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Are gas prices fueling your pain?

altestaltest Posts: 79
Will you switch to a hybrid? Will you dump your SUV/ truck for a car/ crossover? Will you drive less? Will you switch to Asian makes? Will you add accessories that help you save gas? Will you drive in a more conservative manner... the so-called light-foot?

Have you already taken steps such as those mentioned above? If yes, please tell us what you did and whether it helped. If not, tell us what you think you are going to do.

Also, if you were driving in 70s when oil rose to all time high, what did you do? And, did that help?


  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,852
    keep doing what I've been doing, except maybe drive a bit more gently. I'm usually not a leadfoot anyway. I won't buy a new vehicle simply to get better fuel economy, but when the ones I'm driving wear out, they'll get replaced by something more economical.

    When my 2000 Intrepid finally retires, I've thought about getting a 4-cyl Altima, but I've been thinking about that anyway. $4.00 gas wouldn't change that.

    I'd probably cut the grass less often. And let parts of the yard return to forest.

    As for the 70's, I was a kid back then and don't remember the first gas crisis. I do remember the second one, though. My Mom traded a 1975 LeMans coupe with a 350-2bbl for a 1980 Malibu coupe with a 229-2bbl. The LeMans rarely broke 15-16 mpg, while the Malibu regularly got lower 20's. That LeMans was getting pretty ratty though, so Mom was probably going to trade, anyway. However, had their been no fuel crunch, she might've gone for a V-8 in the Malibu instead of the V-6.

    In 1979 we moved to Southern Maryland, about 40 miles from my grandparents. We had been living with them. Mom ended up getting homesick, so every other weekend we drove up to see them. So needless to say, even though Mom bought a more fuel-efficient car, we didn't do our part to conserve. :blush:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Keep doing what I do...

    2004 Nissan Armada about 10mpg towing the two toys below.
    1998 Baja 33ft Cigarette Boat w/Twin 502s getting about 3mpg and a 185gal tank
    1994 Subaru Legacy Race car about 4-6mpg on the track
    Looking at a 2008 Subaru Legacy SpecB as my "economy" car

  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    I'll do the same thing I'm doing now: drive my 35 mpg Accent until a subcompact diesel hatchback shows up in this country.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Insulated myself against the pain of $4 by buying a Camry Hybrid (after owning a Civic Hybrid) and that price does not scare me much.

    Go Go Hybrids !!! :D :D
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I wasn't driving in the 70's, so I can't answer that part.

    But if gas does go to $4+ a gallon, I'll probably keep the Civic and add a Hybrid or another Civic to the garage. I do a lot of highway driving, and the difference between the gas and Hybrid Civic in both fuel economy and cost don't tip things in favor of the Hybrid model...
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Thanks Larsb, you are making up for my gas sucking hobbies! :)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    "I'll do the same thing I'm doing now: drive my 35 mpg Accent until a subcompact diesel hatchback shows up in this country."

    Thank you, yes, I will echo that sentiment, except that my car is a 40 mpg Echo (and my other car is a 35 mpg Matrix). Saw this gas price spike coming a while back, and made the trade then. I really hope they do bring some ultra-frugal diesel-powered small cars to the U.S. - that would be a hoot! :-)

    Now I do a lot of driving, so even for me gas prices will have an impact if they get much above $4/gallon. I already employ some gas-saving habits in the way I drive. If gas gets to $4.50 or $5 I will definitely be reducing the amount that I drive, at least among the discretionary miles.

    Which, by the way, is something everyone could probably do a lot of (reduction in miles driven) using simple tricks like combining errands, walking the errands of a mile or less from the house, carpooling for work, etc. You don't have to immediately trade in the old car for a new gas-sipper, which can be a major expense even if you calculate that it will save you money after year 2 or year 4 or whatever.

    OTOH, trading out of a full-size V-8 pick-up into a Camry hybrid can save you several thousand dollars a year right off the bat, if you drive more than the average.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    ROTFLMAO....Mike, I don't know you but I do like your humor ! :D

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    :) From what I've read you are a big GM fan Rocky, how do you like those twin 502 Big Block Chevy's? 415hp each! If I push the Cig. Boat to it's limit of 75mph the fuel economy drops down to about .75mpg-1mpg!

