Life is Great with a 6.0-liter V8
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  • Back with the G8

    Posted on June 25th, 2009 tcorzett No comments

    After nearly three weeks away from the G8 it’s so great to be back. Last night after my flight from the East Coast I had to go to the grocery store for milk. When I first sat in the G8 after being in a rental car for so long I was totally out of place. Seriously, I thought someone else had been driving my car! It didn’t take long to get back into the feel of the G8… only once did I accelerate a bit too aggressively due to driving in the rental car.

  • 93 Octane @ $2.95/gal = WTF!

    Posted on June 19th, 2009 tcorzett No comments

    I guess I’m still on my gas rant… I filled-up my whimpy rental car today and at the pump was 93 Octane for $2.95/gal.


    Seriously, what I wouldn’t give for 93 Octane fuel… let alone for under $3/gal. I wonder what TSA would say if I brought back a gas can with me? Oh well…

  • Gas Price Inequality

    Posted on June 16th, 2009 tcorzett No comments

    I understand the concept of suply and demand, but what is the deal with the extremely different gas prices from state to state?


    Just look at California! Isn’t there a big refinery (large supply) in Benicia? So why are most prices are over $2.94/gal… where even closely neighboring states are $0.50/gal less expensive? Maybe some of this is because of state/local taxes places on the gas sales, or maybe special formulations to deal with environmental concerns, but still… it is annoying.

    On a note about gas… I have been consistantly been getting around 19 mpg in the G8 GT with my commute to work (13 miles, 85% highway at ~75 mph). I’m happy with this, considering I was getting about the same fuel economy with my ’02 Grand Prix that only had a 3.8L V6.

    If I’m all highway I’ve been getting up to the 25 mph that the window sticker claimed. I have noticed that the more I drive in manual shifting mode the lower the gas milage, but that has to be connected with the more spirited nature of that driving. Still, the lowest full-tank average I’ve done so far was 15.6 mpg.

  • Missing the G8 GT

    Posted on June 13th, 2009 tcorzett No comments

    I’ve been on travel for the past week and I’m really missing the G8 GT. I was hoping to get something like a G6 for a rental car, but I got stuck with a 2008 Toyota Carolla S. It’s small, under powered, and sounds like a fart blowing out of a coffee can when you put your foot into it.

    Going from a 6.0L V8 to a 1.8L 4-cyl is just depressing… where is the other half of the engine!

    ‘Sigh… oh well, when I get home I’ll be going on a nice long drive to Tahoe with the NorCal GOATS.