Something new  

candy69sosweet 61F
10901 posts
9/16/2005 7:26 pm
Something new

I've been thinking about buying a new car. Not because I need one, mine is only four years old. The bottom line is, I can't afford the gas it takes to drive to work every day!

Yeah, that's right. My commute is 40 miles one way, which adds up to 400 miles a week JUST driving to work. My car, a Mercury Sable, is a really nice car, but it only gets 24 mpg. That's almost 17 gallons of gas a week. At $3.00/gallon, that's $51.00. That's a little over 8% of my take home pay, or 3 1/4 hours of work dedicated strictly to putting gas in my car. That's in tolerable!

So, I've been doing some research, and am seriously considering buying one of those hybrid cars. Ya know the ones that start out with electricity and switch over to gas once you're going? They get 40 - 50 miles a gallon, which if you think about 24 vs 50, that would cut my gas consumption in half.

My question tonight is you own one of these cars? Do you know anyone who does? If so, is it true that they get such great mileage? Do they have maintenance issues that would negate the savings? Please give me any feedback, I'm veryveryinterested in your thoughts and comments.


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expatbrit49 62M

9/18/2005 5:18 am

Be careful I have read that several of the Hybred cars and SUV's actually get less miles per gallon that the normal version It depends on the type of driving you do.

I have just ordered a Smart Car for the family to run round town its a small desiel that gets in the range of 100 miles/gallon but I dont think they are available in the US yet

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beewulf9 38M

9/17/2005 8:52 pm

No I don't own a hybrid, but saving money is nice. Major plus there.

1 post
9/17/2005 7:15 pm

Want to trade? I drive a 94 chevy 3/4 ton picup. I get 15mpg and drive as much as 50 miles to work. It realy sucks!!!

just4fun1188 35M

9/17/2005 7:39 am

big repair bills on the electric protion of the car will put you behind in the long run. Very expensive and is a dealer only fix.

rm_mtnravyn 60M
890 posts
9/17/2005 12:48 am

I have several friends with hybrids and the mpg seems to be tied to how they drive. One gets almost 60 mpg while the other only gets about 4o mpg. Guess which one speeds and accelerates rapidly LOL The biggest maitenance issue comes when you have ot replace the battery but its life is between 5 and 7 years but improving all the time.

They are a little weak on power, although the new Honda has a six cylinder and more romm but my guess is that will lower the mpg somewhat. I am shopping for one also but the waiting lists are four to six months here. I also looked at the Ford Escape hybrid but its mpg is lower and there doesn't seem to be enough info to know the accuracy of reports.

keithcancook 60M
17865 posts
9/16/2005 7:44 pm

Can you even get gas there? The deliveries have been rather late down here.

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