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Thread: Do you always fill fuel to full?

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    I'm filling up twice a week now to see if it comes out cheaper. I cover more distance with the 1st 1/4 tank than i do with the last 1/4. Time will tell.

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    Freetree123--I'm not trying to be argumentative with you, and in fact I agree with you that consistently refilling once the fuel gauge/tank is down to only 1/2 full is a bit extreme IMHO. I've never run my Yukon to empty yet the fuel pump on it eventually failed; I do admit that back in the early days of ownership there were more than a few times I did run it to the point that there was maybe 1-2 gallons left in the tank, so either that was the main contributing factor and/or else I do seem recall reading somewhere about how the GM fuel pumps used in Tahoes/Yukons back in the early-to-mid 2000s were crap anyway.

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    Well folks are just trying to do the right thing. These parts all fail eventually. I just can't imagine that anything less than empty makes the pump fail any faster. I DEFINITELY wouldn't go out of my way to fill my car up just to keep the fuel pump going. One reason I bought an optima vs other vehicles was the giant 18.5 gallon tank. I previously had a Mazda tribute with something like a 14 gallon tank and I had to fill it up every 4 days or so. It was ridiculous. Where I live the gas stations are mob scenes and I hate getting gas.

    Quote Originally Posted by tonester View Post
    Freetree123--I'm not trying to be argumentative with you, and in fact I agree with you that consistently refilling once the fuel gauge/tank is down to only 1/2 full is a bit extreme IMHO. I've never run my Yukon to empty yet the fuel pump on it eventually failed; I do admit that back in the early days of ownership there were more than a few times I did run it to the point that there was maybe 1-2 gallons left in the tank, so either that was the main contributing factor and/or else I do seem recall reading somewhere about how the GM fuel pumps used in Tahoes/Yukons back in the early-to-mid 2000s were crap anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freetree123 View Post
    One reason I bought an optima vs other vehicles was the giant 18.5 gallon tank. I previously had a Mazda tribute with something like a 14 gallon tank and I had to fill it up every 4 days or so.
    LOL I know what you mean about large fuel tanks--my Yukon has a 31 gallon tank; I somewhat-sarcastically comment that it's that large because with the lousy fuel economy my SUV achieves (due in no small part because it's running a 6-liter motor) it doesn't take long to burn through 30+ gallons.

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    Being close to 80 years old, I have seen times when gas stations were closed or out of gas, so I keep all our vehicle's gas tanks full. I will drive each to about 100 miles, then fill it up. Our Corvette holds 18.5 gallons. Our Ford F250 diesel holds 38 gallons. Our Kia Optima holds 18.5 gallons. Our Jeep wrangler holds 22.5 gallons.
    The Jeep by far gets the worst fuel mileage.
    Living in a very rural area, to me, fuel range is more important than fuel mileage.

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    When I want to do a Mileage check, I fill to the brim of the filler neck, it's the only accurate way that I know to get a good reading. Normally I fill to the 1st click, wait 30 seconds and continue to the next click. I do that 3 times in a row...............
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    I always fill it up to full, normally a bit before 1/4. Since I fuel up at Costco, and the wait times can be fairly long, I make it worth while.

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    I always fill to full. I felt like an adult once I was doing that as the norm and never looking at prices. That's what I always point to when someone asks at what point in life I felt like an adult, haha.
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    I've been experimenting with fill ups and have concluded that by filling up 2 times a week (every Saturday and Wednesday) not matter how much fuel I have left, comes out cheaper than letting it go down to 1/4 tank.

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    Not to be a pia, how did you arrive at that conclusion???

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