Kum & Go was made for Twitter - Iowa city version

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  1. HFCS

    HFCS Well-Known Member

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    Gas prices in LA are out of control. A good deal for regular right now is about 3.50. A small handful of gas stations around town though will constantly sell for a FULL TWO DOLLARS higher than typical, it's widely talked about and nobody seems to know why. They aren't near an airport so it's not taking advantage of the many wealthy foreigners. I get gas at a Shell on my block right now that is $3.50 and 20 blocks down the same street this Shell station is $5.50.
     
  2. derpyherky

    derpyherky Active Member

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    Don't mind me filling up with 87E0 for $2.54/gallon.
     
  3. HFCS

    HFCS Well-Known Member

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    When I was back in Sioux City and St Louis visiting family for holidays I was asking my parents and in laws if I could have the pleasure of filling up their cars. I said "no really, I will enjoy it".
     
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    I always thought "Kum and Go" was short for "Spurt and Split"
     
  5. c.y.c.l.o.n.e.s

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    The way that they tax everything out there I am honestly surprised to see that you can get it for $3.50.
     
  6. HFCS

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    The weird thing is even the price before taxes is among the highest in the nation, which is oddly frustrating given there are oil wells everywhere. You land at LAX and drive a mile or two and you'll see oil being drilled. The elevator in my building smells like gasoline because natural tar comes up from underground beneath it.
     
  7. stateofmind

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    I've found that the E85 was like 25% less gas efficiency. I've done that test 4 or 5 times and it was consistent. When I can get gas at Fleet Farm for $2.09 I need to get that E85 for $1.80 or better to make it worth it. I do love how my truck performs on that hot burning fuel though.

    But back on topic, pics or it didn't happen.
     
  8. BCClone

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    The flex fuel engines take about 2-3 tanks of fuel for the computer to figure out what it is burning. If you did 4-5 consecutive tanks then yes, those last 1-2 tanks should have been a decent indicator of the mileage. Too many people fill up 1-2 tank fulls and compare that to what the 10% or unleaded gets and then complain about crappy mileage.
     
  9. NorthCyd

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    I wouldn't go out of my way, but living in the metro I pass multiple gas stations just about anywhere I go. Avoiding Kum and Go is pretty easy.
     
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    Really? I don't think I ever did multiple tanks, maybe 2 or 3, I may try that again.
     
  11. BCClone

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    Yeah, these engine computers are messy. Remember a guy who had a V10 and he complained that it wouldn’t pull anything. He was doing drive in truck pulls with it we found out and was getting embarrassed by it. We told him that he needed to get the computer thinking that it was going to do heavy pulling by starting slow for a bit and then hammering down. Otherwise it thinks you are just street driving. He changed to this style and came back happy because he started winning a bunch.

    GM has told us in 2011 when we bought our Suburban than whatever we ran, just be consistent because the computers take a few tanks to figure out the fuel. I will usually go with 15% so it’s as much ethanol as possible but even in rural Iowa finding a consistent E85 pump is tough. The other thing to notice is that the pump says they only guarantee you will get 60-75% ethanol at this pumps.
     
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  12. NodawayRiverClone

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    Regardless of what K&G have in mind for promoting their brand, the story on gas is: Ethanol contains about one-third less energy than gasoline. So, vehicles will typically go 3% to 4% fewer miles per gallon on E10 and 4% to 5% fewer on E15 than on 100% gasoline.

    So, one should try to pay a price that is comparable to the reduction in mileage.

    The other thing - gas out of the pipeline is all the same, but brand-based fuel additive packages are different. Car companies started Top Tier gas to encourage gas brands to certify that their gas exceeds minimum government requirements for additives. Ones that have are QT, BP, Phillips/Conoco, Shell, Sinclair. Local chains had not, last I checked, so who knows?
     
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