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post #21 of 342 (permalink) Old 11-12-2018, 02:10 PM
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I've been driving 54 years. For the first 40, there was no 'low fuel' warning. Just watch you gas gauge - getting near 1/4 - 1/8 tank - fill up. I mainly travel to the office / errands. Make it a point to fill up every Friday before work. I feel really bad for those folks who aren't aware how much gas they have, until the 'little yellow' light goes on.

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It boils down to the old "accuracy vs. precision" issue. Old school fuel gages were not very precise.
Haha.. I remember one of my parents cars when my Dad would step on the gas or go around the corner, the fuel gauge would "drift". Those were the good ole days!

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Recall Notice to Subaru Retailers_2018 Outback/Legacy

Obtained from Subaru Service Department. Two pages.

Subaru Recall_1.pdf
Subaru Recall_2.pdf

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plus...Opt7 footwell lights, Rally Armor mudflaps, hour meter
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Thanks for that. I'll be waiting for the letter from Subaru.
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If you own a 2018 outback and your head unit dies, you're going to have a hard time getting a loaner since they can't loan out 2018s affected by the gas gauge recall until they replace the instrument cluster since no method to reprogram the gas gauge has been released. What a mess.

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It started working normally last night. Will likely still proceed ahead with replacement.
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So is the gauge needle still accurate? I rarely look at the MTE number.
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So is the gauge needle still accurate? I rarely look at the MTE number.
There has been a couple of reports of people running out of gas when they say the needle was still showing some. I can't recall the details.

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There has been a couple of reports of people running out of gas when they say the needle was still showing some. I can't recall the details.
While I didn't run out of gas, my needle was not on "E" when I managed to put 18.3 gallons of gas into my car (the readout said 30 miles until empty). You'd think it would be touching "E" by that point if it only had a fraction of a tank of gas left!
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Fuel Gauge Accuracy

The fuel gauge accuracy might vary between vehicles. Below is what I've recorded on my 2018 2.5. These figures have been consistent for me. The one time I checked it the light came on at 1.6 gal remaining. Supposed to be 2.6 gal.

It will be interesting to see if these numbers change when this re-programming recall is installed. Also, the MPG reported is always near 5% too high so I will be curious if that becomes more accurate. I rely only on the fuel gauge so I am not overly excited about this future recall.


12.5 gal left in tank___Gauge needle on 3/4 mark
7.8 gal left in tank___Gauge needle on 1/2 mark
1.6 gal left in tank___Gauge needle on 1/8 mark
1.2 gal left in tank___Gauge needle was just on the low side of the 1/8 mark when warning light came on.
0.7 gal left in tank___Gauge needle was ALMOST touching the E mark.

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Last edited by Trip Enroute; 11-16-2018 at 10:17 PM. Reason: corrected 7.8 left at 1/2 mark
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