[Vwdiesel] How to Beat the Gas Pump Blues

Gerry gerry.wolfe at sympatico.ca
Fri Mar 7 08:11:43 EST 2003

Dunno how much of an impact this would have... the tank itself is quite a ways underground.  Also, here in Ontari-ari-ari-o, there is a sticker on the pump itself which says something to the effect that the flow rate is compensated/calibrated to the equivalent of X degrees (forget what actual temperature).  Indicates to me that maybe the pump passes a bit more fuel in the summer than it does in the winter to compendsate for the density difference?

> From: Nate Wall <natewall1 at yahoo.com>
> Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 08:28:17 -0800 (PST)
> To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
> Subject: [Vwdiesel] How to Beat the Gas Pump Blues
> I just took a peek at the article titled in the
> Subject line. Its at:
> http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,426934,00.html
> Basically gives tips on how to save gas. Most of us on
> the List probably do these things, AND drive VW
> diesels. I chuckle to myself when I read stuff like
> this (and when I hear the SUV owners in the office
> bitch and moan about fuel prices).
> The article does have one tip I've never seen in
> print, but have always wondered about:
> "Don't sweat it at the pump. This is not a
> consideration for most of the country at the moment,
> but those of you who are actually enjoying
> temperatures the rest of us remember fondly as
> "warmth," try not to fill your tank at the hottest
> point in the day. Cooler temperatures keep the gas at
> its densest state, which means you essentially get
> "more" gas for your money."
> How much more fuel can you get in the winter if its
> several degrees colder? It can't be that much denser.
> One thing for sure, though, winter mileage is 10 - 15
> percent worse than summer mileage. So you still use
> more fuel in winter.
> BTW, yesterday, I spent more for a fill-up than I have
> ever. A whopping $21.80. You have to remember, though,
> that represents 545 miles of driving. The wife's
> Maxima can be filled for about $35 at current prices,
> but that gets you about 300 - 350 miles. The Jetta
> fuel costs about 40% of the Maxima's. A lot of other
> stuff costs less, too, like tires, insurance, etc. So
> I would put the Jetta's operating cost at about one
> third opf the Maxima's. The owner's manual in the
> Maxima says to use premium fuel, too. Its engine has a
> 10.6:1 compression ratio, high for gas engines. Since
> it has a knock sensor, it gets mid-grade fuel.
> Another thing I have noticed is that the Premium
> Diesel at Texaco, which is always sky high, now costs
> what Crown and Hess diesel costs. I filled up at
> Texaco last night for $1.83/gal.
> --Nate
> http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,426934,00.html
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