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How many miles could the Dodge Intrepid run if the low fuel light turns on?

How many miles could the Dodge Intrepid run before it stops completely if the low fuel light turns on?
How many gallons of gas left in my tank when the low fuel light turns on?

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Easy way to find out - fill it back up when it comes on and see how many gallons it takes. I think the tank size is 14 gal.
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I don't recall whether or not there is a difference in tank size between the Intrepids with the 2.7 and the 300M with the 3.5, but I'm pretty sure 300M has a 17 gallon tank. Either way, I don't think you would like to bet on how far you're gonna get before you HAVE to refill your tank. Fact is that manufacturers like to put the fuel pump inside the tank because the fuel helps keep the pump cool. In most cases if you run somewhere around an 8th of a tank, then the fuel level isn't up high enough to cool the pump and it'll wear out much sooner.

Not saying that you can't get away with running it that low, but some people tend to change out more fuel pumps because of how often they run it that low.
- And to somewhat answer your question on how many miles you can get; It all depends on how you drive it.
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My 1G has an 18 Gallon. ($72.ии here from empty ) I wouldn't recommend running on empty because you could harm the fuel pump. A 2G might have a smaller tank, but I dunno .

And yes If you tend to put it to the floor, you won't go as far as if you "big toe" the throttle.
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i have gone 28 miles with the distance to empty on the EVIC reading 0.
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SHOULD be able to go about 50 miles with the OTIS/EVIC reading 0 miles to empty. Don't quote me on that though. My LHS fuel gauge seems to be fairly accurate, where my Intrepid shows empty when there's still some fuel in the tank.



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I did not know that. Thanks for the advice. I usually fill the tank full then when it goes to the red marker, that's the time I fill my tank. I was planning to fill my tank then wait to refuel until the "low fuel indicator" lights turns on but I was not aware about the fuel pump advice. My car is @ 130700 miles car. The Top 6 car in worst vehicle in CarComplains.Com Thanks.
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That's because of the craptastic water pump design. If it hasn't been replaced yet get it done right MEOW! Make sure they use the updated pump/chain assembly.

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That's because of the craptastic water pump design. If it hasn't been replaced yet get it done right MEOW! Make sure they use the updated pump/chain assembly.
Another question. My water pump is working fine and currently not giving me any problem.
I am NOT losing any coolant fluid. I am thinking to change my water pump only if I am losing huge amount of coolant fluid or see some abnormalities. My car is working fine for now. Regards on the timing chain (Not the timing belt), they said to change the timing chain on 150,000-170,000 since my car is not using timing belt. Timing belt is only design for NON-2.7L engine. Also, I change my synthetic oil every 3000 miles using Pennzoil Platinum or Ultra. Also, how much would be the estimate cost if I would change the timing chain and the water pump at the same time? Is it really needed coz I am budgeting my money and my water pump looks fine. Thanks.


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2.7L has timing chains...not a timing belt.
I edited my message. Thanks.

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Another question. My water pump is working fine and currently not giving me any problem.
I am NOT losing any coolant fluid. I am thinking to change my water pump only if I am losing huge amount of coolant fluid or see some abnormalities. My car is working fine for now. Regards on the timing chain (Not the timing belt), they said to change the timing chain on 150,000-170,000 since my car is not using timing belt. Timing belt is only design for non-2.7L engine. Also, I change my synthetic oil every 3000 miles using Pennzoil Platinum or Ultra. Also, how much would be the estimate cost if I would change the timing belt and the water pump at the same time? Is it really needed coz I am budgeting my money and my water pump looks fine. Thanks.
2.7L has timing chains...not a timing belt.
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Another question. My water pump is working fine and currently not giving me any problem.
I am NOT losing any coolant fluid. I am thinking to change my water pump only if I am losing huge amount of coolant fluid or see some abnormalities. My car is working fine for now. Regards on the timing chain (Not the timing belt), they said to change the timing chain on 150,000-170,000 since my car is not using timing belt. Timing belt is only design for non-2.7L engine. Also, I change my synthetic oil every 3000 miles using Pennzoil Platinum or Ultra. Also, how much would be the estimate cost if I would change the timing belt and the water pump at the same time? Is it really needed coz I am budgeting my money and my water pump looks fine. Thanks.
If youre going to play the 2.7 game, then your best strategy is preventative maintenance. Tackling known issues before they crop up are what keep 2.7s going, because 9 times out of 10 when an issue does pop up, its too late. Its recommended by a member in excellent standing on this board to change your waterpump every 75k miles and your TC every 100k miles. Now what usually happens with the TC system is when the waterpump begins to fail, its adds considerably more stress to an already taxed timing chain. The bearings start to go on the pump and alot of the time, they seize, causing the chain to break and then it rips apart the front of your block while crashing your valves and that possibly chunking your pistons. Not a pretty picture. If your waterpump is still good, then you might only have to worry about your TC tensioner and guides when you do your waterpump. But the pump is the keystone in the 2.7's design. When going with a new one, go Mopar ONLY. Im sure somebody will pop on here about prices.


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You are better off replacing the water pump right now rather than playing the guessing game (how long until it DOES fail). Sure there are a few that make it up to 150k or so before they fail but there are many that don't make it past 120,000. I don't care whether they say the chain can wait till however much longer, the chain puts a lot of vibration through to the water pump bearings and its cheaper to replace them both at the same time than it is to go back and tear the engine apart 50,000 miles later to replace the chain.

I don't mean to annoy you or anything, but most often people don't realize that there water pump is getting ready to take a dump until its too late. Either it'll lock up and take out the timing chain and valve train, or it'll leak like a sieve and by the time the temp gauge tells you that something isn't right, all of the bearings are gone.
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You are better off replacing the water pump right now rather than playing the guessing game (how long until it DOES fail). Sure there are a few that make it up to 150k or so before they fail but there are many that don't make it past 120,000. I don't care whether they say the chain can wait till however much longer, the chain puts a lot of vibration through to the water pump bearings and its cheaper to replace them both at the same time than it is to go back and tear the engine apart 50,000 miles later to replace the chain.

I don't mean to annoy you or anything, but most often people don't realize that there water pump is getting ready to take a dump until its too late. Either it'll lock up and take out the timing chain and valve train, or it'll leak like a sieve and by the time the temp gauge tells you that something isn't right, all of the bearings are gone.
Alright. Thanks. I get frustrated that I would spend a lot of money for this car. If I did change it, how many additional mileage would you think that the car would last? How much is the estimate cost? I cannot afford to buy a brand new car. I am not that rich. I wish car is cheap.
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I know I've seen several quotes from other members that have had it done, but I cant remember how much it was (I want to say it was somewhere in the 1100-1500 range). I know several of the members have taken it upon themselves to get the job done because of the cost of paying a shop. Hopefully someone else who has had it done can chime in and give a little better estimate. But once you have it done, it should last somewhere around another 75k or so. Its a little bit higher maintenance motor than a lot of people bargain for, but there's a few members on here who have kept up on the maintenance and have 2.7s running with over 300,000 miles.
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There's no single answer to this question. It depends on a few things, like if you're lead-footed, if you drive on hilly roads, etc. I wouldn't try to find out though.
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