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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 09-15-2007, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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How far can you go (low fuel light)?

As a new OB (H6) owner I have to ask those more experience owners a simple question.

Unlike my old car, whenever the "check fuel" light came on, I had about 10 miles to go before I hit empty.

When the light comes on in the OB, just how much distance can I travel in the city?

The "distance to empty" display says about 50 miles. I can't believe that.

I get worried when the light comes on and dash around to find a service station.

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50 miles is just estimated. You could surely kill that by driving it hard for a minute. I would say there is about 2 gallons left. You don't want it to go low as all the "dirt" that sits on the bottom of the tank will accompany the fuel.

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^^My sentiments exactly. Try to never really find out, but I think a good estimate is when that light goes on, you can allegedly safely drive 30 miles before you better find good walking shoes.

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You two are worried over nothing. The location of the fuel pickup doesn't change when the tank is empty versus when it's full. If it's gonna suck up "all that dirt" when the tank's empty, it'll suck it up with a full tank, too. Actually, if there's any dirt in there to get sucked up, it'll likely happen on the restarts after each time you refuel and the fuel coming into the tank stirs it up.
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Re: How far can you go (low fuel light)?

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As a new OB (H6) owner I have to ask those more experience owners a simple question.

Unlike my old car, whenever the "check fuel" light came on, I had about 10 miles to go before I hit empty.

When the light comes on in the OB, just how much distance can I travel in the city?

The "distance to empty" display says about 50 miles. I can't believe that.

I get worried when the light comes on and dash around to find a service station.
Thats about right. In fact the 10 miles on you old car was wrong. There is about 2 gallons left in the tank when the light comes on. Thats basically been subarus standard for years.

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Anyone remember that classic Seinfield episode where Kraemer went to test drive a car just to do this? One of my favorites! "Just keep going!!!"

I haven't necessarily tried to do this intentionally, but on my 2003 OB H6 I could never go more than 60 miles as I remember. I did my best to gas it up as soon as I was at a quarter tank, if the light came on I went to the next station I could find. Better to be safe than stupid, unless you're on the TV
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I can usually go about 50 miles. But the miles to empty always seems to go from 50 to 40 to 30 to zero!
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It must not be fun testing cars with a low tank. Might as well just not drive it because you don't have the gas to drive it with any spirited intentions.

Do all second-generation Outbacks have a low fuel light? If so, I've driven the car to E twice now and the light still doesn't turn on.

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Realistically, you really have to run far before the low fuel light. What I mean is...In my MY02 OBS, I think it was three years into ownership before I had seen the light!!!!

I usually try and never run that low.

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It must not be fun testing cars with a low tank. Might as well just not drive it because you don't have the gas to drive it with any spirited intentions.

Do all second-generation Outbacks have a low fuel light? If so, I've driven the car to E twice now and the light still doesn't turn on.
The all have it, and i think Gen1 had it too. The gas gauges on subarus are famous for reding lower then they really are, so most people never see the light come on. E on Blu usually means I have 4-5 gallons left.


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