Sunday, July 13, 2008

Because it pays for itself-

DH has driven a 1999 Chevy Silverado around since the day he picked it up off the lot. It's got 175,000 miles on it, but looks and runs decently. Recently, I made him go to the dealership.
I'd been eyeing cars for weeks. Would DH accept an economical car? He'd come home and complain how much it cost to fill the truck, but would he really accept anything that wasn't a he-man truck?? That's a question akin to "will my dog accept the stray puppy on the side of the road?"
How come all these new cars don't have decent gas mileage? Why is there very little fuel savings between an 8 cyl Silverado and a 6 cyl? Or even the Colorado? Even the econoboxes don't get awesome mileage-for example the Nissan Versa gets 33mpg highway, and a 4 cylinder sedan (like the Chevy Malibu) gets 30mpg. I guess the 50 mpg is the reason folks are dusting off their Geo Metros aroung here.
The big ol' truck and many many miles a day, multiplied by gas prices - it made me cringe.
"I'm not ready to pay for another vehicle," DH declared.
"But honey, you are-every time you buy gas!"
As it turns out, he liked the Chevy Malibu 4 banger, which is a highly rated family sedan. The fuel economy is significantly better than the truck, which we are keeping for a while. We won't have to play "When's the truck gonna crap out on us?" and I am glad about that.
This past week, he tracked his fuel usage and costs. He spent 70 dollars less on gas. It really will pay for itself.


Lisa W. said...

good to read about the malibu...i am still in the shopping stage...$100 every 4 days to fill up my F250 is killing me. what a waste of good yarn money!
But i just have to have something with 4wheel make it into my driveway!


now if they would just make a van that will use less fuel but will carry my electric wheel chair, i would be so very happy!