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Thursday, April 3, 2008


I mention in my profile that I'm into cars. I like cars. I like fast cars. I like cars that handle. I love fast cars that handle. Unfortunately, though, I don't even have a car I like let alone fit into any of those descriptions. I suppose if I had my druthers, I'd have something like a BMW 3-series for something pretty fast and handles well, an old muscle car like a '68-'72 Chevelle SS, Olds 442, Pontiac GTO, and something like a Chevy Avalanche for toting the family and gear around - though with gas prices the way they're going, I doubt I'll ever have any of them.

Currently, we have an '05 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. It's our 3rd Chrysler Corp minivan, having had 2 Dodge Grand Caravans prior to this one. We've grown to love the utility, people moving ability, comfort, and ride of a minivan, and have been pleased with the Chrysler products. Both our previous vans were near 200K miles when traded or sold, and we anticipate the same kind of service from this one. We average around 22mpg with it.

We also have a '92 Honda Accord. I bought this one for $1500 off of ebay last year as I wanted a smaller car for better gas mileage than the pickup I drove up until I bought this. It needs a little work, but it's been pretty solid so far. And suprisingly fun to drive. It's got a lot more pep that the last asian car I had, and handles pretty well, too. It gets right around 30mpg.

I still have the pickup I mentioned above, but I'm getting ready to sell it. It's a '99 Chevy K-1500. I love it, but it's just not a practical vehicle for us to keep right now. The van has all the utility we need, and my neighbor his a nice open trailer that our van can pull should we have the need. The truck gets about 17mpg.


Unknown said...

We're taking Financial Peace University and Dave Ramsey says we need to sell our van. I finally agree that he's right. It's just not practical. So, we're going to sell it and get a nice little subaru or something - a dinky car with great gas mileage. Neither of us ever drives... I work from home and hubby has a company vehicle. His little beat up Toyota will run FOREVER... at least, it had better run forever, considering the $1400 we just forked over to have some stuff fixed on it. haha! (I finally got you on my reader now, just had to look around a bit to find it - yay!)

Toni Ertl said...

Say Steve - can you buy diesel fuel there? Our Peugeot 307 station wagon averages 45mpg, being thrashed around the coutryside between 60mph and 80mph. The previous 406 did about 42mpg.

I reckon it will soon be worth importing smaller European diesels into the US.

Steve said...

Toni: Yup, diesel fuel is easily available. I would definitely consider something along the lines of a TDI Golf or Jetta. The American domestics have been rumored to be coming out with more diesel vehicles, too. And if I get to retire someday, I'd love to get either a diesel motorcoach or a large RV trailer and diesel pickup to spend a few years living on the road touring the country. I haven't seen a Peugot or Citroen over here in years.