Sunday, May 18, 2008

Psychological barrier

For the first time ever, I paid more than $50 to fill up my tank.

It's still less than $4 for regular around here, which is what my car takes. The gas stations are charging over $4 for premium, which makes me glad I didn't purchase the VW Passat back in '03 when I bought my current car. (The dealer said the Passat only takes premium.) But my regular-chugging car only gets about 20 mpg. Of course, it's all stop'n'go city driving because I live close to work. And I've only just 36,000 miles after five-plus years of driving. But still, that 20 mpg really glares like a neon light when gas costs this much.


Blogger Jessica said...

Churns my stomach every time I fill up these days!

9:46 PM, May 18, 2008  
Blogger liz said...

We're trying to figure out how to squeeze a less guzzly car into the budget. Now that I'm not making the 60-mile-roundtrip to school, things may get easier.

9:54 PM, May 18, 2008  
Blogger kenju said...

I hear ya. My car has a 20 gallon tank. I try to keep it above 1/2 tank at all times, mainly because it costs so much to fill it if it is more than half empty. I am so disgusted with the prez. He could put a cap on it or something.

12:21 AM, May 19, 2008  
Blogger K said...

My husband has the Passat, and yes, it does take premium. I keep trying to convince him that regular gas wouldn't kill it...but he is convinced otherwise!

9:20 AM, May 19, 2008  
Blogger Tom Bozzo said...

Around here, premium has commanded 20 cents more than regular for at least the 10 years it's sort-of mattered to me (in that I've had cars that are supposed to be fed premium). An upshot is that the premium percentage has fallen from ~20% to ~5%, yet I am still irritated at automakers who seem to gratuitously "require" premium.

As for the "neon light," word -- my car, with AWD, gets high teens in stop-and-go driving. I really shouldn't care too much, since I drive less than 3,000 miles/year these days (via bike commuting); still, what I hope to do is get both a cheaper to own and reasonably cheap to operate car.

12:34 PM, May 19, 2008  
Blogger Songbird said...

There are gas stations here that don't even SELL Premium anymore.
Over the weekend I put a deposit on a Prius. I feel like I'll be getting out of jail.

12:53 PM, May 19, 2008  
Anonymous Addy N. said...

I'm so glad that we decided to buy a hybrid last summer (Honda Civic). And I am also really loving my whopping 3-mile commute to work!

9:34 PM, May 19, 2008  
Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

$49.42 to fill up my Beetle today. Sheesh.

9:18 PM, May 22, 2008  

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