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Well on the way to work I got to last block my fuel gauge. It starts blinking as you all know and I've never really known how much further I can go from there or what happens eventually as far as the indicator. Does the block eventually blink faster is it's really low? Does it go away and that's when you know you're really on "E"? Does an additional light come on in the dash letting you know fuel is low?

I wasn't sure so I stopped for gas on the way home. The gas contained up to 10% Ethanol for sure (seen it on the pump). I was right next to the highway and took it easy on the way home. Once I got off the highway I began playing a game of shifting into neutral when I already had momentum, rolling down a hill, or just coming to a stop. In doing this, I managed to get around 38mpg (average) and this is with my 18"s....

Shifting into neutral is easy on this car because of the way the shifter doesn't follow a straight line. Maybe some people have been doing this and not mentioning it, and that might be how they are getting such high mpg numbers. I'm not sure, but I'm going to keep playing around with this method through this tank of gas and see what I can get overall.

The other thing I've noticed is that not leaving your car running while parked helps out the numbers a lot. Sometimes I run into a store and leave it running, or start it up but don't pull off until I get my ipod and stuff plugged in and pick a song. This has also probably been hurting my average.

Lastly, I'm not sure if people with the high numbers have been topping off their tanks. If they have, I'm fairly certain this is giving them a false bump to their average mpg. I think the computer is programmed to know how much fuel the tank holds and bases the average on miles traveled vs. how much fuel it detects left in the tank. So if you've been topping off... I'm pretty sure your numbers are off.
 

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Well on the way to work I got to last block my fuel gauge. It starts blinking as you all know and I've never really known how much further I can go from there or what happens eventually as far as the indicator. Does the block eventually blink faster is it's really low? Does it go away and that's when you know you're really on "E"? Does an additional light come on in the dash letting you know fuel is low?

I wasn't sure so I stopped for gas on the way home. The gas contained up to 10% Ethanol for sure (seen it on the pump). I was right next to the highway and took it easy on the way home. Once I got off the highway I began playing a game of shifting into neutral when I already had momentum, rolling down a hill, or just coming to a stop. In doing this, I managed to get around 38mpg (average) and this is with my 18"s....

Shifting into neutral is easy on this car because of the way the shifter doesn't follow a straight line. Maybe some people have been doing this and not mentioning it, and that might be how they are getting such high mpg numbers. I'm not sure, but I'm going to keep playing around with this method through this tank of gas and see what I can get overall.

The other thing I've noticed is that not leaving your car running while parked helps out the numbers a lot. Sometimes I run into a store and leave it running, or start it up but don't pull off until I get my ipod and stuff plugged in and pick a song. This has also probably been hurting my average.

Lastly, I'm not sure if people with the high numbers have been topping off their tanks. If they have, I'm fairly certain this is giving them a false bump to their average mpg. I think the computer is programmed to know how much fuel the tank holds and bases the average on miles traveled vs. how much fuel it detects left in the tank. So if you've been topping off... I'm pretty sure your numbers are off.
THANKS VANCOUVER FOR DOING ALL THE THINKING SO CHALLENGED FOLK LIKE MYSELF DONT HAVE TO.peace brother.
 

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iqforyou have you ever run your fuel lower than the blinking phase of the meter? I'm curious what happens... once it starts blinking I can't help but feel paranoid to run out of fuel.
i have often wonderd,so i tell you what,i got 2 bars left,i will fill a small gerry can tomorow and i WILL intentionally run out,NO,it will NOT hurt the cats or anything,its not leaded fuell so there will be NO risk of anyharm whatsoever,i will set the odometer to ZERO as soon as it starts blinking and i will drive somewhat sanely,WE WILL HAVE OUR ANSWER BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON....
 

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I think the only time running out of fuel is bad, is if you keep trying to turn over the motor after running out. The reason being: 1. The fuel pump is lubricated by fuel and when you run out, there's none so you can burn it out. 2. You can get air in your fuel lines if you keep cranking.

This would be a good test. I'm just really curious as to what happens. I've always learned how much further I can go when I get close (or below) "E"... and I really don't like how this car displays it once it gets to that point.
 

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OH... and FYI (a thought I just had).

A while back someone was talking about the mpg they were getting and how when the car went to the dealer, it came back reading 18 (or something really low). I found out why when I installed my amp.

When you disconnect the battery, the fuel average "resets".

This is how I reached the conclusion that the average mpg is calculated based on how much the tank holds vs. how much it has left. If you disconnect your battery, you will get a really sub par reading. That's because the car is thinking you have traveled zero miles on however much fuel you are missing at that time.

I'm onto your tricks Toyota...
 

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OH... and FYI (a thought I just had).

A while back someone was talking about the mpg they were getting and how when the car went to the dealer, it came back reading 18 (or something really low). I found out why when I installed my amp.

When you disconnect the battery, the fuel average "resets".

This is how I reached the conclusion that the average mpg is calculated based on how much the tank holds vs. how much it has left. If you disconnect your battery, you will get a really sub par reading. That's because the car is thinking you have traveled zero miles on however much fuel you are missing at that time.

I'm onto your tricks Toyota...
well throw me down and call me berniece,THAT MAKES SENSE.as soon as the car sputters it will be shut down and coasted,OUR ANSWERE AWAITS.the big RUNOUT will take place sat. afternoon,im terribly excited to dispell all rumours or confirm all.
 

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Yes, I have full coverage insurance and I live in a neighborhood of holder white people (I'm the youngest homeowner around). I'm not too worried about it. Mainly, I will only do that if I'm only running in a store for a minute and I can see my car through the window.
and you guys living in the states could just shoot the guy.i think?
 

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I don't shoot people anymore. I decided not to own guns after the Marine Corps.... pretty much because it's just a way better idea I don't. I can shoot a basketball from 500 meters away.
GOOD TO HEAR,IM NOT A FAN EITHER.nice shot.
 

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wow,sorry you feel that way man,what would remedy that do you think,a porno thread?
 

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this is my first involvement with a forum so i got nothin to compare it to.
 

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then it may take time,i have noticed some triklin in,heck,maybe find another hobby,just sain,but i aswell find myself here,OFTEN.
 
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