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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:36 AM
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:16 AM
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Running out of gas? maybe if you don't know your car.

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Ever been stuck in traffic? I know I have had a close call and been stuck in traffic on the way home from work. Its just better to be prepaired. What if somthing comes up and you have to drive to oh say a hospital or where ever in a hurry.. sucks you have to get gas. And as far as knowing your car.. isnt that what the gas guage is for? pretty sure it tells you how much fuel you have left. Oh and the OBC range option in case you dont like the guage. Only thing you need to "know" is your driving style, and how far you want that .9gal of fuel to take you. Everyone is different.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:45 AM
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Yes, I commuted in one of the worst traffic spots in the country. 100+ miles round trip daily, a minimum of 4 hours in the car every single day.

Some gauges are more accurate than others. Some will ride under the empty line, some stop right on it, some have warning lights that come on at the last minute, some have gauges that aren't calibrated right at all.

I don't let it get super low if I'm far away from gas stations, but in my area there's a gas station off every exit every 2 miles if something unexpected comes up.

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:12 AM
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Not so lucky here. On the interstate I take to and from work there is a 6 mile gap of heavy traffic with no exits.. So I guess everyone has different habbits. I live really close to a gas station so i usually get gas every sunday and that tides me over for the week easily.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:01 PM
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I have put 19.2 at one time. I didn't mean for it to go that low. The next two service plazas that I wanted to fill up were closed so I had to go so far that I nearly ran out! I learned my lesson but without any failures. The tank is listed at 18.5 gallons but there is a two gallon reserve, which you should really never dip into.
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Not so lucky here. On the interstate I take to and from work there is a 6 mile gap of heavy traffic with no exits.. So I guess everyone has different habbits. I live really close to a gas station so i usually get gas every sunday and that tides me over for the week easily.
That's the difference in our mindsets. When you're getting gas every 2nd night it gets old fast. You do what you can to stretch out time spent at gas stations.

It also gets expensive very fast.
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That's the difference in our mindsets. When you're getting gas every 2nd night it gets old fast. You do what you can to stretch out time spent at gas stations.

It also gets expensive very fast.
Aren't you going to postpone the financial problems.
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Look at this I had 15 miles of range and I forgot to fill up and had to work in the morning. Right after work I filled up. I thought my tank was 18.5 gallons or is that UK gallons. Wouldn't this be impossible unless they are ripping people off.

I filled up the other day with 70.826 litres (18.71 gallons). Cost me about $98. Yes the gauge was pretty much on empty but it happens from time to time. I think you're fine. My previous car (99 Civic) had a fuel capacity of 45 litres and on some occasions, I managed to put in 50 litres because it was that low. I wouldn't be too worried if I were you. The gas station's equipment has to be calibrated pretty often so it's pretty accurate.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:02 AM
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When you're getting gas every 2nd night it gets old fast. You do what you can to stretch out time spent at gas stations.

It also gets expensive very fast.
Geez, and here I thought I spent too much money on gas... I fuel up about once a week.
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yeah, the spare tire is going to protect your 2.5 gallons of stashed gas.....your 18+ gallon tank is designed to survive most crashes but I doubt if your stashed can was designed that way. Luckily, you live far away from Pa so I doubt the flames will reach this far.

Remember to fill your tank or get a bicycle so you don't have to remember. I liked the suggestion of an electric car but I'm guessing you would forget or not have time to plug it in.

I envy you people that only have to fill up once a week....with our commute and our former '99 528, we were filling every 3rd day thus the reason we purchased our 35d....now we can go a work week on one fill (we work four 10's).

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The fuel tank capacity is static...in that all e39s have the same 18.5 gallon (70 liters) tank capacity. And as written in the owners manual (and BMW info) the reserve capacity is INCLUDED in the 18.5 gallons (there's no seperate reserve tank) and the reserve capacity is dependent on which engine you have. When the tank is down to the reserve capacity...the low fuel warning light comes on...and that data is sent by the fuel level sensors in the tank.

The reason why you can actually pump more than 18.5 gallons into the tank is because of the additional capacity gained by the filler tube. A simple example is your typical 1 gallon milk jug...we all know that it can hold more than 1 gallon of fluid if you were to refill it up to the cap...yet we all are perfectly fine with calling it a 1 gallon milk jug.

Again, all e39s have the same 18.5 gallon fuel tank and the reserve capacity is determined by which engine you have (V8 or I6)...and that reserve capacity level is indicated by the illumination of the LOW FUEL warning light from the data sent from the fuel level sensors inside the tank:





(as you can see in the diagram & part nbr index...there is NO reserve fuel tank...only the single 18.5 gallon tank)

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