Since so many folks seem to favor a nanny-government which cares for
their every need and removes even the smallest of risks from day-to-day
living, I guess Subaru figured they needed a nanny-car too ;-)
Sorry state of affairs, really...
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liberal one offered an elaborate description of the grip, stance,
On Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9:23:29 AM UTC-8, Frank wrote:
Its a good idea to fill-up when half-tank
empty to dilute new gas with old. If you
happen to get bad fuel it reduces the chance
of trouble. it is particularly important for
turbo engines that can suffer damage from
detonation if lower octane gas is put in.
Also good practice when on the road, filling
up from unknown sources, small town gas stations etc.
I grocery shop at Cub which gives me 10 cents off per gallon for every
$100 purchased. The credit expires after 2 months. It is usable at any
Holiday gas station, not at a store-specific station (like with HyVee).
I drive very little nowadays, so I have to remember to use my gas credit
before it expires. I hate when I could've saved 70 cents per gallon
just because I lapsed by a day, or two. The more I put in the more I
save; however, I'm usually constrained by the expiration but I have
pushed refilling the tank until after the next grocery trip.
I usually go by what the gas gauge says is the fuel level, so I refill
when it gets to about a quarter of a tank but I've pushed further. For
local trips, I don't rely on the low-fuel light. It's when I take long
trips often using the cruise control that I neglect to sufficiently
monitor the fuel level. I wish they would add a beep to the low-fuel
light (which can be disabled or enabled but defaults to enabled while
the cruise control is enabled). I'm driving hundreds of miles and,
oops, the light warns me that I'm getting too low. Nice to have.
Worthless if it doesn't go on until the tank is empty, or not at all.
Since it has been added -- it really isn't an option for a long time --
it really should operate correctly. It's there, it's part of what you
paid for, so why wouldn't you want something you paid for to work?
While my tires have a wireless pressure sensor, that's nice despite I
inspect my tires before a trip (but not when just driving a dozen miles
to go shopping locally). I wish they had one on the spare tire. My
cargo area has a toolbox, crate with coolant, blanket, straps, rope,
fire extinguisher, water bottles, etc, a bag with more tools, tow strap,
and so on which are atop the cargo floor door to the spare tire, so I
don't often check its pressure. It's been a long time since I had a
flat, took out a spare, and only then found it was flat. Luckily I
rarely get flats while driving, mostly just very slow leaks, like at the
valve. I'd rather have an easy way to monitor the spare's pressure than
rely on me emptying the cargo area to use a pressure guage. I'm not
immune as with other drivers that do check their tire pressures before a
trip but forget to check the spare. Oops.
I'm willing to spend money on preventative maintenance than spend the
same, or more, for a catastrophic event. I'd rather catch a problem
beforehand than be stuck on the shoulder waiting for AAA (if I'm still
in a spot where I get enough cell signal strength). AAA or any roadside
assistance plan is like insurance: I pay for it but hope and plan not to
use it. I also don't want to rely on my cell phone to get me out of a
jam that could've been avoided with monitoring and maintenance; however,
I do carry an empty gas can, just in case, and coolant, engine oil, and
other emergency supplies in case monitoring and maintenance didn't work
(just more insurance of assurance).
Boy, I'd sure never let the car get that low on a long trip. I rarely
do it even around home where there are lots of gas stations.
No, but probably not lower than a quarter tank.
At home, I try (and succeed fairly often) to refill when I'm down half
a tank. I have friends about 150 miles away where I can go should I
need to get out of the Bay Area in a hurry. (I live between two major
earthquake faults.) I don't want to have to count on finding gas between
here and my friends' house.
Subaru had their airbag recall, too. If you go to Subaru's recall site
(https://www.subaru.com/vehicle-recalls.html), there's a notice about
the Takata airbags. Clicking on "Read More" takes you to their info
page (https://www.subaru.com/vehicle-recalls/airbags.html) which says:
if your vehicle requires a recall service, we recommend that occupants
not use the front-passenger seat until the repair is performed.
In other articles, I found:
"In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front
airbags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation
occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and
temperature cycling," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "An inflator
rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants,
resulting in serious injury or death."
Geez, safety gear that turns into a shrapnel bomb. Hmm, even if it
weren't applicable to your car, maybe you could use it as an excuse to
put the wife in the back seat with the kids (sly grin). "No dear, I'm
just thinking of your safety" (with a chuckle diverted into a cough).
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