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Hey all,<p>For the sake of curiosity, what are gas prices like for everyone? <p>With summer soon approaching, I really get frustrated that premium fuel jumped from $2.49 to $2.89+ in less than 2 weeks. It takes 40 bucks, and for a college student it's just a little frustrating. Thank god it gets great mileage on the highway.<p>
 

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Re: rising gas prices!!! (Dygitalpmp)

Just filled up with Amoco 93 for $2.99/gallon. With an 18 gallon tank, here come the $30-$40 dollar fillups again. I think the worst one was almost $50 when premium was running $3.50-$3.75 post Katrina.
 

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Re: rising gas prices!!! (MagoonR)

Paying about $1.20 per litre for 92 octane around here. That worked out to a $64 fill up the other day! My AWD T5 only gets about 360km per tank, too.<p> Al
 

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Re: rising gas prices!!! (Dygitalpmp)

Right at $3.00 a gallon for premium here in California. It hurts. <br>I'm living by the instantaneous MPG, and no heavy accelerating.<br>I miss driving... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: rising gas prices!!! (littlezipp)

To hell with living by the gas mileage gauge. My philosophy is, if we're going to pay this much for something, we might as well enjoy using it! Go ahead and burn it up. The sweet turbo whistle from under the hood is easily worth a little earlier fill up!<p> Al
 

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Gas prices here in South Africa for octane 95 (at the coast) is roughly R5.49 ($0.84) per litre - so that'll be about $3.20/gallon.<p>With the usual amount of driving, I use rougly half a tank a week. Getting my new 2.4 V50 however has changed things - that extra power and sound of the 5-cyl engine, makes it hard not to press down on that pedal!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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Re: rising gas prices!!! (Al Canuck)

Considering the cost of our vehicles the price of gas is a really small percentage of total cost. Say 12,000 miles in a year at 20mpg for the sake of argument. <p>12,000 miles / 20mpg = 600 gal<p>For $3/gal: 600 gal x $3 = $1800<br>For $2/gal: $600 gal x $2 = $1200<br>So for every $0.01 we pay extra for gas translates into about $6/year. <p>I figure that if <$600/year (on a $30,000 vehicle is <2% total cost) is really not a big financial consideration. Nobody likes paying more for gas, but we are more fortunate than any other nation in terms of access to affordable gas. $3/gal is cheap.
 

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Re: rising gas prices!!! (vlv4life)

vlv4life has an excellent point. While I long for the days of $1 per gallon gas, the price increase really ain't hurting me. I'm guessing that most of us are in the same boat. If we were truly pinching our pennies we'd all be driving Honda Civics. I drove my Volvo for 1600 miles in Europe and was paying about $6 per gallon. To be truthful, I wouldn't mind paying $6 for gas in the States if everyone got health insurance.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vlv4life</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">but we are more fortunate than any other nation in terms of access to affordable gas. $3/gal is cheap. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well not ANY other nation. I've read that gas in the UAE and Venezuela is dirt cheap. But your point is valid nonetheless, especially when factoring in our income. We're very fortunate.
 

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Everybody's points are valid and I agree. That doesn't stop me from griping about how much I have to pay <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> It's about $2.90 for premium here right now.<p>Good thing it's warm enough for the motorcycle now.
 

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$2.81 for premium 93 octane in Boston. I'm thinking about going back to the stock program soon in order to use 87 octane.<p>I've been getting around 28 mpg driving normaly with periodic bouts of spirited driving.
 

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Gas gouging, just in time for Easter weekend. Who are these oil companies<br>kidding. Wait until Memorial Day! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JJ_S40</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Gas gouging, just in time for Easter weekend. Who are these oil companies<br>kidding. Wait until Memorial Day! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>what's the oil companies have to do with it, exactly? To blame them lacks perspective. Oil is traded on an open market, so is gasoline for that matter. Oil companies do not set their own price.<br>Refiners are switching to ethanol from MTBE. There is a shortage of ethanol. Ethanol is made from corn, corn farmers get subsidies which artificially inflate the price of ethanol. Brazil is almost 100% ethanol,but guess what? Domestic ethanol producers are protected with high tariffs on imported ethanol. So, farm subisidies and protective tariffs are working against you, the consumer.<br>You want to point fingers, call your Congressman.<p>Consider a gallon of milk from Wisconsin costs more than a gallon of gas that started as oil in the ground half way around the world, was shipped here, refined and delivered by truck to your neighborhood gas station for less than $3 per gallon. Europeans pay almost twice that. Our gas is a bargain.
 

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Re: rising gas prices!!! (vlv4life)

Yes, Raymond has a point BUT.... I drive about 32,000 mi. per year. My car that's 9-1/2 mo. old has almost 25,000 miles.... But it's still cheaper to drive than My diesel pickup that got a lifetime averaged of 19 mpg.....with $2.73/gal. fuel. I paid $2.959/gal Tuesday night and am getting around 31-32 mpg.... it's not quite warm enough in WI to get up to 33-34 yet. <br> Every penny increase is a Dollar Bill to Me over the course of a year. Ahhhh for the Good Old Days when I first got My truck back in '96 and a 40+ gal. fill-up cost less than $40.00. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> I fueled it up 10 days ago.... I didn't top the tanks off and one was only 3/4 empty and stopped at $92.00 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Well, when I read oil companies made 44% profit in the first quarter alone last year. That one company made 30 billion dollars profit, something is wrong here.
 

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I last filled up at 3.15/gal. Unfortunately, it's 91 PISS. I'm more than happy to pay that much for the higher octane that you East Coasters get, not this watered down crap.
 

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Re: rising gas prices!!! (mike_c70)

$2.99 in Texas for 93, I get a real 30 MPG but drive more then 15,000 a year. I do about 34 to 36 MPG to work , and about 28 MPG in city weekend driving. The iridium plugs were worth 2 MPG, I went back to the stock plug and that day I cold see a -2 MPG change on my mpg computer <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: rising gas prices!!! (Oldman)

I filled up both my cars today. $6 per gallon <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 
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The point regarding Brazil's use of ethanol is also a good one. They have flex-fuel vehicles, and their ethanol refining process (using sugar cane, not corn) is much more efficient, which is important since it lowers the price point below that of gasoline. <p>At the end of the day, price point pushed the Brazilian consumer to ethanol since their flex-fuel vehicles allowed them to use either available fuel source. The tariffs the U.S. charges on imported Ethanol are huge...I think it's currently around $0.54/gal so there is little incentive for Brazil to export to the U.S. <p>Bush talked about alternative fuels in the State of Union address (remember wood chips and switch grass?), but they are taxing us out of the market for a cleaner-burning, reneweable, less-expensive fuel source that is available NOW.
 
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