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Xylaquin

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When do you refill?
« on: April 07, 2017, 01:08:21 PM »
My goal when refuelling is

Use as much of the tank's capacity as practical.
A friend of mine never lets her fuel go below the half-way point, whereas I prefer to brim then use 97% of the tank. Particularly with the 126, where range is 200 miles max!

Always try to refuel from the same fuel level
Since I track my MPG, the key is to refuel from the same level of fuel each time, ie the same physical volume of liquid in the tank.

On my previous (modern) car, when the fuel light came on, the dashboard display would show how many miles were left in the tank. I'd wait until this figure turned to 15 miles and then I'd go refuel to the top.

Since the 126 uses a primitive float to trigger the light, I've taken to waiting until the fuel light remains constantly lit and then every so often I do a quick and short hard-brake: if the fuel light goes out, I keep driving. However if the fuel light stays on even when hard-braking, then I refuel.
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Re: When do you refill?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 03:44:33 PM »
One advantage of a full tank (supposedly) is that there is less chance of condensation internally in the tank and therefore less rusting, may be a myth? ::)

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Re: When do you refill?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2017, 10:06:14 PM »
I refill every 100 km, because I have no idea how far I can drive her. The fuel indicator never goes over half-way, even if I fuel until I can actually see it in the hole. I once got out of fuel when I just got the car, and I guessed I had been driving about 190 km by then. Do they really go 200 miles?


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Re: When do you refill?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 10:50:24 AM »
Do they really go 200 miles?

Yes, in fact I just did a motorway journey using an entire tank and got to 230.4 miles!

If you click on my signature you'll see my fuel tracking. You can change the units at the top-left if you don't work in MPG. My record so far is 61.9 UK mpg
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Re: When do you refill?
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 07:24:41 AM »
 It looks like the bis is much better on fuel than the air cooled version. I`m not sure what sort of fuel consumption others get, but I reckon our one is mid 30mpg :$. I suppose lot of it depends on driving style and conditions though.
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Re: When do you refill?
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2017, 12:11:41 AM »
Ive no idea as yet as my fuel gauge isn't working so i cant judge it lol. probably not a lot thought as i like to show them that my  little 126 can keep up with modem traffic, im just a bit slower getting to speed lol 
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