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TerdNthePoolGGB
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When i started driving in 85, the cheapest i remember was 66 cents. This was in the Kansas City Missouri metro. Current price is $2.04.
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Chris the CandyFanMan
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I can remember as low as 85 cents around 1987 or so, although it was probably a bit lower in the years before that.
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I assume in America you guys pay gas by the gallon. If that is the case, 2 bucks a gallon is pretty good.

In Australia we pay by the litre so there is roughly 3.8 litres in a gallon. 1 litre of gas here costs about $1.30 a litre so times that by 3.8 and you are looking at about $4.95 for a gallon.

In Australia, the cheapest I can remember seeing for a litre was in the late 80's at 62 cents.

And , please excuse my Australian way of spelling liter.

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TerdNthePoolGGB
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The cost of living in my area is attractive. Hope u dont have to drive anywhere Bernie!
where r u at Chris.
I noticed on Die Hard a gas station had it for .79/gal. Not sure when it was shot but I know it came out in 88.

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I'm from northeastern Pennsylvania. Our prices might be a bit inflated due to the state having among the highest gas taxes in the country, but having gone through them over $4 for a month or so 7 years ago, the present isn't too bad considering.
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Nova Scotia, Canada...right up there with Bernie at $1.09 per liter. In the recent past we were up quite a bit higher. A few months back was also the first time we were under $1 per liter in years and years. I can`t remember the actual prices in the 80s, but have a fond memory related to this. As a kid (11, 12, 13 or so) my best friend`s older sister had an old car and would take us to the beach throughout the summer...there was always a group of us who would scramble to gather loose change to combine for gas. I remember going to the pumps asking for like $1.76 worth of gas (which even at the time was a bit laughable), yet...it got us places! The added bonus...some of her friends were absolutely beautiful...I`d pay 37 cents to look at them any day!! [Smile] Ahhhh...the memories...laugh my gas off....
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The gas prices here have remained relatively stable over the last 10 years. It has gone up as high $1.60 or so but I remember it getting to $1.20 back in 04 so it is relatively stable but definitely not relatively cheap. Might trade my car for hover board. Anyone?
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I don't even remember gas prices, cause I was broke in the 80s and put all my gas on my Texaco credit card. Hahaha. I loved my 1986 Red Chevy Cavalier.
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With the price of oil tanking, I thought I would bump this. The cheapest I have seen it was tonight at $1.17 a gallon and heard on the news some gas station near here had it for $1 a gallon! Can you believe that.
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kevdugp73
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We're seeing prices in Nova Scotia that we haven't seen in 7-8 years....today stands at 84.5 cents per liter....wow!!! that's a big difference. Would be nice to see them try to keep things reasonable for a while...
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I hope so kevdug! My husband and I are coming up to Canada this year. We are going on a fishing trip at an outfitter in Ontario. They have individual cabins. We'll be driving from western PA to Detroit, and cross over into Windsor. From there, it's a long trip. I can't wait! I haven't been to Canada since I was 16.
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Cool Pitts! But didn't you know the best fishing in Canada is in Nova Scotia!! [Big Grin] And, as the Canadian dollar is still suffering, some decent savings there for you as well!
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