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Old 03-08-2011, 10:33 AM
 
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Being from Montana, I was surprised to see just how many full sized trucks, cars, and SUV's there were being driven here in Texas .. I haven't seen too many people down here scrambling to trade down for anything that gets more than 20 mpg.

Clear back in 2006 I saw the writing on the wall and downsized .. The smaller engine size for us has paid off in that with the wild fluctuations in gas prices, we're able to maintain the family budget regardless.

Ours gets 38 mpg and 27 mpg respectfully, and the only way I would make an adjustment, is if the price of gas reached $6.00 per gallon or higher.

Of course then too, owning your own helps. It's easier to bear the brunt of our failed politics with regard to fuel costs when you don't have the car payment or the required full coverage insurance to pay.

Irony .. both the Saturn and the Sonoma, are worth more now, than they were the day we bought them ..
I'm wanting to buy a Jetta TDI and get close to 50mpg diesel is a far better technology than a gas hybrid.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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Should have gotten the diesel one, then she wouldn't be complaining
I didn't know those came with the diesel engines.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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Always been an SUV owner until about 5 months ago when I treaded my SUV for a Hybrid. At first, I missed my vehicle but now with the gas prices it is a blessing?

Do you think move SUV's will be traded in especially in warmer climates or the gas prices will not affect what people drive?
my Ford Taurus and motorcycle get most of the miles, while my minivan sits in the garage. I'll still use it if we go somewhere as a family, or if we need to haul something home from Home Depot.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I plan on buying a Ford F-250 crewcab this summer. Im just sorry my SUV now isn't bigger, wish I would have gone with a Tahoe.
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Try again.. Even Obama takes credit for passing legislation making the changes which will result in smaller cars.
I don't need to try again; you do.

Obama did not sign into law the 1975 CAFE legislation; Ford did that.

Nor did Obama sign into law the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which aimed to exceed the CAFE standards set in the original 1975 legislation (signed into law by Ford). GWB did that.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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I'm not sorry I drive one, I'm sorry that POS is in the White House.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:34 PM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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I didn't know those came with the diesel engines.
The original H1 did....for a while but then the poseurs didn't like that is wasn't fast enough...
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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I didn't know those came with the diesel engines.
The H1 model did and the fuel mileage was significantly higher than the H2. Drawback was the H1 was uber-expensive like a BMW 7 series
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:03 PM
 
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The back seat of an Explorer is no larger than the back seat of a Taurus. You can easily fit two car seats and a booster seat in the back seat of a Taurus. That's just the truth.
It's not as easy for a lot of people I know to get their kids in and out of car seats or buckle-the-seat-belt booster seats in a car as it is an SUV.

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And the front seat of an Explorer is no more comfortable than the front seats and leg room of a Taurus either.
Depends how tall you are. And if you like driving with your knees up around your ears or not. I've had both types of vehicles.

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Like i said, you can buy things things and easily convince yourself that you need it, but American families did fine without those things with LARGER families years ago.
And years ago, parents thought nothing of having their kids unbuckled and crawling all over the backseat of the car. Or flipping over from the 2nd row seats of a station wagon into the back and vice versa. Or driving with a kid in the lap of a front seat passenger.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Gas prices dont affect what people drive, they may affect how much they drive..

I'm not trading in my SUV nor my caddillac in for a temporary price fluctuation on gas..
Agreed. The increased gas prices would have to be sustained for several years.

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