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Old 02-13-2019, 02:57 PM   #1
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Nationwide diesel price $2.92 vs regular unleaded $2.27/gal

I loved getting 21 mpg with my 6 speed 5.9 cummins but in reality getting 17 mpg with my 6.0 gas is costing less per mile. It used to be diesel was less before the ultra low sulfur days, then it creeped up to about 10% higher but this 28% premium is getting silly. Is this the new norm? Is it going to get even worse?

I noticed this as I was thinking about looking for a used BMW 328d X drive as it gets the best highway MPG of any AWD out there, but the lowly gas Impreza is really better when you factor in the cost difference at the pump.

Also an Ecodiesel has been my dream truck, but that as well doesn't make as much sense lately.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:10 PM   #2
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I loved getting 21 mpg with my 6 speed 5.9 cummins but in reality getting 17 mpg with my 6.0 gas is costing less per mile. It used to be diesel was less before the ultra low sulfur days, then it creeped up to about 10% higher but this 28% premium is getting silly. Is this the new norm? Is it going to get even worse?

I noticed this as I was thinking about looking for a used BMW 328d X drive as it gets the best highway MPG of any AWD out there, but the lowly gas Impreza is really better when you factor in the cost difference at the pump.

Also an Ecodiesel has been my dream truck, but that as well doesn't make as much sense lately.
Paid $2.44/gal for Diesel in MO. just last weekend.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:12 PM   #3
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$2.49 in Terrell, Texas last night heading home. Regular unleaded is running about $1.88.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:22 PM   #4
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2.45 in Perry GA, with unleaded 1.99 maybe
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:26 PM   #5
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I'm just going by the readily available, scientifically researched national average. You know the prices you will see if you say were traveling with an RV.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:35 PM   #6
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I'm just going by the readily available, scientifically researched national average. You know the prices you will see if you say were traveling with an RV.

OK - I guess I just missed "national average" in your initial post. I'm not doubting your research but if that's the national average - we here in Texas the the post from Missouri must be on the far bottom end...and somebody is really paying high prices.
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I'll challenge the notion of an 'exact' National Average, as just accumulating the $$$ from each available station has no bearing on whether folks are actually PURCHASING fuel there ... I really don't care what the national average is, as I'm right HERE, not everywhere else. And, if I'm traveling and concerned about the price I'm about to pay for fuel, I will seek out the best pricing for that area - I'm always amazed at the price differences there can be between two different interstate exits, or how far the station is from a major interstate, or the competition in certain geographical or local areas.... without a 'gas buddy' or similar app, it's a real crap shoot, of sorts.

We have a local 'new' truck stop, of the major branding type, with $3.03 diesel...
while one exit later you will have many different local / branded fuel stations, all in the $2.75 range, and a little farther down the road, several in a hot competition area at close to $2.45 ...
if the 'National Average' is using the $3.03 price in their statistics, with an equal weighting to the others, then it's certainly possible that any 'average' is going to be artificially high.

The fact that you, yourself, are questioning fuel prices, tells me that you are like most anyone else - you seek out the best practical price.
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Here in Colorado, gasoline is around $2.09/gal and diesel is around $2.79/gal. 6 months ago, gas was in the $2.59 range. It plummeted to as low as $1.80 a few weeks ago, but diesel stayed flat. Yes, it was nearly $1.00/gal more expensive for diesel.

Seems like normal is in the $0.20 - $0.40/gal range. However, since about mid-Nov, gas went down and the gap has been in the $0.60 - $0.90 range. Brutal.

I don't understand commodities, fuel taxes, oil grades, and distillation well enough to understand why gas prices bounce all over the place while diesel stays constant.
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I don't understand commodities, fuel taxes, oil grades, and distillation well enough to understand why gas prices bounce all over the place while diesel stays constant.

Nor do I care to understand all that, because even understanding it - it wouldn't change the price by a penny.
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Diesel in my area of NC is around $2.59 and regular is $1.99...I still like to compare prices on Gas Buddy to where we lived in Southern CA 2 years ago and It's about a $1 a gallon more for either diesel or gas That is one thing I don't miss about CA.
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