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Old 05-10-2008, 11:38 AM   #1
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Personal best with my second VX - bring on $5/gal gas!!!

While most won't agree with me, I'm pleased gas has reached $4/gal. I drove from Detroit to Chicago yesterday afternoon and the VX got 54.5 mpg with the cruise control set at 60 mph - the best I've achieved with this car. I have noticed that some drivers are slowing down to get better fuel economy and that's great because there's less chance I will get hit when traffic slows down to the speed limit of 70. A couple of years ago, it would have been difficult and potentially foolish to try to drive 60 mph when everyone else wanted to go 80. There were a couple of semi's that tailgated me too close before they passed me yesterday which makes me wonder what their hurry was with diesel being even more expensive than good old petrol. Now I'm looking forward to driving 55 mph when gas reaches $5/gal. I paid the highest price I ever have yesterday too - $3.96. The cars whizzing by me at 75 mph and above were spending two to three times as much as me even though they didn't reach their destinations that much earlier than I did. $5 a gallon gas can't come soon enough for me.

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Old 05-10-2008, 12:24 PM   #2
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It's nice to think that with that mileage gas at $5 a gallon will still cost you less than 10 cents a mile.

Imagine taking a roll of quarters and throwing two of them out the window every mile, if you were getting 10 mpg at $5 a gallon.


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Old 05-11-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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Hopefully people will see that bigger isn't always better when it comes to cars. I need to slow down myself so I can get into the fifties.
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:00 PM   #4
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I kid you not when I say, driving in Northern KY, Souther Ohio, and Eastern Indiana, the interstate speed limits are still being passed by 99% of drivers. If its 55mph (in certain spots, most are 65mph or 70mph) I'll do 55mph and get passsed like I'm sitting still.

Where its 65mph I'll do 60mph and feel VERY scared I'm gonna get rear ended at times by driver's who think its fun to wait until the last imaginable second to pass me, and where the speed limit is 70mph, drivers are routinely doing 80+ and I refuse to go over 60mph unless a Semi truck is behind me and showing no signs of going around me.

Gas hit 3.79 for 87 octane last week and drivers here still couldn't care less.

Very frustrated,


PS: I did an all-time best on my last fill up too! Check my gaslog!
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Old 05-11-2008, 08:23 PM   #5
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I agree that some people have slowed down on the highway, even tho for myself, 5 a gallon or even 8 wouldn't bother me since i'm filling up once a month with a 10 gallon civic. It would make people buy smaller cars and ditch that V8 SUV that gets 12 mpg.

but at 5 a gallon, the price of food, and other goods will go up, it affects everyone, not just SUV owners. I have friends who works as a waiter, valet parker, casino dealer, etc who makes under minimum wage (job greatly rely on tips) and they said their tips has went way down these past months since customers have to pay more for gas, food, etc. after tips they're averaging very close to minimum wage
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