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flybigrc
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 11:09:41 AM

My current car purchase is partly to save on fuel costs, going from a Saturn VUE 6-cyl getting 21 mpg to a Ford Focus ST 4-cyl that gets 32 mpg.

I travel about 1400 miles a month.
at $4 a gallon
savings will be about $92 a month
at $5 a gallon
savings will be about $115 a month
at $6 a gallon (god help us if it even gets this high!)
savings will be about $138 a month

Amazingly, I also save about $5 a month on car insurance.
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Stumpy044
Rookie Author Hamilton

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:13:23 PM

Love my truck but will buy a more fuel economical vehicle in the future to use in addition to my truck.
OceanArcher
Champion Author Mississippi

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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 8:32:56 AM

Nope - I just liked the looks of the car, and the wife was thrilled by the lighted vanity mirror ....
Banjoe
Champion Author Winnipeg

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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 7:53:03 AM

Our latest vehicle was diesel and it's been a complete win for us. Not going back to gasoline engines without a really good reason.
cv
Champion Author Raleigh

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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 6:43:02 AM

No, my last purchase was a pickup truck to pull my boat.
davisadm
Champion Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 1:19:03 AM

No, much cheaper to drive an older car which gets less MPG, than to take on new car payments and increased insurance.
GrumpyCat
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:07:30 PM

Actually it was.

Traded a 2008 F-250 Powerstroke for a 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 Bluetec. Went from 17 MPG highway to 29 MPG, cruise control at 70 MPH.

With two dirtbikes on trailer the ML320 gets 21 MPG, the F-250 got the same 17 MPG as without.

Both can haul my larger 7100 GVWR trailer. Both are 4WD or AWD. Both are diesel.
aalix
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 5:31:06 PM

My next car will be a gas miser.
peggypat
Rookie Author San Diego

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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 4:38:50 PM

Jetta Diesel in 2002. And I chose to work at a close office to my house.
WTM
Champion Author Philadelphia

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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 1:10:56 PM

Yes! Since my `99 Audi A6 Quattro was a total loss in a car accident in Nov.`12, I decided to use the insurance $$ to buy something more fuel efficient. I was looking for a used Honda Fit or Scion XA, but their used resale values are GREATLY inflated in my area(not to mention that every example I found in my price range was absolute high-milage JUNK!). Instead, I found a `06 VW Jetta 2.5 with only 65k miles that was priced right, has more interior room than the Honda & Scion, and gets much better mpgs on >>regular<< gas than my premium-sucking Audi ever did. Problem solved.
WEDDY
Champion Author Phoenix

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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 12:58:12 PM

I bought a 2013 Honda fit, Averaging 34 mph, 90% in town driving.
beachd8
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 12:18:33 PM

No. Last time I bought a car I sent my children out to test drive first. (My oldest was in college & she took her younger siblings.) COMFORT was important. Road trips with uncomfortable children are miserable. They narrowed the choices down from the list that I gave them from my internet research based on our compiled wish list. None of the cars met all of our expectations. That said, we did all right. I just wish that I remembered that I wanted a roof rack and had the foresight to get a trailer hitch. Added a trailer hitch subsequently. Bought the car through the credit union, so I didn't have to haggle the price myself. I'll probably do the same thing next time around.
EdWoods
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 8:34:18 PM

MPG is never a factor in anything that I buy. Big, Bad, Loud, Shiny, is.
lorereme
Rookie Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 3:25:54 PM

Makes sense!
Baron62nd
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 3:10:30 PM

No, used pickup truck to haul and use as a backup vehicle.
Banjoe
Champion Author Winnipeg

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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 9:34:13 AM

Yes, I went with a diesel because of the mileage & reliability. I love that TDI!
97PearlCat
Champion Author Tulsa

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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 9:31:55 AM

No, my next vehicle will be the same size but it should get better gas milage.
DanFMA
Champion Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 8:14:50 AM

No.
jrferrari
All-Star Author Orlando

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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 12:52:00 AM

My last car purchase was a 2006 Ford Escape. When I first purchased it with 100% gas (not 10% ethanol) I would get 29 MPG, up from 19 MPG with my previous car a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
bearscharger
Champion Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 4:39:19 PM

yes i went from getting 10mpg in my truck to 18 in my crown vic
d_clark
Champion Author Grand Rapids

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:07:13 AM

no
weddy11
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 9:20:06 AM

yes, soon to buy a honda fit.
mnrick041
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 8:15:50 AM

