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Purely for research purposes, I decided to run out of petrol today. In Rathmines. At rush hour.

I wanted to verify my theory that my low fuel light does not work (it doesn't) and see how big my fuel tank is... interestingly it took 65 litres to fill (5 from the jerry can and 60 at the petrol station) even though the handbook says the tank takes 70 litres...

interesting experiment, but I don't think I will do it again....
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Did she kick and splutter towards the end or did she just stop?

Good experiment.
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Very little spluttering, was running fine (although I was worried about how low the gauge was!) and then just died over about 10 seconds, just enough time to let momentum get me out of the traffic.
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Ooh not good to let em run dry, ye could end up sucking all sorts of dreg from the bottom of the tank.
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I ran out of fuel once, well technically, there was petrol in the tank, but the fuel filters were so badly clogged with the rust from the fuel tank that the engine stopped

It went from full pelt to stopped in about 4 seconds.
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Running out of diesel was my introduction to Alfa ownership. Picked the car up with the red light on but the garage was only 5 miles down the road. Was only a few minutes later I discovered there had been 3.5 miles worth of fuel......

Cue a three mile walk, £6 for a jerry can and a trip to the garage the next day to clear the engine management system of all the low fuel pressure codes. Smashin!!!
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I ran out of fuel once, well technically, there was petrol in the tank, but the fuel filters were so badly clogged with the rust from the fuel tank that the engine stopped

It went from full pelt to stopped in about 4 seconds.
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Purely for research purposes, I decided to run out of petrol today. In Rathmines. At rush hour.

I wanted to verify my theory that my low fuel light does not work (it doesn't) and see how big my fuel tank is... interestingly it took 65 litres to fill (5 from the jerry can and 60 at the petrol station) even though the handbook says the tank takes 70 litres...

interesting experiment, but I don't think I will do it again....
I can verify that when the Alfa tells you it has 30 miles left in the tank (thats if you have an onboard computer !) it has 10 ! Never trust the computer

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Running out of diesel was my introduction to Alfa ownership. Picked the car up with the red light on but the garage was only 5 miles down the road. Was only a few minutes later I discovered there had been 3.5 miles worth of fuel......

Cue a three mile walk, £6 for a jerry can and a trip to the garage the next day to clear the engine management system of all the low fuel pressure codes. Smashin!!!
Did you not have to blead the system in a diesal ? or is that for the older engine's?
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Better than ceramic brakes frank, you should patent it and make a fortune
I think the towing home part might limit its appeal
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Ah but there only teething problems , it happens with all good inventions
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Purely for research purposes, I decided to run out of petrol today. In Rathmines. At rush hour.

I wanted to verify my theory that my low fuel light does not work (it doesn't) and see how big my fuel tank is... interestingly it took 65 litres to fill (5 from the jerry can and 60 at the petrol station) even though the handbook says the tank takes 70 litres...

interesting experiment, but I don't think I will do it again....
Wow that's always good to know. I saw year thread a while ago about the light but couldn't really add to it. All I know about my fuel tank is
1. that when the light is kind of flickering on and off it needs about 50 litres to fill it up
2. That first quarter of a tank goes waaay slower than the last
3. By the fuel needle it is impossible to fill the tank
4. I have more petrol going up hill than down or is it the other way around???
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Did you not have to blead the system in a diesal ? or is that for the older engine's?
Nope, only the older diesels need to be bled - I just put the 5 litres in and, after the dash lit up like a Christmas tree, off it went.
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Well you learn every day, most others who know more than me said that all diesals need to be bled ... FFs wish people would stop BSing about how much they know about motors
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I thought that they had to be bled too - in fact my 03 Jag diesel handbook refers to the car intentionally misfiring when you are getting critically low as a warning and then the engine cutting out to stop the tank running completely dry and having to bleed the system...
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I can verify that when the Alfa tells you it has 30 miles left in the tank (thats if you have an onboard computer !) it has 10 ! Never trust the computer :rolleyes
Trouble here was I didn't even trust myself..! To be honest, I knew I was cutting it pretty fine over the last day or two - but my low fuel light worked before, goddamnit
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Ya cian thought that too but maybe its an Alfa thing
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Trouble here was I didn't even trust myself..! To be honest, I knew I was cutting it pretty fine over the last day or two - but my low fuel light worked before, goddamnit
Actually its kinda bad to let them run to the warning light , puts pressure on the fule pump etc and can lead to a more expensive fill ( eg new fuel pump and possibly **** in the injectors !!)


But I could be wrong
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I don't usually do it, but it was kinda like a challenge, you know...?
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Emm we learned this a very long time ago. Never ever ever ever ever ever thrust the guage on an Alfa, I was in the red one night at about 3am after dropping all the lads home after a night in town( I wasn't drinking was the DD for the night) and knew that if I drove any further the bloodly thing would run out I 7 euro in and made it home just about lol.
 
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I know I'm a smartarse, but isn't it easier to verify if the bulb is gone to put the ignition on, then all lights should be lit? If you have a 166, there is also a "check" button, which does the same.
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With a 3 litre V6 after you fill up its time to drive to the next petrol station... from one smartarse to another
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^^ the 166 has a 'panel check' button like a plane?? I'm impressed!
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^^ the 166 has a 'panel check' button like a plane?? I'm impressed!
Well what can us 166 drivers say
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Purely for research purposes, I decided to run out of petrol today. In Rathmines. At rush hour.

I wanted to verify my theory that my low fuel light does not work (it doesn't) and see how big my fuel tank is... interestingly it took 65 litres to fill (5 from the jerry can and 60 at the petrol station) even though the handbook says the tank takes 70 litres...

interesting experiment, but I don't think I will do it again....
Not a good experiment You'll give our beloved Alfas a bad name!! I hope you made it look like you just pulled in and parked, and please dont tell me you had to push it
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Many years ago I bought a car (Holden Astra, rebadged Nissan) on which the fuel warning light came on when the tank was half empty. Took it back twice to get the problem fixed under warranty. Second time they said "don't worry, you won't have that problem again".

A few years later I discovered why when I ran out of fuel. They had cut the lead to the warning light.
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Not a good experiment You'll give our beloved Alfas a bad name!! I hope you made it look like you just pulled in and parked, and please dont tell me you had to push it
Well, I didn't push it, but did get a helping hand from a few pedestrians I'm afraid!

Very nice bus driver held up the traffic for me so I would have space to empty the jerry can into the tank, jumped in, turned the key and she fired up first time without a hiccup...
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