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Subaru Crew MPG-Real World Numbers

Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
edited March 2014 in Subaru
This topic is for Subaru owners to report their actual MPG. Please post which model you own along with the MPG.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates
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    njswamplandsnjswamplands Member Posts: 1,760
    mostly suburb driving, mostly 1 person in car
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    jay_24jay_24 Member Posts: 536
    4 cyl. with auto trannny.
    90% highway commute

    27+ in warm weather .
    23ish in winter (bellow 20F)

    --jay
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    kenskens Member Posts: 5,869
    Consistent 22-23mpg year round on 91 octane fuel
    90% highway, ACC always on
    Mild climate (SF Bay Area)

    Best tank: 26mpg, 100% highway, heat of summer (100+deg-F)

    Ken
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    smittynycsmittynyc Member Posts: 289
    17-18 mpg exclusively city
    26-27 mpg exclusively hwy
    22-23 "mixed"
    EPA ratings: 22 city, 28 hwy

    Worst tank--15.4 mpg (~200 summer miles strictly in the Bronx and Manhattan)
    Best tank--28.6 mpg (westbound I-80 between central PA and central OH)

    Biggest differentiator -- AC. All other conditions being equal, I'd guess it knocks off 2-3 mpg, city or highway.

    I also tend to get much better highway mileage if I use cruise control. I guess I've got a heavy accelerator foot, and the 04 doesn't have drive-by-wire.
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    ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Min: 20.7 mpg (excludes towing and off road)
    Mean: 25.1 mpg
    Max: 30.4 mpg

    No complaints here!

    -juice
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    amsbearamsbear Member Posts: 147
    Currently at 99300 miles.

    70% Local, 30% Highway

    Range: 22.5 - 24.5 MPG

    Temp and load (AC inc.) are the major influencing factors here.

    Alan
    98 OBW Ltd
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    once_for_allonce_for_all Member Posts: 1,640
    5 speed with 36,000 miles:

    Best: 31.0 (99% highway)

    Typical (27.5 70% highway, 30% city).

    Worst: (25 mpg--hot with AC on 50% of the time)

    John
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    grahampetersgrahampeters Member Posts: 1,786
    G'day

    Given I am in Australia and many of you in other parts, here are the conversion factors from US Gallons per mile to l/100km and Imperial mpg

    By way of comparison I was getting an average of 10 to 11 l/100km from my Outback and am now getting 10 to 12.7 l/100km from my Kluger (Highlander)

