What EXACTLY do you think happened to the pump? Do you even know for sure the problem was the pump? Did you check the fuel pressure? I'm guessing you were just guessing it was the pump. No?
Not trying to be an ass, just curious.
I think it's a good thing when pumps fail when you are low on fuel, makes it easier to change
Seen my fair share of full tanks too though. It takes longer to remove and replace the fuel than replace the pump.
Honestly, that day, it behaved like it ran out of fuel. I'm convinced that the pump overheated and locked up or vapor locked. I let it sit on the side of the road for 10-15 minutes. Then I cycled the key a few times to make sure I could hear the pump run, then I looked at the fuel level. Drove to the gas station ( one was literally less than 5 minutes away ) and filled up. No problem the rest of the day or a decade later. It was hotter than hell that day. I really wish I could have checked the pressure, but it's not like I keep that in the car all the time. Besides, I never had a reason to before, so it was never suspect. Either way, I'd bet the damn car that the gauge would have read nothing. I really can't say for sure an overheated pump was the problem, but everything was pointing in that direction. Even now, I fill up at a half a tank. I've been fortunate enough that the only cars I've had that needed fuel pump work had a trap door in the floor. So much easier!