|11-15-2019, 06:28 AM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Wyomissing, PA
When to refuel
Not that I can think of. For many of my cars over the years I hardly drove with more than 1/2 tank of gas. Often I would only refuel when I thought I was driving on fumes. Part of it is why drive around with that excess weight? (~6.25 lb/gallon)
Now, I'm speaking about driving around town where gas stations are numerous and I'm just doing errands. If I'm traveling any significant distance, I will usually fill or nearly fill the tank. I've been driving for 50+ years and have yet to run out of gas.
VW recommends 91 octane for the Eos. In my area I have the choice of 87, 89, and 93. What I try to do is roughly split the tank between 89 and 93 on consecutive fillups to average out to 91 and save some money.
1961 Beetle (blew 2 motors; junked)
1967 Ghia (SWEET! hit twice in rear/totalled)
1973 Beetle (hit & totalled w/in 4 months)
1968 VW Type 3 fastback - traded for
1974 Mercury Capri 2800
1981 VW Diesel Pickup traded for
1984 Audi 4000S 2-Dr (only one I have ever seen)
1974 Karmann Ghia vert (sold 12/18)
2007 Eos base 6-spd, Red w/black interior (2/19)
|11-21-2019, 07:29 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Hampshire UK
Another reason you shouldn't run near empty is the low (but high) pressure fuel pump relies on being fully immersed in fuel to keep it running cool. As a rule I don't run a gas tank lower than 1/4 full and rarely see the low fuel light come on. Sooner or later on a modern car you may have a fuel supply problem and the cost of repair will wipe out any savings you thought you were making.
Thinking through your logic and my comments, I would first choose a gas station nearby that has a high turnover of fuel. Keep away when the tanker is filling up their tanks and go there for a tank full of clean fuel. Is it better to have a tank full of good clean fuel with some extra weight, or play the lottery of filling up more often just to run with a smaller tank?
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