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Old 03-19-2017, 12:05 AM   #1
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Miles to empty on 2017 86?

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I am a new owner as of Feb of a 2017 86. Went Raven black, added the borla exhaust, TRD springs and TRD 18inch wheel package from the dealer. I'm a little older at 40 and just prefer to be dealer covered on parts. Loving the car so far

Every car I have owned as long as I can remember going back the last 9 years on the odometer display will show an estimate of miles to empty. However, I can not find this on the 86. Is this missing or or is there a setting? Obviously I can look at the gas gauge but I always like the number display because sometimes I get gas rewards and want to max the savings.

Any advice would be appreciate and thank you.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:24 AM   #2
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It'll only show you actual and average MPG, no miles 'til empty.
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u get ~30miles or 50km when the light comes on
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Our cars don't have a "range" function, i.e., miles-til-empty. Not to get preachy, but letting the tank get ultra-low to maximize your savings on fuel because you can save a few cents per gallons is really false economy. Yes, we have fuel filters in our systems, and most gas stations probably have some form of filtration built into their delivery systems too, but it's inevitable that a certain amount of crap builds up in the botton of our tanks. It may not be as big a problem now as it was decades ago, but no matter how you slice it, the last gallon of fuel in your tank is always dirtier than the previous gallons because the concentration of dirt is higher.

In all my cars, I treat 1/4 tank as "empty," especially when I'm on the road and am not sure where the next reputable gas station is.

You can save an extra 50 cents on a fillup by running the tank very low, or you can take an extra measure to protect your fuel system by filling up before the dirt-to-gas ratio gets uncomfortable in your tank. Your call.

I'm not saying I'm right.. that's just my thoughts.

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Hello tukai , congratulations on your new car and welcome to the forum ......

I see ol @dnieves addressed your question.

I reckon the maker of these cars figured that the owners would be good looking and have above average intelligence (because they made this choice of this car to buy) so they could estimate the miles to empty from looking at the fuel gauge ......

I remember back-in-the-day I had an old VW bug that would let you know that you were getting low on fuel when the engine stopped running ...... until you reached down and flipped the lever to open up the reserve tank.

Now, we have "miles to empty" indicators; lights that come on; gongs that go off ........ for those drivers that are so distracted and/or impaired that they don't notice the fuel gauge ......


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Am I the only that thinks about getting gas at half a tank and avoid down to down 1/4?
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Am I the only that thinks about getting gas at half a tank and avoid down to down 1/4?
Same here.

I start thinking about it when the gauge shows below 1/2 tank and do it when it reaches 1/4 tank.

I recall when my daughter was 16 and living at home, she would let the gas level in her car run real low ...... which made me nervous. So, every Saturday morning I would take her old car up and fill it up with gas (and put a quart of oil in it). It took me a couple of years to figure out what she was doing .......running it low on gas ...... knowing I would fill it up ........ it was cheaper for her.....

Also back-in-the-day, out in the country, we didn't have 4 gas stations on every corner ....... and the ones we had weren't open 24/7 ......

In addition ...... who else remembers the gas shortages back in the 70's ......??


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My low fuel light comes on about once a week. I also fill up about twice a week though.
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Same here.

I start thinking about it when the gauge shows below 1/2 tank and do it when it reaches 1/4 tank.

I recall when my daughter was 16 and living at home, she would let the gas level in her car run real low ...... which made me nervous. So, every Saturday morning I would take her old car up and fill it up with gas (and put a quart of oil in it). It took me a couple of years to figure out what she was doing .......running it low on gas ...... knowing I would fill it up ........ it was cheaper for her.....

Also back-in-the-day, out in the country, we didn't have 4 gas stations on every corner ....... and the ones we had weren't open 24/7 ......

In addition ...... who else remembers the gas shortages back in the 70's ......??


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I kind of remember the gas shortage on the news and they did odd/even days based on your license plate. Not a good time to own an American gas guzzling boats -hence the ascension of the compact Japanese automobile . Go figure something that's fuel efficient and doesn't need repairs every month (even though they were small and prone to rust).


BTW- my coworker said households got around the odd/even restriction by swapping plates.
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It may not be as big a problem now as it was decades ago, but no matter how you slice it, the last gallon of fuel in your tank is always dirtier than the previous gallons because the concentration of dirt is higher.
Doesn't the pump always draw from the bottom of the tank no matter what?

That and driving around will mix it up.
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Am I the only that thinks about getting gas at half a tank and avoid down to down 1/4?
That's pretty much exactly what I was saying.. to me, 1/4 tank is "empty," and I don't let it get that low if I can help it.

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Doesn't the pump always draw from the bottom of the tank no matter what?

That and driving around will mix it up.
Would you rather sip from a cup of water with someone else's booger in it, or 10 gallons of water with the same booger? Just a little analogy to help make my point...
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That's pretty much exactly what I was saying.. to me, 1/4 tank is "empty," and I don't let it get that low if I can help it.



Would you rather sip from a cup of water with someone else's booger in it, or 10 gallons of water with the same booger? Just a little analogy to help make my point...
Isn't it more like all the water I drink comes out of a pitcher with boogers in it, and i'm getting booger water whether I fill my cup or not?

And also i'm stirring it before hand and drinking it with a straw?
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Doesn't the pump always draw from the bottom of the tank no matter what?

And...the water, sediments, and other impurities are always at the bottom of the tank!
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Isn't it more like all the water I drink comes out of a pitcher with boogers in it, and i'm getting booger water whether I fill my cup or not?

And also i'm stirring it before hand and drinking it with a straw?
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Not only is the gas being pumped from the bottom of the tank the second you accelerate, stop, turn or hit a bump the fuel is all mixed up anyway. It is physics 101. If you have particles in the tank that are heavy enough to settle to the bottom and stay there then how full it may be is the least of your worries.
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