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    In our area gasoline is over $4.00 a gallon as it is in other areas of the country. I noticed an area Chrysler dealer has a promotion offering gas at $2.99 a gallon for three years. I investigated on-line and apparently it is a nationwide promotion.

    Does it make sense to trade in my car and buy a new one? I have a 2006 H3, almost 50,000 miles, with which I consistently average 20 MPG, 18 city and 22 highway. Trade in value from on-line resources is $14,700. New Dodge/Chrysler small, all wheel drive type vehicle, will cost mid to high $20,000 with advertised MPG of mid 20s. I use about 20 gallons of gas a week. Starting about the first week in July my gas consumption will jump to about 35 gallons a week. I have no special affinity for any specific vehicle manufacturer Ford, GM, Chrysler etc. That said I do like the On Star features from GM. Typically, it seems, if one manufacurer rolls out a promotion the others follow shortly, as was the case with the Zero Percent Financing promotion. If that turns out to be the case I would probably buy another H3. What parameters should I investigate before making a buying decision? Should I wait to see if other manufacturers follow with similar promotions - according to the Chrysler website the offer ends this July. Can anyone offer insight as to where I should go with this? I don't really care if I have a new vehicle, all I would like to do is bring some consistency and sanity into my personal gasoline costs.

    Thanks,

    Tom

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    http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/sho...ferrerid=14791


    20 mpg for a H3 ain't bad

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    • #3
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      We've been one of the lowest the entire winter in gas prices, my town that is. This morning on the front page of the news paper, Two Harbors is the highest in gas prices in the state of Minnesota, $3.94 a gal. We are sort of the gateway to Canada and many, many lakes. So now, our gas stations wanna cash in on the millions of tourist and shoppers that will roll on through our town. So if your traveling my way, gas up in Duluth or beyond us...
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      • #4
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        tom, be careful of the promotion with dodge. it's limited to 12,000 miles a year for 3 years if i remember correctly, and is based on the average mpg.

        i think there was only a $400 savings @ $4.00 a gallon.

        read the fine print.

        you put on a lot of miles. i would look at a car in the high 30's or 40 mpg.

        you said it was for transportation, not for style

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #5
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          what about ford escape hybrid? they had it on the news last night and it ould save you up to 5 thousand dollars a year.







          we will be trading our truck at the end of the year for ford escaoe hybrid...


          we have 2006 ford f 150, crew cab with 13,000 miles....


          it gets around 14 mpg in the city!!! very bad!!!

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          • #6
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            buy a toyta yaris,35 mpg city 40 highway and it isn't even a hybird witch mean no high dollar batterys to buy latter on down the line, biggest thing though is it is a small car so you need to make sure it is something you can deal with. the ford excape hybird is ok but i have not been that impressed with the reviews i have seen of it but that is just me, but it is also twice the size of the yaris.
            9/11/01, never forget.

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            • #7
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              For anyone wanting a nice well made little SUV, take a good look and test drive the redesigned 2009 Subaru Forester. I test drove one the other day and was very impressed. It's very different (very improved) over the earlier versions. We need to think about safety and dependability besides fuel use. Mrs. Westcoast has a very good point about hybrids, but I would think hard about what it costs for battery replacement on them.

              With regard to price control, I really want all of us (me included) to try hard to cut down on driving. If we think things through carefully we (all of us) should be able to save on fuel use. With slightly less driving we save $$$ on more than just buying less fuel. Please everyone let's just give this a try.
              Last edited by Woussko; 05-24-2008, 10:39 AM.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by oldslowchevy View Post
                buy a toyta yaris,35 mpg city 40 highway and it isn't even a hybird witch mean no high dollar batterys to buy latter on down the line, biggest thing though is it is a small car so you need to make sure it is something you can deal with. the ford excape hybird is ok but i have not been that impressed with the reviews i have seen of it but that is just me, but it is also twice the size of the yaris.

                ford escape hybrid is the only suv i would feel comfortable in...I don't like subaru's.

                If i liked small card i would go with porius that gets around 5o mpg for the city,,but i don't like small cars..and they r too small for robert

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by Woussko View Post
                  For anyone wanting a nice well made little SUV, take a good look and test drive the redesigned 2009 Subaru Forester. I test drove one the other day and was very impressed. It's very different (very improved) over the earlier versions. We need to think about safety and dependability besides fuel use. Mrs. Westcoast has a very good point about hybrids, but I would think hard about what it costs for battery replacement on them.

