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#105 of 144 5% rebate for diesel purchases
Jun 11, 2007 (8:31 am)
there are some cards which do give a 5% rebate for diesel purchaes - but most don't. Chase "rewards" card does, for example.
#106 of 144 Re: 5% rebate for diesel purchases [elias]
Jun 11, 2007 (8:53 am)
Just got my Shell card yesterday and used it for the first time.
It's funny, at a dollar a gallon it was not worth getting the card to save 5 cents. You could shop around and find gas for 5 cents less anyway.
But, at $3.39 per gallon (around here right now), you're getting 17 cents back. That's fairly significant. If I fill up the 21 gallon tank using 20 gallons we're talking about $3.40 per tank!
#107 of 144 Re: 5% rebate for diesel purchases [ateixeira]
Jun 13, 2007 (6:27 am)
note that most of these rebate-card cap the rebates at $300/year. so multiple cards might be required in order to maintain 5% fuel discount all year.
#108 of 144 Re: 5% rebate for diesel purchases [elias]
Jun 13, 2007 (8:50 am)
Duly noted, thank you.
We have a Chase Subaru card that caps off at $500 per year. We actually hit that limit already, and cannot earn more credit until September.
So we will be using the gas card exclusively all summer, then for gas only after that.
Plus, the Subaru card gives us 3% on all purchases, vs. just 1% for the gas card.
Over 3 years we've earned $1500 in Subaru bucks and I've used $400. Another Forester is in our future, I think.
#110 of 144 Re: Europeans are not obsessed with power [hansienna]
Jun 20, 2007 (7:31 am)
Sienna 2007 has MORE power, equal handling, more room than Odyssey. I drove Odyssey for 4 years....terrific except for grandmother interiors and drab colors. Now, I run across another caste-iron reliability manufacturer Toyota, do a test drive ....well, put it this way. "If Lexus made a van it would be the 2007 Sienna. Now, if we can get a Bluetec diesel in it !!
#111 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [lizziewriter]
Jan 19, 2008 (10:11 am)
I have the same concern. I have been looking for a replacement for our van for a while since we have around 140,000 miles on our 2000 Odyssey right now. I love the van, but seriously, it costs me around $60 to fill it up these days. (We live in the Roaring Fork Valley, near Aspen, Colorado). I definitely want something with better gas mileage, and I want to avoid the dependence on oil from the Middle East. Also, I want to avoid electric since that uses coal. Sooooo, I've heard great things about diesel, and I would LOVE a diesel minivan by Chrysler, Toyota or Honda. I also have 4 young children, and am constantly carpooling and carrying a carload of kids everywhere... This is a great blog, I'm getting tons of information. THanks!
#112 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [odydrivermom]
Jan 19, 2008 (2:18 pm)
Hey! It's so nice to hear someone else voice a distrust of electric power due to the coal issue!! I'm not so keen on ethanol either -- I think it's just a stupid idea to use food crops in that manner. I had been wondering lately whether it would be possible for some gearhead to drop a diesel engine into a van of choice. Probably not, but I can't help but think back to the earlier years of America's love affair with the car, when hobbyists would do that sort of thing. Good luck !!
#113 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [lizziewriter]
Jan 19, 2008 (8:44 pm)
I agree on the ethanol issue, too. It seems wasteful. I am holding out for the Chrysler diesel minivan, I think, unless something better comes along. Where I live, hybrid doesn't make sense due to the long commutes everywhere, so, diesel is the best thing in my opinion. Plus, then I have the option of making my minivan a "veggie van" and using biodiesel. I also read this article which you may find interesting. I just know we can trump those big car companies and come up with ingenious ideas on our own!
#114 of 144 Re: Newbie, frustrated minivan mom [lizziewriter]
Apr 17, 2008 (12:26 pm)
It is so nice to see that I am not CRAZY! I'm a huge proponent of biodiesel, but I've got little ones to tote around, all-the-while wishing I could find some eager person to put a diesel engine into a minivan for me!! (From the looks of it, all I have to do is wait a couple years now!)
But I thought I'd reply not just because of the common hope of a diesel minivan, but also because of the disappointment in ethanol...I just wanted to add that it's not just irresponsible to use food in that manner...it's irresponsible to use our water in that manner!! (Corn is one of the highest-water-use crops!! Something to think about when much of America is in a drought...)
Thanks for the encouragement in knowing there are other diesel-loving moms out there!