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#871 of 874 Re: $3 a gallon is cheap [steve_]
Feb 17, 2010 (1:06 pm)
Car purchases aren't just driven by gas prices. One must also consider the initial purchase price, along with maintenance costs.
Most SUVs and mid-sized and larger crossovers are priced north of $30,000. Plus, they have large wheel-tire combinations that will be expensive to replace. My wife and I are hardly poor, but those vehicles are simply not on our shopping lists for those reasons.
Gas prices DO play some role in vehicle purchases. Just because gas prices are $3 a gallon NOW does not mean that they will not increase in the future.
Also remember that many of those $30,000+ SUVs, crossovers and larger sedans were purchased with home equity loans, and that source of funds has largely dried up over the past two years.
The "sweet spot" for mass market brands over the next few years will premium subcompacts (Civic, upcoming Focus) and small SUVs (Escape, CR-V, Tuscon). Maybe they aren't stingy enough on gas for the Green Car Advisor, but they are hardly gas guzzlers.
#873 of 874 Re: happy birthday [steve_]
Jul 03, 2011 (4:34 am)
How did we pay for this thing anyway?
I believe that segment of it was funded under the Ozark Chapter of the Loyal order of the Mafia?
#874 of 874 Re: happy birthday [andre1969]
Jul 03, 2011 (7:41 am)
What? Just because the guy on the left was shot from an unmarked Caddy while eating at Luigi's?