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Postby squished18 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:14 am

So looking through the posting on 23 ways to save fuel, let's take a look at the one's I'm doing and the one's I'm not:

YES:
* purchase a fuel-efficient car
* be wary of gas-saving products
* find the best prices: I check for gas prices on my BlackBerry
* reduce drag: nothing added to cause drag
* buy gas on Wednesdays: actually it's cheapest on Tuesdays here
* use the right octane level
* drive at a constant moderate speed: 10km/h over speed limit max
* use cruise control: I use it regularly
* anticipate stop signs and lights: hoping for more roundabouts
* keep your cool: air conditioner, because it lowers the humidity as well as making it cooler

SORTA:
* keep your vehicle well-maintained: regular maintenance at the shop; needs paint work and rust-proofing
* keep the tires properly inflated: performed quarterly
* alter your commute time: work is only 15 minutes away; traffic is always medium to light
* optimize your travel: I usually won't drive out for just one errand
* don't go out of your way to save pennies on gas; I usually look for a 5-cent difference before purchasing
* use a gas credit card - not specifically for gas, but I do get points
* don't idle - if I know I'm going to be sitting for more than a minute, I'll shut off

NO:
* buy gas from a wholesale club - would Canadian Tire count?
* lighten your load - my car tends to be a storage area
* buy gas at the coolest time of the day
* drive less - I could feasibly bike to work; on my list of objectives after getting married; if we can get by on just one car, that'll save a ton of cash

So here are the top ways I could work to improve my efficiency:
* get the paint job and rust-proofing done before the next winter
* check the tires monthly
* bike to work

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Postby squished18 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:15 am

Forgot the link to the original blog posting:
http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/ ... l-economy/

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Postby squished18 » Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:48 am

Here's a freak event on my odometer that occurred a few months ago:

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Postby jdroth » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:31 am

Even freakier is the fact that you had a camera ready to catpure the event. :lol:

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Postby squished18 » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:42 am

Hey JD, they have cameras on phones now. :P

And you'll notice that the car wasn't moving when I took the picture, for which I deserve a pat on the back.

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Postby squished18 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:20 pm

Booked my regular maintenance for next week. Oil change, tire rotation, and balancing. If I pull full price for this service, it'll end up being $100. The problem I have is paying for the balancing.

I purchased the car used. After I took it in for its first tire rotation, I felt a wobble/vibration in the steering wheel above 100 km/h. I took it back to the shop and they said that sometimes if the previous owner had not rotated the tires on schedule, it can result in this sort of problem. They balanced the tires for free and it helped a bit, but the problem has not been solved. Above 115 km/h, I can still get significant vibration through the steering wheel.

Anyways, they said they'd take a look at it next week. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Postby squished18 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:54 am

Well, got the oil change and tires rotated yesterday. Didn't get a balancing. Will have opportunity to do some highway driving this weekend, so will find out if balancing is required. If not, will complain to the mechanic and see what they say. Total cost for this job was about $55.

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Postby squished18 » Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:56 pm

Well the wheel balancing is much better in its current configuration. I have a feeling the next time I get the wheels rotated, I'll run into the same problem again. Maybe I'll just run these tires into the ground without rotating them again.

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Postby squished18 » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:25 am

The Matrix XRS I was looking at earlier has a sold sign on the web site now. I wonder if they had sold it a lot earlier and now just started putting "sold" signs on the web site. Last week they didn't have sold signs on anything and now there are sold signs on lots of their cars.

http://www.bramaleatoyota.com/usedcars.htm

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Postby squished18 » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:55 am

Haven't posted much as of late, as I've been getting married. :)

Anyways, the wife's auto insurance just came up for renewal. With both of our policies being at the same company, they gave us a small discount. Getting married is one of the best financial decisions one can make. Now just gotta learn how to keep the lady happy. :)

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Postby Kate » Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:26 pm

Congratulations! All the best to you and the new wife.

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Postby squished18 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:28 pm

Thanks Kate!

Today, I wish to post about what I like and don't like about my Toyota Corolla:

LOVE IT:
* handles way better than my old Sunfire or my wife's Aveo; those GM econoboxes just wallow in the corners
* confident brakes; not as crisp as my parents' Accord or Civic, but competent and again miles better than GM
* good on gas
* no breakdowns yet
* excellent headlights; confident driving in the country at night
* lots of glass, which translates into good sightlines behind and to the side of the car; hate these new pillboxes that are coming out, where you peer out of a little slit to see the world around you

HATE IT:
* no remote trunk release on the wireless key fob
* no manual switch for the overhead light that allows a passenger to turn it on
* long clutch travel resulting in awkward seating positions

So you can see that overall I'm quite satisfied with this car. I'd buy again. I'd definitely buy again if they kept everything the same, improved on the three items mentioned above, and added a better sound system with better sound isolation.

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Postby squished18 » Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:13 am

This morning, I found something else that I like about the Corolla. The lip overhang above the license plate makes a good handle to pull up on when opening the trunk. Handy when there's all sorts of ice on the trunk, sealing it in. On my old Sunfire, it was often a finger-bending exercise in frustration, trying to pry the trunk open because it had been sealed in with ice.

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Postby squished18 » Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:10 am

Another kudos for the Corolla...

Theatre dimming lights. Love having the lights on when I get in the car, even after the door is shut.

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