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Unread 05-11-2007, 09:24 AM   #1
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DTE error?

Does anyone else's WK tell you that you have 0 miles to empty, however, when you go to fill up it will only take roughly 18 gallons of gas? As far as I know it has a 20 gallon tank. Maybe it is some kind of idiot proof system that makes sure that only idiots run out of gas.

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Unread 05-11-2007, 10:32 AM   #2
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Exactly. It's an early warning system. Kinda like the gas light on the dash.
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Unread 05-11-2007, 10:40 AM   #3
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well yeah, i know it is supposed to be an early warning, however, my 97 GC was pretty much right on. In my 06 the gas light comes at 10 miles to empty, however, I could travel over 40 miles at that point with 2 gal remaining. Therefore, it seems more like an error than an early warning.
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Unread 05-11-2007, 01:07 PM   #4
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It's definately an early warning system. I agree with the idiot proof statement. Once the light comes on I can get almost 50 miles out of it.
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Unread 05-11-2007, 02:11 PM   #5
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Maybe it's just the conspiracy theorist inside me, but I think it's absolutely intentional that the DTE is not completely accurate. Can you imagine the complaints Jeep would get if the DTE clicked over to 0 miles to empty and the Jeep just stopped because it ran out of gas?

I also think it's gotta be intentional that gas gauges move really slowly for the first 1/4 to 1/2 tank, then the needle drops like a rock towards empty. Gives the initial impression of good gas mileage, then scares you into stopping for gas before the vehicle actually runs out of gas. I've owned 9 vehicles from different manufacturers and countries, and 8 of them behaved like that. The only vehicle I had that still registered gas in the tank when the tank was actually empty was my first car...a 69 VW Bug, and the gas gauge on that was seriously faulty. I learned the hard way that I needed to fill up before the gas gauge hit 1/4 tank.

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Unread 05-20-2007, 01:34 AM   #6
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My light comes at 11 miles to empty, but I've gone another 30 miles past the 0 mark. I'll have to carry a gas can if I keep pushin it.
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Unread 05-20-2007, 07:45 PM   #7
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Also, these vehicles are trail runners and as such need to be able to operate on extreme slopes. If the "miles to empty" rating was accurate you just might not be able to climb off of the trail again to get home.
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