let your tank go below 1/4. this is for 0 deg and below. If there is a little water is there it could freeze and cause some problems.


    26. 05-11-2004 05:49 AM #26
      Quote, originally posted by askthefool »
      This is dead on. I always try to fill up before my light even comes on. Fuel regardless of octane has impurities that settle to the bottom of the tank. Running it low sucks it into the fuel rails and injectors.

      hence the incredible fuel filter...


    27. 05-11-2004 07:54 AM #27
      very true, there is a fuel filter in place for this. although, same thing applies to that as well. cake that thing up with sediments, and its filters less efficiently and chokes the gas flow....

      good catch though, fuel filters don't get the regular replacement that they need in most cases....


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