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ScoutB

07-28-2013 20:48:26
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Re-reading my last post, it sounds a bit harsh. The point I was trying to make is that I have the minimum vehicle that still meets my needs, a small SUV that gets 20 mpg. It pulls my boat, my utility trailer, and gets my family around. But I mostly drive it with just me in it. Most everyone I know is the same way and some of them actually need a 13 mpg truck to do the job.
I've travelled quite a bit and I've seen what can be achieved in other parts of the world. A 3.0L turbodiesel Toyota Hilux gets about 30 mpg and still has the stones to pull a 2 ton boat across the Australian continent. A Mercedes turbodiesel will do 140+ mph on the Autobahn and still gets 32 mpg when driven normally on the highway. Performance and economy are not mutually exclusive, but for some strange reason the Hilux is not available here. I'd have one in a heartbeat if it was. The Mercedes is $52K and not geared appropriately to pull my bass boat, although that would be quite a sight.

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George Marsh

07-29-2013 04:46:05
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 Re: OT-Price of gas in reply to ScoutB, 07-28-2013 20:48:26  
Scott,
my point is, we in the US, want the cheapest gas and are wasteful at the same time. We don't need a 13 mph truck to drive our kids to school, go shopping, be a socker mom. When our kids are in high school, they drive themself to school in cars nicer than the teacher's. When these wasteful pratices end, then gas is too expensive, got it, nothing personal here, just making a point.

Why in the world can't we put our kids on a school bus that goes past our house each day? Instead, we have to drive them, crazy.

BTW, I need a truck to trailer my backhoe around. Don't use a truck as a car to drive places, unless I need to buy items that won't fit in a car. Trucks are trucks and should be used as such.
George

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