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Real savings at the gas pump

The Boston Globe -- Like all drivers, you want to save gas and do what’s right for your car. But along with the tried-and-true advice, there are some well-intentioned tips that can lead you astray. Here are some common myths about fuel use and gas mileage, and the real stories behind them:

Using premium gas. When it comes to regular, midgrade, and premium gasoline, oil companies have worked overtime to drill the “good, better, best” concept into our collective driver psyche. But best really depends on the car you drive. Premium gas has a higher octane rating, usually 91 or above, and is more resistant to preignition, a condition in which fuel burns uncontrollably in the engine. Higher-performing engines are the most susceptible to that because they tend to run hotter, which is why premium is often


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sparky808
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Thank you for posting.
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Got Ya
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Already knew these tips.
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Thanks for the information....
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Good article.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 8:46:24 PM

I get the grade recommendation for my car. I can not afford to pay the higher cost when it's not needed.

I know that the big pickup trucks that we have had sometimes needs a little of a higher grade at some of the cheaper stations because their gas would make the truck ping.
DougtheEconMan
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 8:44:07 PM

KEEP YOUR GAS TANKS (and gas-cans) FULL! I've been posting this for almost four weeks. The "pundits" have misjudged or totally missed the supply/demand situation of gasoline. We've had no fewer than six refineries that have gone down with emergency repairs in the last month. A pipeline went down in this time. High or HIGHER prices are probable for the next 4-6weeks! In addition to these current production problems, we have a possible storm disruption. Maybe bigger, the Federal Reserve will be announcing that they are ready to do whatever it takes to keep the economy from recession.* This will put immediate pressure on the Dollar which increases oil prices. Be smart! Stay full!

*Fed Chairman speaks this Friday in Jackson Hole, Wy, addressing the Fed Reserve Conference. All financial markets worldwide will be watching. Dollar/energy markets may be directly affected
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 8:15:37 PM

3.93 sounded good this morning so I got 23 dollars worth. I was thankful I had the money to but it. I don't go as many places as I would like to.
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I like Quick's answer - "Ride a bike and lose weight at the same time. Then again we can vote all the corrupt lawmakers out of office and start over with new."
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 8:12:48 PM

At nearly $4.00 a gallon there isnt any possible savings at the pump, they might as well have someone at the pump holding a gun to your head because it feels like you are being robbed when you fill the tank.
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Nothing new under the sun
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Theres no savings at $4.00 a gallon .
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Ok
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where!!!!
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Thanks but there is not save at the gas pump.
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Thank you for posting.
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KEEP YOUR GAS TANKS (and gas-cans) FULL! I've been posting this for almost four weeks. The "pundits" have miss judged or totally missed the supply/demand situation of gasoline. We've had no fewer than six refineries that have gone down with emergency repairs in the last month. A pipeline went down in this time. High or HIGHER prices are probable for the next 4-6weeks! In addition to these current production problems, we have a possible storm disruption. Maybe bigger, the Federal Reserve will be announcing that they are ready to do whatever it takes to keep the economy from recession. This will put immediate pressure on the Dollar which increases oil prices. Be smart! Stay full!
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:59:07 PM

Interesting article
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consumer reports - your friendly government
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Je garderai les informations sur les pneus. (I will keep the information about the tires. 111 days til Paris)
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Ok
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ok
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Nothing new.
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I save so much $$$ using WVO
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...start slow; drive slow; coast to stop lights & down hill....
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:44:19 PM

The best savings at the pump come when your drive up to one with a high gasoline mileage vehicle.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:43:21 PM

Good advice for everyone.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:41:34 PM

The only thing I disagree with is the no name gas. It may come from the same tank as name brands, but the name brands add their "special formula" at the station otherwise it is just no name gas.
DougtheEconMan
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:40:59 PM

KEEP YOUR GAS TANKS (and gas-cans) FULL! I've been posting this for almost four weeks. The "pundits" have miss judged or totally missed the supply/demand situation of gasoline. We've had no fewer than six refineries that have gone down with emergency repairs in the last month. A pipeline went down in this time. High or HIGHER prices are probable for the next 4-6weeks! In addition to these current production problems, we have a possible storm disruption. Maybe bigger, the Federal Reserve will be announcing that they are ready to do whatever it takes to keep the economy from recession. This will put immediate pressure on the Dollar which increases oil prices. Be smart! Stay full!
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The only thing I got from this article was.....more Gasbuddy Points!
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:38:44 PM

Real savings at the pump is when you bring the gas price back down to $2.00 or less a gallon. People buy cars that will fit there budget- the size of there family- and the purpose they are going to use.
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I really didn't get much use from this article.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:35:37 PM

Most cars do not need anything higher than regular, and if they need it and do not get it they automatically retard the timing to avoid the problem. This robs a bit of power and efficiency but is still cheaper than the 10% or more premium on high octane gas.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:35:08 PM

Is this post now posted weekly ?
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:34:03 PM

so...
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Whatever
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Ride a bike and lose weight at the same time. Then again we can vote all the corrupt lawmakers out of office and start over with new.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:33:00 PM

I am told regular is best for my car.
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Good news.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:30:55 PM

Well it help more if they bring down the price of gas to $2.00.
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You want to save money, stop buying gas.
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:28:02 PM

Good article. Helpful advice.
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ok
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Okay.
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the best way to save gas...ride a bicycle!
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Good Info
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GOOD INFO
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:20:08 PM

The best way to save at the pump is to get what you pay for. You pay for a gallon of GASOLINE. Not .9 gallon of gas with a filler to make you think you're getting a gallon. Ethanol does not deliver the power or mileage of real gas.

But then again, new marketing says less is more and is better, so less gas for more money must be better.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 7:20:08 PM

Very good info, thanks..
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