    US mpg l/100km IMP mpg
    29.4 ---- 8.0 ---- 35.3
    29.1 ---- 8.1 ---- 34.8
    28.7 ---- 8.2 ---- 34.4
    28.4 ---- 8.3 ---- 34.0
    28.0 ---- 8.4 ---- 33.6
    27.7 ---- 8.5 ---- 33.2
    27.4 ---- 8.6 ---- 32.8
    27.1 ---- 8.7 ---- 32.4
    26.8 ---- 8.8 ---- 32.1
    26.5 ---- 8.9 ---- 31.7
    26.2 ---- 9.0 ---- 31.3
    25.9 ---- 9.1 ---- 31.0
    25.6 ---- 9.2 ---- 30.7
    25.3 ---- 9.3 ---- 30.3
    25.1 ---- 9.4 ---- 30.0
    24.8 ---- 9.5 ---- 29.7
    24.5 ---- 9.6 ---- 29.4
    24.3 ---- 9.7 ---- 29.1
    24.0 ---- 9.8 ---- 28.8
    23.8 ---- 9.9 ---- 28.5
    23.6 ---- 10.0 ---- 28.2
    23.3 ---- 10.1 ---- 27.9
    23.1 ---- 10.2 ---- 27.7
    22.9 ---- 10.3 ---- 27.4
    22.6 ---- 10.4 ---- 27.1
    22.4 ---- 10.5 ---- 26.9
    22.2 ---- 10.6 ---- 26.6
    22.0 ---- 10.7 ---- 26.4
    21.8 ---- 10.8 ---- 26.1
    21.6 ---- 10.9 ---- 25.9
    21.4 ---- 11.0 ---- 25.6
    21.2 ---- 11.1 ---- 25.4
    21.0 ---- 11.2 ---- 25.2
    20.8 ---- 11.3 ---- 25.0
    20.7 ---- 11.4 ---- 24.7
    20.5 ---- 11.5 ---- 24.5
    20.3 ---- 11.6 ---- 24.3
    20.1 ---- 11.7 ---- 24.1
    20.0 ---- 11.8 ---- 23.9
    19.8 ---- 11.9 ---- 23.7
    19.6 ---- 12.0 ---- 23.5
    19.5 ---- 12.1 ---- 23.3
    19.3 ---- 12.2 ---- 23.1
    19.1 ---- 12.3 ---- 22.9
    19.0 ---- 12.4 ---- 22.8
    18.8 ---- 12.5 ---- 22.6
    18.7 ---- 12.6 ---- 22.4
    18.5 ---- 12.7 ---- 22.2
    18.4 ---- 12.8 ---- 22.0
    18.3 ---- 12.9 ---- 21.9
    18.1 ---- 13.0 ---- 21.7
    18.0 ---- 13.1 ---- 21.5
    17.8 ---- 13.2 ---- 21.4
    17.7 ---- 13.3 ---- 21.2
    17.6 ---- 13.4 ---- 21.1
    17.4 ---- 13.5 ---- 20.9
    17.3 ---- 13.6 ---- 20.7
    17.2 ---- 13.7 ---- 20.6
    17.1 ---- 13.8 ---- 20.4
    16.9 ---- 13.9 ---- 20.3
    16.8 ---- 14.0 ---- 20.2
    16.7 ---- 14.1 ---- 20.0
    16.6 ---- 14.2 ---- 19.9
    16.5 ---- 14.3 ---- 19.7
    16.4 ---- 14.4 ---- 19.6
    16.2 ---- 14.5 ---- 19.5
    16.1 ---- 14.6 ---- 19.3
    16.0 ---- 14.7 ---- 19.2
    15.9 ---- 14.8 ---- 19.1
    15.8 ---- 14.9 ---- 18.9
    15.7 ---- 15.0 ---- 18.8

    Cheers

    Graham
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    subearusubearu Member Posts: 3,613
    I'm averaging 21mpg over about 8k miles, or just over 1 year of ownership.

    I'm not always mashing the go-pedal, but I do employ the turbo daily and shift at 3k or more usually. Typically hit WOT in 2nd or 3rd about 1x per week or so.

    Miles per day average: 21 (city driving, short trips)
    Worst tank: 18mpg (winter, very cold February/March)
    Best tank: 23mpg (achieved 4 different times and in differing weather)

    In comparison, my '00 Outback over 4 years average 22mpg doing the same driving patterns (sure, no turbo, but I did drive it aggressively often). It's worst tank was 17mpg (again, winter) and best tank was 28mpg (obviously all highway). Miles per day average was 27.

    -Brian
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    jfljfl Member Posts: 1,396
    Typical MPG ~ 24.5
    All highway ~ 29

    Currently at 112,000 miles

    Jim
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    fibber2fibber2 Member Posts: 3,786
    A pretty steady 23mpg overall - mostly rural driving with lots of hills.

    Steve
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    self_mechanicself_mechanic Member Posts: 95
    90% highway; 10% city;
    H6 Automatic
    Oil: Mobile 1 5W30
    ATF: Redline
    Tire Pressure: 32 PSI

    Data gathered from the total miles and gallons from the last 37 fill-ups:

    Total Miles on gas receipts : 11033 miles
    Total Gas purchased: 465 gallons

    Avg MPG : 23.7 :)

    Alland
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    twrxtwrx Member Posts: 647
    I have never reset my "B" trip odometer on my new 05 Legacy Ltd auto wagon. The trip computer at 10,000 miles yesterday showed 23.7. I am now up to 23 on most city tanks of gas and 30 on all highway tanks. Driving has been mostly city with about 5 trips to Louisville, one to Indy and 2 to Nashville so far. But with the increase in city mileage I expect overall to go up. I am going to Colorado in 3 weeks and I am going to reset "B" for the whole trip and use "A" to check tank to tank mileage. Like most others I found my first few tanks to be about .8 to 1 mpg less than the computer when I calculted it myself.
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    dino001dino001 Member Posts: 6,179
    Commuting (7 miles each way) in stop & go: 18-19 mpg
    Mixed weekend city (10+ mile trips in flowing traffic)/commuting: 21 mpg
    Interstate 75-85 mph on average: 25-26 mpg, with bike on the hittch rack: 24-25 mpg.

