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#65 of 94 Re: They are filing for bankruptcy. [fintail]
Jun 25, 2008 (5:57 pm)
Yikes! Where did THAT come from?
#66 of 94 Re: They are filing for bankruptcy. [1stpik]
Jun 25, 2008 (6:30 pm)
That came from a member of the Peoples Republic of Puget Sound. It's the noise you get when a nerve is struck.
#67 of 94 Re: They are filing for bankruptcy. [1stpik]
Jun 25, 2008 (6:45 pm)
Just giving the whine a taste of its own medicine
The mismanaged disaster of Puget Sound or the inbred methland of SW WA...decisions, decisions
#68 of 94 Oh Boy...
Jun 25, 2008 (8:28 pm)
I think we've strayed quite a bit off topic, but I'll throw in my own two cents:
I agree w/ the person who remarked that if you can afford a 'slade, you can afford to pick up another car and leave the Escalade in the garage most of the time.
And who said you had to buy new? There are plenty of used Ford Focuses, Honda Civics, Mazda Proteges, and Toyota Corollas available on the used market... I would imagine that if you drive an Escalade, even getting a CR-V or Escape as a daily driver would ease up on the gas consumption quite a bit... (stick with the 4-cyl. Escape though)
Better to just pick up another car than take a bath on trade-in..
Jun 25, 2008 (8:56 pm)
This is not the huffingtonpost.com or anncoulter.com. Let's drop the incendiary political jabs and stick to the topic.
SUVs and Smart Shopper
#70 of 94 It's so easy...
Jun 26, 2008 (5:03 am)
Shoot, if you can afford a 'Slade just buy a hooptie! Geeze, I know it was HORRIBLE timing on my behalf to buy the DTS. If I had a crystal ball and had known gas prices would rise to these psychotic levels, I'd have instead purchased a CTS or a V-6 Lucerne. However, I'm happy with the car and really enjoy it on the days I actually drive it. To tell the truth, the weather or to which neighborhood I am travelling more often affects whether or not I drive the DTS versus the fuel costs.
What's a decent hooptie cost these days? Maybe $4K-$5K? I paid a lot less for my Park Ave. Trouble is, a lot of people don't even have the little bit of money to put toward a hooptie. Sad.
#71 of 94 Re: It's so easy... [lemko]
Jun 26, 2008 (5:18 am)
The price of gas made buying the Sequoia an easier choice. With $10k off of MSRP there is room to buy a lot of $5 gas. Even if I take it on a cross country trip it won't be that big of a deal. Many bought the 2008 Sequoia at MSRP when it first arrived. Now they are going to lose their shorts if they decide it was a bad mistake. If they keep it for 10 years no big deal.
I would not recommend a Sequoia for someone needing a commuter for work. As you say there are a lot of 3-5 year old cars that are a lot less money and get decent mileage. Find a friend that is trading in their low mileage CamCord on a new one. You can offer them more than the dealer will give them and still buy it under BB trade-in value.
#72 of 94 Re: It's so easy... [gagrice]
Jun 26, 2008 (5:55 am)
One little fallacy in the Escalade discussion comes from the "if you can afford the Escalade you can afford".... whatever. My guess is that there are a lot of people that own Escalades but can't afford them. That is their problem for living that close to the edge but it's out there.
Oh, and frugal conservatives and reckless liberals are about as sad a stereotype as I've heard. You'll find as many frugals and reckless folks on either side of the fence.
#73 of 94 My story
Jun 26, 2008 (6:16 am)
We currently have 2 vehicles:
an 06 Ram 1500 Regular Cab
an 07 VW Passat Wagon
Passat was purchased for my wife and I had the truck. Late last year she decides she wants to quit working and be a housewife. Fine by me, luckily we could swing this financially.
So, I start driving the Passat to work and the truck would stay idle for weeks at a time. I swore I would never get rid of it since it is paid for and we do use the "truck" functionality from time to time. Plus, I'd rather park that at the airport when I travel rather than the nicer Passat.
Now, I have never been a car driving type of guy. Always driven a truck or SUV except for a brief lease on an Accord. I enjoy the functionality and ride height of the trucks and SUV's. So this past weekend we're bored and hit a few car dealers. We happen upon a Chrysler T&C mini van. Wow! What a nice ride. I had driven a Grand Caravan recently as a rental and was pleased with the ride, mileage etc. So we begin talking about it and last night go to take a closer look. With the Stow and Go feature there is still plenty of room for cargo. On the few occasions when we haul the dirty landscaping type supplies we figure and old sheet will give us plenty of protection.
So our plan is to go to the dealer this weekend and trade the Ram and Passat for the T&C and a used PT Cruiser. If my numbers are met we will actually be paying less on the car note in this situation.
I'll drive the van everyday and the PT will serve my wife well for quick trips around town. I'll use it as my airport vehicle as well to cut down on the risk of parking lot dings.
While neither of the "new" vehicles will get as good of MPG as the Passat, we're getting 2 vehicles that are more useful and functional for our lifestyle now.
My wife did not mind driving the Ram, but it is not the most sensible choice for quick trips to the grocery store. I believe the mini van is more than adequate for the Home Depot runs and should be an absolute pleasure on road trips.
#74 of 94 Re: It's so easy... [fezo]
Jun 26, 2008 (6:39 am)
Oh, and frugal conservatives and reckless liberals are about as sad a stereotype as I've heard.
I know you are right. In fact all three of the folks I know losing their homes are conservative Republicans. Conservative can mean so many things. Same as Liberal.
When I think of Liberal car buyers I think of a Yugo. When really a fiscal Conservative should probably be buying the Yugo.