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Unread 08-04-2008, 09:11 AM   #1
PirateKatz
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Maximum range for a Compass?

With all the talk on mileage, I was just wondering how far do other Compass owners get on a tank of gas?

My gas light tends to come on after about 280 miles and I try to fill up by 300 miles. It typically takes about 12 or 12.5 gallons when I fill up.

I was told that the gas light comes on when there are about 2 gallons left. This would mean it's safe to go about 50 miles with the light on. I try not to push it past about 25 miles...

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Unread 08-05-2008, 05:25 AM   #2
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The gas tank is only 13 gallons, so if you're putting in 12-12.5 gallons of gas you're below that 2 gallon threshold for the light with only about .5 - 1 gallon of gas left, which depending on the type or driving and terrain you're on would get you maybe 12 to 25 miles before you're out of gas.

I've always heard that you shouldnt allow your tank to get that low consistently (I forget the reasoning behind it) and I generally fill up when I've got about half a tank left or at the absolute lowest point of a 1/4 tank before filling up.
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Unread 08-05-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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The gas tank is only 13 gallons,
actually, the gas tank is 13.5 gallons and with the filler neck, will hold 13.7 total.
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Unread 08-05-2008, 05:37 PM   #4
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I always tend to fill up before it hits 1/2 tank, so I've never tried it. Maybe Kramer would know....
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Unread 08-06-2008, 05:57 AM   #5
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actually, the gas tank is 13.5 gallons and with the filler neck, will hold 13.7 total.

You're right. What's the difference between .5 to .7 gallon, about another $2.50 or so these days? lol

I've never let it get to that point of having the low fuel light come on in and try to fill the tank whenever I'm between half and a quarter tank full.

I do know that I have to get back to the dealer when I can about that plastic skirt around the filler neck as mine is very loose and tends to shift around. I do see where there is a TSB out for that condition.

As far as the initial post being about the overall range, that depends on what type of topography you're driving around in, whether you're FWD or AWD and on city or highway. I know that folks living in areas that are generally fairly 'flat' are going to get better mileage then I will having to climb several long, fairly steep grades on a daily basis. (Coming 'down' them on the return trips never seems to make up for the gas expended going 'up' them) Driving around town to work and back for me is about 50 miles a day and I usually get about 200-225 miles before I'm down to about a quarter tank and refill with the AWD version. I'll have a pretty good idea what it will do on the open road in a few weeks when we take it on vacation where the roads tend to flatten out a bit down in the Carolinas along the coast.
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Unread 08-06-2008, 01:30 PM   #6
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Combined city and highway, my '08 Patriot FD1 4x4 w/CVT gets about 300 miles on a tank. I fill it immediately after the light comes on (or as soon as possible). Usually, it takes about 12 gallons to fill and that puts my overall average MPG at about 25. No complaints here.
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