                  With regard to price control, I really want all of us (me included) to try hard to cut down on driving. If we think things through carefully we (all of us) should be able to save on fuel use. With slightly less driving we save $$$ on more than just buying less fuel. Please everyone let's just give this a try.
                  The Subaru Forester is a great update on a solid vehicle and looks much better than before. My "economy" SUV is a CRV and it has been ultra reliable but the EPA estimates for most vehicles need to reviewed carefully. For example the CRV is rated 22 city 27 hwy yet I average 22 and have never gotten better than 24. I have a 280hp Nissan that can cruise at 70+ and achieve 27+hwy. The economy part of the CRV is that I rarely ever get under 20 mpg which is what I would expect from the Subaru or other small 4cy SUVs. Woussko is right that size does matter in todays MAdMAx world and max MPG is not always safe.

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                  • #10
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                    I guess I should have remembered, "If it seems to be too good to be true it probably is." I am a very impulsive buyer and they almost hooked me. Thanks to everyone for helping me see the light.

                    Garager, If I am ever in your neck of the woods I will remember to fuel up past Duluth. Even if I headed there I doubt I would make it because I like to paddle. I would throw a couple kayaks on the top of the car and head yor way but would probably stop at every small lake and pond on the way. It might take me a year just to get through Ohio. And with 10,000 lakes in your state... OH BOY! Heaven!

                    Subarus do not fit me. I walked into a Subaru dealer a few years ago and told a salesman I wanted to buy a Subaru. His answer, "No you don't." He had me sit in one and he was correct. Way too small for a 6'3" person to be comfortable.

                    The Ford Escort Hybrid seems like a great alternative but I need to be able to tow a trailer and the towing capacity just isn't there.

                    Hands down the best car I ever owned was a PT Cruiser. Good fuel mileage, plenty of towing capacity, room for four adults, four kayaks and a bike on top and fun to drive. I just saw an HHR Panel Truck on GM's website. Hmmm.

                    Tom

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                    • #11
                      Re: Personal gasoline price control

                      Originally posted by Tom W View Post

                      Hands down the best car I ever owned was a PT Cruiser. Good fuel mileage, plenty of towing capacity, room for four adults, four kayaks and a bike on top and fun to drive. I just saw an HHR Panel Truck on GM's website. Hmmm.

                      Tom
                      joey has a 2007 hhr and loves it

                      she has the non panel version and we went to the ridgid road show last week. 125 miles at 34mpg

                      plus it had room for our luggage and my k-60 with cable

                      rick.
                      phoebe it is

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                      • #12
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                        $4.17 in Norwalk, CT. Good observations and advice. Promotions have all sorts of restrictions, not worth the come on in my opinion. Heard a lot of good things about the Yaris. The Prius is a tiny car and we do give up a certain level of protection with the tiny cars. I think it comes down to a personal decision regarding what's most important when buying a new car. If you want really extreme gas savings then you must go Hybrid or Plug in, the next closest thing would be sub compact such as the Yaris. Heard Volkswagon will introduce a 60mpg diesel soon. I'm concerned with the complication and upkeep of the hybrids. Remember the Chevy EV1? Everyone who leased one(Chevy refused to sell them!), had nothing but good things to say, plenty of power, quiet, no problems but only fifty mile range. The Chevy EV1 with today's battery technology would get over 300 miles on a charge. If you had over one hundred grand you could buy a Telsa electric car, zero to sixty in 4 seconds and 300 miles on a single charge! Until you can make a change with the vehicle you drive consider proper tuneups, tire pressure and driving style to save on gas. Good luck to All.
                        Last edited by Frankiarmz; 05-25-2008, 12:58 PM. Reason: sp

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                        • #13
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                          Thanks Rick, Thirty four mpg is terrific. I will investigate that HHR more thoroughly. If Thule makes a rack for it, kayak hauling is a high priority, I will be all the more encouraged.

                          Tom

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                          • #14
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                            Drove home from the city the other day on fumes.
                            The cheapest gas I could find there was $4.10..got back to my area and found some for a little over $3.80.
                            I crammed my tank, they say as of the start of the week gas prices will probably soar due to the $132 price a barrel for oil.
                            The effects of the mortgage crisis on our economy had me concerned, this does too.

                            Spent some time looking into hybrids last night, the Escapes seem like the most viable potential for me as a work truck.

                            The batteries are supposed to last ten years, the costs to replace them vary..upwards of $4K.
                            At $4 a gallon, I drive as much as 500 miles in a busy week, the money I'd save could possibly make or break me depending on what happens with the economy this year and how much higher gas prices go up.

                            Free estimates are definitely a thing of the past.

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