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$4.00 18 16.36%
$4.50 10 9.09%
$5.00 38 34.55%
$5.50 10 9.09%
$6.00 15 13.64%
$6.50 19 17.27%
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The price I would do it is not listed
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Re: Influence of Gas Prices

$3.50 has changed my driving habits, not my purchasing habits. now we dont go to nice sat night dinners (sometimes we do) but we pull back in areas like dinners, which, has a direct economic impact...

so no gas price will drive me out of my jeep (if i ever get it) i just changes other areas of my life... ie those spending habits, to put gas in the jeep.
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Re: Influence of Gas Prices

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V6 is not much better with regards to fuel mileage in my experience.
JS, did you ever get better than you initially reported? Tried switching to non-ethanol based fuels?

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I can tell you that after buying the V6, and seeing that the V8's efficiency isn't that much worse due to the neat cylinder reduction trick (whatever that is called)....

I really wish I got the V8.

The V6 is great -- except on Atlanta freeways when trying to get from a stop to merging into 80mph traffic on a *very* short metered onramp.

I'd pay for the extra gas for that extra boost, which I consider a safety thing.

This being said....

I have been experimenting with E85, and have found in the city I get almost identical MPG as 87 octane (~20mpg). Highway, not so much (also around 20mpg, down from 26mpg I get from 87 octane). I don't have anyway to measure it, but when I run on E85 my 0-60 is definitely slower. I'm willing to adjust my route a little to avoid that scary onramp for the money savings. I may try mixing E85 and a higher octane gas to see if that improves it, but I read somewhere that mixing them isn't such a great idea for the engine...?

E85 is $2.17 a gallon here.. 87 is $3.79... I'm lucky to work near the Atlanta "gasoline farm" in Chamblee so there are several E85 stations nearby. Since most of my driving is city, I am becoming an ethanol fan... even though I still think using food as auto fuel is a stupid long term idea.
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Re: Influence of Gas Prices

Does the Hemi support E85?
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Re: Influence of Gas Prices

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Does the Hemi support E85?
No the HEMI does not support E85. 89 is the recomended.
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Re: Influence of Gas Prices

Not so long time ago you paid $1.20 - 1.60 a gallon. Now some years later with gas 3 times as expensive people still buy v8's and v6's.
This because inflation tends to occur when the crude price goes up. So instead of considering a hybrid or what not..... You're better off asking for a raise
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I can tell you that after buying the V6, and seeing that the V8's efficiency isn't that much worse due to the neat cylinder reduction trick (whatever that is called)....

I really wish I got the V8.

The V6 is great -- except on Atlanta freeways when trying to get from a stop to merging into 80mph traffic on a *very* short metered onramp.

I'd pay for the extra gas for that extra boost, which I consider a safety thing.

This being said....

I have been experimenting with E85, and have found in the city I get almost identical MPG as 87 octane (~20mpg). Highway, not so much (also around 20mpg, down from 26mpg I get from 87 octane). I don't have anyway to measure it, but when I run on E85 my 0-60 is definitely slower. I'm willing to adjust my route a little to avoid that scary onramp for the money savings. I may try mixing E85 and a higher octane gas to see if that improves it, but I read somewhere that mixing them isn't such a great idea for the engine...?

E85 is $2.17 a gallon here.. 87 is $3.79... I'm lucky to work near the Atlanta "gasoline farm" in Chamblee so there are several E85 stations nearby. Since most of my driving is city, I am becoming an ethanol fan... even though I still think using food as auto fuel is a stupid long term idea.
Don't believe the hype. Ethanol is alcohol. Any chemist worth his salt will tell you adding alcohol to fuel has the opposite effect of improving gas mileage and engine wear. You are better off going with a no-ethanol 89 and adding 2-3 ounces of pure acetone per 10 gallons.
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Re: Influence of Gas Prices

I'm in agreement with others that $4.00 per gallon has changed the driving I do, not the vehicle purchasing decision itself. I traded in my 2009 3.7L V6 GC on the 2011 HEMI GC back in February fully expecting that the cost of fuel would continue to rise (which it has). The difference in fuel economy between these two vehicles is marginal at best.

The only real difference at this point is that we use the better-half's Prius more often.
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I'm in agreement with others that $4.00 per gallon has changed the driving I do, not the vehicle purchasing decision itself. I traded in my 2009 3.7L V6 GC on the 2011 HEMI GC back in February fully expecting that the cost of fuel would continue to rise (which it has). The difference in fuel economy between these two vehicles is marginal at best.

The only real difference at this point is that we use the better-half's Prius more often.
Love the screen name!

A lot of guys I know do this. They have a gas hog/"play" car for fun and showing off, then drive something sensible for their duties.
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Re: Influence of Gas Prices

This poll would work better if you used ranges. The only reason I chose $6.50 is because it was the highest value. I'm not very sensitive to gas prices.
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Re: Influence of Gas Prices

There was a comedian, I think it was George Carlin, who used to joked about how ridiculously LOW gas was priced. At the time, a gallon of gas was right around a gallon of milk. Then he would ask the audience to imagine how much effort goes into getting each of them...with great humor of course. In the end, gas should have been higher priced then. Maybe we all wish it was lower, but we get a whole lot of utility out of each gallon! If we are still buying, it's all okay and it must be worth it. For my part, when I looked at the premium one had to pay for a hybrid, as compared to the miles I drive in particular, there was no mathematical, MONETARY argument for a hybrid. Saving the environment is the another story...but I am one who recognizes the Sun's role in Global warming too...not all us! In my opinion, the whole MPG issue is bogus. It has more to do with your usage. If you commute 40 miles each way, you will burn way more than I do working from home!!
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