OK this blog is not so much a real blog as it is a warning to you Smart car owners. I went to class one day in mid November with approzimately 1 gallon of gas in the tank. Since the gauge had not yet changed over to the 0.9 gallon mark yet, I knew I had enough gas to get to work and fill up on the way home.

Fast forward through class.

On the way home, I forget that I was supposed to buy gas. So being the lucky guy I am I make it home without incident and pull into the driveway and thought to myself, "Oh no! I was supposed to buy gas!" Well of course I was tired and hungry so I reasoned with myself that since I had the day off tommorrow, I would go buy gas then.

Fast forward through the night to the next day.

Have absolutely no idea what I did all day that kept me from buying gas.

Fast forward to the next morning.

I get into my Smart to go to class again. Before I even get out of the neighborhood, I notice my gas gauge is reading 0.1 gallons of gas. I make for the closest convienence store gas station which is just outside my subdivision. Before I could go another block, the gauge changes to 0.0 gals. Now I don't believe it would be hard to push a Smart car, but who wants to be the first one that has to? So I perform the slowest starts this Smart has ever seem and coast into the station in neutral without a hitch, whew!

8.796 gallons later, I am back on the road safe and sound.

Don't get caught with your gas gauge down.

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Comment by Jan in West U on January 11, 2010 at 9:47pm

Same thing happened to me. My gauge read 0.0 for at least one mile before I found a gas station! Whew. I never rain out or had to coast! When I filled up I put 8.715 gals in her. If you put more the 8.8, the gas station is stealing money from you I believe!
Comment by robin850 on December 18, 2009 at 10:15am
I have discovered that i can put in 9.3 gallons when it is really really empty. If you believe the 8.8 gallon capacity, that should mean you have 0.5 gallon remaining when you hit the big 0 ?
Comment by Zippin Pippin on December 11, 2009 at 12:37am
Maybe there's a black hole invisible storage system.... connected..... with a FLUX Capacitor! That would account for the varying gas capacity. Yup! gotta be!
Comment by Ryan on December 10, 2009 at 9:34pm
HAHA...... so what's the Smart's ECM nickname? HAL?
Comment by Zippin Pippin on December 10, 2009 at 1:58pm
The fuel tank does have a crisis detector that permits availability inversely proportional to the desperation of the operator to reach a refueling station, amplified by the detection of 0.0 being displayed on the dash. Emotional discharges and hand wringing by an occupant of the passenger seat will be detected by the pass air bag warning circuit and fumes will be made unavailable for potential further progress.
Say nice things to the smart little car and feed appropriately at it's request. Nothing else seems to work!
Comment by Zippin Pippin on December 10, 2009 at 5:47am
By the way Tommy, on you safe arrival at the pump after coasting: Good Job!
Comment by Zippin Pippin on December 10, 2009 at 5:32am
For me, I've decided that the useful fuel amount held in the tank is 8.7 of which the last of that is the reserve. The remaining gas held in the actual 10 gal measured tank is used for cooling purposes for the pump and float system and may or may not be useful for attaining additional mileage due to level of the road, loading of the vehicle, or air pressure in the tires or brain of the driver. The pressure on my brain is a little high and I am certain that affects the residual mileage left in my tank, uh, brain. Any access to that residual gas prior to coasting is that much less pushing or walking one has to do and is always appreciated thank you MB engineering group and Mother nature for roadway sloped the right way for maximum gas access.
Comment by Ryan on December 10, 2009 at 1:25am
Well.... i'm pretty sure that the manual says the car has an 8.7 gallon fuel capacity with a 1 gallon reserve. I'm assuming based on that, when it switches to say 1.0 gal.... that's the reserve you're running on. Would be odd to have a typical gas gauge.... then go down to the tenth of a gallon when you're nearing the end, then have another gallon reserve once that hits 0.0
Comment by Carlito on December 10, 2009 at 1:14am
I know there is a lot of controversy out there but I trust the info out there claiming the tank to be 10 gallon capacity. My highest fill up so far was 8.863 with two other fills over 8.6.

Let's be careful out there,
Pops and Carlito
Comment by XCAPEPOD on December 9, 2009 at 11:36pm
I have recent receipts for a 9.2 that I pumped to the first click (I never top off) about 7 miles after 0.0 and two 9.0 gallon fill-ups right at 0.0. I also had a 9.4 in NJ several miles after 0.0, but I didn't pump that one, so it may have been topped off. I don't typically cut it that close, but I have been known to push it at times to get to my preferred station (Amoco 93 Ultimate). My best miles per tank was 413, but that wasn't by choice - the gauge hit 0.0 at about 402 miles into the tank. :-)

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