Hybrid  

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
5791 posts
9/16/2005 1:56 pm

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Hybrid

Man, oh, man....

I have been putting about 200-600 miles on my vehicle each week; dependent upon the week. You see, everyother week, I have many more stores to go to than the other; therefore, my mileage fluctuates according to the week and the jobs. I should be getting a huge tax break from my multiple jobs gaswise next tax season; I just better start now to calculate what that might be–before I head up to my tax lady and Jackson & Hewitt.

ANYHOW,
there has been a lot of talk about hybrid vehicles and a couple of my friends have actually purchased one for themselves and they love the gas savings that they see in comparison to the cars that they had had in the past.

Trouble is,
I don’t want to purchase a small car; I don’t want to be a bug on the road waiting for the truckers to squish me. I want to try to stay in a SUV.

While driving,
I thought I saw a sign at one of the dealerships about a hybrid SUV; however, this past week I must have missed that sign because I certainly didn’t see it.

I have googlized it, but haven’t found the information that I need thus far. Perhaps, because it is still being formulated???

In the meantime, I wait patiently....but don’t know how much longer I can wait. My car presently is a “Red Baron” red Chevy Blazer. But on my long weeks, I am putting in $50-60 of gas to make it through the nearly 600 mile trek. If I could get 60 miles to a gallon like the hybrid cars do, I would see a significant savings indeed. Right now, my salvation is that I am being paid wonderfully for the mileage - which certainly helps.

Has anyone seen the Hybrid SUVs??? If not, who do I inquire with??? I have contacted GMC; however, no response just yet.

TxRose


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/19/2005 7:26 am

CookieLips2 - Hmmmm... about time. Every little extra mile we can get out of each gallon the better....and, for her, the difference was 6 miles to a gallon. Hmmm.... Might be worth checking out.... Thanks.


rm_CookieLips2 61M

9/18/2005 6:12 am

Rose, They hybrid SUV's are being introduced this Fall. My neighbor just bought an 05 Ford Freestyle (it is not a hybrid), that is supposed to get 30 MPG. She is currently getting 24 MPG and is taking it to the shop to have the on board computer tweeked up a bit. She loves the car though. Cost was around $26,000.


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/17/2005 4:21 pm

ProtonicMan - While I believe (just as with any new product introduced on the market) that the prices of the Hybrid have come down a little, at least, since its original introduction to the market. Once they see that there is a greater need for the production, they will have some prices driven down more as they figure out ways to make money in the mass production of the product instead.

Besides the cost factor of just buying the car/SUV in the hybrid format, there are many other things to consider. When I make decisions to look at the possibilities, I generally thoroughly research the matter to see if I still would agree with that path.

Funny that you mention diesel. A friend of mine in Katy TX mentioned that she was considering purchasing the diesel truck next until I pointed out some negativities to consider in purchasing a diesel.

Just another fine example of how choices affects our lives. Hopefully, whatever choice is made, it is as good as it can be for the duration and time frame that we are presently in. In the future, there may be better options and opportunities; but, who is to say how long that might be. In the meantime, should we wait it out or simply do the best choice with what is available here and now????


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/17/2005 4:15 pm

native2LV - While I enjoy a sports kind of car on occasion, I don't like the feeling of looking behind me and seeing trucks wheels only in through the backwindshield, whereas I could see the tops of their grills at least in my SUV. Once, if you ever have the opportunity to drive a SUV, you drive one, you may never want to go back to a smaller car.

The day that they make 18 wheelers smaller, I might consider smaller cars in the future!!! LOL...

Laters...

TxRose


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/17/2005 4:12 pm

DaphneR
Inominate563
expatbrit49

Thanks for the suggestions. I will check them out in due time. Sounds like I have a lot more choices than I originally thought.

TxRose


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/17/2005 4:03 pm

SensuallyKatey - I believe there are such animals that exist. Perhaps, they are working out the kinks or finding the proper moment to explore the PR opportunities and present it just right to the public. I feel that the hybrids that have been out so far have been still a part of experimentation to see if they really do accomplish what they set out to do. My friends that have one say, yes, they do. We'll see.

There are certainly those who prefer the gas prices being higher and benefit from our troubles in keeping up with the higher gas prices. However, I do believe in that there are more solutions out there; we just have to seek them out a little harder. And, if we raise the awareness of our wants and desires, perhaps the bigger picture will soon to come to focus with those who are withholding some of the solutions from us public and cost-conscious folks.

(Hmmm.. I'm off of my soapbox for now... lol...)


ProtonicMan 48M

9/16/2005 8:49 pm

Daphne (and others) made some good suggestions.

I suggest you look at the total cost of ownership, too. I haven't run the numbers lately, but about two years ago, buying a Toyota Prius or Honda Insight was a fair bit more expensive than a Corolla or Civic. Without any subsidy or tax incentives from the government, it took something like 24 years of ownership to recoup the price difference with the higher gas mileage. I don't know what the maintenance costs would be, either.

Perhaps the price of hybrids is coming down, and with gasoline prices going up, it may be more attractive. Of course, cash flow is a factor, too. Trading in for a bigger payment would offset the benefits of higher mileage.

Another alternative, albeit in a smaller car, is diesel. My father has a VW Jetta TDI (turbo diesel) that gets around 40 MPG.

Finding a diesel in an SUV might be pretty hard to do. Most of the big vehicles with diesels are pickup trucks intended for high-capacity payloads and towing. The sheer size and mass of these behemoths overcomes the efficiency advantage of a diesel engine.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox.
Good luck,
TJ


ThumbChickStool 33F

9/16/2005 3:37 pm

I'm a sports car kind of girl, so don't ask me. I never saw the point of SUVs when they first came on the scene.

Many kisses


expatbrit49 62M

9/16/2005 3:00 pm

Lexus has a hybid SUV the only problem with it is it has worst gas millage than the regular one

Thank You for Your Time and Attention


Inominate563 45M
47 posts
9/16/2005 2:36 pm

ford makes a hybrid suv. the escape


rm_DaphneR 58F
7938 posts
9/16/2005 2:18 pm

Look for a Toyota Highlander or a Ford Escape. The Highlander gets about 30 MPG combined (highway and city) on a 2 wheel drive. You won't get anywhere near 60 mpg on an suv, simply because of the weight of the vehicle. The Ford looks like it get about 33 MPG combined.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.


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