View Full Version : CHEAP GAS! Well, or cheaper anyways
08-21-03, 01:30 AM
Check out this link; http://www.gasbuddy.com/
Tells you where the cheapest gas in your town is, and you can even win stuff for posting gas prices! Including free gas!
I've even put the #'s for the cheapest gas stations in my area into my celphone so I can call around and find the cheapest one so I can plan my route ahead of time... I love being me, and I love my unlimited minutes celphone plan!
08-21-03, 03:16 AM
Cool link... but my tiny town ain't on it... :( :( :(
08-21-03, 03:20 AM
Sure it is, here; http://www.ontariogasprices.com/
I got there by scrolling down and using the states/provinces drop down menu.
If your town isn't listed, list it. That's how those prices get there.
08-21-03, 12:13 PM
Wellllll whaddya know. Not only am I on it, but apparently my city is paying 15c more for gas than anybody in southern Ontario!!!!
:mad: :mad: :mad:
08-21-03, 07:01 PM
My town's on it:)....lots of Sam's Clubs....:) and Kosco's.....
08-23-03, 09:06 PM
Not only have I been to GasBuddy, but I'm a member (free), and I truly hyperfocused on the forums there for a month and updated gas prices almost daily until I hit my 10,000 points. Then I lost interest and faded away.
I stumbled across another tangential "topic of the month" to hyper-focus on in the "off-topic" forum. Here's the thread that started that one:
GasBuddy forum link to Seti@home thread (http://www.twincitiesgasprices.com/forum_msg.asp?category=1176&topic=20674&page=3&page_size=30)
Anyway, it's a great site.
08-25-03, 05:20 PM
Ever get anything for the 10k points?
BTW, thanks for mentioning the free singup- it's free to everyone.
08-26-03, 09:34 AM
Not yet. As you probably know, you get a little red car next to your name when you hit 10K that is visible when you post, and as you earn more points, you progress through different color cars. You can opt to convert the points to lottery tickets for chances to win free gasoline.
For the unititiated, you get points for posting on the forum, posting observed gas prices at stations you see, reading articles and other things. The forum was fun, but I've decided to channel my "urge to post on forums" to a more constructive purpose by frequenting ADDforums instead.
08-27-03, 11:08 PM
Wow, only 60+ posts to get a picture of a little red car. Whoop de flippin doo. I can download one in seconds... ;p
08-28-03, 09:12 AM
Exactly. No bid deal. Accumulating the points can get sort of addictive (addicting?) and fun though.
08-31-03, 03:36 PM
Just to wander off sideways from the topic, here's something I found that is supposed to reduce gas consumption by 10% with a money back guarantee. Havn't tried it but is on my list of 5732 things to do tomoorow.
08-31-03, 08:43 PM
Interesting- I've done some upgrading on my own van- is anyone surprised by this? ;)
One thing that I know for a fact does work is the fuel master, available from Harbor Freight (www.harborfreight.com) for $15, $10 on sale. With some caveats, namely, that it needs to be really close to the carburator or fuel injector to make a big difference.
It is basically a couple of u-shaped magnets that ziptie onto your rubber fuel line. The resulting magnetic field causes the hydrocarbons ( I think, it's been a while since I read the package insert) to space out, causing the fuel to combust quicker and more efficiently.
Also, since it is a ceramic magnet, heat destroys it, meaning that it needs to be placed in probably the most destructive spot for it to work. I've tried to ameliorate this by insulating it with expanding insulating foam (intended for windows, doors, electrical outlets, etc.) shot into a plastic bag around the fuelmaster. If you're going to do this, I recommend using care as the foam and the bag are possible flammables, though it's highly unlikely they would combust in the 150-200 degree environment of the engine compartment. Just don't do anything dumb like having the plastic touching any hot parts and you should be ok.
Another thing that I'd heard from a customer in the harbor freight store that does work is the Tornado. http://www.tornadofuelsaver.com
I can't really say whether it does work or not, my engine has an elusive miss that I've not been able to solve yet despite replacing ignition wires, plugs, distributor cap and rotor, and therefore is not as efficient as when I first got it, getting about 15 mpg. But the principle is sound, i.e., creating a vortex using engine vacuum to stir the air fuel mixture as in a blender to make it combust more efficiently. Subjectively, it feels like there's more power, but that's a hard call, especially in a van.
Also, I fabricated my own tornado from sheet metal, so it's not a fair comparison in that respect either. I just couldn't fork over $70 for something I could make myself.
08-31-03, 11:48 PM
I've done some reading on this Fuelstar dealy- and I have some reservations;
The first is the price. Paying over $400 for this thing (larger engines require a larger unit, they start at $200) to save $100 a year in gas doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Those numbers mean it would take 4 YEARS for this thing just to pay for itself, and I'll probably have a newer car by then.
They say it works really well on freight trucks and other large-type vehicles. Which makes more sense that they'd be used on these types of vehicles- fuel usage is critical and accounts for a lot of their operating costs.
What it also makes me think of though, is that the larger engines in these vehicles probably enjoy a LARGER friction decrease (more efficiency, in other words) than a smaller car engine would. There's just less surface area in a smaller car engine. So you might see less increase in fuel efficiency.
And their testimonials, or test results as they call them, if you look at them closely, seem to come from only 4 sources. And they're sources I've never heard of before. And the report by T. James Sprott suspiciously uses very similar wording to the fuelstar website in criticising testing done without the direct involvement of Fuelstar itself.
That's another suspicious thing- that Fuelstar tries to preemptively and somewhat defensively state that any testing done without their direct involvement is invalid. Testing by a neutral party is essential to impartiality.
I'd also like to see links to independent sources on their website to those supplying testimonials (test reports) for them. The fact that all that stuff is on their website bothers me. I was able to locate CEE's website, but not their report on Fuelstar.
Thanks for the suggestion, but the numbers haven't sold me. And I'd have to pretty much take it on faith that the thing works, and I'm not willing to do that based on what I've seen. I have sent an inquiry for more information to them, so maybe that will provide some information not found on the website that would make installing it make more sense.
Also, I read an article once that made a lot of common sense in that it pointed out that unless you believed there was some vast evil conspiracy running the world, why WOULDN'T car makers incorporate this technology into their cars if it worked? Wouldn't they sell more cars if they could make them more fuel efficient? Of course they would.
09-02-03, 10:37 AM
I must admit, I have wondered why manufacturers havn't included this technology if it worked. Cheap way (relatively) to get a mileage boost without having to resdesign the engine.
I think I might try the fuel master instead. Much cheaper, but I suppose I'll have to go over and pick it up on person.hehe.
As for the miss in the engine, apparently another ADD problem as my car does that as well!!
09-02-03, 12:46 PM
Here are a few more web sites for gas cost comparisons:
I was in Montauk, NY this weekend, and saw $2.54 a gallon at a Mobil Station for full service.
My jaw almost hit the floor.
09-02-03, 03:57 PM
Well, guess I'll stay away from New York....because for that price...it would cost me about $40.00 to fill up my little rental car....:(