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North Carolina

Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 3:16:22 PM

I currently have an 07 chevy avalanche, 30 gal tank, to fill up it can
cost $100-$120, I am considering buying a 09 nissan maxima. The question is will I be saving a great deal? The maxima is a 20 gal tank, but
uses premium gas,the avalanche uses regular gas. The insurance on the
'lanche is $74 p/month, the insurance on the 'man is #114 p/month
Do you see a great savings? Keep in mind the 'lanche is not paid for..
I will trade it for the max... What are your thoughts? : (
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Champion Author Boston

Joined:Aug 2005
Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 1:03:25 PM

"Do you see a great savings?"

What I see is someone who wants other gasbuddies to analyze their inadequate data and pull a rabbit answer out of the hat.
Champion Author Connecticut

Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:21:44 AM

Champion Author Mississippi

Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 10:00:27 AM

Perhaps driving only one car would also save on insurance costs ...
All-Star Author San Antonio

Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 9:55:24 AM

big savings
also consolidate your trips
Champion Author Macon

Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Mar 17, 2012 11:50:19 PM

Prius if you want to maximize gas savings. Toyota Camry Hybrid if you want decent power while saving gas.
Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 10:29:11 PM

I think I'm missing something.

First, I don't know what "Buying a fcar to achieve metter mpg" means.
What's a "fcar" and what's "metter" mean? Should we assume you meant "Should I buy a different car to achieve better fuel economy?"

Second, you haven't told anyone very much about the vehicles other than you have a Chevy that has a large fuel tank and you're considering buying a Nissan that has a smaller gas tank. You asked "...will I be saving a great deal?"
We don't know. If you wait until your gas tank is near empty, then yes, you'll save a great deal on buying a full tank of gas, because the Nissan won't need as much gas to fill it. But that's not the issue. You haven't said anything about the fuel economy for either vehicle. For all we know the Chevy gets decent fuel economy and the Nissan doesn't.

You haven't told us how much you still owe on the Chevy, how much you'll get on a trade, or if you'll take a loss if you trade it. And you haven't told us how much the Nissan will cost.

And you want us, without knowing anything about either vehicle, to give you financial guidance?

As for your "What are your thoughts?", you really need to call the "07 chevy avalanche" a "'lanche" and your eally need to call the "09 nissan maxima" a "'man"? My thought is you could make the post a little more sensible or intelligent to read.

Of course I would also suggest that you might want to, and it's only a suggestion, post gas prices just a little more frequently. In more than three years of membership, you've averaged one gas price post a month. If all you did was post two gas prices a month...just two, you'd double the amount of information you're giving to your fellow Gas Buddy members, the same Gas Buddy members you're asking for financial advice.
Sophomore Author Virginia Beach

Joined:Jan 2012
Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 4:38:06 PM

You will never save money getting another vehicle. If I were to recommend anything I recommend a Toyota Prius. They take regular gas, and with light driving can easily get high 40-low 50mpg's. Not to mention the 5000 mile oil changes. You can also get a new battery pack installed for $3200 (battery+labor to install) if it goes bad (most last between 100-200,000 miles with some making it as high as 300,000). Since it does not have a transmission to me that is acceptable, and is why I bought one. I cannot recommend them enough to people. Granted they are not cool, but they truly do save you money at the pump. Not to mention the Prius only has a 10 gallon tank. So you will not have the sticker shock at the pump. Don't know off the top of my head but pretty sure the Maxima has a 15 gallon tank, and not to mention it takes Premium (which you HAVE to put in it or you will ruin the engine over time!). Not to mention insurance on the Prius is cheap (I am in my late 20's with full coverage it only costs me $80 a month to insure). So all around it is a cheap car to own.

To answer your question exactly though I would not get a Maxima. We had a 2004 Trailblazer that we traded last year, so that was a smart move. Not sure what engine you have in the Avalanche but the TB had a 20 something gallon tank, and only got 18mpg. That is my recommendation though.

[Edited by: Roadburner440 at 3/14/2012 4:38:31 PM EST]
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