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    Fellow Froggies, any comments/experiences with incorrect Xantia '01 fuel gauge. Filled it up the other day and the needle which was on reserve, shot up to almost full. Drove around a bit (209km) and the needle was back down to near empty with the reserve light coming on. Filled it up again and only took 30lt (65lt tank).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkey
    Fellow Froggies, any comments/experiences with incorrect Xantia '01 fuel gauge. Filled it up the other day and the needle which was on reserve, shot up to almost full. Drove around a bit (209km) and the needle was back down to near empty with the reserve light coming on. Filled it up again and only took 30lt (65lt tank).

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    Ours in the previous series, but it always seems to take ages to fall from completely full to 3/4 (I have actually put 70 litres in our 65-litre tank on one occasion ). Thereafter it falls quite quickly down to 1/4. The light comes on with plenty in reserve. So if you filled it to a bit over 3/4 it might have looked fuller than it was.

    Also, the last 5-10 litres can be slowish to fill. Whatever, 15l/100km is highly unlikely!
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    On my 98 Xantia the low level light goes on with +15 litres in the tank.....when filled the gauge just shows 7/8ths full...I tend to go by the odometer reading when deciding whether she needs feeding or not...
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    Check that the battery terminals are clean and tight.
    Voltage variations affect the fuel gauge.
    I once ran out of petrol because the battery terminals were loose and the gauge was showing more petrol than I had.
    Gauges show full for a long time, so as to have more sensitivity in the lower display range.

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    Our Xantia gauge does not come off full until you have used about 10 litres and there seems to be about 10 litres reserve in the tank. I have put 60 l in once but usually have trouble getting more than 50 l in when the gauge is showing close to empty.

    I agree, the last ten litres need to be added quite slowly.

    When full, my gauge overshoots and often gets stuck about a segment and a half above full - I have to give the dash a thump to get it to come down back to full. But its OK once it starts to drop a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clogzz
    Check that the battery terminals are clean and tight.
    Voltage variations affect the fuel gauge.
    I once ran out of petrol because the battery terminals were loose and the gauge was showing more petrol than I had.
    Gauges show full for a long time, so as to have more sensitivity in the lower display range.
    Good point, although ours has been like that since new. Typical PSA ingenuity, eh, make it more sensitive in the lower ranges .

    Actually, now having had a couple of Subarus after years of French product, I find the absolute accuracy of their fuel guages strangely disturbing - I just can't get used to the fact that, when it says there is only 5 litres left, there is only 5 litres left.

    Well there had to be one downside, didn't there!
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    Typical French car.

    Having said all that about our gauge, I was driving the Xantia last weekend and my wife said, 'oh, we'll need petrol' and I said 'no there's half a tank' and she said 'but it never goes below half'....

    Light doesn't come on either.

    Now she (the car) has asked for new timing belts, rotor skim and pads and 4 new Michelin tyres for her 10th birthday. Any ideas whether its worth surprising her with a fix to the fuel gauge and what this would entail?
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