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Old 02-27-2011, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I had a Geo, Metro that would get 60 Mpg if I drove it carefully......and this was with 1987 technology.

Current technology exists to make a SAFE subcompact car with Diesel technology that could easily get over 100Mpg. The problem is who is going to pay 25-30 grand for a subcompact???? Well, when gas gets up to 5-6 bucks a gallon maybe one of the car companies will come out with a ultra-mileage subcompact.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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Well, the way we're using everything else up we may not have 300 years left to go through all the oil so let's get with it! Time's a-wastin'.
I would estimate that we would have viable alternatives within 25 years.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Mexifornia
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...The problem is who is going to pay 25-30 grand for a subcompact???? ....
Not many would here in the US but in Europe that's how much they go for.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Prague
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Not many would here in the US but in Europe that's how much they go for.
It is true that most Americans equate a small car with a cheap car. For that reason, the small cars sold here are usually stripped down a bit from what you buy in Europe. For example, several years ago you could buy an el cheapo Opel Astra and it would have one-touch up and down windows. At that time, only luxury cars in America had that. Mini obviously helped beat the "el-cheapo" stereotype that Americans have towards small cars. Ford is doing that with its Fiesta to an extent. They have added some premium content. But basically speaking, small cars in Europe are often equipped with premium features usually found in a class above here in the US. They pay more for the small car, but get a little more in terms of luxury or drivetrain technology.

I think we will see the day when small cars are not necessarily viewed as cheap cars. We will slowly see small cars be very well equipped, and pay accordingly.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Not many would here in the US but in Europe that's how much they go for.

Well, when the bite hits big time and gas is regularly 5 bucks a gallon I hope a true high mileage car is made available.

One of the easiest ways to get higher mileage is to add a couple of gears to a 5 speed tranny......6th=overdrive.......7th=super overdrive (opposite of a granny gear). But I forgot, I am the only one who LIKES to drive a stick.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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But I forgot, I am the only one who LIKES to drive a stick.
Nuh-uh.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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... and stranger and stranger though it seems, some of us still like to drive shoe leather best of all
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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we have enough oil to last over 300 years.
lol
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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The price here in Humboldt county, Eureka/Humboldt bay rose to $3.96 for regular and diesel went through the roof to $4.20 a gallon. Fortunately I filled up at Costco last week at $3.60 a gallon and got an additional 5 gallons in a gas can. At the rate it is going here, we will probably top $5 before summer arrives.
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