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post #21 of 81
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Originally Posted by rootzdawta View Post
Smile!!! You're doing the best you can with what you have, Mama.
i do smile! im getting good gas mileage (28 in town and for an SUV thats good mileage for me)..my kids are young and i would not put them in the front seat, even w/ the air bag turned off..its just not safe.

the kids and i are very careful about our driving around, etc. etc. and im an environmentalist above all else, but im not going to drive in a manner that is less than safe for my kids...so an SUV or minivan is what is necessary for us.

everyone is struggling. i struggle w/ being happy gas prices are as bad as they are and sad that ppl who are working at minimum wage jobs are having to foot the brunt of this....some of us can cut things to make up for the expenses but htere are many who dont have anything to cut...so they end up sacrificing food, or rent for gas.
post #22 of 81
I drive an SUV and I have no desire to trade it in. :

Not all of us SUV drivers are evil. I am very green, and I used to be extremely anti-SUV. I know there are people out there with sedans who are damaging the environment way more than I am (Not MDC mamas I'm sure ). With our life style and family we needed a big vehicle with AWD or 4WD. We no longer need the AWD/4WD like we did before, but DH will not trade in our SUV for a minivan and I don't blame him.

I don't drive a lot and it doesn't have anything to do with the gas prices. I fill up once every 2 weeks, sometimes three. I'm lucky to have an SUV that gets better gas mileage than most that are the same size (regular, average size SUV). When I do go out for something non-essential (and even for some essential items, like groceries) I carpool with a friend who is struggling with the increase in gas prices. I can fit her and her LO's carseat in my car and we will do our shopping together, taking one car off the road.
post #23 of 81
We have a yukon xl that we're looking at trading in for the prius. Right now in my area there is a 2-3 month wait. I was put on a wait list and got a call that one would be in for me sometime next week. Really I'm not sure how it'll all work out since I'm still paying payments on this one. But yeah I think its great that even in my small area people are wanting a hybrid.
post #24 of 81
I recently seen at least 3 new SUVs in my neighborhood during my walk/hike. Yes, this was in Berkeley (Berkeley hills, but still!). I dont see that many people giving them up though I have seen more hybrids in the area too.
post #25 of 81
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Originally Posted by alysmommy2004 View Post
I drive an SUV and I have no desire to trade it in. :

Not all of us SUV drivers are evil.

I NEVER said that SUV drivers were evil

... and I never would.

Actually, my best friend drives an SUV and I love her to death

I also never said that you couldn't care about the environment and drive an SUV
post #26 of 81
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Originally Posted by PassionateWriter View Post
and im an environmentalist above all else, but im not going to drive in a manner that is less than safe for my kids...so an SUV or minivan is what is necessary for us.
Sounds like you are a mother above all else
post #27 of 81
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Originally Posted by Toolip View Post
I NEVER said that SUV drivers were evil

... and I never would.

Actually, my best friend drives an SUV and I love her to death

I also never said that you couldn't care about the environment and drive an SUV
I didn't say you were. I was just sharing my POV.
post #28 of 81
I drive an SUV and I it and won't give it up either.

However, my SUV is a diesel and I run it on at least 50% bio-diesel and sometimes closer to 80%.
post #29 of 81
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Originally Posted by Toolip View Post
Sounds like you are a mother above all else
haha! so true

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Originally Posted by angelika13 View Post
I drive an SUV and I it and won't give it up either.

However, my SUV is a diesel and I run it on at least 50% bio-diesel and sometimes closer to 80%.
do share. i have a diesel also and would love to know what you are doing, etc. etc.
post #30 of 81
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do share. i have a diesel also and would love to know what you are doing, etc. etc.

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Because diesel is $4.80-$4.90/gal over here. I know its killing those who have diesel run cars.
post #31 of 81
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Originally Posted by angelika13 View Post
I drive an SUV and I it and won't give it up either.

However, my SUV is a diesel and I run it on at least 50% bio-diesel and sometimes closer to 80%.

