Now that gas is $4 a gallon or more in places.....

  • drakutis

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    Jun 10, 2008 1:43 AM GMT
    How many of you (I guess, LOL!!!) sensible gay men have downgraded your vehicles to save on the cost of gas?

    I drive a vehicle that uses regular and only get 17 something to the gallon. I could get it higher but I don't feel like driving like a senior citizen. And I have the nerve to be contemplating a new car that takes PREMIUM!! Go figure!

    For me, I'm not going to let the gas prices dictate what I do and where I go and what I drive.

    I thought this was the land of the free?

    DISClAIMER: This is in no way implying that if someone HAS downgraded their vehicle that they are in any way foolish or stupid for doing so. You have to do what right for you! I know how some people can be on here! Nothing but LOVE for you all!!

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  • GQjock

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    Jun 10, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    My next car is SO.... gonna be a hybridicon_confused.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jun 10, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    I average around 30 with my car (2008 Toyota Matrix XR 5 speed), but I am getting more conscious about trying to drive less aggressively to save gas. I've always tried to plan out my errands, but I am making more of an effort with that as well, trying to wait for things if I can or stock up a bit for fewer trips.
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    Jun 10, 2008 1:55 AM GMT
    Our gas is high, but nothing compared to Europe. And when you compare the cost increases of gas vs. the cost increases of say - real estate over the past 30 years, it helps to put things into perspective.

    For instance, in 1978 an average house in the Bay Area of California sold for about $100,000. Gas then was around $.75 per gallon. That same house is now approx. $950,000, or 9 times higher. Gas is high, but not 9 times higher than it was 30 years ago.

    Think also about salaries 30 years ago. Not many of us were working then - but it is interesting to compare salaries from then to now. Bottom line - we're better off than we were then, even though some things cost more.

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    Jun 10, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    I telecommute and rarely drive.

    It's my patriotic duty and I do it for you guys.
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    Jun 10, 2008 2:13 AM GMT
    i bike to work and walk everywhere else
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    Jun 10, 2008 2:36 AM GMT
    I telecommute. I get crap for driving an SUV, which is 3 years old and has 28,000 miles on it. Yes, I drive less than 9,000 miles annually. I walk, bike, and take Light Rail. I live in a neighborhood where I can bike or walk to everything I need except for groceries. When I do drive, I get 20 mpg in a 6-speed 4x4 ... same mileage that I got in a rented Mercury Grand Marquis on a business trip.

    Truck does not always equal bad mileage, nor does sedan always equal good.
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    Jun 10, 2008 2:40 AM GMT
    I get 24-25 miles per gallon on my Mercury Cougar.... so no downgrading for me for a while. I figure I will drive this car until it dies on me... it is 5 years old, meh it will probably be fine for another 3-4 years. By that time I am hoping someone will be able to come up with a hybrid that does not suck on the highway ( I need to be able to go 80 mph to stay with the traffic here)....

    So here's hoping...
  • Timbales

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    Jun 10, 2008 2:40 AM GMT
    Caslon4000 saidI telecommute and rarely drive.

    It's my patriotic duty and I do it for you guys.


    you just like working naked
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    Jun 10, 2008 2:42 AM GMT
    I walk across the street to take the train to work, so I only drive about 9k miles/year. But I'm still dying to get a higher mileage car. I'm going to eye the Jetta sportwagon (diesel) coming out in the Fall, which is supposed to be 40-50 mpg. yes, diesel is about $0.80 more per gallon, but if it gets over twice my current mileage, I'd still be making out fairly well.
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    Jun 10, 2008 2:48 AM GMT
    I drive an old Honda and make no excuses. I do my part.
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    Jun 10, 2008 2:50 AM GMT
    I saw my first American Smart Car this morning on the way home. I'm sure I'll be seeing lots more of them.

    I wish I had the extra cash stowed away so I could get rid of my truck for something smaller.
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    Jun 10, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    Why sell a paid-for car that is running beautifully, and maybe has low license and insurance costs - for some little piece of crap that is expensive to buy, and won't last all that long without seriously expensive upkeep - or - you'll have to replace the thing more often? Not me. I'll keep the good cars I have - and in the long run, with lower insurance and license fees, I'll be fine. If I need to save a bit of money, I'll eat out a bit less often. I'm not trading in 3 great cars and taking a bath on the trades, for some miserable piece of crap made of tin. I've worked like a dog all my life, and I'm not about to start driving some boring little piece of crap. What am I going to do if I saved a few more bucks, leave it to another charity or church?
  • groundcombat

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    Jun 10, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    My Wrangler's not going anywhere for a while. I'll drive less first (or get another motorcycle icon_twisted.gif )before I replace the jeep.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 10, 2008 3:18 AM GMT
    Well I wish I could improve from the 35 miles per gallon I get with my Ion, but its better than my 4x4 gets.... and gas is a bitch. It went up from $3.62 to $3.79 per gallon in Wichita.

