I second that and was very impressed, not only with the engine and
car, but the result. Last May I flew to Salt Lake City for a couple
days, then rented a Cadillac Deville (big car) to drive to Reno and return.
Being a bit intimidated by this behemoth, as I've never even sat in a
Cadillac, I nursed the thing around SLC for 3 days. Oddly enough, the
dash readout initially, was in Metric and I couldn't figure out how to
change it to Decimal right away. (There was no owners manual in the car)
The mileage on the trip computer said 10 litres/100 kilimeters, which
translates to around 18 mpg+/-. I figured that wasn't too bad,
considering the gas prices. By the time we set out westbound, we
corrected the readout to decimal. Heading for Bonneville on Rt 80, we
nursed the car along at 60-65mph, taking in whatever sights came along.
The trip computer started to indicate higher mpg. To my astonishment,
by the time we neared Wendover, it was reading 31.2 mpg. I checked the
instantaneous mileage on the trip computer and it was bouncing around
34-36-29, etc. This was backed up, by the fill up at Wendover. It only
took 3+ gallons. Amazing! I think this is the best kept secret GM was
ever foolish enough to keep. On the return trip, weeks later, I threw
caution to the wind and ran around 75-80, again achieving around 28mpg,
which in a 4500 Lb car is exceptional.
Unfortunatley, though, regardless of the great mileage and creature
comforts, I could never bring my self to buy a GM car...
A friend of mine has a 3 or 4 year old Lexus ES300, which runs on
regular gas. Not sure if the newer year models do.
However, I need to comment on your assertion about "expensive
maintenance considering the price of gas". I say don't look at the
price of the gas. Focus on the difference in price between regular and
premium. It's usually $.20/gal. At 15,000 miles a year and 25
miles/gallon (which is conservative for my TSX), that equates to an
additional cost of $120/yr or only $10/month. For that additional cost,
I'd get the car that I want and not worry about whether it runs regular
Of course, if you drive significantly moree miles per year or get
significantly less than 25mpg, that monthly cost difference will increase.
On 2006-08-19 12:22:57 -0500, success firstname.lastname@example.org said:
Dunno if this is what you're interested in, but the base model rsx uses regular
I don't see how the kind of gas used equates to expensive maintanance
however. Unless you're factoring the cost of gas into the maintanance
'98 3.2 TL.... 60K, never sniffed premium. Purrs like a kitten, but roars
like a lion when you tromp on it. I figure what it doesn't know won't hurt
it. Seriously, the choice is between shitty gas, or shittier gas. Why
complicate life any further?
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