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Old 12-03-2011, 07:17 AM
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MAX fillup (how many gallons)

What is the most diesel fuel added to your D? In other words, who got their tank to lowest before filling up?....

16.09 gallons for me
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:05 AM
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John,

Check out Fuelly.com and you can see what others are posting.

I know I've reached pretty close to 16.6 gals(US). DTE was reading 0 for sometime prior!

Don't ask me why I flirt with running out of fuel, but have done it forever and have never actually run out of fuel. I did coast in to a gas station on fumes once.

It's a general rule that when your fuel meter reads low you still have a gallon or so left in the tank. My rationale is to try and suck up the small amount of gunk each tank so I don't end up with a lot of accumulated gunk that one time I really need to use the bottom of the tank. Comes from my days working as engineer on seagoing vessels.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:17 PM
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Check out Fuelly.com and you can see what others are posting.

I know I've reached pretty close to 16.6 gals(US). DTE was reading 0 for sometime prior!

Don't ask me why I flirt with running out of fuel, but have done it forever and have never actually run out of fuel. I did coast in to a gas station on fumes once.

It's a general rule that when your fuel meter reads low you still have a gallon or so left in the tank. My rationale is to try and suck up the small amount of gunk each tank so I don't end up with a lot of accumulated gunk that one time I really need to use the bottom of the tank. Comes from my days working as engineer on seagoing vessels.
The Fuelly site is pretty neat, but was trying to see who on this site ran their tanks dry. So far, you're the winner!
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:55 PM
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What is the most diesel fuel added to your D? In other words, who got their tank to lowest before filling up?....

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:24 AM
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The Fuelly site is pretty neat, but was trying to see who on this site ran their tanks dry. So far, you're the winner!
What do I get????
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:04 AM
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John,

Check out Fuelly.com and you can see what others are posting.

I know I've reached pretty close to 16.6 gals(US). DTE was reading 0 for sometime prior!

Don't ask me why I flirt with running out of fuel, but have done it forever and have never actually run out of fuel. I did coast in to a gas station on fumes once.

It's a general rule that when your fuel meter reads low you still have a gallon or so left in the tank. My rationale is to try and suck up the small amount of gunk each tank so I don't end up with a lot of accumulated gunk that one time I really need to use the bottom of the tank. Comes from my days working as engineer on seagoing vessels.
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What do I get????
You get the crown, but I would stop doing this if I were you. The owners manual specifically states not to go past 30 miles remaining on the turbo motors. My understanding is you are slowly killing your HPFP by doing this. The pump relies on lubrication from fuel and going that low can starve the pump of the lubrication it needs. I make sure I fill up before I get to 30 miles remaining even though many people do what you do. Most I have stuffed in there was 14.9 gallons.
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Also, the primary issue has nothing to do with the turbo motors (although, the fuel pump definitely is not something you want to mess with), it has to do with what happens if you get air in the fuel lines/injectors on a diesel engine.....bad, bad, bad things happen.
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:36 PM
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:58 PM
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And I thought I was flirting on the edge!!!
I actually ran out of diesel, once. Threw codes like crazy, engine just turned over, and I literally coasted into the station. Scared the living hell out of me, too.
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Also, the primary issue has nothing to do with the turbo motors (although, the fuel pump definitely is not something you want to mess with), it has to do with what happens if you get air in the fuel lines/injectors on a diesel engine.....bad, bad, bad things happen.
Not sure how it would be on our cars, but it's really a mess to re-prime the lines and injectors on my Kubota.
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:22 AM
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I actually ran out of diesel, once. Threw codes like crazy, engine just turned over, and I literally coasted into the station. Scared the living hell out of me, too.


So, it would appear that our 335D advertised fuel tank capacity of 16.1 gals is actually closer to 17.1 gals. The low level light goes on right about 1/8th of a tank with approx 66 miles to empty, but you still have at least one more gallon of fuel or another 30 or so miles to go, so basically 100 miles left when the light goes on. Assuming your a stupid ass risk taker like Stugouts and Flyingman!

This should yield a consistent range very damn near to 500 miles per tank full.

I should post a disclaimer that we are trained professionals and you should never try this yourself at home.
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So, it would appear that our 335D advertised fuel tank capacity of 16.1 gals is actually closer to 17.1 gals. The low level light goes on right about 1/8th of a tank with approx 66 miles to empty, but you still have at least one more gallon of fuel or another 30 or so miles to go, so basically 100 miles left when the light goes on. Assuming your a stupid ass risk taker like Stugouts and Flyingman!

This should yield a consistent range very damn near to 500 miles per tank full.

I should post a disclaimer that we are trained professionals and you should never try this yourself at home.
Funny. I think the best way to say it is risk takers are fine as long as it is a lease. If you are like me and buy your cars I would refrain from the Flyingman/Stugots method.
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:44 AM
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I actually ran out of diesel, once. Threw codes like crazy, engine just turned over, and I literally coasted into the station. Scared the living hell out of me, too.
So it started up after you filled it up? I know people in new diesel trucks that ran out of fuel and they had to use hand pumps to prime the system. I got air in my system on my truck due to be down to around a 1/4 of a tank and parking on a very extreme incline. Not sure if it just purged out with time or was removed during one of the injector replacements in the past year. I could notice issues though only when it was idling.

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Not sure how it would be on our cars, but it's really a mess to re-prime the lines and injectors on my Kubota.
My old Mercedes has some method for if you run out of fuel. I never actually have had to do it but remember the owners manual detailing the steps and seen the parts under the hood. I think luckily it was at least not a messy thing to do but a hassle to do.
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@Snipe: It did...took about 3 cycles of the starter to get it going, but it did start fine, with no discernible issues after...so far. I imagine if I was going to run into problems with it, I'd have seen them by now.

The distance to empty is a percentage, based on driving habits of that tank, btw. I've seen mine have the fuel light come in with over 80 miles left on the DTE, and other times, closer to 50. It really depended on the run on that specific tank.

I would strongly suggest anyone not do it, though. It's just not a good idea, and there is a great amount of risk running the tank that low.
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:49 PM
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Polls are now complete:

1.) Gold - Stugots
2.) Silver - Stugots
3.) Bronze - Stugots

Flyingman wins an honorable mention.

All kidding aside, this thread turned out to be quite informative
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I'll accept Honorable Mention and second that Stugouts takes the cake.

Stug, don't ever ask me to go flying with you!
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I never have understood why some people feel the need to get a car as empty as possible. My brother is one of those people and I can remember more than once when growing up having to walk miles to a gas station to get gas because of his "miscalculations".
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I never have understood why some people feel the need to get a car as empty as possible. My brother is one of those people and I can remember more than once when growing up having to walk miles to a gas station to get gas because of his "miscalculations".
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It's called "living on the edge."

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the lowest I came across was the light indicating me I had 48 miles left and man did I hurry to a DIESEL pump it caught me by surprise
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the lowest I came across was the light indicating me I had 48 miles left and man did I hurry to a DIESEL pump it caught me by surprise
You had some 78 more miles to go, and where you live you could have made one more trip around the entire island!!!!
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I call it something else.
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