• tony Posted: 4/22/2008 7:32pm PDT

    We have a 2.3l wagon, a 2.0l converitble, and 750cc motorcycle. All with manual transmissions, and all use premium fuel. That's a tad less than 5.1l for the entire household, though.

    The motorcycle with hardbags hauling my work laptop is the long distance daily commuter. The wagon hauls the rest of the family to work, school, and daycare. So, getting an avgerage of 41mpg for the bike, 25mpg for the convertible that is rarely used, and 21mpg for the wagon that is used daily, $4/gal for premium doesn't bother us much.

    Funny thing, those Hemis and F350s.

  • Seano Posted: 4/22/2008 9:41pm PDT

    Given that in Oz we are paying the best part of US$6 per gallon for diesel and about US$5.20 per gallon for unleaded (in Europe its far worse) and it is yet to change our habits - although we drive a 2.5L TDi VW (which gets almost 30mpg) and a 2.0L Forester which gets about 28mpg - however, both cars do about 30 miles per day. So we are starting to consider alternatives like bicycles and scooters......mainly because the investment required for a new fuel sipper these days combined with ownership costs and depreciation is starting to get a bit alarming as well

  • Tom L Posted: 4/22/2008 10:31pm PDT

    You're not the first to mention the scooter. The other day my accountant asked if there were any extremely fuel efficient cars on the horizon. After I told them what they were and cost he said he was considering a scooter for the commute this summer.

  • Dave Posted: 4/22/2008 10:54pm PDT

    Why do I feel like I am in the movie Groundhog Day??? I SEE THE SAME HEADLINE EVERY DAY! I was talking to a coworker in the UK today...sterling to dollars and litres to gallons....$9 a gallon. We still have a bargain. Wake up!

  • Ed Posted: 4/23/2008 9:56am PDT

    "Why do I feel like I am in the movie Groundhog Day??? I SEE THE SAME HEADLINE EVERY DAY! "

    That's because gas prices do make a modest new record every day, and thi smay continue well into May and early June.

    "I was talking to a coworker in the UK today…sterling to dollars and litres to gallons….$9 a gallon. We still have a bargain. Wake up!"

    It would be a much better bargain if we could buy the efficient, modern Diesels 78% of Europe is buying. Even Diesel Hybrids, 70 MpG in a compact 4-5 seater Peugueot!

  • Tom L Posted: 4/23/2008 10:03am PDT

    Even European petrol vehicles get better mileage than the US counterparts. They accept putting smaller engines in and getting 0-60 times in the 10-18 second range but automakers here are adverse to them. I'd personally prefer a car get 45 mpg and do 0-60 in 15 seconds than get 30 mpg and do 0-60 in 8.

  • Tom L Posted: 4/23/2008 4:47pm PDT

    Don't know if the link will work but this "article" on the onion is spot on.

  • missprhm Posted: 4/23/2008 5:04pm PDT

    Thank you Tom, that Onion article gave me a good laugh.

    I used to live in cities where I could commute by bike. Now, I live in Detroit where many drivers aim at anything on two wheels. They take the title "Motor City" very seriously.

  • Lance Posted: 4/26/2008 11:11am PDT

    I have two SUVs - a 98 Trooper which I love dearley and a 2003 Kia Sorento - a quality vehicle, but dismal mileage. I also have a Harley Road King which will be used non-stop this summer until the Hyundai Elantra Touring or Kia Soul arrive. I'll probably buy one of those two and trade in the Sorento. It's either one of those, or I step up to the plate early and opt for a Mazda3 5-door.

    But I HAVE seen the error of my ways. And if keeps getting worse, imagine the ramifications this is going to have on the plants that build manufacturers' pickups and SUVs? And the economy? Patrick Swayze said it best in the movie Road House: "You ain't seen bad yet."