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Fuel prices...

This old thread has really made me realise how much we now pay for fuel.

Just a few years back we were moaning that fuel was 90p per litre.

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If you want to get really nostalgic I can remember when petrol was 3/11 a gallon that is about 4.3p per litre.






There again back in 1965wages were much less. I had a summer job which paid 2/6 (12.5p) per hour. So an hour's work bought 3 litres. Minimum wage, for an 18 year old, today is £5.03 which would buy 3.75 litres. It would seem that in terms of purchasing power today's 18 year old is better off.

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I am sure they are better off now than back in 1965, but I doubt we are better off now than in 2006

Fuel has risen about 60% since then, my wages certainly haven't.
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When do you guys remember when the forecourts changed from prices in Gallon's to pence per litre just to make it appear cheaper.
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A quick "google" would indicate it became mandatory in October 1995. However it had been priced voluntarily in litres since the late 1970's and once it went over £/gallon some pumps could not cope with the extra digit so the price was changed to per litre.

Personally my somewhat faulty memory tells me that virtually every filling station selling any quantity had changed long before '95
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I'm sure you're right about 1995.....but of course I've still no idea what my car's consumption is in litres and still mentally convert to gallons, and wince at a petrol price of over £6 gallon......

5/- a gallon when I started driving (4 gallons for £1).....when I started work I was on about £800/year....pension and odd bits of work maybe mean I can just about afford the same amount of fuel now, though its getting harder......better start using the bus-pass!
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In 1995 I was riding a Yamaha RXS100 and fuel was around 50p per litre around here.
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Being self employed I have records of what I spend on fuel, my first year (2004) doing what I do now and doing roughly the same miles my fuel bill was around £5600 for the year which made me wince at the time.
My fuel bill for last year was around £9500.
I know for certain I haven't had a 4 grand a year pay rise in the meantime
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In Turkey we pay 2 Euro per litre, thanks govenrment!
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I remember 3 years ago when i bought my Fiat 500 it cost me 32 euros to fill the whole car up with fuel. Now, i need 45 and a bit more maybe



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I am sure they are better off now than back in 1965, but I doubt we are better off now than in 2006

Fuel has risen about 60% since then, my wages certainly haven't.
I am disgusted remembering 50 euro used to fill the tank 5 years ago
A tenner nowadays hardly lift's the needle & takes 100 to fill 60 litre .
Still cheaper than a return on the bus so all's well I think . Unless I'm in town .
NAH !!!! it's hard to justify it I am DISGUSTED for sure
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I remember when i was a little boy, my dad used to fill his cars with petrol with 25 pounds only

And his vans with diesel with just 15 pounds

What happened to the prices now



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I was learning to drive during the fuel 'protests' in late 2000. Petrol was 72ish pence per litre
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I remember 1994 after passing my test, a fiver would last forever in my 1.0 metro city lol
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I remember 1994 after passing my test, a fiver would last forever in my 1.0 metro city lol
If you could have fuel at 1994 prices but only have the metro, would you switch?
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I remember 1994 after passing my test, a fiver would last forever in my 1.0 metro city lol
I can remember just about making the 215 mike trip from my house to my cousins in Surrey on one tank of fuel in my Mini

It took £18 to fill it up
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Nostalgia eh! wonderful; I can remember my dad complaining when petrol went up to 4/9d per gallon which I think is 24.5 p per gallon or 5p per litre. Those were the days, for some things.
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When would we stop buying it?
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I can remember just about making the 215 mike trip from my house to my cousins in Surrey on one tank of fuel in my Mini

It took £18 to fill it up
As a comparison, you need to be doing about 73mpg these days to do 215 miles on £18.
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As a comparison, you need to be doing about 73mpg these days to do 215 miles on £18.
Mad innit. That mini was probably only doing about 37mpg too

There aint much these days that will do 73mpg
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When would we stop buying it?
When we cannot afford it food or fuel I'm on a fuel diet
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As a comparison, you need to be doing about 73mpg these days to do 215 miles on £18.
We get that from our C4 on a decent run true but boring
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When would we stop buying it?
When it becomes uneconomical for me to drive to work.
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When it becomes uneconomical for me to drive to work.
How would you go to work then



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How would you go to work then
I wouldn't, there would come a point that I would be better off staying at home and claiming benefits.
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