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Q: how far can you drive your vehicle on empty

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how far can you drive your vehicle on empty

My car has 165000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

There really is no way to give an accurate answer to your question. Each vehicle, even different vehicles of the same type, can use fuel differently. It will also depend on the habits of the driver, quality of fuel being used, condition of the vehicle, and any number of other possible factors. I have also never seen any manufacturer that has posted how much fuel is left in the tank when the gauge reaches "empty". Sorry to be so vague, but there really is no way to put a number of miles that can be driven on empty.

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