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When the last bubble goes out you should see 5L in the odometer display and it will count down. I did chicken out at about 2L and bought fuel. I usually fill when it says 5L, I’d rather buy expensive fuel than risk walking to a station.
OK, if you let the gas shut off and walk away it will get 40kms or so then the first bar drops....if you keep stuffing fuel into it until you see foam or fuel you'll get 128kms before that first bubble drops. I filled up today for $15.60 @$1.20 I'm also very concerned about how far I can drive on the bottom bubble. Until I figure it out I fill up as soon as the second last bubble drops. No messing if not sooner. I thought I could remember the kms but nope sorry damn!..lol. But I am now averaging 3.8kph easily if I stick to the speed limits and shift at or before 3000rpms and down shift at 2000rpms......I did notice it drinks far more if you crest 110kph.
Well quick update, not that most of you care as you had your cars a while. Did a service to clutch actuator, definitely needed it. drove it up and down the street shifting gears. Gas gauge dropped another bar...Still I won't try to get concerned but it has dropped 3 bars of fuel in 118km of being driven today. Sure hope the first part of that tank is extra large... But again will wait till I do a fill up and see what km I get to a tank before I start to get concerned. Just a bit nerve racking seeing the tank go down so fast, even if its a 20L fill seems like I have gone thru half a tank in 118km.
Deep breath, let things play out before jumping to conclusions
So bit of an update, went on a 115km highway drive this morning. Did well, there was no wind so that so didn't feel any of that. Most of the driving was done at 110-120km/h. When I got the car it read a full tank, I dont know when it was filled tho, I did about 20km of driving before I pressed the trip reset but. Currently the car reads half a tank, went from reading full to half on the drive today. So with unsure km before I will wait for the next tank to determine mileage.
Thoughts about driving car, when at highway speeds, it is definitely quite noisey in the cab, but to be expected for a go cart sized car. Got a call and had my phone on vent and hit speaker, was very hard to hear the person. Did not have that issue when in civic. So again not a big deal but I will have to find headphones I can plug in to phone with a mic so I can talk and hear easier. Don't have a bluetooth and not a big fan of them either. Plus I should have the wired piece needed so why spend $.
Going up some hills, definitely feel the lack of power, again not surprised but overall did well. I can tell you this a ReMap is a MUST and will be done ASAP! Car seemed to handle good, feel the bumps but nothing crazy. Fun little go cart style car to drive and it is enjoyable to shift gears, if it was strictly auto I don't know how I would feel about that...good thing I don't have to worry about that!.
Now time to jack up the car, hoping I can jack the whole rear end in one go, but have not looked to see if there is a jacking point that will allow that. Again, will find that out within the hour. Then time to clean around clutch actuator and lube that up nice and good.
All in all, couple days in, no complaints. Start the long daily work commute in 2 weeks so that is where it shall be interesting to see the fuel savings! Arm rest would be nice and 451 cupholders and a stock tach are on my soon to do list.