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I know most of you down here in So Cal have noticed a steady increase on gas prices. I just had to fill my tank up paying $4.65 for the 91 Octane. However, as I drive through town you can certainly find a big difference in gas prices depending on area and or different brands.

I usually fill up with either 76 or Chevron. I try to stay away from Mobil/Exxon, Shell and the cheaper Arco. I wanted to pose the question, what Brand do other So Cal Forum members fill up with?

I must admit, I have been tempted to fill up with Arco being that it almost is about $0.20 - $0.30 Cents cheaper than the others. I am just not sure I trust the cheaper gas, in my opinion there must be a reason as to why it is so much cheaper. Anyone agree? Disagree?
 

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Come Wednesday, I'll be able to buy regular gas $3.79 gallon.
 

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I fill up at Shell V-power. Nothing bad to say about them for me.. its been the cheapest (quality) gas around here. I NEVER fill up at arco. Filled up the Mercury there for $25.. I noticed I got maybe 70% of what I'm supposed to get. I talked to the guy inside, he checked it out and said thats just the way it is in arco. Maybe they're water/gas ratio is a bit off? Chevron is the most expensive around here in Hollywod.
 

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Here in North Los Angeles county I got to either Shell V or Mobil. Mostly because they are both close to my house. Right now at both 87 octane is $4.21 with 91 around $4.50. I am hearing $5.00 by July and this all could top out around $7.00. I wonder how high it will go before the USA goes into the worst recession in history. The people running for office do not really seem to care. Hey if I made 6-20 million a year like them I might not either. They are talking about suspending the 'gas tax' which in CA is 18 cents a gallon. It goes up that much every 5 days.
 

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Yeah, .18 cents is not really going to do much right now. I am taking public transportation more often now. I live in the San Fernando Valley and work in Downtown LA so my commute mostly consists of a slow crawl for about 20 miles. To say the least this is not the most efficient way to get the best gas mileage. My computer says that I am getting anywhere between 15.2MPG - 16.2 MPG.

I've been looking to do some additional add ons to the car, I already have CAI, Exhaust, Throttle Body Spacer. Next I am looking for the Cortex Tuner. Hoping to see an increase to maybe 18MPG average.

As far as Arco goes, I have heard that their gas just doesn't last as long as the others. But I wasn't sure if it was just a myth or reality. I guess more time is needed on the train then huh?
 

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So here is another question.

What would be the implications of filling up with 89 or 87 Octane? Can I expect a huge difference in performance? Am I risking damaging the internals some how?
 

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I was just thinking that. Went to fill up yesterday, premium unldeaded was at $4.69, and $5 used to be a joke to us... :confused


 

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So here is another question.

What would be the implications of filling up with 89 or 87 Octane? Can I expect a huge difference in performance? Am I risking damaging the internals some how?
I have heard using 87 octane does effect performance and cause engine knock. No damage if used every so often but over time it might but I have never used it before. If you think about it is does not make that much difference in savings. If it cost an extra .20 to put 91 octane in and you get 18 mpg and drive 12K miles a year it will cost you an extra $8.50 per month.
 

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With premium at $4.99 here in Hollywood.... This is a sight I havent seen in quite a while...

 

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With premium at $4.99 here in Hollywood.... This is a sight I havent seen in quite a while...

I just saw 4.99 in North Hollywood. Believe it or not, $5.00 a gallon is already here. I also saw diesel at 5.29.

I am also contemplating buying a new bike. Yamaha R1 to be exact. I owned an old FZR1000 but it broke down a few months ago and I haven't ridden for about 3 months, but I think it's definitely time to get back on the saddle.

Here is what I came up with. I pay about $500/month in gas with the goat. New bike would be about $250/month with insurance and about $15 per fill up. That will get me about 120 Miles on one tank. = 3 days commute round trip. Filling up 7 times a month X $15 = $105

$105+$250=$355 Per month. I would save $145 per month. $1740/year. Plus, and we can't forget this, I get a new toy. That alone should be a determining factor.

Almost a no brainer huh?
 
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