The trade-off on saving money on gas and being smashed by a bigger vehicle.

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  1. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

    Mosin_Nagant_Fan Active Member

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    I'd rather have a gas guzzler pick-up, anyway, but I WAS thinking about one of those smart cars because I like the odd looking stuff, but....

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,515516,00.html

     
  2. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    I love to note little editor's slips, whereever I find them.

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  3. pinecone70

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    My huge, comfortable Buick averages 30mpg on the highway.
     
  4. Bruce FLinch

    Bruce FLinch New Member

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    Duh! How much did it cost to figure that one out??
     
  5. ckill1

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    Don't do it!! I have taken care of trauma victims in the ICU for over 15 years and the extent of your injuries is DIRECTLY proportional to the size of your vehicle! The few times I see people hurt when traveling in larger vehicles is when they encounter even bigger ones(for example, this week had a guy driving a dumptruck that got creamed by a train!) I know in our ICU, the majority of nurses drive large cars of SUVs/trucks. Hell, I sold my Suburban and bought a H2! I will always drive the biggest vehicle I can afford, and will encourage my daughters to do the same when they start. (Heaven help me!!)

    kinetic energy = mass x velocity sq. Doesnt matter if its a bullet or a car...if all other variables are the same, bigger always wins.:D:D

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  6. cranky cj

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    thats why the insurance is higher on my 11 yr old suburban than it is on my 06 monte carlo, the bigger suv does more damage to the other car its potentially involved with in a crash, thus costing the insurance company more money to repair/replace the other vehicle. but my chances of coming our okay are higher.
     
  7. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

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    I might, some day, get the Hummer HX just for the looks. I'm also holding out to see what Ford is going to replace the small Ranger with, I hope it's just going to be a bigger Ranger. *Imagines the F-100 Ranger*
     
  8. mrkirker

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    Wow, small, light car hits larger, heavier car, and comes out the worst for it!
     
  9. ckill1

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    Seriously guys(&gals:D), we have had 3-4 fatalities and several more life-altering injuries the last couple years from people in these subcompacts hitting DEER!! About six weeks ago a patient came in DOA after hitting a cow in a prius...saw the rescue squad pics:eek::eek::eek:. Basically had to extract what was left of the guy and car from the cow! Bigger is better!

    And Moisin-the HX will never get made. I wanted one too, but since GM is going belly-up, and Hummer is disappearing as a marquee brand, I don't see that vehicle ever seeing the light of day. On the other hand, H2s are dirt-cheap right now...

    Chris
     
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    Man oh man, my grandmother always said bigger cars are safer. Grandma was smart:D She also always got a car with the biggest possible motor because she said the "bigger motor lasts longer." Grandma also had a heavy foot on the gas pedal:eek: (and I inherited the heavy foot:p). My first car was a 1985 Honda Prelude. I didn't really feel safe in it because it was so light. At one time I had a 1998 Dodge Avenger. That car weighed almost 3400 lbs! It was heavy for the type of car it was and very safe. I know because I got in a bad accident in it, had no injuries at all, and the car was still repaired and ran fine afterwards. (Even the state trooper that took the accident report was almost shocked that I was uninjured in the accident.) Now I have a 1988 Plymouth Gran Fury. A large landship grannycar that weighs in over 5000 lbs (and has a 318:D). It gets suprisingly good mileage for a heavy car with a V-8.
     
  11. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

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    You can either have 10mpg on a big car/truck/suv or 25+mpg on said vehicle, just depends on the driver. Mine gets 16-19, tops.
     
  12. flannelman

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    Well right now I'm driving a Ford Focus ZX3. Basically a rolling coffin but it gets good milage and it is nimble. The good handling of this little car has kept me out of a few accidents already. Hopefully I'll soon be able to get my 1970 F-100 rolling again. I just need to put a head gasket on it and fire that 360 back up!!
     
  13. GunHugger

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    My 7500 pounds of Dodge Diesel gets 21 MPG. A fair trade for the safety is provides. And it can lay down a black smoke screen if needed also.:D
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  14. carver

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    I used to work for a guy who owned an Escort business! Not that kind of escort business!!! Escorting the heavy, and oversized loads, up and down the hi-ways of the U.S. This guy was cheap, and those of us who drove for him did so in the smallest, and cheapest, of the little cars. I have drove them all over the U.S. Only one time did I wish I was in a larger vehicle, but thinking back, it wouldn't have done me any good anyway. As flannelman says, these little cars are usually very nimble, and can get you out of situations that you could never get out of with anything big, and heavy. I personally would not hesitate to buy, and drive, one of these small cars, except for one thing! I'm 60, I weigh in at 240, and have two bad legs. I can't get in, and out, of one of these little cars anymore! I find it hard to get in, and out, of my brothers LTD. I am going to be looking at some of the small SUV's in the near future. I figure that they are higher off the ground, so I can get in, and out, but will still give me decent gas mileage.
     
  15. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

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    The problem would be those certain situations where you are trapped in traffic and the only way out is the way the out of control vehicle is coming at you or the one you can't see. The tests in that article is the really worst case scenarios with head-ons and T-bones. I guess if you saw it ahead of time you could avoid it, but that one little slip can turn you into a ultra-micro compact, along with your car.

    If you want/need a larger vehicle but want to save money on gas, get a hybrid SUV. I'd get the Hummer HX (whenever it comes out), if I had the money to buy it.
     
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