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HankHillprogane

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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 9:44:42 PM

Which would you choose and why?

A V8 gas-guzzler that gets a few miles to the gallon

Or a smart car: (V4-6, gets 30miles or more to the gallon, or a plug-in hybrid)?
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lacibriann
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 11:21:13 AM

I have a car that's very good on gas and I have a gas guzzler I do prefer to drive my truck even though its expensive
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DasAuto92
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 9:52:46 AM

I drive a vehicle that i like, & feel comfortable in regardless of the engine size,and what flavor of gas is needed.
BTW my v6 only gets 26 mpg highway on super.


[Edited by: DasAuto92 at 11/30/2012 9:55:20 AM EST]
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 9:39:28 AM

Depends on what my needs are. I like my truck, but I use it. I also have a fuel efficient car when I do not need it. I like driving the truck better.
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kellyoneal
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:36:58 AM

gas guzzler
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Trowinsamoan
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:32:37 AM

Gas guzzler
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2013DieselBug
Rookie Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 8:16:03 PM

I went with a 2013 VW Beetle TDI diesel... 45mpg highway with 1000 miles on the odometer. It should improve with more miles on it.
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jscdig
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 7:42:14 PM

I buy what I want, gas mileage is not a deciding factor.
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 7:24:50 PM

I can burn used motor oil in my diesel, thats pretty economy friendly.
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DasAuto92
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 9:57:25 PM

Hers a little tid bit on V4 engines as Tonester1 related to:
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>The V4 engine has not been widely used in cars, with Lancia, Ford and ZAZ the only companies to manufacture such an engine.[1]
Lancia produced several narrow-angle V4 engines from the 1920s through 1960s for cars like the Lambda, Augusta, Artena, Aprilia, Ardea, Appia, and Fulvia.
Ford of Europe produced two totally different V4 engines with a balance shaft, one in the UK and one in Germany:
The British Ford Essex V4 engine
The German Ford Taunus V4 engine (also used by Saab, the Matra 530 and in the 1962 Ford Mustang I rear-engine concept roadster)
The Ukrainian manufacturer ZAZ used an air-cooled V4 with a balance shaft, produced by MeMZ and used in Zaporozhets cars.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 10:37:34 AM

I drive what I want to drive and can afford to do it. "gas guzzlers"? Unless you own a high performance vehicle or heavy duty ride, like many trucks, you don't realize that not everyone wants or needs to drive a tin can with motor and batteries that can't go up hill or even get out of it's own way. Neither of my rides are V8. But they still go and carry what I need to the way I want it.
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hornet17
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 10:21:28 AM

I agree with the right tool for the job mentality. I drive a mazda 3 for a commuter, drive a truck when I haul stuff, ride my motorcycle when I want some fun.
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KentuckyWildcat
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 10:01:09 AM

I'll take the larger gas guzzler for safety reasons
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CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 9:54:04 AM

I drive what i need to drive when i need to drive it

I have a smart car for taking just me around

I have a Volvo for me and a few others

I have a Truck when i need to haul

the right tool for the right job
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streetcars
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:37:12 AM

1 in my book is comfort, if I cant drive it it is not worth the savings.
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noblegiant
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:32:52 AM

Smart!
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bearscharger
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:18:15 PM

i'm quite happy with my v8 that gets 20 mpg a lot better than my truck which used to get 10 mpg
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 6:13:32 PM

Depends on what my wants/needs are at the time I'm buying the new vehicle.

If I need a pickup, it would likely fall into your category of a gas guzzler.

If all I need is some little point a to point b commuter car, I'd look more for a gas sipper. However, until such a time as hybrids cost no more than the equivalent gas powered car, I will not be buying one.
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Tonester1
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 2:51:53 PM

Did you say "V4"? I've only seen V4s in motorcycles, not in cars... or at least cars in the last 30+ years.
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 12:23:36 PM

"suffering the constant fear of range anxiety".

For get range anxiety, I would be more worried about the battery tanking after the warranty is over and having to cough up several thousand dollars to replace it.
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psm80134
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:45:51 AM

A V-8 gas guzzler? I have two of them. The rear-wheel drive gets 19 MPG in the City, and 27 MPH on the highway. The all-wheel drive doesn't quite as well, but still gives me a decent 19 MPG on the highway. Both are comfortable, roomy and great to drive. And both have a range, on a full tank of gas, of just under 500 miles.

So, I don't think I'll be going with some plug-in vehicle and suffering the constant fear of range anxiety.
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 8:14:01 AM

I drive cars in between. No accursed Smart cars for me. But my cars can get up to 30 mpg on the highway if driven properly. One day there will be a hybrid car with higher mileage too.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 8:00:19 AM

I have both. I really like my diesel truck, but have a 2003 a Cavilier that I drive to work.
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Bluebird333
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 1:23:40 AM

I would choose the most efficient one that met my needs like the ones I currently own.
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probedude2
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 12:56:39 AM

Yes I would
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Pugpal
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:19:53 PM

"Waste not, want not." Conspicuous consumption gives me no pleasure; frugality does. That said, I drive what pleases me; my next vehicle will be more frugal than the last but economy will not be the only criterion - there are many other considerations that have to be brought into the equation, such as long-term durability and reliability (current fleet of still pleasing cars is 26 years old), ergonomics, engineering, handling and timeless (i.e., classic) styling.
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DasAuto92
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 9:57:43 PM

If i had a million dollars i wouldn't give a rats **S if the car gave me 8 miles a gallon
But since i'm self employed,and rely on my car,well i am frugal. Thats why i switched to Diesel.
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