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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:22 PM
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I've been noticing lots of "For Sale" signs on SUVs lately.
I've been seeing lots of larger vehicles, probably used primarily for commuting, with "For Sale" signs on them.

With national gas prices topping $2.00/gallon, I find myself chuckling whenever I see one of those behemoths on the road, or at the gas station.

More than one monster vehicle owner has asked me over the past two weeks what kind of mileage my Camry gets.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:22 PM
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1. HA HA!! Fuckers.
Good for them! And I hope they take huge losses on the sales, too.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:24 PM
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2. LOL! The depreciation makes them worthless. I'll buy one for $100 though
Edited on Tue May-25-04 08:24 PM by HypnoToad
Just wait until even hybrid cars become worthless... :-(
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:24 PM
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3. We are going to get a hybrid electric this year
most likely a Honda Accord, once it hits the market

And that has GOOD mileage.... very good mileage indeed

We looked at the Escape (Hybrid electric as well), but I do not like
Ford.
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:27 PM
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4. I've heard rumors...
that the hybrid electric vehicles aren't getting anywhere near the mileage advertised.

Do you know if there is any truth to that?

You might want to look into it first...
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:42 PM
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7. Actually quite the opposite...
... people I know with them are getting very good mileage, at least the Japanese ones.

Don't know about the Ford Escape.

Cheers.
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:01 PM
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9. I suspected the rumor was a GM plant...
but if I were buying now, I'd check it out.
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physioex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:39 PM
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11. Methinks there was a problem in the way it was calculated...
But it does have much better fuel economy as compared to a regular car. The EPA is working on correcting the way it is calculated.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 02:26 AM
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13. It's all in how you drive them
If you drive the car like a regular car, the mileage isn't as good as advertised. Still decent, because those cars are fairly small, but not as high as advertised.

Apparently it's all in the brakes. When you stop a hybrid you are supposed to feather the brakes so you get a nice slow deceleration--the batteries charge as you brake. If you stop like you were entering pit road--stay into the gas until three feet from the intersection, then use both feet on the brake pedal--you don't get the full effect of owning a hybrid automobile.

If you feather the brakes in a regular car, you get better gas mileage too. Not much, but some.
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 05:19 AM
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15. I believe I read that Ford is using Toyota's technology
for the Escape. Hopefully, we'll be seeing more hybrids in the future. In that respect, the high gas prices will be a good thing.
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DemSigns Donating Member (198 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:34 PM
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5. Puke neighbor brought a Suburban home today
He lost his best personal quality imo when he traded in his jap beater and bought this roadhog that blocks the view up and down the street.
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:41 PM
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6. great, now 19-year-old drunken college guys are gonna start buying them
prepare for more tales of roll-overs and people being crushed in small cars
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:45 PM
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8. I make bets on stuff like this...
... how much ya bet that they sell the SUVs at a loss, buy something small and economical, and then when gasoline goes down to $1.65 a gallon, they sell the economy cars at a loss and buy new SUVs....

Carmakers are going to be loving this ten months from now.
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tjwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:36 PM
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10. fukem...
...wait till the prices get over three dollars a gallon in six months.
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Solon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 01:45 AM
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12. Not just SUV's either...
My Buddy at the dealership said that many owners of larger sedans, 6 and 8 cylinders are trading to 4's now.
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7th_Sephiroth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 03:03 AM
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14. i may drive a beat up
rusted old pickup, but atleast i get 26 mpg
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Zech Marquis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 06:30 AM
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16. LOL
$60/week for food, bus or subway fare, a coule video game or dvd rentals, OR $60 just to fill the tank of an oversized SUV you don't need....

serves the morons rigt I say! Let'em walk like I do!!!
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 07:21 AM
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17. I was following a new Expedition on a test drive yesterday.
All I kept thinking was, "What are you, some kind of moran? Have you SEEN the gas prices?" But then, maybe it's for business or something. :eyes:
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