Originally posted by malice4you@Jul 4 2004, 06:09 PM
figure out the car's average gas milage and how much you fill it for...
that way, you can ignore the retarted fuel gauge and go by the trip odometer...the gas light is an idiot light anyway...it comes on at just under 1/4 tank in my millenia S...
look in your owners manual - i know for a fact they will tell you the gas tank capacity - probably at least 20 gallons...(i do not own a tribute...check the specifications part of the manual)
if you get 18mpg average, and fill up with 16 gallons, fill up at around 290 miles...keep a record of what you filled up with and write the miles on the trip odometer on your receipt before resetting it, always fill it, and then after a few weeks of typical driving, you'll know exactly when to fill up
Good idea, however, the only problem I can see with that is a change in driving patterns. There are times when I'm very heavy on the throttle, and yet other times when I'm very light on the throttle (mood perhaps?), which I wouldn't be able to stick to a set mileage for a tank of fuel (just my opinion though). Anyway, I've run into the "low fuel" light in my Tribute quite a few times. I've never run out of fuel though. Most car manufacturers will design the car to have the "idiot" fuel light come on with 1 or 2 gallons left in the tank (originally, over time it may change due to gunk in the tank and whatnot). Mazda lists the V6 Tribute fuel tank as 16 gallons 4 cyl Tribute fuel tank as 15 gallons. However, you can fit more than that in there as that doesn't take into account the filler neck and whatnot (typically 1/2 - 1 gallon can fit in those depending on length from cap opening to the actual tank).
My owners manual for my Tribute says there is a "reserve", but doesn't list how much that is. I'd just keep a close eye on your gauge and fill up accordingly. I always try and fill up at 1/4 tank at the least.