That's b/c you're just too trendy to drive anything else. Kidding! :

Hey, whatever happend when your car broke down on that trip? Did Mercedes take care of it?
post #32 of 81
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do share. i have a diesel also and would love to know what you are doing, etc. etc.
I think a large part depends on where you live. I live in the bay area, and I can get biodiesel at my local Chevron- they have a tank that is put there by the bio company. I can also get it through a coop in Berkeley, there is a place in Marin County that does 100% post consumer biodiesel which is awesome. Some biodiesel is virgin soy oil, which is still better environmentally but some say partially responsible for escalating food prices.

Check out this map to see if it is available near you. You don't need to do anything special to your car to run biodiesel, you just fill up like any other fuel. The two considerations are temperature, biodiesel freezes so if it is cold you need to run a blend. It may also void your warranty if you have one on the car. I just make sure to fill up with regular diesel before I bring the car in.


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Originally Posted by alysmommy2004 View Post
That's b/c you're just too trendy to drive anything else. Kidding! :

Hey, whatever happend when your car broke down on that trip? Did Mercedes take care of it?
Yes, they fixed it under warranty- but it still left us stranded in the middle of the night.
post #33 of 81
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Originally Posted by angelika13 View Post
I think a large part depends on where you live. I live in the bay area, and I can get biodiesel at my local Chevron- they have a tank that is put there by the bio company. I can also get it through a coop in Berkeley, there is a place in Marin County that does 100% post consumer biodiesel which is awesome. Some biodiesel is virgin soy oil, which is still better environmentally but some say partially responsible for escalating food prices.

Check out this map to see if it is available near you. You don't need to do anything special to your car to run biodiesel, you just fill up like any other fuel. The two considerations are temperature, biodiesel freezes so if it is cold you need to run a blend. It may also void your warranty if you have one on the car. I just make sure to fill up with regular diesel before I bring the car in.




Yes, they fixed it under warranty- but it still left us stranded in the middle of the night.
thanks. from reading prior posts, it sounds like you have a 320? we just got an R320 a few months ago. does the biodiesel void our warranty?

off to check the map.
post #34 of 81
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Yes, they fixed it under warranty- but it still left us stranded in the middle of the night.
Well I'm glad it's taken care of, but that still sucks that you were stranded. I'd have been ticked!
post #35 of 81
Eeeks! This thread is very timely for me because I am considering trading in our minivan (Honda Odyssey) for a more fuel-efficient car (a honda civic maybe--I'd love to trade it for the hybrid version but I doubt we'd be able to find one we could afford since it would have to be an equal trade). We have three kids so far (all in five-point-harness car seats), and there's talk of a #4. So, in some ways it makes sense to have a 7-passenger vehicle. BUT, what's the point in having it if you can't afford to drive it? And I'm thinking that NOW is the time to trade it in before no one wants to buy a minivan anymore.

Do you think minivans will see the same rejection as SUVs?

Dw thinks I'm crazy, but I think my theory makes sense. We hardly drive the minivan at all anymore (maybe once or twice a month). We walk/bike/or drive dw's honda civic (which does fit three radian car seats in the back!) if we go somewhere further than a few miles away. My thought is that if/when we do have four kids, we'll just take two cars on those rare instances when we drive somewhere all together as a family (probably once every 6-8 weeks). We'd get the same gas mileage with two honda civics as we get with our one minivan. I really want to become a ONE-car family, but I'm not sure that it totally makes sense for us right now since we're renting and we don't know where we're going to be living in a couple years (right now we live in walking/biking distance of everything), and winters here can be rough (especially with global warming). I'd still risk it, but dw is adamantly against that idea. I still think ditching the minivan makes sense.

Is anyone on board with my plan?

Lex
post #36 of 81
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Originally Posted by Toolip View Post
Have you heard?
Most dealers are refusing to take SUVs as trade-in because NOBODY will buy them!! Ya HOOOOOO!!!

