2012 Nissan Quest LE: Pulling A "Jacquot"
May 30, 2012
It's not always easy being friends with Josh Jacquot. No, seriously, he can make it difficult. Like when he pulls one of his favorite stunts: Running a car to the point that its fuel readout says "zero miles remaining," or something to that effect. He loves that.
There was the time we were on our way back from mountain biking near San Diego, in a BMW X3 or X5 if I remember correctly. It was on empty before we entered the stretch of Interstate 5 North that goes through Camp Pendleton (where there are no exits for fuel, mind you), yet Josh just needed to see how far we could push it. "I bet BMW is conservative," he said.
Then there was the time...
we were on our way to Moab in a fuel-sucking Evo in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, the incredibly patient Mrs. Jacquot sleeping in the back seat, me sleeping in the front passenger seat, Josh at the wheel. I woke up to him explaining that we were on empty, had been for some time, and he just skipped what was the last exit for many miles. Why? He thought the Evo still had a few more miles in it. Sure, why not? Someone will come along to help us...in a few hours.
I don't always find it funny at the moment it's happening (like if I really need to be home by a certain time, and being stranded on the side of the road would be a serious inconvenience--when isn't it?), but looking back now, I just laugh at his weird desire to drive a car until it nearly runs out of gas. Good times, all.
So in honor of Josh I decided to push the envelope on the Quest's fuel window a bit over the weekend. At least I thought I was.
Apparently Nissan has caught onto the jackassery of people like Josh, as even though I ran it down to a theoretical zero miles of range remaining, there was still almost three gallons of fuel left in the tank when I filled it up. Of note, the last readout I remember before it turned to blank lines was 17 miles to empty.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 15,345 miles.