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My frustration is not so much with asking the question again, but that it has been asked and answered many times. People HAVE run their cars dry and filled up, techs have posted, the manual has been interpreted, but there's always someone that says "but it still isn't clear". Instead of asking, as minke-in-sa says, test it and find out, because no one seems to believe what anyone else says. I don't see how "asking the question agaon" will yield any new knowlege. Test it. Run it dry with 1 galon gas can in the back, then go fill it up. Then you'll know. No need to post the answer because there will be many that won't believe you, and will "ask" again.

Go look at the other threads, they were incredibly circular.

There are many threads here that are very useful, this topick however has been beaten to death..
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Why is there air? How far is up? How much gas does the fortwo's tank hold? Some things are not meant for mere mortals to know.

My vote - fill it until the nozzle clicks off, drive until E on the gas gauge, repeat as necessary.
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Why is there air? How far is up? How much gas does the fortwo's tank hold? Some things are not meant for mere mortals to know.

My vote - fill it until the nozzle clicks off, drive until E on the gas gauge, repeat as necessary.
Nice and simple. I love it!
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My vote - fill it until the nozzle clicks off, drive until E on the gas gauge, repeat as necessary.
This will work for the gasoline model. However, a warning to those that have the diesel model. Diesels do not like to run out of fuel. There are things like water traps and such that must be primed after you run out of fuel. Priming may not be a simple matter. Has anyone in a diesel Smart run it dry?
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I got mine down to 0.7 once. I can't remember how much it took to fill, but I do remember that it went slightly over the 8.7 mark when I added the numbers together.
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i fill up when convenience and my mood strikes - but i tend not to play games and see how low i can make the gauge go before i fill up. i've filled up many times when the gauge is reading between 1/4 and 1/2 tank. and i don't feel ashamed or a lesser person because of it.

the competitiveness in seeing who can get the gauge the lowest before fill up is somewhat disconcerting.

in my mind, a reserve is not to be wasted but conserved for emergencies, if it even does exist. perhaps the credit issues, spending money one doesn't even have has bled over to using gas one cannot afford to use. when the bank account reaches $0.00, you still have $10,000K credit cards available. that sort of thing.

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It is all very personal, for me I don't let it get too low, I fill when I am getting close to E. it is not worth taking it all the way down to fall short 3 blocks from the Gas Station. It might be some factor I have no control over, traffic light malfunction causing stop and go traffic?

Be careful of the Gas powered cars, if you run out of fuel many fuel pumps use the fuel for lubrication and cooling. No fuel too many times, replace pump.
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Wel, thats what they said. My car has a 11.5 gal tank, but we have filled it up to 13 w/o toping off. Go fig.
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