When the fuel level drops into the "reserve" range (about 40-50 miles left) and the low-fuel warning (yellow triangle and flashing gas pump) comes on, a third trip meter showing miles left in the tank will appear and start counting down. So you do have a range indicator. At least that's what my '06 does.
I don't think it's possible to do more than a guesstimated range remaining on a pre-2008 model, as the saughstrahlpumpe ("sucking jet pump") keeps the left side of the tank (where the level sender is) full until the right half has been almost completely emptied. That's why the gas gauge goes from "full" to "1/2" instantly around 90-110 miles.
Whizzy brakes, no FD drain plug, what's not to like?