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Old 11th March 2013, 22:50   #16
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Btw on American cars the fuel gauge has a small arrow indicating the location of the fuel filling cap. I have not observed if this is true for Indian cars too.
The cars do have the indication on the fuel guage as to where the fuel filler lid is present.

The picture attached is of my Ritz, indicating the filler lid is on the left side.

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Btw on American cars the fuel gauge has a small arrow indicating the location of the fuel filling cap. I have not observed if this is true for Indian cars too.
That was really a great piece of info to locate the fuel filling cap. Would check if this is available in my WagonR / i20.
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The Fiats and Padminis had their fuel filler caps located to the left, as these were originally LHD models for the Italian market.
Anjan Sir, the new age Fiats (Punto and Linea ) have the fuel filler caps located at the right side.

Now a day, most of the fuel dispensers have nozzles at both sides, so I have never faced any inconvenience because of the right side fuel cap placement.
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Yes, all new-gen vehicles have this arrow indicating the fuel lid location.
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The Fiats and Padminis had their fuel filler caps located to the left, as these were originally LHD models for the Italian market.
Maruti Suzukis are originally made for the Japanese market which is RHD, yet filler caps are located on left side. Palio series had caps located on the right hand side although its primary markets were LHD, viz. Brazil, Turkey & Argentina.

Apparently, which side the steering is located on is not the determining factor.
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Left, Right, Back, now the weirdest I feel is the one in Tata Nano, located in the hood. We need to open the hood to fuel the car. I was contemplating on buying a Nano and this was one of the things pulling me back. With a tank capacity of 15 litres, imagine how frequently this exercise needs to be carried.

Is it only cost cutting that Tata decided not to provide an opening on the outside or can there be any other logic?
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I was contemplating on buying a Nano and this was one of the things pulling me back. With a tank capacity of 15 litres, imagine how frequently this exercise needs to be carried.

Is it only cost cutting that Tata decided not to provide an opening on the outside or can there be any other logic?
Regarding the Nano, I don't see any logic in this but it does look like a cost cutting measure but I feel it does feel odd when going to petrol pumps for a fill. Does the 2013 model still retain the filler opening in the hood?

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Now a day, most of the fuel dispensers have nozzles at both sides, so I have never faced any inconvenience because of the right side fuel cap placement.
--Anoop
I would like to add here. Actually I have felt, having the lid on the right hand side to be more advantageous, on more than one occasions.

I had the Bolero and have the Palio, both have the lid on the right side. Most of the cars(Mainly the maruthis, which keeps on selling) have the lid on the left. Which means there is always a chance of more no of cars in the queue with left side lids than the other side of the fuel pump.

I have had lot less wait time with the palio than the Figo now, which has the lid on the left.
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in most of the USA we have have to align, park and fill ourselves. I prefer it to be on driver side so I can align and park. With my van, I am usually halfway into the next pump when I have its rear aligned. Nightmare if it was on the other side.
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Hmm. Interesting. My Quanto does not have this indicator to show whether it is on the left or right, and neither does the Vista. So, looks like the Indian manufacturers are not yet up to speed on this.

PS: The XUV does have the arrow to point out the fuel cap side though.
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I have an Esteem with filler cap on left and a Bolero with it on the right hand side and don't have a problem with either. I think it is good to have a mix of both so that both sides of the filling machine can be utilized at the same time instead of lining up one behind another :-)
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Default Interesting and Unknown features in Automobiles

There are several unknown and interesting features in automobiles. Starting this thread to discuss on unknown & interesting facts.

To start with, after entering the fuel station many of us start thinking which side the fuel lid is positioned (this happens normally with a new car or when we are new to a car) Just look at the instrument cluster / Fuel gauge. Arrow symbol on the side denotes the location of fuel lid in the car

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PS: There are few cars without this marking. If you have one such example, the only way is to confirm physically

Adding few reference images from Hyndai i20, Nissan Sunny & Maruti Swift

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