Just one more reason to be grateful that gas prices are going up
I don't know if I would be celebrating this being an earth-friendly type. If prices continue this could mean that the U.S. starts drilling in places like Alaska.

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Originally Posted by PassionateWriter View Post
i do smile! im getting good gas mileage (28 in town and for an SUV thats good mileage for me)..my kids are young and i would not put them in the front seat, even w/ the air bag turned off..its just not safe.
What do you drive that you get such good mileage?

We just bought a Saturn Outlook (it's just like a GMC Acadia). It has a V6 but a small liter engine so it gets like 23 hwy and it seats 7. We have our third on the way and although we would be able to fit our family in a sedan we wouldn't be able to do the other things we like to do as far as recreation goes. I also like having the space. It's our only car but I was/am feeling a little concerned that maybe we should have just bought something smaller with the way prices are.
post #37 of 81
Yeah, what are you driving, 28mpg is great for an SUV. I drive an Acura MDX and on my current tank I'm getting 18.7 mpg, but that is mostly city. I do an even mix of city and highway and normally get 21-22 mpg out of it.
post #38 of 81
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Originally Posted by janasmama View Post

What do you drive that you get such good mileage?
i have an R320 cdi (diesel). driving in town i get about 28 mpg. hwy a bit more (like 31). im looking into biodiesel but havent found it yet in my area.

we NEED seating for 6 at least and there was nothing i found that would get better gas mileage (and have AWD which we also NEED).
post #39 of 81
I have an ML 320 CDI and I get 26 city and 28+ highway.
post #40 of 81
I drive an SUV. My parents gave it to me after our fuel efficient ford escort died. We needed a second car. I really hated it at first. Then I loved it. It's comfy, we can haul stuff like compost for our vegetable garden, and it's nice for long distance trips.

When prices started going up I looked into selling it to get a Subaru station wagon. Unfortunately because of the gas prices going up so rapidly my once excellent trade in value has plummeted and I cannot afford to get a decent car with better fuel efficiency without taking on a car note. We can't afford a car note. Both our vehicles are paid for (dh drives a compact car).

On the upside I'm currently in a position where I can afford to make lifestyle changes where I don't drive more than 2 or 3 times a week, no more than 60 miles for the week. I work full time at night, and two nights a week, I work less than 2 miles away 2 days a week, and 15 miles away once a week. We live close to downtown, close to the food co-op and locally owned supermarket, I am in good health, and we have several bikes (I actually won a bike in April ) and bike accessories like a child trailer to carry dd2 and groceries, side bags to carry other things like my scrubs for work, food, etc. It's late spring in New England, so the weather is nice. I can bike almost everywhere, and I do. The only places I drive are to work once a week, and other random places where biking isn't feasible. I have a weekly appointment 10 miles up a steep hill on a dangerous road that I can't bike on. I live in a small city in New England, surrounded by mountains and farms. There are many places where biking isn't feasible.

I can't afford to fill up my tank. I filled the tank half way last week, and I thank my lucky stars that I am able keep my SUV parked. Still, I would rather that gas prices rise more slowly. I am afraid what will happen to my friends and neighbors who are not in the favorable position that we are and cannot change their lifestyle so drastically. I worry what will happen to my friends and neighbors when it's time again to fill the oil tanks to heat all these New England homes, because the increase in crude oil prices affects the price of home heating oil, too. We heat with natural gas, but it will affect us, as well. :

So all that to say, I see the good in the oil prices jumping. It makes people think about how they use their car. Ultimately it has caused to positive changes in our lifestyle (although I didn't drive the car much before anyway. Now I'm really forced not to drive.). Yay for us.

I don't think it's a good thing, though, because the prices are rising to quickly, and the economy and wages aren't keeping in line. It will cause people (in my community) already vulnerable to financial ruin to fall over the edge. It's not just a what type of car will you drive now issue. People use oil in other ways (like heating homes and water). I'd be all for prices going up if it didn't cause the price of other necessities to go up, too.
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