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Does Fuel Economy Influence Your Vehicle Choice?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Restless28, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Restless28

    Restless28

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    I have been working on first responder training for alternative fuel vehicles lately, and I must admit, that I'm paying more attention to fuel economy.

    I like my SUVs, but I almost feel guilty when window shopping vehicles with lousy MPG. I actually drove a Nissan Leaf and a Volt. I liked the Leaf much better.

    I have taken the gas hogs off our potential lists. Our next vehicle will be a fuel efficient one.
     
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    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

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    Not at all....I enjoy Jeep Wranglers and or "High performance" sports cars... "SUVs"...etc...Anything that burns real gas...no half and half stuff either.

    I cannot stand any Progressive *induced "Green" machines... as long as I can pay for it whether new or used I will get it...will not be molded into a cube.
     

  3. kirbinster

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    Actually I love my 2002 Toyota Prius so much that I got rid of my BMW 7 series. Just Friday I found out how bad everyone has it with gas when I fueled it up AND filled two 5 gallon gas cans and the bill came to like $58. I average 45- 47 mpg.
     
  4. jp3975

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    Yep.

    I had an 03 Silverado...then bought an 07 Honda Fit.

    Both vehicles mine. When the wife and I split up I sold the truck to pay off the car.

    I liked the truck but as much as I drive I had to go with the car.

    Elio is supposed to be out next year I think. 84mpg, goes over 100mph, and only costs 6.8k.

    I plan to pick one up.

    Made a post on it a while back.

    http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1463030
     
  5. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

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    Not in the least. I can't stand the "green" cars... But then again, I don't drive much.
     
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  6. yellolab

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    Yup.

    I had an Chevy avalanche, traded it in for a 328i
     
  7. sheriff733

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    If that wasn't the goofiest looking thing I've ever seen, I'd be interested.

    And no, mpg doesn't really affect my choice.
     
  8. GoBigOrange

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    Of course it does. It blows my mind when people say they spend $600 or more every month on gas.

    I'd love to go buy a Jeep Wrangler tomorrow but I don't want to get 15MPG.
     
  9. Bruce M

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    My next vehicle is going to be either a Leaf or a MCI J4500
     
  10. silentpoet

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    I just bought a 2006 prius because of the mpg, among other features. I enjoy cars too, so I have a 68 caddy project car. But for a daily driver I needed something good on gas if I was going to have to be making payments again. The prius uses maybe 1/3 the gas my current car does. If I could have found a 1950 buick in daily driver shape that I could make payments on I would have bought it, but in the real world sometimes you can't drive your dream car.

    Earlier this week I filled up the short bus at work. 112 dollars. 33 odd gallons. Glad it was on their dime and not mine.
     
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    Yes. I don't think I'll ever go 'green', but fuel consumption is way up there for me. I think I save myself about 1/3 of what the average guy burns per week because of what and how I drive.
     
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    Buy a "green car" ! I need your gas ! Ha !
     
  13. sheriff733

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    I take back what I said.

    If they really can deliver what they say they can, I'd be interested in one as a strictly commuter vehicle. Then have my truck at home ready to work if I need it.

    I'd pay cash for it and it'd have itself paid for in 2 years in gas savings alone.
     
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    I buy vehicles with its use in mind. I buy big pickup trucks for work, mini van (21mph) for the family. When we got into RV-type camping, we bought a travel trailer camper. So I bought a truck I could use for work and family - 4 door F250 pickup truck (9mpg towing). Then to replace the minivan, we bought a Ford Focus wagon (31mpg), since with the truck we didn't need anything much larger than that. When the wagon got hit in an accident, we bought a Nissan Rogue for the all wheel drive and four doors. I was not aware that it gets 28mph on the highway, that was a nice bonus.

    All our vehicles were really bought with their use as #1, and them mpg and other options as #2.
     
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    I commute 60k miles a year to work... Of course, when you drive that many miles, you also have to consider more than just gas mileage.

    Factors such as comfort and features play a huge role. I have a 2012 Ford Fusion that averages 32-34mpg.

    I get 42mpg on my way to work, and 26mpg on the way back(going from 5500' to 1100' above sea level).

    It is a nice balance between style, comfort, and economy. I have the Microsoft Sync system, SiriusXM radio, and power everything to keep me comfy. Plus, I think it's kinda' cool looking for a 4-door sedan commuter machine...

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  16. NDCent

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    Nope, I love 12 mpg and a 30 gallon tank. :crying:

    Butt, my hiney fits a full size 4 door pickup.
     
  17. HerrGlock

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    Yup. I got a Charger with a Hemi for just that reason.

    It's fun as all hell but also gets 22 MPG-ish on the road. :)

    I might get another with a V6 just for the 33-35 MPG on the highway and keep this one to play.
     
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    I'm more concerned about my style of driving.
    My car average fuel consumption (according to the official data) is about 20 MPG, yet I'm usually getting 25 MPG, just by driving a bit slower.
     
  19. GoBigOrange

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    Are you just reading the MPG from the computer or doing the math? In my experience the computers are NEVER accurate.

    Just curious if the Fusion MPG is actually that high. Good looking car BTW!
     
  20. Restless28

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    Not a Ford guy, but that's a nice car.