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Old 09-01-2008, 06:37 PM   #1
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Sticker shock at the gas pump

I just moved to the UK and picked up a nice little VW golf. I'm driving around running errands and remember that the gas light has been on for at least 2 days. So I decided to stop at the gas station on the air base and fill up, not realizing they close early on Sundays and there isn't a pay at the pump option. No biggie, there is a gas station a few miles away in town. I pull in and stick the nozzle in the filler neck and pull the trigger. I'm kinda looking around at some of the cars there, most are really small and old but there are a couple of nice BMW's. BMW's are around here like Honda Civics are in the US. I've seen at least 2 dozen Porsche's, 3 Ferrari's, 2 or 3 Lotus', and 1 Aston Martin DB7 and 1 DB9 in the month that I've been here. I didn't get to look at the DB9 very much as he was passing my slow ass car like I was in reverse. Then it hits me, that instant panic feeling. I'm not paying dollars per gallon, I'm paying pounds per liter. I immediately let go of the trigger and looked up at the pump. It read £19.97 @ 18.15 Litres. I rounded it up to £20 and went inside and paid my bill. On my way back to the car I'm trying to figure out what just happened. I can't do math in my head very well so I get in the car and pull forwards and then pull out my cell phone and use the calculator. The last time I looked at the conversion rate it was $1.88 to £1.00. I push a few buttons on the calculator and its spits out a couple of numbers: 37.6 and 4.004 That means that I just paid $37.60 for 4.004 gallons of gas.

That thought ($37.60 for 4 gallons) kinda kept coming back to me all day. I guess I'll just have to remember to plan ahead a little better from now on.

Ohh and gas on base is somewhere around $4.50 a gallon.

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Old 09-01-2008, 06:42 PM   #2
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Wow, and I thought it was bad here this summer. Gas was around $4.87 at it's peak but has dropped to about $3.71 in the past month. I'd always heard gas was very expensive in Europe though. I think Nico has mentioned it before, too.

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I noticed it was about $8.50 in Israel.
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double post. my bad.
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Just wait til you fill your jeep up. I'd love to see the look on your face.
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yep, Kansas still sucks.
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It ticks me off no end that the exchanges pay no federal or state taxes on gasoline or diesel but they charge it anyway, they slipped some sneaky rider through congress in the last appropriations bill and the price gouging difference goes to the exchange executives for their 'expenses'.
$4.50 a gallon on base is not bad over there, at least it still makes driving a jeep possible. Next time you see a new BMW 5 series diesel driving by just remember, he's getting 55-58 mile per gallon with that beemer, they won't let them import them to the US even though they are cleaner than anything we have here now.
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:28 AM   #8
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Just wait til you fill your jeep up. I'd love to see the look on your face.
No dice man!!! Thats about $180. It's on base gas or I'm walking.


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It ticks me off no end that the exchanges pay no federal or state taxes on gasoline or diesel but they charge it anyway, they slipped some sneaky rider through congress in the last appropriations bill and the price gouging difference goes to the exchange executives for their 'expenses'.
$4.50 a gallon on base is not bad over there, at least it still makes driving a jeep possible. Next time you see a new BMW 5 series diesel driving by just remember, he's getting 55-58 mile per gallon with that beemer, they won't let them import them to the US even though they are cleaner than anything we have here now.
Ya my golf gets just over 40mpg. I think the beemers aren't importable for the same reason the nissan skyline isn't importable.....the crash test ratings don't comply with US standards. I could be wrong.

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