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That varies since the fuel tank sending units are slightly different from vehicle to vehicle, engine sizes have different mpg ratings, and people's acceleration and stopping habit differ widely. If you need to ask this question, you'll only need to ask it once. After you run out of gas, you'll probably never let it happen again. Also, FYI, it is not good for the fuel pump to run dry, as this can cause overheating and failure. Another reason never to go below 1/8 tank....
First thing - How Many Miles does this Golf Have?
Which engine does it have?
Diesel? Smoke on acceleration indicates the injection pump may need attention.
Gas Engine? Don't believe a turbocharger was a factory option - so - smoke on acceleration is probably piston rings - usually happens after a lot of miles. Best way to confirm that is by running a compression test - dry/wet test - warm up engine, check compression (dry part) - then - add a couple squirts of oil to the cylinder and check compression again.
If the added oil increases compression by 20 to 30 PSI or more / you have compression ring issues.
Let me know if this helps you out
I guess I could buy into the timing belt idea. But, if it runs ok all other times, its not the timing belt. Especially if it idles ok and has power once it gets going. How many miles on it? Is the check engine light on?
If it does this only when warm then it may be the coil pack. To prove it you can warm the car's engine up and when the problem occurs, stop the engine and remove the coil pack. Place it in a bag if cool enough and place in the freezer, ensuring it can't get wet! Once cool, replace the coil pack and start the engine. If it's fine for a minute and then plays up, it's almost certainly the coil pack.
had a problem with a grand prix like that once, was the fuel filter, and injectors, all needed replaced, and it only had 89,000 miles. Would check fuel filter first. Is it possible you got some bad gas??