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I keep playing around with my range on my 2.0 seeing how low I can get it. It seems to get down to 20 Miles and then stop, never seen it hit teens. Though each time I have filled up with it at 20 miles range it only takes about 10.1-10.3 gallons which tells me there should be around 2 gallons left and another 40-50 miles.
 

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Yeah, it dings low fuel at 30ish but you can switch back and it will go to the range.

My old CTS the low fuel would come on the range at 40 miles and stay. Thought when that range went on you had to stop and get gas because it would be very low. Usually it was wrong and at "40 Miles" it would have less then a gallon in the tank and that thing got 17mpg.


The ILX I've had the low fuel light come on at 30 mile range and I just dropped to 65 and put cruise control on and flipped off everything and I drove it another 19 miles and the range dropped to around 20 but still only filled up around 10 gallons. Something to pass the time on my long drives home from work lol
 

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Alright, I took the plunge. Mine got to 0 (on accident but was really worried) only filled up at 11 gallons this time. There must be another warning later, although there wasn't once it reached 0.
 

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If I were you guys I'd try to avoid driving till your fuel reaches that low, it's just to pro-long the life of your fuel pump. Price of parts and labour for such a job would get pretty high although if it happens within your warranty period, your warranty covers it.
 

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I've taken it down to 0 once... and the car prob had about 1.5 gallons left in the tank. I've been running the range at less than 20 miles for the past 2 weeks (currently at 5). I'm trying to flush out the premium gas, as I've noticed premium gas vs regular provides me with zero benefit.
 

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I've taken it down to 0 once... and the car prob had about 1.5 gallons left in the tank. I've been running the range at less than 20 miles for the past 2 weeks (currently at 5). I'm trying to flush out the premium gas, as I've noticed premium gas vs regular provides me with zero benefit.
The motor was designed to change the timing to compensate for bad fuel. Using premium fuel is an issue of longevity as the motor was designed with 91 in mind. But, your ECU should do a good job of protecting you for the most part.



I have gotten down to 0 on my range a couple of times. I don't mean to do it though as, like ILX-Fan said, it's a protective measure to make the fuel filter and pump last longer.
 

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The motor was designed to change the timing to compensate for bad fuel. Using premium fuel is an issue of longevity as the motor was designed with 91 in mind. But, your ECU should do a good job of protecting you for the most part.



I have gotten down to 0 on my range a couple of times. I don't mean to do it though as, like ILX-Fan said, it's a protective measure to make the fuel filter and pump last longer.
So any mpg benefit for using premium? I've noticed that the mpg is about the same if not worse with premium.
 

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So any mpg benefit for using premium? I've noticed that the mpg is about the same if not worse with premium.
It's actually common to see this happen. The lower octane burns differently which changes the timing in the motor. It may increase your MPG in the short scope but in the long scope is not worth it (to me). Honda designed it with Premium in mind, the manual says to use it.. I would trust the Honda engineers personally, as they have been tested and proven to squeeze thousands of miles out of a motor.

Like I said your ECU will compensate for the lower octane fuel but it's not what your ECU is anticipating to add to your motor. I know it's hard because you wont see any direct benefit but the higher octane is used to prevent detonation, I think you'd probably still squeeze plenty of miles out of your ILX but it's well worth the additional cost to use what Honda has set for the car.

I mean let us consider this.. It's on the fuel tank, the owners manual, and the door.

Hope this helps.
 

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I'd grab a jerry can and put some gas in it and leave it in the trunk just in case. Whenever I travel long distances I bring a large jerry can filled with 91. I've ran out of gas like an idiot way too many times looking for a gas station and getting even more lost
Well If I do it it will be during a work week, its about a 30 mile drive home from work and there is a gas station pretty much every 1-2 exits on the way
 
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