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    hi

    just to clarify on my fuel gauge

    the trip computer says 15 mile range-the fuel light is on

    BUT the needle is on the 2nd line not the very first marking where the 0 is

    whats all that about?

    is there a 5th of the tank reserve or something

    didnt want to tell my Gf to just carry on driving ill put diesel in later

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    Don't ever run out of diesel, its a nightmare to get started again.

    The range on the OBC shouldn't ever really be relied up as its calculated on the way car has been driven compared with how much fuel is left, its not a "live" figure to be relied upon.

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    no sorry I know not to run out

    but Im trying to clarify what the fuel gauge classes as empty

    ie Im on the second bar and the fuel light is on and the range is like 10 miles

    but Ive still got one more section to go before the 0 line
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    At the bottom you have a few red markings.... I have had mine go from the top one to the bottom one (and the light flashing) - the gauge will work its way through the red section very quickly indeed, almost like its the bottom "bottle neck" of the tank.

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    personally i would never let it drop below a quarter of a tank, who knows how accurate the gauge or the range display is
    i think you would get away with the fuel light being on for a while, but when it starts flashing then you need to fill up pretty quick

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    thanks for the responses

    all I wondered was whether it was a misleading fuel gauge on vectras that classed the 2nd line as empty not the first 0 line and I didnt want to get caught out

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    I think the fuel gauge is very misleading. After filling up mine doesn't come off full till approx. 80 miles travelled!!! And i only fill it till the pump clicks off. The red section does empty very quickly too. On my old Vec B i could get 80 miles after the needle hit the red. I chickened out in my Vec C as the needle seemed to fly through the red reserve so filled up after only 30 miles.

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    my 58 plate range bit says 20 miles left then goes straight to a message saying refuel! must be a new bit of software

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    I keep tank at least half full as it costs a fortune to refill and i would not like all the crap from the bottom of the tank getting sucked into the engine.

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