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This is common to every manufacturer, btw. The most I've ever put into my tank is 14.16 gallons (but I'm usually filling it with between 13 and 14 gallons). The tank was on E and the light had been on for quite a while (40+ miles). Basically, manufacturers want to avoid the possible damage that comes with running a modern engine completely empty. All sorts of bad stuff can happen and they don't want to develop a bad rep. Your car holds 17.1 gallons. If you take my car and fuel economy averages (currently running a total average after tracking since October of 2010 of 27.19 mpg), that means my car has a total range of about 465 miles. Of course, I could get more or less depending on what sort of driving I'm doing, but I'd never have the nerve to push it that far.
Pretty much every manufacturer builds in an extra 1-3 gallons of gas past empty to ensure that you get to a gas station before you run the risk of damaging your vehicle.
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Frankly, even though this forum has a lot of very nice people, the few bad apples around here have gotten on my nerves. I simply don't care enough to log on and try and help others when all too frequently, I get mocked or made fun of.