    The economy car for me the specB I think gets 19/25mpg!

    Currently however I live in manhattan and take the train to work, so I guess that's a good trade off since I don't burn anything M-F :)


    The way I look at things is that I work 3 blocks from Ground Zero, saw the 2nd plane hit with my own 2 eyes and had to walk home 12+ miles on 9/11 Do I really care how much money I spend in gas? Not really, I'm just glad I am here to be able to spend the money on the gas!


  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    I have a cousin that lives in NYC, and was their in person on 9/11. WOW, you were really close to it all.

    I'm just glad I am here to be able to spend the money on the gas!

    Well I'm glad you are also...... ;) You put it into that perspective I suppose we should all feel lucky to be able to spend money on gas.

    So you have twin 502's on your cig boat ? Where do you take it to run one of those at ? Lake Ontario ???? Two 415 hp engine's :surprise: Holy Smokes !!!

    I also would say a lot of us wished we could take the train to work with these current prices !
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I take it out in NY Harbor, Hudson River, Jersey Shore, Lake George, and a few other lakes upstate NY in the Adirondacks.

    Yep, I take the #1 train down to wall street, not a bad commute.

    I replaced my 22ft boat that had a single 454 carburated that got 2.5mpg and if I drive somewhat sanely at 45-50mph I get about 3-4mpg with the bigger 33 with twin 502s since they are fuel injected and sip the gas better.

    To put this back on track, yup, after that experience, I could care less where gas prices go, and won't drive a hybrid, just to drive a hybrid, life is way way too short to get caught up in driving or doing something you don't want to do.

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    ...what I already do, but cut down on unneccessary travel. I'd probably would quit my part-time gig as it requires a lot of travel. I'd have to get a sizable raise to compensate for the higher fuel prices or else it would no longer be cost-effective.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    digging my new '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. On a recent trip 40 miles north to Safford, AZ, my wife and I averaged 37.2 mpg with our CVT in 'D' for drive.

    Sunroof open, of course! On weeks that I'm working I probably only put about 10 miles on the car, so that certainly helps with our energy costs!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • jae5jae5 Posts: 1,205
    is that I'll continue to do what I've been doing, since fuel shot up to +$2.00 a few years ago:

    Drive only to work and back home - wish I could stop that but unfortunately there isn't a bus / train line I could take
    Drive at the speed limit (only takes a few minutes longer to get to work)
    Cancel all trips
    Combine trips/errands, i.e. get fuel on way to work/home, go shopping on way home, take alternate route to accomplish this)
    Reduce spending, i.e. no dining out, shopping sprees, maintain the basics
    Get rid of all luxury items - my only luxuries are DirecTV and my celly, and unless traveling for work picks up again the celly go bye-bye
  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    ....might be more interesting if the question was $6 or $8/gallon.

    At 1000 miles a month, gas going from $3 to $4 does this:

    @10mpg, your monthly bill goes up $100 (300-400)
    @30mpg, your monthly bill goes up $33 (100-133)

    Not too bad.

    But from $3 - $6, it looks like this:

    @10mpg, your monthly bill goes up $300 (300-600)
    @30mpg, your monthly bill goes up $100 (100-200)

    And from $3 - $8, it looks like this:

    @10mpg, your monthly bill goes up $500 (300-800)
    @30mpg, your monthly bill goes up $167 (100-267)

    A 30 mpg vehicle looks like effective gas price insurance :)
  • kernickkernick Posts: 4,072
    Well I wanted to move anyway so I moved from 30 miles to work, to < 4 miles to work. All other driving is optional as I can run errands at the stores between home and work.

    If things get really bad - like $8/gal gas, I'll make the wife get a 3rd job. :D
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    I have already linked my errands,reduced pleasure drives,and spend the night more often at my bass fishing lake so I fish 2 days instead of 1 thereby reducing the number of fishing trip miles. Waiting for a Honda diesel as my next car.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Wow, you guys are really impacting your life! Life is short don't short change yourself due to money! :(

  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Someone has got to compensate for your toys! :)
  • altestaltest Posts: 79
    Diesel hatchback... does Volkswagen not make one? Bye the way, any downside to using diesel?
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