    So little below EPA, but not that much. My fuel tank seems to be smaller than 15.8 gallons, as posted in the manual (looks more like 15 gal tops).

    2018 430i Gran Coupe

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    kenskens Member Posts: 5,869
    What would really make this sort of information valuable is some summary table showing the range of milage per model and driving type.

    Ken
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    erics6erics6 Member Posts: 684
    About 18 to 20 mpg. A little better if I stay off boost.
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    ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Let's get enough sample data first, Ken, but that is a great idea.

    Maybe I'll do a chart and categorize by model, engine type, and transmission type. But we need at least a few of each type to make the sample significant.

    So please, if you post, include the name and model, year, trans type, and maybe even body style.

    For example: 2002 Legacy L, 5 speed manual, wagon

    Keep the data coming, folks.

    -juice
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    erics6erics6 Member Posts: 684
    1993 Legacy touring wagon
    automatic, 2.2 turbo, 18-20 mpg
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    p0926p0926 Member Posts: 4,423
    90% Hwy
    TP: 32 psi
    Odo: 29k miles
    Worst: 21.2 (still new, winter)
    Best: 27.0 (no AC, rural hwy avging 60 mph)
    Lifetime avg: 24.2 mpg

    -Frank
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    rob_mrob_m Member Posts: 820
    2.5 Auto. 90% Highway. 125k. 26 in the summer, 24 in the winter.
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    damish003damish003 Member Posts: 303
    Mostly one in car.
    70% HWY
    29K miles ODO
    Winter average with snow tires - 23 mpg
    Summer average - 26 mpg

    -Dan-
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    hammerheadhammerhead Member Posts: 907
    ... in the 5+ years I've had the car:

    97 OB 5MT
    80k or so on the odo at the time
    steady, even 60mph for about a 200 mile trip (I never drive that way, but it WAS a mileage run)

    28.2 mpg

    Cheers!
    Paul
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    ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Not bad given the A/C was on the entire time and Bob and I took some luggage. Plus we had heavy traffic coming back.

    This is on my '98 Forester L 5 speed.

    -juice
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    subearusubearu Member Posts: 3,613
    I just turned a 24mpg tank on my F-XT, averaging 25 miles per day. It was probably 50/50 city/highway mileage with AC usage (and of course the turbo).

    -Brian
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    occkingoccking Member Posts: 346
    Just turned 15,000 miles in 5 months. Mostly highway driving. Gas mileage has been increasing as I add miles & the weather gets better (based in New England, near Providence, RI) Most recent trip 30.3 on the computer, 28.7 actual. Since I have had the vehicle, the average mpg for all driving has probably been around 26, although I will check all my figures & report back.

    The trip computer consistently shows approx 1.5 mpg higher than actual.
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    rob_mrob_m Member Posts: 820
    1500 miles. 24.0 on the computer - 23.0 actual. 90% highway driving. 10% twisty, two lane back roads in sport mode. Pretty much stayed off the turbo - so far. Rob M.
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    paisanpaisan Member Posts: 21,181
    17 City
    22 Highway
    5 Track

    96 Impreza L Racecar

    8-10 Track

    -mike
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    toboggantoboggan Member Posts: 283
    In the winter with a ski box on top on the highway - 23mpg avg.

    This past winter in warm Arizona without ski box or roof rack cross bars in town - 22mpg avg (heavy right foot). We did some mountain driving over 8,000' and got a high of 31 mpg. On that trip we "hit" a high of 65mph and averaged about 15-30mph on the twisties (hiway 191 for example). Also did some high speed travel on their freeways and averaged around 25 mpg. Again, this is from my aging memory.

