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Old 09-18-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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Fuel gauge reading

Does anyone know if the fuel gauge in the Solera is a linear measure of how much gas remains in the tank?
I often find myself trying to determine how much further I can drive to reach the next gas station. I know there are a few variables, but a rule of thumb should be reasonable.
there are 10 increments for the 26.4 gallons, so each increment should equal 2.64 gal. Given that then at approx. 12 mpg then each increment should provide: 12 x 2.64 = 31.68 miles.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:57 PM   #2
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I wonder that also since we took our 1st trip from San Diego (sea level) to idylwild (7000 feet) and back, about 200 miles and I still have 6 bars showing. I saw other people reporting they start looking for gas at 200 miles. We're new owners of a 2013 and haven't figured out if the gauge is accurate or goes down real fast
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:45 PM   #3
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The fuel gauge is not an equal linear measurement. You will find your answer by a simple math calculation. Take the tank capacity (26.4) x the calculated miles per gallon (mpg) lets say 14 mpg for this example. 26.4 x 14 = 369.6 miles per tank. Then, keep track of the gallons added on your next fill up when are near or at "0" gas gage reading. What you will find is that MB engineers have built in a "reserve" factor, so you do not run out of fuel. As a general rule, never run a diesel completely out of fuel. There is about a 20% reserve factor built in so you do not run out of fuel. Your reserve at "0" is 26.4 x 14 = 369.6 x 80% = 295.7. 369.6 - 295.7 = 74 miles in reserve.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:56 PM   #4
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Thank you.
I was hoping for 300 miles between fill ups
My wife just informed me we will be stopping at every diesel station between San Diego and Sedona , our next try at rving
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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Thanks, Does a low fuel light come on when you hit the reserve?
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:24 PM   #6
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Yes, you get the low fuel indicator(gas pump icon) after you reach "0" on the fuel guage. At that point, you are in the reserve portion of the tank capacity. MB engineers worked that out so you don't run out of fuel.
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