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Won't help you when the fuel pump dies, again not if, but "when"!
As for the fuel senders in these cars, they are starting to fail as well, I have 2 new ones in the que to be installed shortly as I am getting tired of all the funny codes they are tossing, the strange fuel levels and erratic overall behavior. The E46 are having the same issues as well.
I only had the fuel tank problem on 1 car many years ago, my Ford Explorer was parked on a steep downhill slope with low fuel, went to start it, no go. I rolled it down the hill to the flat spot and was able to get it started, then promptly went to fill it up. No longer did I run the truck that low on fuel again!!
I would rather carry a spare crank sensor in the car.
These cars almost always start and run, maybe not well, if these items are in good working order: battery, fuel pump, fuel pump relay and crank sensor. If the car has fuel and the following items are in working shape, it seems these cars will start as they have so many other sensors. 4 camshaft position sensors, even if one goes bad, the car should start and run reasonably well to get you somewhere!