    Gas mileage has always been better with the factory cross bars removed. Also have a Subaru rear air deflector and Subaru bug/rock deflector on the front of the hood.

    Sorry that the mpg figures aren't more accurate as I usually do the math in the head and don't do numbers to the right of the decimal point. ;)

    MNSteve
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    samiam_68samiam_68 Member Posts: 775
    22,900 miles on the car
    Northern NJ / NYC metro area
    Gasoline used: 93 Octane, no-name brand

    Winter avg - 21.5 MPG (A/C always off)
    Summer avg - 23.0 MPG without A/C, 21.8 MPG with A/C
    Worst ever - 19.8 (1st tank from the dealer when bought new)
    Best ever - 24.8 (mostly highway with A/C on)
    EPA rated at 18/23 city/hwy

    Typical driving 70/30 hwy/city
    Type of driving - always in the fast lane ;-) (but usually keep it at 75 and under)
    Typical daily driving: 3 to 4 cold starts, 3 to 15 mile individual trips
    Tire pressure 31/31
    All measurements are: miles driven / gallons to fill tank

    Observed speedometer error: 0% (based on police speed measuring signs)
    Observed odometer error: reads higher by 1.5% (based on mile markers)

    Oil changes: first @ 3,750 miles, dino oil
    starting @ 7,500 and every 7,500 miles: Quaker State Full synthetic 5W-30

    Sam
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    toboggantoboggan Member Posts: 283
    Drove down to the twin cities from Duluth yesterday morning in the OBW. Once on the freeway (I-35) set the cruise at 78mph (still got passed a few times). 23.1mpg. There was little wind. Paid $1.98 per gallon at Sam's Club in Duluth. Gas was $2.15 a gallon in the cities - go figure.

    6 hours later headed north on I-35. Set the cruise at 78mph - got passed a lot for the first 60 miles. Gassed up at the Duluth Sam's Club. Gas (with Sam's card) was now $2.06. It's still $2.09 at the rest of the stations.

    With the 5speed, 78mph is 3700rpm. I should note that I use Amsoil 5w-30 in the engine with Amsoil gear lube in the gearbox and differential.

    So far the head gasket repairs are holding (knock on wood).

    MNSteve
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    ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    On a roll here, last 5 tanks' average:

    28.2mpg (with Bob driving to Valley Forge)
    26.6
    27.7
    24.9
    27.6

    73k miles and running nicely. :-)

    -juice
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    subearusubearu Member Posts: 3,613
    26mpg doing mainly 70mph with the AC in the hot Chicago heat. some traffic and mild wot runs (merging onto the Eisenhower).

    -Brian
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    njswamplandsnjswamplands Member Posts: 1,760
    but then again if your on a highway with cruise control, your not having fun with your xt :P
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    subearusubearu Member Posts: 3,613
    I'd have to say I'm having plenty of fun with my XT, I really enjoy driving it.

    IMO, Chicago traffic doesn't warrant safe use of the CC as you need to keep with the flow of traffic, which seems to speed up or slow down for even the slightest of curves or distractions. Forget about having a 2 second cushion between you and the drivers around you, it just doesn't happen on Chicago roads. I switched lanes frequently and was on boost (moderately mostly) during those lane merges. My average mph for the entire trip was 55.

    Only time I'd figure to get anything below 18mpg is during the extreme cold winter (and reformulated fuel).

    -Brian
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    twrxtwrx Member Posts: 647
    I just returned from a week long trip to Buena Vista Colorado. (elevation 7900 ft.) My Subaru Legacy 2.5i LTD wagon auto got 30 mpg for 3750 miles according to the trip computer.
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    hypovhypov Member Posts: 3,068
    30 mpg for 3750 miles on a tank? :surprise:

    -Dave
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    twrxtwrx Member Posts: 647
    I left one trip odo unreset for the whole trip and the other reset with each tank. My low was 27 mpg from Kansas to Colorado and my high was 34 mpg from Fairplay (elevation 9000+) to Canon City (elevation 6000). Talk about a downhill run!
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    stantontstantont Member Posts: 148
    28.8 mpg on a LOOONNNNG highway trip (1500 miles) all cruise control at 75 mph, a/c running full tilt (90-98 degrees outside).
    About 22 mpg around town, but city mpg is very hard to compare with others, because it is so dependent on trip length, traffic, surface street/freeway mix, etc.

