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#1 (permalink) Old 06-18-2008, 02:30 PM
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Everyones commenting on the speedo being 10% out, but has anyone else noticed how useless the fuel gauge is !!!!!

Fill up the Tank, cover 200 miles, drops to just below full. another 100 miles drops to 3/4 full, another 100 miles drops to 1/4 full, another 50 miles, light comes on.

Have done 12000 miles in 7 months including 2, 1500 mile trips to France, same happens all the time.

Does anyone else have this problem ????
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Mine is the same, 200 miles and hardly any movement
Also have you noticed how much fuel you can get in when it is telling you it is full, I filled mine yesterday, when the pump was stopping and telling me it was full, I carried on putting fuel in at a slower rate and got another 10ltrs in.
This does not help when you are trying to work out the mpg
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Everyones commenting on the speedo being 10% out, but has anyone else noticed how useless the fuel gauge is !!!!!

Fill up the Tank, cover 200 miles, drops to just below full. another 100 miles drops to 3/4 full, another 100 miles drops to 1/4 full, another 50 miles, light comes on.

Have done 12000 miles in 7 months including 2, 1500 mile trips to France, same happens all the time.

Does anyone else have this problem ????
I agree - the gauge is not linear. The first '1/4' seems to last longer than the other '1/4s'. Also I tend to fill the tank when it indicates 1/4 full and some times it will take around 40 litres and some times only around 35. A 1/4 of 55 is 13.75 so I would expect to be able to cram in 42 liters.

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Same here but I've got used to it.

It's not so much a fault as a quirk, had exactly the same with a Renault Scenic & a Skoda Octavia so it's not just Kias!

Owned 5 Kia Carens as cabs, 3 x Mk2's & 2 x Mk3's (& a Kia Magentis 2.0), all diesel & all worked hard for their living!
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I've never owned any vehicle (and I've been driving for over 40 years) where I would say the gas gauge was dead accurate, but the one on my Rondo is pretty close. They all seem to move slow at first, but nothing as dramatic as what Pablo1 is saying.
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I was warned by the dealer to never add fuel after the first automatic shutoff, so I don't. (There are threads on this forum as to why you shouldn't) On my last longer trip on the interstate, the gas gauge was down one quarter at the first 100 miles, down half at the second hundred and down 3/4 at 300 miles. around town, it is nonlinear with respect to miles driven, but so is the gas consumption. You have to remember that the fuel guage is an indicator, not a precise instrument.
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It is not perfect, but the fuel gauge in my '07 seems to work fairly well. It comes off full slow, which is typical of most cars, but it is shows half a tank when the car has about half a tank in it. As it hits 1/4 tank it goes pessimistic and it drops pretty fast. I just use the 2nd odo for tracking fuel mileage and fill ups anway.

The gas gauge in my '07 Camry, on the other hand, is dead nuts accurate to the last. Leave it to Toyota to figure out the details.
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I was warned by the dealer to never add fuel after the first automatic shutoff, so I don't. (There are threads on this forum as to why you shouldn't) On my last longer trip on the interstate, the gas gauge was down one quarter at the first 100 miles, down half at the second hundred and down 3/4 at 300 miles. around town, it is nonlinear with respect to miles driven, but so is the gas consumption. You have to remember that the fuel guage is an indicator, not a precise instrument.


I did this once with my sportage. tried to fill up as much u can, the engine just chocked and stop for a while, i tought that i would be calling someone to pull my vehicle because it would not stop.
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Spoke to a KIA tech guy. Explained my mysterious fill-up issue. He said some of the fuel level sending units have proven defective and should be replaced if the fluctuations are great. Unlike some cars of the past, they don't have to do anything too extreme to change out the sending unit.

So far, I can live with my flux but yours sounds off the chart.

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