Anyone know if there is a chime or indicator light when it gets below 25 miles? I got down to 31 miles and was surprised that there wasn't a chime.
The Pacifica does a great job of letting you know when it's time to find gas. It doesn't hit you with panic mode, but eases you into it.
I had about an eighth of a tank so I decided to test it today...never straying too far from a station. I drove around until I had one light bar left on the gauge. The range readout said about 65-70 miles at that point. I kept going around my circuit of about six miles with gas stations every few miles or so. When the range readout got to about 50 miles, the amber gas light came on and it chimed an audible warning. I kept going. When the range got to about 35 miles, the last lightbar turned bright red. At that point, I chickened out and pulled into the station after driving about two or three miles further. I know the tank specs say it holds 19 gallons and I was curious how much it would take. I packed in 17.5 gallons so there should have been 1.5 gallons left to bone dry. That would be almost consistent with my indicated range of 35 miles on the dash computer when the final warning light lit up red. I didn't go far enough for mine to say "Low" but I'm guessing that would be when there is about one gallon left.
By the way, my mileage on that tank averaged 26 MPG on the nose which was mixed driving at about 40 percent city/60 percent hwy driving. My trip computer had 455.1 total miles and it took 17.5 gallons to fill it. My gas mileage computer read 26.5 MPG so it overestimated by .5 MPG.
Normally, I drive pretty conservatively but on this tank I did a couple wide open throttle runs (smoked the tires too!) to show off a bit for my buddy who thinks vans are slow. He was laughing like a kid on a roller coaster all the way til I let off the throttle, lol.
I have been closely checking my mileage every tank and the worst I've gotten has been 25 MPG in mixed driving. Best was 31.6 MPG on an all highway trip of 240 miles. On that trip the computer overestimated by about .6 MPG so it's pretty accurate compared to my other cars.
Where I live is flat with long stretches between lights. I do live in the city so I'm completely happy with my mileage.
So, we have
1) The gauge readout - one bar = about 65-70 miles left
2) Range readout counts down
3) Amber low fuel warning light with chime at about 50 miles left
4) Last gauge bar lights up bright red at 35 miles left
5) Range readout finally switches to read "Low" at about 25 miles left with about one gallon remaining
No excuse to be surprised and run out unless you pull a Kramer (Seinfeld). lol!