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    Do all year models of WRXs require the use of premium octane? I like the ideal of an awd turbo but with gas hitting the 3.20 mark up here, having to buy 91 or 93 octane is a big turnoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirk79 View Post
    Do all year models of WRXs require the use of premium octane? I like the ideal of an awd turbo but with gas hitting the 3.20 mark up here, having to buy 91 or 93 octane is a big turnoff.
    premium for turbo cars.
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    Usually Premium is like 10-20 cents more then regular, when gas is 3 bucks a gallon, it is really not that much more. So on a 300 mile trip, it's like $2.50-1.25, IMHO that's totally worth it for the fun and performance this car can give, and heck it's AWD too, so in the winter it's STILL a blast to drive...

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    > or = to 91 octane only. Yes, it's more expensive, but I don't consider it a significant expense, personally. Do the math and estimate how many extra dollars it will cost you per year.

    For me, assuming it's $0.20/gallon extra for 91 over 87 and driving 12,000 miles per year with an average 25mpg, it's less than $100 per year difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonicWagon View Post
    premium for turbo cars.
    yup, yup! Well worth it too!
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    gas is expensive for all octanes, like already said, the .20 raise will only cost you a few more dollars to fill up. Burn premium, your car wont hate you.
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    I agree with you guys. If I am doing the math right, at an average of .20 per gallon more, you can say you only see a 20% increase to what I would be spending on 87 octane? Right? If that is right, then comparing a car, any one that runs on 87 and gets say 20mpg city and a WRX that runs on 91 and gets 20mpg city, comparing those 2 vehicles, the WRX then isn't really getting a fair 20mpg. Couldn't you say, in this instance, it is closer to 16mpg in this comparison right? Just something to think about.

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    The only problem with your logic being a .20 increase in price is only about 6.6% more (consisering it is $3 a gallon) so its more like 19.2 mpg, which is not quite so bad

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    Although the price difference is not significant even when stretched over many thousands of miles, it is still appalling (I'm being generous) that the Impreza, Subaru's entry-level car in a major market (the US) gets such low gas mileage. For a firm that seems to pride itself on technology and environmental responsibility, Subaru could -- and should -- do a lot better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Although the price difference is not significant even when stretched over many thousands of miles, it is still appalling (I'm being generous) that the Impreza, Subaru's entry-level car in a major market (the US) gets such low gas mileage. For a firm that seems to pride itself on technology and environmental responsibility, Subaru could -- and should -- do a lot better.
    I think the Impreza's mileage is just OK - I mean, it is a heavy, safe car with AWD and still gets around 30mpg on the highway. The new diesel boxer will hopefully end up in the Impreza and improve things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Integra96 View Post
    I think the Impreza's mileage is just OK - I mean, it is a heavy, safe car with AWD and still gets around 30mpg on the highway. The new diesel boxer will hopefully end up in the Impreza and improve things.
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