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    Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 9:26pm
This is probably going to sound like a stupid question (sorry!), but approximately how many miles would you say there is in the reserve tank of a 1.5dci?

My car's computer is currently telling me that it estimates I have around 45 miles before it has a completely empty belly. However, there are still two bars left on the fuel gauge (although realistically it's probably more like one and a half), which I'm sure would give me around 70 miles at least.

Reason I ask is: tomorrow my trip to work is 33 miles each way. I'd rather refuel nearer to home than at the other end, plus I want to empty the tank so I can judge properly the refill costs, mpg, etc. I'm just nervous in case I end up stuck on the motorway...
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First weekend we had ours I let the tank go down to the last bar. The display showed 17 miles driving till empty when I filled up.
It took 59.4 litres which would suggest it has a reserve of roughly 5 litres.... (1 Gallon)
If you took a worst case of 35mpg then if yours is showing 45 miles left then it might just make it, but I  would suggest a fill up might be prudent.


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Could be risky...although its says 45 I would reckon at least 1/2 gallon after that, I did go down to zero once.... the 1st garage was 12 mile away but I made it OK.... So there must be more than that in the tank. the exact amount I don't know, best to make sure you've got enough for your journey....
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Yeah, I thought that might be advisable (i.e. playing it safe) but I just wondered if there was a rough estimate as to how much was available in the reserve tank, i.e. ten miles, etc.

I just based the 70 miles approximation on what I've got out of each bar previously - usually around 57 miles per bar.

I've done 650 miles in this tank so far (nice); I am pretty sure I would get 700 but yeah it's probably best not to take the chance. I could refuel at work but the nearest place is Tesco and whilst I could get Clubcard points, I'd rather have Morrison's miles! Plus, I've always refuelled at Morrison's so I'd rather stick with the same fuel wherever possible.

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Don't forget to fill in the spreadsheet once you've filled.... Wink
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Must do as the teacher tell you Kitty..or...have your kitty-treats withdrawn....Smile 
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And no kitty treats.... 
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But ... but ... but ... I couldn't fill it in properly because the figures should be from empty, but the car wasn't empty when I filled its belly this morning so I couldn't fill it in because the calculations would all be wrong .. and ... and ... and...
 
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Go on there a bag of gobstoppers...wire in...LOL
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Originally posted by HarryN-TEC HarryN-TEC wrote:

Go on there a bag of gobstoppers...wire in...LOL
 
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Never...Kittys cant talk...Wink
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Well, they can - just not in human language Tongue
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Originally posted by HarryN-TEC HarryN-TEC wrote:

Not with a gobstopper in its mouth....Tongue
 
Dangit. Pinch Embarrassed
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FYI: I didn't take the chance the other day - so I still don't know how much the reserve tank contains. I am sure that as I intend to have the QQ for a number of years, I will get the opportunity at some point Smile

Thanks for your help chaps Thumbs Up
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Your welcome Kitty...but no more chat...off topic...Confused
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And don't forget to get Breakdown Cover just in case you mis-calculate.... LOL
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Originally posted by HarryN-TEC HarryN-TEC wrote:

Your welcome Kitty...but no more chat...off topic...Confused


lol yeah no worries Harry, which is why I wanted to guide it back onto topic Smile

Originally posted by gadget gadget wrote:

And don't forget to get Breakdown Cover just in case you mis-calculate.... LOL


I do have such cover, thanks gadget.
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Dont run it empty - you will potentially be in for a big bill.
 
If you are that precious about where you empty your wallet/purse, grab 5 of fuel to get you to where you want to fill up.
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its not a reserve tank as such is it,?
 thought it was just the onboard computer doing calcs,and the fuel gauge display.
a couple of times on our 1.6 petrol car ran down till displayed 12miles left. then it just slipped to zero!!.
now each time I was on my way to local shell stn, less than 1 mile but it was a bit worrying  even for that distance. the amount of fuel to fill left me thinking it was down to last litre in car - would not risk going that low with a diesel .
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Is it dangerous or damaging to go lower than with a petrol?x
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Not really dangerous, but the lower you go, the more crud will get sucked through the line....
We invariably fill up when we have 1 blip left.
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Originally posted by gadget gadget wrote:

Not really dangerous, but the lower you go, the more crud will get sucked through the line....
We invariably fill up when we have 1 blip left.
How does that work then? seeing as the fuel pick up is in the bottom of the tank its going to pull through crap all the time according to your theory. Plus the pick up has a fine mesh filter on it and of course the fuel filter itself will stop any crud getting anywhere near the injectors. If people want to run them to empty, the only thing they are going to hurt is their feet after a long walk home.
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world has probably changed  but at one time you risked airlocking a diesel fuel system and that had to be bled through, so run out if you want just
 dont do it at peak time in outside lane on some motorway.
Apply common sense here people even at 5 pence on a litre a break down run out for fuel is going to cost you time and maybe money I think   Coopertrooper 2001 has right idea above.
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Was going to say the same, every diesel I've had in the past has had to be bled if it runs dry, cant say I've ever looked to  see if the the QQ has a bleed pump.
Having said  that there have been self bleed valves for brakes for years so it shouldnt be that hard to design & incorporate an auto bleed device into the fuel system
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Never knew that, thanks, I still hav e four blips left lol since getting it! X
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Did not intend to run it super close to dry, but situations emerge and money flies away from your wallet LOL
 
Thing is that the fuel gauge doesn't accurately show fuel level (in fact it's the most inaccurate i've ever seen!!) and it could be sitting down low and you might have somewhere about 2-3 liters... Good to consider is that the max low on gauge, in reality, could not mean max low on the tank (still having about 4-5 liters) since i drove allmost 3 days with the fuel gauge resting on max low!!! And it is a 2 litre engine, auto transmission!!!
 
I will definetly ask a technician from Nissan about this!
 
About the reserve tank... Well i guess that only the onboard computer "has a reserve" and when you still have the last half of the last quarter of the fuel tank full (the red portion on the gauge), it thinks: "oh my god! you're on reserve fuel! go to the petrol station! fuel up! the world is going to end! i am going to dissolve!" and so you are tricked through a psychological process to panic and fuel up Big smile
 
Conclusion: It's psychological Wink
 
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Speaking of psycho's...   when i rode a m/bike, it was great - you just opened the tank filler cap and peered in...  you could even see the grit and **** at the bottom!
 
You knew beyond any doubt when it was worth/time to fill up...
 
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Guys for your information when we picked up our car the one thing which the salesman, rather surprisingly, insisted in showing me was the "bleeder" a little hand hed pump of a very basic nature. So there you go, you should all have one, maybe?
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Yeah we will have then, just never looked, never had to actually use it on any diesel car I've had because I always  keep them more than half full but had to do it countless times on plant &  farm machinery etc, they'd regularly suck up all  sorts of cr4p when they ran low on fuel Thumbs Down
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