Gay guys more likely to drive hybrids

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    Jul 21, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    So I was on the fence between buying a hybrid or diesel and went with the hybrid. Then I thought of people I know and wondered if a disproportionate percent of hybrids are driven by gay guys.

    How about you? Do you drive a vehicle with a gas powered engine, diesel or hybrid?
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    Jul 21, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    I am a car enthusiast and therefore i drive a gas guzling V8 and a classic VW beetle. However I am very interested in all the recent development of clean diesel engines and hybrids. It is in my opinion that the savings is much greater in a diesel then a hybrid for a few reasons. First off, they tend to be A LOT more simple in their engineering. The more simple the engine and components, the less there is to brake/fix. Second, they are much cheaper to fix if anything goes wrong (a diesel is again SIMPLE whereas a battery pack is EXPENSIVE). Lastly as far as driving goes there are a lot of "fun" driving diesels out there that are great daily/highway drivers.

    Long story short though, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt. There are exceptions to everything that I have said.

    Hope this helped a bit?!
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    Jul 21, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    who cares, if it takes you from point a to point b , then stick with it...if you want to to help a cause in the process,then go for it...
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:11 PM GMT
    I have a 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid which I bought in September 2008. It has not been to the shop for more than oil change which is around $54! But I only get the oil changed about once a year so that's OK.

    I do save in gas costs. I can make around a 400 mile trip before having to put gas in. But as far as the real savings go, I don't think it makes a difference. The initial price on the car was about $5000 more than the non-hybrid version.
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    They've been suckered into it. They'll be sorry in a year or two.

    I love those idiots who bought the SmartCar. I actually know a guy who is all proud of himself because he's "on the waiting list" for one of those little rolling washing machines.

    I drove a Prius once, it rides nicely, but what a flimsy piece of crap. I felt like I was gonna break the damn thing.
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    I initially was leaning more toward getting a VW TDI diesel because the technology has been around a long time and it seems the diesel engines are pretty durable. But a bad experience with my VW Beetle that occurred right around the time the vehicle hit the 50,000 mile mark caused me to take a closer look at hybrids. That, plus the fact that I do a fair amount of city driving and it seems most of advantage of diesels is on the highway and it is harder to find stations that sell diesel.

    I am betting gas prices will continue to go up and I'll be happy when I fill up and know that I'll get 40 mpg. But even if gas prices don't continue to go up I'll feel good knowing that I'm using less of our natural resources.
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidThey've been suckered into it. They'll be sorry in a year or two.

    I love those idiots who bought the SmartCar. I actually know a guy who is all proud of himself because he's "on the waiting list" for one of those little rolling washing machines.

    I drove a Prius once, it rides nicely, but what a flimsy piece of crap. I felt like I was gonna break the damn thing.


    Those SmartCars remind me of the golf carts that are driven in retirement communities here in Florida! icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    I have a ford escape hybrid 4wd. gets good milage for an SUV, but is also good in the snow and big enough for my bike and snowboard plus people!
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    Gas. Not a fan of hybrids or diesels unless its a turbo or twin turbo diesel.
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    I have a prius. I love it.
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    gas powered engine suzuki grand vitara v6 2.5L 4x4.
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    Jul 22, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
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    JackNWNJ saidThey've been suckered into it. They'll be sorry in a year or two.

    I love those idiots who bought the SmartCar. I actually know a guy who is all proud of himself because he's "on the waiting list" for one of those little rolling washing machines.

    I drove a Prius once, it rides nicely, but what a flimsy piece of crap. I felt like I was gonna break the damn thing.


    Those SmartCars remind me of the golf carts that are driven in retirement communities here in Florida! icon_lol.gif


    I wouldn't be caught dead in one. Although I might be if I ever drove one...
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    Jul 22, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
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    sashaman said
    JackNWNJ saidThey've been suckered into it. They'll be sorry in a year or two.

    I love those idiots who bought the SmartCar. I actually know a guy who is all proud of himself because he's "on the waiting list" for one of those little rolling washing machines.

    I drove a Prius once, it rides nicely, but what a flimsy piece of crap. I felt like I was gonna break the damn thing.


    Those SmartCars remind me of the golf carts that are driven in retirement communities here in Florida! icon_lol.gif


    I wouldn't be caught dead in one. Although I might be if I ever drove one...


    +1, I called them Coffin on Wheels.
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    Jul 22, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    Out of curiosity I checked the safety rating for the Smart car and was surprised at the results:

    http://www.iihs.org/ratings/ratingsbyseries.aspx?id=632

    But really, the mpg seem pretty unimpressive for such a small vehicle.
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    Jul 22, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidThey've been suckered into it. They'll be sorry in a year or two.

