How long can I let my car sit in my garage without starting it?
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    Registered User dbya rx's Avatar
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    How long can I let my car sit in my garage without starting it?

    Due to the ridiculous prices of gas, 91 octane is somewhere between $3.60 and $3.70 right now in San Diego, I am going to be using a company car. When gas was cheaper, I was able to drive my WRX to work and avoid the $60/month that my company charges for the company car, and I was using less than $60/month in gas because my office is fairly close to my house.

    Basically, the point is, my WRX is now sitting in my garage. How long can I let my car sit without starting it before I cause any issues? Once a week, a couple times a month?

    I also have a Honda Civic that gets just under 36 MPG on 87 octane, so I'm pretty sure I'll be driving that primarily when not using the company car.
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    You can leave it there for a decent amount of time, but do you really not see yourself driving your car for that long?
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    I'd just drive the WRX a day or two a week. You'll save plenty and keep the WRX happy.

    I bought the WRX for fun and my DD. No company car for me. Back in 6/2008 I paid $4.36 a gallon for 93. This did not stop me from having fun. It's now $3.36. Got to pay to play.
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    SL, UT- $2.96 for 91 FTW
    I remember when it was ~$4.45 a gallon and I had a $500 a month fuel bill every month... I fill up 1ce every 2 weeks for ~40, so $20 a week is a bargain as far as I am concerned... IMO
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    I basically do what you're talking the Ford Ranger most of the week, and pick a nice day to drive in the Subie. The Ranger gets about 20% better mileage, and costs quite a bit less to operate. (tires, oil changes)
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    In general, a couple of times a month will keep her running well. Any time you leave a car sitting, problems can crop up. I try to drive my El Camino at least once a week to keep the ol girl from protesting too much...but I'd imagine a new WRX would respond to sitting a lot better than a 40 year old car
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    Out in California at least in san diego you guys shouldnt be experiencing like 15 degree weather like we get out here sometimes so I would say you could prob let it sit a couple weeks at minimum and you should be good, as far as storing a car though you should either keep the gas tank entirely full or entirely empty fore condensation will build up on the inside walls of the tank and can dilute the fuel. Another idea is to buy a battery tender. I think they are well worth the price...

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