: The Luck of The Irish



Submariner409
06-10-08, 12:52 PM
Blind luck and superstition wins out over skill and science once again !!!

Went for a 75 mile morning drive to warm up the car for an oil/filter change. Had let the gas tank run down to <1/4 so decided to fill up at the local XTra Mart in town, 3 miles from home. Pull in and there are paper notices on every pump: "Out of regular. Premium at regular price."

So, for $3.849/gal I just dumped in 15 gallons of 93 that would have been $4.179. (I squeezed it full....)

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.........

dkozloski
06-10-08, 01:24 PM
I think this bit about the luck of the Irish often gets confused with the one about the good Lord looking after fools and drunks. Some times it's hard to separate the two.

Submariner409
06-10-08, 01:42 PM
.......jusssh eggzacly whaddarushayin ????

EcSTSatic
06-10-08, 01:43 PM
:hmm: I'm still wondering why you drove 75 miles to warm up the car for an oil change? You burned probably $10 in gas.
I like the deal you got. I doubt most stations are so generous.

Submariner409
06-10-08, 01:49 PM
Car had been idle for a while.......Oil changes are best done after long trip heats the oil and stirs up all the nasties again, and I also had to deliver a Quadrajet to a boat owner. (There was cash on the barrelhead involved.:yup:)

dkozloski
06-10-08, 01:51 PM
I took the family 75 miles to toast a marshmallow alongside a stream. I guess that makes me foolish as well.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-10-08, 02:12 PM
I racked up 84 miles last weekend to take some pictures of the car against scenic Lake Minnetonka.

dwight.j.carter
06-10-08, 02:16 PM
And did you notice a difference in performance with the premium ?

Submariner409
06-10-08, 02:36 PM
With this fill, no. The gas station is only a tad over 3 miles from home, so no wild experience,..........on and off the ramps/2x10's an hour ago, parked. But there has been little to no difference in performance or mileage over 3 round trips (1660 miles) to Florida and back during which I swapped brands and grades looking for the pot of gold. Fortunately, my '02 seems perfectly happy with 87 rotgut.

dwight.j.carter
06-10-08, 02:50 PM
Around here I do 89 because it's the cheapest mixed with ethanol. My car seems to do good with it but I notice a slight difference in pickup speed from 89 to 91 octane.

dkozloski
06-10-08, 03:14 PM
Stroker McGurk says you can't feel less than 10% in the seat of your pants.

MauiV
06-10-08, 06:09 PM
I racked up 84 miles last weekend to take some pictures of the car against scenic Lake Minnetonka.


Game....Blouses

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CIWS
06-10-08, 06:32 PM
Pull in and there are paper notices on every pump: "Out of regular. Premium at regular price."


You did luck out. Around here all they post is signs saying "Premium only"

I went into one not too long ago that had those signs up, walked inside to pay with cash and said "give me 30.00 worth,please" the attendant replied "we only have premium..." So I said " Oh, well in that case I'll only take 30.00 worth" :rolleyes:

Submariner409
06-10-08, 11:19 PM
CIWS, Looks as if we're not alone in the convenience store smarts department in Merryland. I'd rather have $30 worth of high test than regular, sort of like a pound of bricks or feathers......:rolleyes:

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
06-10-08, 11:47 PM
Around here I do 89 because it's the cheapest mixed with ethanol. My car seems to do good with it but I notice a slight difference in pickup speed from 89 to 91 octane.

Why would you want ethanol in your gas? My car will run an extra 75-100 miles on a full tank of ethanol-free gas as compared to gas with 10% ethanol added. It just loves that stuff. Too bad its not available at all within 80 miles of my house. :mad:

Submariner409
06-11-08, 10:00 AM
I wish that upper eastern Maryland had not voluntarily "opted-in" to the ethanol propaganda. My cars/trucks were perfectly happy with the MTBE stuff a few years ago. Darn trouble is that anywhere within a pretty large radius of Baltimore-DC is all EPA mandated to use E-10 year-round. There's no way to escape ethanol here.