    Under the same conditions, our '01 Accord v6 got 26.5 highway, 19 city. Even the same brand/model of tires (Turanza LS-H). The mpg penalty for AWD seems to be small...
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    blackbeanblackbean Member Posts: 100
    50k on 2002 Automatic H6

    Usual conditions:
    Commute (50%) - backroads at 30-40 mph, few stops
    Travel (40%) - highway speeds at 65-75 mph
    City (10%) - avoid it if I can! :-)

    Fule Economy:
    Average - 22-24 MPG (23.8 most recent)
    Worst - ~18 (winter, snowtires, full car and roof rack, very coldk, snow & ice conditions)
    Best - 26.9 (Summer highway driving at approx 50-60 MPH - no roof rack)

    Matt
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    armytimarmytim Member Posts: 7
    54000k hwy 21-23

    town-- 18-20

    only 4 tanks just bought last week---will keep you posted!!!

    --Sarge
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    hypovhypov Member Posts: 3,068
    38k miles
    4EAT
    215/45-17s @ F 35 /R 34 psi
    at least 50 lbs of what-nots always in cargo area.

    Daily 80 miles Average on Sunoco Ultra 94:
    Spring/Summer - 22 mpg w/AC
    Fall/Winter - 21 mpg
    CLF (all season) - 19 mpg

    10% Urban [15 -> 25 mph]
    5% Suburban [25 -> 40 mph]
    10% Highway at a crawl [5 -> 25 mph]
    75% Highway [45 -> 90 mph]

    -Dave

    CLF - Chronic Lead Foot.
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    cptpltcptplt Member Posts: 1,075
    98 Legacy GT AT - 23-24 in burbs
    06 Tribeca 19 burbs, 23hwy
    02 WRX MT - 23 usually, unless I'm driving it the way it was designed to be driven in which case it goes below 20!:-)
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    higgledy1higgledy1 Member Posts: 6
    I got 25.25mpg on my first tank of mixed driving.
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    ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    That is great news. It's very well documented here that milage improves after break-in. You probably have 27-28mpg averages to look forward to.

    -juice
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    alaskanwillalaskanwill Member Posts: 28
    16-18 in the winter (COLD starts), 20-21 in the summer (very little AC usage). I have a roof rack on in the summer.

    These numbers are for exclusively city driving, including lots of short hops.

    2 summers ago I drove from Anchorage to Seattle with the cruise control at 90 most of the way, then back up to Anchorage from Denver. I got 24-25 MPG with my mountain bike on top of the car.
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    bat1161bat1161 Member Posts: 1,784
    2006 Outback LL Bean Wagon H6
    5600 miles so far.
    Average MPG is 16.73855 after 28 tanks of gas. That also includes mixing between premium and 89 grade gas. Mostly premium though.

    Worst mileage = 13.31
    Best mileage = 23.14 (on 48HRS run)

    My driving is a mixture between highway/city with LOTS of stop and go.

    Hoping for some improvement as the engine gets more broken in.

    Mark
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    ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    You should see an improvement, she's still very green. My mileage did not reach it's peak until 15k miles.

    -juice
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    bat1161bat1161 Member Posts: 1,784
    That's what I figure. I've also started driving a bit more conservatively. Also just keep the AT in "regular" drive. I noticed a mileage improvement from when I kept it in Sport mode (although not as much fun). Hopefully, in a few years, Subaru will have a 6MT H6.

    Mark
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    tima3tima3 Member Posts: 6
    Just returned from a trip to Gatlinburg from Cincinnati...

    31.5 mpg. actual overall including a trip to Clingman's Dome in the mountains. 34.5 mpg on the road at 65-70 mph. I am a bit surprised at these numbers but they are real.... and I expect they will improve a bit(only 2200 miles on the car) The mileage drops significantly when having fun with the sportshift... :-0 oh well..... :)
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    ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Ni-iiiiice! :)

    -juice
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