I bought the model of car I have because it is All Wheel Drive and I do not want a SUV or a truck. My MPG's are not that great, no AWD car is but I live where I do and it is nice to have AWD.
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 7:28:21 AM

Yes
05FLHRI
Champion Author Ohio

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 6:54:47 AM

yes - kind of
deporresd
Sophomore Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 1:40:46 AM

Yes
gafgar
Champion Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 8:46:55 AM

my next purchase will be based on fuel econ and veh price only
the1roadhog
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 8:32:17 AM

Nope, I went UP in size.
DanFMA
Champion Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 7:37:59 AM

No.
rick_evans
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2012 10:51:37 AM

All my car purchases since replacing my first 8cyl gas guzzler have included fuel economy as a primary factor. Fuel savings literally paid for all or most of the cost of my 4cyl '76 Datsun B210. And yes I kept track.
barryw8
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 6:33:13 AM

no
xyl3110
Rookie Author San Francisco

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 6:35:10 PM

prius or leaf.
2amy
Champion Author Fresno

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 3:53:09 PM

My last purchase was not based on fuel milage. it was based on towing. I bought my truck to match my trailer since the trailer came first.

[Edited by: 2amy at 10/17/2012 3:54:29 PM EST]
2013DieselBug
Rookie Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 1:36:00 PM

MPG was certainly a factor in my new car purchase last month... that's why I opted for the TDI Beetle instead of the gas Turbo Beetle.
reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 11:42:12 AM

I replaced my 2002 mercury sable with a 2010 toyota Prius back in 2010.

Price of gas in my area was under 2.70, but I knew prices would continue to go up and down. I really didn't want to be impacted or persuaded to drive "less" when fuel was higher. So this was a big factor, and because gas prices were "low" very few people were buying fuel efficient vehicles.
10261970
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 9:41:12 AM

No.
BigHorne1
Champion Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 8:53:00 AM

The last vehicle purchase did save alot on fuel, but still enjoy my full size truck.
barryw8
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 8:44:29 AM

no
Houckster
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 8:12:29 AM

My last purchase was a Ford Ranger FX4 in 2004. I bought it because it would do all the things I needed to do. Gas mileage was a factor I considered but that was when gas was still less than $2. I still need the truck so I drive conservatively and only when absolutely necessary.
carinthuist
Champion Author San Francisco

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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 9:05:54 PM

21.5MPG WAtch the gas drive slower
73amx
Champion Author Allentown

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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2012 12:37:44 PM

purchased based on cost of the vehicle, then fuel economy
don65stang
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2012 9:03:02 PM

No. But I do drive my VW Golf diesel anywhere between 2,000 and 4,000 miles per month.
badbonita
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2012 1:55:19 PM

To answer the question - no, it wasn't. My 15-year old SUV was having tranny problems as well as having significant problems with the frame rusting out to the point that it was no longer safe IMO.

So got the pickup truck I had wanted for a while. Made getting gardening stuff so much easier not having to worry about cleaning out the back since it's not carpeted like the SUV.
Banjoe
Champion Author Winnipeg

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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2012 9:12:16 AM

Went with the VW Diesel and am not going back .... at least until the CNG technology is up and running.
OilerFan
Champion Author Tulsa

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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2012 8:54:48 AM

Yes. BOught a Corolla which gets about 38 mpg (when I drive it; about 35 when my wife drives). Glad we bought it. It's a good car.
IAMCANADIAN73
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2012 6:00:24 AM

Yes
RRBC
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 7:35:44 PM

For the next one, I think so .
anthonyjs
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 6:14:55 PM

I havent thought of one yet.
maddog768
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 5:10:49 PM

Not really. I needed a new car and instead of another Honda mini-van, I got a CRV which gives me 5-6 more MPG even with all wheel drive. I miss the comfort and room of the mini, but enjoy the better gas millage and the all wheel drive.
node01
Rookie Author Quebec

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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 11:08:57 AM

Two 25 Litres (7 Gallons) tanks that I got on sale. Whenever I need to get gas, and see the price is quite low, I bring the tanks in the trunk and fill them with the car at the gas station (on the ground of course). It helps me break the weekly price increase that seems to be going on around here (Greater Montreal area). Usually spikes up 10-20 cents on a day of the week and then slowly drop for next 7 days. I actually saved quite a lot so far (compared to always buying at high price).
10261970
All-Star Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 9:42:33 AM

Nope.
wamster
Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 8:55:40 AM

No, they quit making the Ford Sport Trac. I bought it because I've always wanted one, and it was a matter of buying it now, or losing it forever.
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