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How Many Miles Can You Go On Empty? It Depends On What You’re Driving

Can you recall the Seinfeld episode where Kramer goes on a test drive to see just how far he can make it while the car’s on empty? In the episode he begins his trek during the afternoon while the fuel gage is squarely in the middle of the “E” zone. He continues his daring adventure through the night, skipping gas stations, and eventually ignoring his destination in the spirit of finding out just how far they can go. If you don’t recall any of that here’s the scene

This should make you wonder just how far you can go when you’re running on empty. Well according to Your Mechanic, that answer varies depending on what you’re driving.

First, it’s wise to know that driving on empty or a low amount of gas is generally a bad thing to do. You’ll run the risk of introducing debris and contamination that has settled in the tank into the fuel pump, potentially damaging it. Getting stranded on the side of the road is also not a pleasant circumstance.

With that said, you don’t have to panic as much once the low fuel light turns on, and depending on what you’re driving the number can vary as much as 25 miles to over 100 miles.


Again, we don’t recommend ever going to these limits because of the possible damages you can do to your fuel system and potentially your catalytic converter. For more good advice on cars, head over to the source.

(Source: Your Mechanic)

About Hansen

The engineer amongst the crew, Hansen once built a mini baja car with his bare hands. Hansen had the opportunity to join Honda’s R&D team in Ohio but chose the life of the east coast and the defense industry instead. A die hard auto enthusiast he religiously follows the auto industry and loves long walks in the auto shows.

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