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> How much are YOU paying for gas?, We're all feeling the pinch
DaffyGrl
post Apr 24 2006, 06:16 PM
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I wanted a place we could gripe about the rising cost of gas. thumbsup.gif

Every year, it goes up in summer and never completely comes back to its previous price. This year, with all the other added ....issues... dry.gif I'd be willing to bet we'll never see gas below $3/gallon again.

Anywho, here on the left coast, land of the automobile (and where much of the stuff is refined) regular unleaded is ranging from $3.05 to $3.31.

What's the rest of the country's price for a gallon of the rare and precious elixir (i.e. gasoline)?
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TedN5
post Apr 26 2006, 06:24 PM
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Okay, just to keep this interesting topic going, I filled up my 1995 Kia Sephia (that gets from 37 to 40 mpg) yesterday in Tumwater, WA. The pump price for regular unleaded was $2.99/gal but I received a 6 cent discount from the Safeway station, so I paid $2.93. Driving around I saw gasoline prices posted from $2.91 9/10th at a an off brand outlet to $2.99 9/10th at an Exxon station.

Needless to say, I find myself driving the Kia more and the Subaru, that gets about 27mpg, less. I'm less concerned about the run up in gas prices (since I expected it) than the effect it is having on peoples psychology and the housing market. We're trying to sell our old house to support out move to a more sustainable new house. I'm afraid our timing wasn't the best.

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post Apr 26 2006, 06:30 PM
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I'm less concerned about the run up in gas prices (since I expected it) than the effect it is having on peoples psychology and the housing market. We're trying to sell our old house to support out move to a more sustainable new house. I'm afraid our timing wasn't the best.

I can sympathize. flowers.gif It's amazing how the price of gas affects so many other things. I really need the housing market to hang in there for another year so I can refinance my ARM. My timing sucks, too!
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post Apr 28 2006, 05:17 PM
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Moi, I am driving an Opel Astra [new generation] 1.4. Kewl car, but I can't afford to drive anywhere. Gas (petrol) prices [premium] just hit 1.42 EUR/l, equals 1.78 $/l, that would be 6.71 $/gallon and anyone who thinks the prices will drop any time soon is kidding himself. Time to sell the car and buy a cheap car or the yearly subscribtion for public transportation. Good I am living in a city that provides this kind of transport in abundance.
In addition, the government is pushing for a law that requires the oil companies to intermix the gas with eco-fuels like canola-oil. That would help to decrease oil-consumption, but the prices would increase additionally.
The future belongs to bicycles I guess.

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post Apr 29 2006, 04:14 AM
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What's the rest of the country's price for a gallon of the rare and precious
elixir (i.e. gasoline)?


I filled up the tank in my car about 5 days ago and at the time it cost $2.95
per gallon. The very next day I saw the prices go up to $3.05. Now at the
same gas station the price for regular unleaded is $3.17.

I heard from more than one source that moderating your driving habits can
save you up to 40% in gas consumption. For example, if you are usually the
type to accelerate right after the light turns green, and you are also the type
to race along the street only to hit the breaks at the upcoming red light, you
are wasting a lot of gas. IF you can learn to drive conservatively you will save
a lot in the long run. It's hard to change your driving habits, but I'm certainly
working on it myself.

Also, in case any of you are paying for premium unleaded, it's a total rip-off
and unnecessary, with the high standards ensuring cleaner gasoline.

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post Apr 29 2006, 02:35 PM
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Also, in case any of you are paying for premium unleaded, it's a total rip-off and unnecessary, with the high standards ensuring cleaner gasoline.


I suppose some vehicles need the higher octane due to higher compression, sportscar engines. CR might have a take on that.

Wanted to comment on the Prius and other hybrid vehicles that are and will be coming out soon. The downsides involve having to learn a completely different way of driving and the battery wearing out.

When driving a hybrid, the rules go like this: Accelerate hard up to speed and use the brakes a lot when going downhill or coming to a stop, but do not brake hard. This is directly opposite to what the rules are for a regular vehicle, so if people get a hybrid and don't change the driving method, the gas mileage is really pretty bad for a rollerskate.

The battery is expensive! When it wears out, figure on thousands of bucks to replace the thing. How much does a rebuilt engine cost, $400-$800? Same for a rebuilt transmission, I estimate.

The point is that if one can afford to buy new every two to five years, the hybrid might make economic sense. Or maybe the batteries last longer these days, although I'd not count on MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure, or Mighty Tall Billygoat Figure) from the manufacturer.

But, if one can afford to buy new at these intervals, does the price of gas really matter?
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post May 1 2006, 07:40 PM
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Prices seem to be receding somewhat.

Back down to $2.74 here and it never hit $3.00.
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post May 1 2006, 10:19 PM
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Prices may be receding in other parts of the country, but California's still holding steady over $3 (3.19 at the station I use).
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post May 1 2006, 10:32 PM
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I'm currently in the Ft. Walton Beach/Pensacola area, and in the last three weeks, gas has gone down from approximately $2.92 to $2.76.
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post May 1 2006, 11:00 PM
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QUOTE(DaffyGrl @ May 1 2006, 03:19 PM)
Prices may be receding in other parts of the country, but California's still holding steady over $3 (3.19 at the station I use).
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Still high here, filled up for 3.36 yesterday.

This map is dynamic and confirms prices have come down in some areas.
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