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Old 06-12-2008, 04:29 PM
 
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So -- do I scare you?
No, unless you're really a 16-year-old girl who just got her DL and her own cellphone. Then I don't wanna be anywhere near where you're driving that thing.

How's the driving to PA? How much gas does it take for a roundtrip?

 
Old 06-12-2008, 07:45 PM
 
Location: 77059
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No, unless you're really a 16-year-old girl who just got her DL and her own cellphone. Then I don't wanna be anywhere near where you're driving that thing.

How's the driving to PA? How much gas does it take for a roundtrip?

Haha, well that's not me. But I'm completely used to the drive, and it's not that bad because there are no hangups. Gas calcs, hmm...

356 miles for 2 round trips
14.2 gallons x $3.86 = close to $55 every other day.
Tolls are $5/day, too.

The Intrepid gets 25 mpg as long as I keep the cruise set at 80 mph. I could squeeze out 27, but it's a time/money balance. The V1 works like a champ, and the po-po is definitely out there.
 
Old 06-12-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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14.2 a gallon? What are you driving, a tank?
 
Old 06-12-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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356 miles uses 14.2 gallons. That's 25 mpg. It's just a big body Dodge, before the Charger/300 took it over. Very high up there on the "most stolen" lists:

 
Old 06-12-2008, 09:51 PM
 
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356 miles uses 14.2 gallons. That's 25 mpg.
Oh.

I should stay off of here when I'm stoned.

Nice car though - that's actually not that bad of mileage for something that size. The old POS '96 Monte Carlo I drove around most of the time in NC couldn't do that well, that's for sure...
 
Old 06-13-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: 77059
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Trust me, stay off the forum & stick to the Quake III Arena when you're blazin'.

The increase in gas vs. going to Uptown every day is about $360/mo + 110 more in convenience (tolls). I couldn't get an apartment out here for 470, unless I want a blue tarp for a roof. Good 1/1's (700sf) start around $950+bills, and furnished/all bills paid 2/1's (900sf) are about $1900. All the hotels here under $130/night are booked up for the next 4-5 months. Apparently the landlords got the memo!!!

But the Dodge has been a great car. I had a vision in 2003 when I bought it, and chose the gas saver V6 vs. the almost-V8 option. Smooth cruiser, comfy & still tight as a drum. Will roll over to 100k miles next week. It's only had 2 minor repairs, each about $125 + one evening to fix at the house. It does require a diligent maintenance, though. I hope it will last. I've seen these cars running great with 175k in the shop I used to work at. I need it to last for my drives out here, which will be to about 190k. Then I get my 300 with the same gas saver V6 and 25 mpg.

Then I'll just need some chrome 22's. Jeah.
 
Old 06-13-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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That's ridiculous money for Port Arthur. You can live in Midtown/Downtown for that.

I do miss driving V6/V8 but not paying for the gas. And nowadays I only drive my Sentra maybe 6-7 miles around town no more than five days a week, and otherwise putting the Metro Q-card to use. I'm not alone. I was on the 82 (Westheimer) bus earlier and it was absolutely packed, and so was the rail.
 
Old 06-14-2008, 12:57 PM
 
Location: 77059
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Yes, rents/hotels are ridiculous because the owners know there is ridiculous money to be made there for at least the next few years. Supply & demand. The whole Golden Triangle has high rents right now in places you could actually stand to live in.

Traffic on the outskirts around 6 am has lightened up just a little when gas rose above about $3.70. They've even said so on NewsRadio 740 traffic reports. I understand it's no less jammed during peak hours, but possibly more early-birds are carpooling. I've noticed a lot of loaded-up, 15 passenger vans commuting from Houston area to Port Arthur. Gas still isn't expensive enough to make people move into the high $, close-in districts (or to Port Arthur for that matter). It'll take a hell of a lot more to give up their space.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 06:07 PM
 
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On Monday I left at 7am, got on 610@Stella Link, took it to 59 and exited S. Shepherd taking it to Westheimer, then taking the same route back. Round trip was 30 minutes.

The 82 bus was packed even today. I drove around today and traffic was dead except on Main near Reliant this evening after the Mexico/Belize soccer game.
 
Old 06-16-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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just saw probably the worst traffic multi tasking driver today. this guy was putting on contact lenses, and he's seem to be struggling too. that looks like a huge feat. I thought it wouldnt get worse than a woman eating lunch with a big plate while driving. houstonese people really got this traffic thing perfected
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