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post #41 of 81
My FIL told me that there was a news article that crime was on the rise and people are siphoning commercial vehicle's gas tanks. Not only are they siphoning them but they are punching holes in the gas tank to empty them even quicker.
post #42 of 81
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Originally Posted by janasmama View Post
My FIL told me that there was a news article that crime was on the rise and people are siphoning commercial vehicle's gas tanks. Not only are they siphoning them but they are punching holes in the gas tank to empty them even quicker.
Thats a good way to get yourself blown up. Spark + gas.
post #43 of 81
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Originally Posted by janasmama View Post
My FIL told me that there was a news article that crime was on the rise and people are siphoning commercial vehicle's gas tanks. Not only are they siphoning them but they are punching holes in the gas tank to empty them even quicker.
I heard that too.

And that SUV's and pick-ups are also getting gas siphoned. If there is a fuel door lock, they are just drilling right into the tank
post #44 of 81
Wow. They really are getting desperate!

Another sign of desperation; I heard an advertisement on the radio for a local used car lot that shall remain nameless (*cough*sheppmotors.com*cough*) which is offering free gas for the summer and 30-50% off all their used SUV's and trucks. Apparently it's the only way they can move them off the lot.
post #45 of 81
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Originally Posted by Belleweather View Post
Wow. They really are getting desperate!

Another sign of desperation; I heard an advertisement on the radio for a local used car lot that shall remain nameless (*cough*sheppmotors.com*cough*) which is offering free gas for the summer and 30-50% off all their used SUV's and trucks. Apparently it's the only way they can move them off the lot.
wow.
post #46 of 81
So I got a call that the prius is in. We're supposed to go down later today. Dh really doesn't think its a good idea to trade our denali for a prius. It would be less space obviously but I think it would end up saving us money in the end. Dh likes the scion xb so he might try to talk me into that while I'm there. I'm kind of iffy on the whole thing. I love our denali. Its so cool with the rims we put on it and it has lots of space. But it takes $70-80 to fill it up and that usually lasts a week or less. If you were me, what would you do?
post #47 of 81
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Originally Posted by LilMamiBella View Post
So I got a call that the prius is in. We're supposed to go down later today. Dh really doesn't think its a good idea to trade our denali for a prius. It would be less space obviously but I think it would end up saving us money in the end. Dh likes the scion xb so he might try to talk me into that while I'm there. I'm kind of iffy on the whole thing. I love our denali. Its so cool with the rims we put on it and it has lots of space. But it takes $70-80 to fill it up and that usually lasts a week or less. If you were me, what would you do?
Well, I wouldn't be thinking about how cool my rims look or how stylin' we are in the car because it doesn't matter to be poor or in debt but look good.

I personally don't like scion's but if you need the room for camping, outdoor rec then you would probably be better off with a scion than a prius. How many children do you have? If only 2 I would get a prius, install a roof mount rack system and buy a cargo box for your trips.
post #48 of 81
I personally don't like scion's but if you need the room for camping, outdoor rec then you would probably be better off with a scion than a prius. How many children do you have? If only 2 I would get a prius, install a roof mount rack system and buy a cargo box for your trips.[/QUOTE]

We have three kids (only one is in a car seat). We also have an expedition, so I thought if we ever needed the extra space we could just use that.
post #49 of 81
[/QUOTE]We have three kids (only one is in a car seat). We also have an expedition, so I thought if we ever needed the extra space we could just use that.[/QUOTE]

If you have one suv then I would definitely pick the prius. We have only have on e car, it is an suv and if we get another it would be a small civic-like car.
post #50 of 81
Get the prius!!! No question.

Lex
post #51 of 81
i sold my gas gas-guzzling jeep liberty in for a mercedes diesel (running on biodiesel). this combined with me biking and walking to work most days (only a mile and a half commute) means that i fill up every 4 months!!! we also walk to the local market for fresh local produce each week.
post #52 of 81
Ouch. I have very mixed feelings on this issue. Part of me is happy about the rising fuel prices. I live in a very yuppie area where SUVs are used as status symbols and a way to keep up with the Jonses, and are not used because they have 4+ kids or a lot of stuff to haul. These are the "bigger is better" types and they frequently go for the Expeditions and the Hummers. For them, I don't really care if they struggle with the gas prices. Then, I have my friend who owns a Mountaineer. She originally got it because she does a ton of crafting and is hauling all of her goods to craft shows. She also sells Arbonne and keeps her truck stopped. She also used to have two very large dogs (one died of bones cancer last summer) and she figured it would be easier to haul them in an SUV. She got it for the room. She is really struggling now and has not been able to afford to fill her tank. The thing gets 12 mpg and I don't think she could give it away. I also feel bad for people who use them for work. I'm a licensed vet tech and I work with large animal veterinarians a lot. They use pick-up trucks and larger SUVs because those trucks are their mobile office. They have to be able to haul a mini vet clinic in those things.
Someone else mention American drilling. That's another reason I'm slightly hesitant to celebrate. I'm afraid that more and more people will be very willing to drill for oil in Alaska in order to relieve some of the prices. Also, am I the only one who doesn't see extra drilling as a solution. Environmental reasons aside, do you think a surplus in domestic oil is really going to drop prices dramaticaly? I think half of this "oil crisis" is a scam by the oil companies. If it was a true crisis, the folks at those companies would be suffering just as much as us, not raking in extra high profits and buying their 4th house, ya know? Oil companies are happily getting used to these nice profits and I'm sure they'll figure out some excuse to always charge higher.
One thing I do celebrate is the report that companies are decreasing the amount of SUVs they manufactur. I also heard that production of the Hummer might be completely halted. Woo-hoo!
post #53 of 81
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Originally Posted by MrsMike View Post
Someone else mention American drilling. That's another reason I'm slightly hesitant to celebrate. I'm afraid that more and more people will be very willing to drill for oil in Alaska in order to relieve some of the prices. Also, am I the only one who doesn't see extra drilling as a solution. Environmental reasons aside, do you think a surplus in domestic oil is really going to drop prices dramaticaly? I think half of this "oil crisis" is a scam by the oil companies. If it was a true crisis, the folks at those companies would be suffering just as much as us, not raking in extra high profits and buying their 4th house, ya know? Oil companies are happily getting used to these nice profits and I'm sure they'll figure out some excuse to always charge higher.
One thing I do celebrate is the report that companies are decreasing the amount of SUVs they manufactur. I also heard that production of the Hummer might be completely halted. Woo-hoo!
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post #54 of 81
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Originally Posted by astar326 View Post
i sold my gas gas-guzzling jeep liberty in for a mercedes diesel (running on biodiesel). this combined with me biking and walking to work most days (only a mile and a half commute) means that i fill up every 4 months!!! we also walk to the local market for fresh local produce each week.
when is bio diesel going to become available in my area?

