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Fuel efficiency


{Wheels.16.132}: McKenzie K. Musick {mckenzie} Wed, 24 Sep 2008 11:14:50 CDT (5 lines)

You don't no freakin GPS to get to Flag. And furthermore what cost
$20K last year will cost $30K next as our dollars buying power
shrinks. So get on up to Holbrook and wave at the world roaring by on
I-40 then turn around with firm knowledge that it ain't worth the
effort. You are gettin old. Snap out of it.


{Wheels.16.133}: T.J. McGovern {tj2} Wed, 24 Sep 2008 11:56:12 CDT (9 lines)

I want a pony! But unfortunately, the CCRs say I can't have one. I
could board it with a neighbor who has three horses (Our CCRs don't
apply to her)but I don't want the expense either. I guess I don't want
a pony after all.

The GPS isn't to get to Flagstaff, its to find the Target once I'm
there. I know, Flag is all on one road and all I have to do is drive
back and forth until I see it, but I just love to hear "You have
reached your destination."


{Wheels.16.134}: McKenzie K. Musick {mckenzie} Wed, 24 Sep 2008 15:43:46 CDT (11 lines)

ha hah my sister in law driving a rented car with GPS was routed into
a culdesac and got that message "You have reached your destination."

I gotten to where I don't want a motorcycle either...the insurance on
mine is about 450 a year. For some reason ( price of gas ) I just
couldn't make myself go on rides just for the fun of it. I doubt If I
rode 500 miles so far this year. $1 a mile just for insurance.

A pony might cost about the same what with room, board and vet bills.

I think I'll shoot my motorcycle.


{Wheels.16.135}: T.J. McGovern {tj2} Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:04:21 CDT (1 line)

Is it suffering?


{Wheels.16.136}: Glen Marks {wotan} Sat, 31 Jan 2009 17:43:38 CST (4 lines)

- Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then
returning home, wondering why the hell you went.

John Updike (1932-2009)


{Wheels.16.137}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 31 Jan 2009 20:23:43 CST (1 line)

Updike obviously didn't own a cool car.


{Wheels.16.138}: Alex {alex} Tue, 03 Feb 2009 21:28:21 CST (HTML)

I just upped my fuel efficiency (compared to my gas guzzling Dodge Ram 2500) with the purchase of a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. As far as little econoboxes go, it's remarkably peppy, very spacious, and kinda cool looking. And, best of all, it's basically a Toyota.


{Wheels.16.139}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 04 Feb 2009 08:32:17 CST (1 line)

They're decent little vehicles. It's a Corolla under the skin.


{Wheels.16.140}: Glen Marks {wotan} Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:12:17 CST (7 lines)

Does my gas buying strategy make sense?:

- When I think that prices are going up, I fill up the tank thinking
that it will cost more in the future,

- When I think that prices are going down, I don't fill up the tank
thinking that it will cost less in the future.


{Wheels.16.141}: 92 SVX, 59 TBird, 68 F250 {fvehafric} Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:10:02 CST (3 lines)

If you add up all the savings you accumulate during the year you could
probably save more money by skipping two meals at a fast food
restaurant that same year.


{Wheels.16.142}: Allen {greenal} Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:14:11 CST (HTML)

How about "dollar averaging"?

When you need gas, never fill up, but always spend the same number of dollars. When gas is cheap, you'll be buying more, and when it's expensive, you'll be buying less.


{Wheels.16.143}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 27 Dec 2012 07:42:00 CST (5 lines)

A full tank of gas also uses more fuel to move around, ironically

Glen, your strategy is simply the gasoline version of playing the
stock market. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.


{Wheels.16.144}: Brian Stinson {lukewarm} Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:19:05 CDT (HTML)

This subject has probably been discussed in detail somewhere in these threads, nevertheless, since I have not been reading the this forum and I am increasingly getting lazy here I go. Acetone in the fuel phenomena. I haven't tried it, however I am skeptical that acetone being used in the fuel will harm the engine since the concentration is less than 500 to 1. I would think you could add just about anything to the gas at that concentration and it probably wouldn't do much harm or good. Proofs in the pudding. Does anyone have any experience with this idea. Thanks for any information.


{Wheels.16.145}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 13 Apr 2013 07:37:33 CDT (2 lines)

It doesn't do anything. I don't have the info at my fingertips, but
it's just another in a long line of fuel fixes that don't work.


{Wheels.16.146}: Glen Marks {wotan} Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:59:45 CDT (4 lines)

Recent article on saving gas:



{Wheels.16.147}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Tue, 23 Apr 2013 06:09:14 CDT (HTML)

Good information!

For those that are seriously interested I would suggest this forum...

So far I just lurk and learn. I did buy a Scan Gauge II to play with and observe the effect of my foot on the pedal around town.


{Wheels.16.148}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Sat, 31 Aug 2013 04:17:21 CDT (HTML)

This guy drove too slow—now he's not allowed to drive at all

By Emily Gurnon, St. Paul Pioneer Press

POSTED: 08/20/2013 06:54:39 PM PDT | UPDATED: 10 DAYS AGO

" too-slow-not-allowed"


{Wheels.16.149}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 31 Aug 2013 08:35:33 CDT (1 line)

48 mph isn't that slow. I'm wondering how truthful he's being.


{Wheels.16.150}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:10:15 CDT (HTML)

I'd like to know his methodology for "sweet spot" determination.

He says he doesn't smoke, so I assume that he is not stoned.

If I'm going to drive slower under those circumstances, I pull off to allow accumulated vehicles behind me to pass.


{Wheels.16.151}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:59:48 CDT (1 line)



{Wheels.16.152}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:15:07 CDT (17 lines)

I was checking out consumer complaints about the Buick Enclave and
came across this doozy. You go from a compact car to a giant three-
row SUV and fill it to the rafters, and then complain not about how
much fuel it actually uses, but how much you paid to fill it...?

"I traded in my 2012 Verano for the 2013 Enclave. I did so because I
was driving across country and needed the larger space. I filled up
the Enclave almost to the ceiling, had 2 dogs, and 2 adults. This car
drove like a luxury care being loaded down with all this stuff. It
drove flawlessly and the v-6 engine always gave me the power I
needed. The extra cargo did not cause any slow down or cause any
power or performance let downs. I love the styling and I have almost
every option you can have. The warning side mirrors are a life saver.
My only complaints are there is no front camera warning systewm (now
available on the 2014) and the cost at the gas pump. At last fill up
it was $80 to fill up. It is luxurious and it drives amazingly. It is
just a bit steep at the gas pump/"


{Wheels.16.153}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:08:11 CDT (HTML)


A fuel tank with half the capacity might have only cost $40 to fill up (ignoring any residual fuel).


{Wheels.16.154}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:37:43 CDT (2 lines)

If they gave him a smaller tank, he'd complain that he has to stop
too often for gas ...


{Wheels.16.155}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:08:15 CDT (HTML)

In that case, I'd be more sympathetic.


{Wheels.16.156}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:14:56 CDT (1 line)

Remember that this person probably votes, too.


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