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#2 of 961 Re: How does gas at $4 and higher impact you? [steve_]
Jul 14, 2008 (11:37 am)
I think about it every time I need something at Costco or Home Depot now that I am 15 miles away. It takes a gallon to get there and a gallon to get back. I ask myself, is what I am going for worth $9 extra? I consolidate my trips for a couple weeks now. I used to go every day or two when it was only 3 miles away.
My wife took a bag of plums and peaches to her sister this morning. I told her that was going to cost her $9 to deliver 4-5 lbs of fruit to her sister. Her response was SO WHAT! My wife is cheaper than I am except with her family. Then she hands out money like it was nothing.
#3 of 961 I know I've mentioned this guy before...
Jul 24, 2011 (2:51 pm)
but one of my acquaintances, who doesn't have a pot to pee in, or a window to throw it out, just traded in his 2010 Jeep Wrangler for a Honda CR-Z. I dunno how much he actually paid for the Wrangler, but it was used, a 4-door, and had a sticker price of around $23K.
He thinks he's going to get 38 mpg out of the CR-Z, and says the Jeep has been getting around 15. According to his calculations, he should save about $2100 per year in fuel, and said the monthly payments were the same.
So, I dunno, but in this case maybe this is one rare example where trading a fairly new vehicle because of fuel economy actually works?
#5 of 961 Re: I know I've mentioned this guy before... [larsb]
Jul 24, 2011 (3:15 pm)
The CRZ does have an EPA rating of 37 MPG combined. 5 folks reporting 36-42 MPG combined. Depends how he drives it. Better not drive it like his Jeep off road.
#6 of 961 Re: I know I've mentioned this guy before... [larsb]
Jul 24, 2011 (3:16 pm)
38 MPG !!!! NO WAY !!!
More like about 28 if he's lucky !!!
I think I told him to budget for 30-32 mpg, and count anything above and beyond that as found money. But he insists that he read on various forums that people can get 38 mpg. And everybody knows that if you read it on the internet, it HAS to be true.
I just hope the dude doesn't have more than one friend, because if he does, somebody's getting left at the curb!
#7 of 961 Re: I know I've mentioned this guy before... [andre1969]
Jul 24, 2011 (3:19 pm)
I thought you said the CR-V.
The CR-Z can definitely get 38 MPG.
#8 of 961 Re: I know I've mentioned this guy before... [gagrice]
Jul 24, 2011 (3:20 pm)
Depends how he drives it. Better not drive it like his Jeep off road.
Exactly. And, how much do you wanna bet, he's gonna dog it just like he did with his Jeep?
Now, maybe it's easier to beat the EPA ratings on some cars than it is with others? I borrowed my uncle's '03 Corolla a few times, and I remember once, taking it on a highway run, got around 37.8 mpg. It was EPA-rated 38 by the standard of the time, and by today's standards I think is around 35 on the highway. And I was driving it like an old lady, as this was early 2007, and gas was getting expensive.
Yet I was able to get my 2000 Park Ave ultra to hit ~31 mpg once, yet it's EPA rated 25 highway by today's standards, and 27 for its time. And while I was kinda gentle on it, I drove it a lot faster than I did my uncle's Corolla! I tried to accelerate slowly whenver possible, but cruising speeds were notably higher.
#9 of 961 Re: I know I've mentioned this guy before... [larsb]
Jul 24, 2011 (3:23 pm)
The CR-Z can definitely get 38 MPG
Yeah, but could it get it in "reasonable" local driving, or would you have to hypermile it and do a lot of highway driving?
#10 of 961 Re: I know I've mentioned this guy before... [andre1969]
Jul 24, 2011 (3:49 pm)
I sure hope he gets 38+. I get 37-39 in my MKZ hybrid, lifetime is 38.3.