how much are you paying for it? i want bio diesel!!
post #55 of 81
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Originally Posted by MrsMike View Post
Someone else mention American drilling. That's another reason I'm slightly hesitant to celebrate. I'm afraid that more and more people will be very willing to drill for oil in Alaska in order to relieve some of the prices. Also, am I the only one who doesn't see extra drilling as a solution. Environmental reasons aside, do you think a surplus in domestic oil is really going to drop prices dramaticaly? I think half of this "oil crisis" is a scam by the oil companies. If it was a true crisis, the folks at those companies would be suffering just as much as us, not raking in extra high profits and buying their 4th house, ya know? Oil companies are happily getting used to these nice profits and I'm sure they'll figure out some excuse to always charge higher.
One thing I do celebrate is the report that companies are decreasing the amount of SUVs they manufactur. I also heard that production of the Hummer might be completely halted. Woo-hoo!
I don't think the prices will really ever drop. Maybe by .25 or so but not much. I'm surprised we havent' come up with some kind of synthetic fuel that the average gasoline car can use.

They probably have one but are keeping it secret. Maybe this is just another step to getting rid of the middle class.
post #56 of 81
I sell used cars and frequently change what type of vehicle I drive. Currently I'm driving a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country that gets 19 mpg. The 1998 Chevy Tahoe that I drove before the van got 15 mpg. Not much of a difference, and frankly I prefer the comfort of the Tahoe. I consider myself pretty green, but I must say that sometimes comfort and safety outweigh the 3 mpg difference, yk?
post #57 of 81
I guess pertaining to the OP, my 1998 Tahoe has been sitting on the car lot for quite some time though So yeah, I think people are thinking about gas mileage more now.
post #58 of 81
We have a Toyota Camry and Sienna (minivan). We considered trading in the Camry for a 'gerbil car' as we affectionately call a fuel-sipping compact. But it's silly for us. THe camry gets great mileage for its class, it's very safe, it's new and it's paid for. We drive this car most often.

And I have a van. It's also new (2 yrs old), paid for and wonderfully convenient. Dh wanted to sell this but then I wouldn't be able to pick up my kids friends from school, pack the back for a weekend camping trip, carpool with another family, haul stuff from Home Depot.... we don't go joyriding in it, but it IS convenient when we need to haul a bunch of people or things.

If we had payments on either car we might consider trading them, but already, we don't drive much... we might fill either of them every 2-3 weeks.

There will always be people who want or think they need a suv or van. Post it on Craigslist, call the dealership about a trade.. you can unload it if you need to, I'm sure.
post #59 of 81
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Originally Posted by oneotamama View Post
but I must say that sometimes comfort and safety outweigh the 3 mpg difference, yk?
this is exactly why we chose the cars we did. Last year a drunk driver plowed into our house and 2 parked cars, which is why now we have 2 new cars. generally we drive our cars until it costs too much to fix them anymore, but our last camry and odyssey were totalled.

We decided it's not worth the gas mileage of driving a teeny little tin can to save a few bucks if you don't get to live. We want to survive an accident, so we chose cars with lots of steel, airbags and good consumer report crash test results. Gas be damned, I want to live!
post #60 of 81
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Originally Posted by Rebecca View Post
this is exactly why we chose the cars we did. Last year a drunk driver plowed into our house and 2 parked cars, which is why now we have 2 new cars. generally we drive our cars until it costs too much to fix them anymore, but our last camry and odyssey were totalled.

We decided it's not worth the gas mileage of driving a teeny little tin can to save a few bucks if you don't get to live. We want to survive an accident, so we chose cars with lots of steel, airbags and good consumer report crash test results. Gas be damned, I want to live!


I don't mean to sound snarky or anything, but what planet do you plan to live on? I mean, I can't believe the things I'm reading in this thread are in the GREEN LIVING FORUM.

I drive an SUV that gets 27 mpg. We're stuck with it for the long haul. If I could trade it in on a Prius or heck, a Corolla for that matter, I'd do it in a heartbeat.
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