    I love those idiots who bought the SmartCar. I actually know a guy who is all proud of himself because he's "on the waiting list" for one of those little rolling washing machines.

    I drove a Prius once, it rides nicely, but what a flimsy piece of crap. I felt like I was gonna break the damn thing.


    A previous boss (very straight) of mine had a Prius too, it got us from point A to point B, but didn't feel particularly solid.

    I like a little meat on my vehicular bones, I drive a midsize Altima. When I bought my car three years ago I strongly considered the hybrid, but long term maintenance costs were a concern and the model was only sold in certain states. I just read someone with an 8 year old civic hybrid had to pay $3100 for a replacement battery. For that expensive of a repair I'd much rather take a gasoline alternative.

    The added weight of the batteries can also impede performance and the space can limit truck space or a back seat. Another guy I worked with is now leasing a Honda CR-Z and loves it. None of his girlfriends kids could fit in the back and it's pretty peppy. Rear view visibility is tight though and it sits very low to the ground fwiw. Honda was doing a promo of about 179/mo. If he really loves them go for it, just be an educated consumer. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 22, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    sashaman saidOut of curiosity I checked the safety rating for the Smart car and was surprised at the results:

    http://www.iihs.org/ratings/ratingsbyseries.aspx?id=632

    But really, the mpg seem pretty unimpressive for such a small vehicle.


    It does well in crash tests, but a serious question has been whether the driver / passenger can sustain the g-forces that will travel all through their body in a serious condition. Take a look at this video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tnh4Y1h-MZY&playnext=1&list=PLEFFF62FED5FC16D9
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    Jul 22, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    Not me. I guzzle gas icon_cool.gif Although I am a car enthusiast down to the bone, I don't mind hybrids.
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    Jul 22, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
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    JackNWNJ saidThey've been suckered into it. They'll be sorry in a year or two.

    I love those idiots who bought the SmartCar. I actually know a guy who is all proud of himself because he's "on the waiting list" for one of those little rolling washing machines.

    I drove a Prius once, it rides nicely, but what a flimsy piece of crap. I felt like I was gonna break the damn thing.


    A previous boss (very straight) of mine had a Prius too, it got us from point A to point B, but didn't feel particularly solid.

    I like a little meat on my vehicular bones, I drive a midsize Altima. When I bought my car three years ago I strongly considered the hybrid, but long term maintenance costs were a concern and the model was only sold in certain states. I just read someone with an 8 year old civic hybrid had to pay $3100 for a replacement battery. For that expensive of a repair I'd much rather take a gasoline alternative.

    The added weight of the batteries can also impede performance and the space can limit truck space or a back seat. Another guy I worked with is now leasing a Honda CR-Z and loves it. None of his girlfriends kids could fit in the back and it's pretty peppy. Rear view visibility is tight though and it sits very low to the ground fwiw. Honda was doing a promo of about 179/mo. If he really loves them go for it, just be an educated consumer. icon_smile.gif


    Can't fit his girlfriend's kids in it? PRICELESS, a guy's dream come true...
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    Jul 22, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    I bought my Civic Hybrid in 2002 when I was 19 icon_biggrin.gif I still have it.
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    Jul 22, 2011 7:12 PM GMT
    Does Flex-Fuel count? (Tho, I've never actually put Ethanol in my truck. Gasoline is still cheaper and gives better mileage and higher octane)
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    Jul 23, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    my next car will be a reasonably 2nd hand priced car with reasonable gas consumption, reasonable insurance premiums and reasonable maintenance costs .

    hopefully i'll drive reasonably. .. working on it.

    hybrids.. nah, 100% electric... nah... turbodiesel ... nah too $$$$$ ....
    a good 4cylinder compact most likely.


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    Jul 23, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    Only place I'd drive a hybrid is off a cliff. They may be emission free but seriously look at the environmental impact of producing the batteries to power them. Hardly a green car.
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    Jul 23, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    During the week I drive a Prius. I liked the gas savings, being able to go into the HOV lane (no more but was a good few years), and only going to the gas station a third as often. One car I drive is on the week-end is a red-neck car with a big V8 and a supercharger.
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    Jul 23, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    I love my enviromentally-friendly '66 Mustang. It's the ultimate in recycling.
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    Jul 23, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidDuring the week I drive a Prius. I liked the gas savings, being able to go into the HOV lane (no more but was a good few years), and only going to the gas station a third as often. One car I drive is on the week-end is a red-neck car with a big V8 and a supercharger.


    Yup - I'm looking forward to seeing if I can go 600 miles between fillups at the gas station! icon_smile.gif