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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:10 PM   #1
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I drive about 30K miles per year, and although I love having the room and versitility of my 5.2 98 ZJ (my DD), I have been looking at what I have been spending in gas. It's a lot!

So, I got myself a Geo Metro. It's not new, but I am sure has plenty of life left in it. It was cheap, and by my calculation it will pay for itself in 3 months max.

This car is the most "foriegn" car I have ever owned. It will take some getting used to, but my wallet will love it.

So, who else have finally "thown in the towel" with gas prices and have downsized?
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:12 PM   #2
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please post pic of you standing next to it, adn then in it...
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:12 PM   #3
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still hoggin down the rd in my 13 MPG hemi ram though my drive to work is 7 min max ! I go up north quite often
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:13 PM   #4
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lol

I can't picture you in a geo.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:14 PM   #5
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please post pic of you standing next to it, adn then in it...
It's too dark to post pics, so I will be sure to get some tomarrow. ONce yo usee it, you're going to want one.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:23 PM   #6
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I already do, I drive 45 min one way in my 14 MPG Explorer. over 250 bones spent last month alone.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:28 PM   #7
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I downsized from my diesel and have been DDing my trail rig :tonka: Cut my fuel bill in half if not more
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:30 PM   #8
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haha, i don't get it... why dd a friggin' truck if you don't need to...i haven't encountered many problems that i couldn't take care of with my neon and a trailer.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:32 PM   #9
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3 cyl or 4 cyl Metro
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:32 PM   #10
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I'm about to sell my jeep and getting a more fuel efficient DD.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:39 PM   #11
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and i dont request a stretch, just a towncar
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:40 PM   #12
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One nice thing about being retired.

A tank of gas can last as long as a month. Or as short as a weekend, I decide.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:43 PM   #13
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haha, i don't get it... why dd a friggin' truck if you don't need to...i haven't encountered many problems that i couldn't take care of with my neon and a trailer.
Because sometimes shelling out cash for a vehicle that is comfortable doesn't end up paying for itself when it comes to insurance and the gas bill which is inevitable.

And again, if you want to make money on owning vehicles which is hard to do, buying a real cheap old DD will usually end up in a lot more headaches and money shelled out for repairs.

That's at least how I feel about it. Right now my truck is paid off and I spend about $200 a month in gas. I use it for towing for 2,000-3,000 miles out of the year, and it's not crap a small SUV is gonna tow. I see no point in getting another vehicle to try and save on gas, when ultimately I'm paying more money to insure and keep it maintained. I also don't plan on quitting any of my hobbies that require me to have a half ton truck to tow.

But, if I really want to save money on gas I can always take my comfortable and fun road bike that will get 45 mpg and still maintain my self-image.
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i put my benz back on the road, but that was mainly because i broke the transfer shaft in on of my cummins' nv4500. i had been wanting to put it on the road though, 28-34 mpg is nice, but i dont know that it would really be worth buying just for fuel savings. i just like having a few choices to pick from.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 03:12 AM   #15
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i sold my 1 ton chevy and bought a mustang.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 06:50 AM   #16
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But, if I really want to save money on gas I can always take my comfortable and fun road bike that will get 45 mpg and still maintain my self-image.
I call bullshit. I want to see you maintaining your cool-guy image riding your 45-mpg road bike down these icy roads.


My '05 LJ is parked for winter (nothing to do with fuel prices...I store it to keep it out of the salt), and I currently drive a visually beat-up, but good-running 19-20-mpg '93 Buick Roadmaster. I just took a job 1.5 miles from my house a few weeks ago, so I haven't completely assessed the fuel savings, but it should be around $120/month over driving to my old job. I will also be riding my bicycle to work throughout the spring/summer/fall. But yes, fuel prices do anger me, so I'm still working on installing a diesel motor in my Scrambler. I have already collected about 45 gallons of (FREE) waste veggie oil, with more coming bi-weekly. This will be the start of my own biodiesel, which should only run around $0.50/gallon to process. Of course, I'll have to spend $500-1000 on the biodiesel processor, so that cost needs to be factored in.

With in-laws 4.5 hrs. north, parents 2 hrs. south, and various other trips throughout the year with the family, I'm looking forward to running the low-$$$ bio-D.

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Old January 4th, 2008, 07:01 AM   #17
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Because sometimes shelling out cash for a vehicle that is comfortable doesn't end up paying for itself when it comes to insurance and the gas bill which is inevitable.

And again, if you want to make money on owning vehicles which is hard to do, buying a real cheap old DD will usually end up in a lot more headaches and money shelled out for repairs.

That's at least how I feel about it. Right now my truck is paid off and I spend about $200 a month in gas. I use it for towing for 2,000-3,000 miles out of the year, and it's not crap a small SUV is gonna tow. I see no point in getting another vehicle to try and save on gas, when ultimately I'm paying more money to insure and keep it maintained. I also don't plan on quitting any of my hobbies that require me to have a half ton truck to tow.

But, if I really want to save money on gas I can always take my comfortable and fun road bike that will get 45 mpg and still maintain my self-image.
Guess it depends on how much driving you do. I was DDing my jeep to Flint every day before I got the job I have now. I got fed up with gas when it hit 2.25 and bought a Buick Skylark, I did $1400 in repairs to that car over the 2.5 years I owned it, I only drove it for one, my sister drove it another 8 months or so. After the first year I had saved over 3k on my fuel bill alone. My insurance for PLPD was only 360/year.

I love beaters, the key is not to park them for extended periods. I parked that car for a year and it started having some weird electrical issues about 3-4 months before I sold it. Nosilla bought it and put the tail lights on a toggle, dealt with the high idle is has and is still driving it last I talked to him. I regularly got 33mpg highway with that car.
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So, I got myself a Geo Metro.
So now your a speedbump??
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most foreign? is there really anything not-foreign about that car?
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So, who else have finally "thown in the towel" with gas prices and have downsized?
I crossed that bridge in '02 when I bought the Focus.
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