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    Jun 10, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    i ride my bike everywhere and at the rate traffic gets from place to place here, i figure it takes me maybe twice as long to bike it instead of drive it.

    so i look at the price of gas going up and laugh. especially when we are right next to the port.
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    Jun 10, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    drakutis saide, I'm not going to let the gas prices dictate what I do and where I go and what I drive.

    I thought this was the land of the free?


    Of course it's not. This is the land off the "free" as defined under legal terms. icon_wink.gif

    You are of course free to drive what you want, but you should accept by doing so your only adding to the American attitude that makes us the biggest consumer on earth per individual.

    As for my personal choices I drive a hybrid and get 60 mpg now that its summer. Of course living in a rural region I have few other transit options, so far I've just decided to do all shopping at one location such as Walmart or the supermarket.

    I can't wait for higher gas prices. We need all the more motivation for a bigger fuel efficient car selection.
  • NYCguy74

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    Jun 10, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    I agree with Trance, I'm kinda glad that prices are high, so people will start being more responsible. If i lived where i needed a car, i probably would have got a hybrid a couple years back.
    as it is, i'm about to sell my car, the couple of times a month i use it isn't worth it for the cost. I can rent a car for much less than i am paying to park ($225 a month) and insurance.
    Granted if i didn't have a subway stop 3 blocks from my apartment, i might not be as enthused.

    If only we as a county had learned our lessons in the 70's and kept up with the fuel efficient cars. I can only imagine what the public transportation infrastructure in this country would look like today. Just look at Europe, and the high speed inter-city rail that they have. not to mention the high percentage of people that ride bikes. What would our country's collective waistline look like then?
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    Jun 10, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    I too am interested to see what will happen to people's habits when prices rise. In Vancouver gas is 1.49 a litre today (close to $6 a gallon...). My partner and I live downtown and we both walk the 12 or so blocks to work each day. I don't even bother taking the metro. It's great not to have to rely on a vehicle, though I still have my mazda for weekend get-aways and such.

    I think a lot has to be done in terms of urban planning in most of north america to allow people to live closer to where they work, and increase density. I'm happy to see all the work that is being done locally in that respect, but there is a long way to go.
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    Jun 10, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    I'm getting this...
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    Jun 10, 2008 5:18 AM GMT
    I got rid of the problem by getting rid of my car altogether. Now I drive one of these.icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 10, 2008 5:37 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidI'm getting this...
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    The one I saw today was red and black. They come in convertable and roadster versions too.


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    Jun 10, 2008 5:44 AM GMT
    i had a toyota prius rental car this past weekend and it was great because i spent $37 on gas and drove all weekend (around 400 miles), but i am still buying my Audi A8L W12 i cant stand not having a car with a huge engine.
  • cacti

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    Jun 10, 2008 6:04 AM GMT
    I've already had a Yaris(hatch) for over a year, and I would say that I've lucked out through this except it wasn't so much luck as planning. I suppose I was lucky that I also happen to love small cars. I would have had one when they first became available in 2006 had I been in the position to buy a new car at the time.

    The only thing I would trade up or down to at this point would be an (affordable) all-electric or diesel. The diesel of course would be promptly converted to run on used vegetable oil. icon_biggrin.gif

    The 'smart' car IMO is not exactly the smartest buy. At least if your doing it for economical reasons. The current model available in the U.S. has only a slight real-world advantage in efficiency over other larger, more practical sub-compacts and it requires premium fuel and a higher price tag. If you want it because it's cute/stylish, then by all means jump on it. It's still a very efficient car.


    Also to the OP: As far as driving like a senior citizen goes, I've had no trouble zipping through traffic, much less keeping up. And that was before gas prices spiked this Spring and everyone in their powerhouses started driving like senior citizens. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 10, 2008 6:35 AM GMT
    Driving a 2001 Chevy S-10 I get about 20 mpg if I Drive like a normal 19/20 year old. However, I prefer to drive like I'm 80 (instead of driving 80) so I get as much as 26 mpg...my attitude is who cares about the middle fingers people throw at you...

    Though when I get the money (in other words, once I'm out of college) I want something more eco-friendly and less "Get-r-done hick."