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Unread 03-05-2008, 10:27 PM   #1
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How many miles when the "You need gas" light comes on???

Usually when that light comes on I start looking for a gas station. But, let's say you are out in unfamiliar territory and don't know where the nearest gas station is. What is the reserve? 2 Gallons? Approx 30 miles? Just curious to what anyone has noticed or experienced. I have a 2007 Compass 4X4 Limited, more interested in the figures for the Compass, but might be useful for the Patriot owners too.

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Unread 03-05-2008, 11:59 PM   #2
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roughly 40 miles.
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Unread 03-06-2008, 04:57 AM   #3
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Mine has been consistently 2 gals left in the tank.
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Unread 03-06-2008, 05:48 AM   #4
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Mine has been consistently 2 gals left in the tank.

DITTO. in winter weather, i refuse to let my tank go below half, but last fall i did let it run down until the light came on just to see how much i had left. after filling up, i figured i had 2 gallons left.

good to know, but i wouldn't recommend making a habit of it.
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Unread 03-06-2008, 06:06 AM   #5
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My commute is 25 miles with fill up points at both ends and one right in the middle. Just lucky I guess.
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Unread 03-06-2008, 08:03 AM   #6
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I think the manual says you have a gallon left, but after I fill up, it usually is about .5 - .8 of a gallon. Maybe next week I will carry some gas with me and ride until the end to see how far I get
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Unread 03-06-2008, 08:23 AM   #7
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I was going to fill up today since I'm about down to 1/4 tank left but I'll run it until it "dinds" to double check for you.
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Unread 03-06-2008, 10:50 AM   #8
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i've run mine down to 'the light' twice. the last time the light came on just as i was about to pull into the BP. it still had 2 gallons in it, and i (although i've been told NOT to do this) always TOP IT OFF after the pump quits on its own.
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Unread 03-06-2008, 11:20 AM   #9
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My problem is that I commute 57 miles each way to work. So for me to stop when my tank gets to half would be every day. I hate stopping for gas. I did some math, 'cause I's all kinda smart - hahaha

My old car 2007 Camry SE V6: 18 gallon tank. Would fill up 16.5 gallons and be @ 380 miles = 23.03 mpg (I drove like a maniac in that car, 80 plus a lot)

New Jeep Compass: 13.5 gallon tank. Fill up 12 gallons and be at 285 miles = 23.75 mpg (I drive less aggressive, and probably a good thing for living longer. hardly ever go over 70)

So in the end I am getting about the same milage with the Jeep, just have to stop for gas more often. I just don't want to get caught out and run out of gas. If I can get 2.5 days on a tank I am happy and I am very close to that. I think adding the K&N cold air intake and the exhaust might be helfull of maybe 1 mpg or so.

Any thoughts?
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hey Rob....."Antelope CA", is that in "Antelope Valley"? my kids went to high school there.

anyway, i drive about 60-70 miles/day to and from work. i know the feeling. if i could change anything on my Compass, it would be to have a LARGER GAS TANK, say an 18-20 gallon. but my guess is that they were trying to keep the weight down and the MPG's UP. too bad.

guess i'll have to make do......
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Actually, The Antelope I live in is in NorCAL. Up between Sacramento and Roseville. I agree a bigger tank would be nice. I am still looking for an after market larger tank, that would rule, even if it was 4-5 gallons bigger.
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Actually, The Antelope I live in is in NorCAL. Up between Sacramento and Roseville. I agree a bigger tank would be nice. I am still looking for an after market larger tank, that would rule, even if it was 4-5 gallons bigger.
It's called a jerry can, mounts to the rear of the vehicle

Seriously there will not be any aftermarket fuel tanks to fit the Compass/Patriot twins- no where to put it and too small of a market to offset the costs of making it. All that is out there is generic tanks that have to be plumbed into the fuel system some how. Also adding a tank may cause problems with the emissions since the fuel tank is part of the emissions system.

Also on a side note it is generally bad to run low on fuel since it is the flow of fuel through the fuel pump that cools it and running out will cause the pump to overheat and fail.
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It's called a jerry can, mounts to the rear of the vehicle

Seriously there will not be any aftermarket fuel tanks to fit the Compass/Patriot twins- no where to put it and too small of a market to offset the costs of making it. All that is out there is generic tanks that have to be plumbed into the fuel system some how. Also adding a tank may cause problems with the emissions since the fuel tank is part of the emissions system.

Also on a side note it is generally bad to run low on fuel since it is the flow of fuel through the fuel pump that cools it and running out will cause the pump to overheat and fail.
What about a big bladder - hehehehe - Oh well, just gotta live with it I have had the Jeep 2 weeks and love it so far. Can't wait to go to the snow with it and the mud
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I haven't seen an answer to this yet, but how many gallons does the Compass hold? Better yet, how many litres since I am Canadian.
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Unread 03-06-2008, 02:49 PM   #15
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I haven't seen an answer to this yet, but how many gallons does the Compass hold? Better yet, how many litres since I am Canadian.
The specs say the tank is 13.5 gallons ... about 51.1 litres
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