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#51 of 68 Re: a giant bummer [steve_]
Mar 23, 2012 (4:39 pm)
Yeah, some dorky highly paid Brooklyn hipster is going to be able to change that trend
Seriously, it's about the cost of running a vehicle, which for many young people in this dumbed down new world economic reality, just isn't feasible when jobs are hard to find, rides are easy enough to get, and lots of gadgets compete for any pocket money. And even those who can afford it don't particularly care, hence the sales of Corollas.
#52 of 68 Re: a giant bummer [fintail]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 23, 2012 (4:55 pm)
Sounds like GM needs to build a self-driving car.
#53 of 68 Re: a giant bummer [fintail]
Mar 23, 2012 (6:34 pm)
Shoot, how many young kids can afford $4-$5 a gallon gas? When I was young, if I had $5 for gas, I could cruise around all night and not even use up all of it.
#54 of 68 Re: a giant bummer [steve_]
Mar 23, 2012 (8:50 pm)
That would probably go over - the Civrolla and Prius crowd would flock to it. And for commuting, it would make sense anyway.
#55 of 68 Re: a giant bummer [lemko]
Mar 23, 2012 (8:51 pm)
I remember paying $1.50 or so back around 1993 when I started driving, and it broke me almost as soon as I got money. I think that's one reason my dad wanted me to have that Galaxie with a 390/4bbl - I wouldn't be able to afford to wreak too much havoc
#56 of 68 Re: a giant bummer [fintail]
Mar 24, 2012 (12:28 am)
I think gas was around 85 cents a gallon when I first started driving in the early 1980s. The (ahem) "gas shortages" were over by that time and prices dropped from the then-insane price of $1.29 for RUG. in 1979. I had a 1968 Buick Special Deluxe that ran on RLG and seemed to get a respectable 20 MPG despite its 350-cube V-8. Of course, friends always pitched in for gas money regardless of whose car we were using that night, so that helped a lot.
#57 of 68 Re: a giant bummer [steve_]
Mar 24, 2012 (6:24 am)
My son is turning 16 next week and has no plans to get his license. He watched his older brother (18) work a job every weekend just to pay for gas and insurance. Me and my wife thought we were teaching them to be responsible but I think it has backfired. I am glad I grew up in the 80s.
#58 of 68 Re: a giant bummer [hackattack5]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 24, 2012 (6:41 am)
I think that's been somewhat true of every age. I didn't start adding money to my savings account until I got rid of car payments. My 50ish brother in law is an urban cat and outside of high school driver's ed, has never driven.
The 29.9 gas that was common when I started driving spoiled me for road trips though. Just did a 4,000 mile jaunt that cost ~$800, and that price would have been ~$400 a couple of years ago.
Still, it's more fun than watching a travelogue video on an iPad.