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View Poll Results: With gas prices on the rise and us owning full size Bonnevilles that don't get the best gas mileage.
I'm going to get rid of my Bonneville for a more fuel effecient car. 10 7.19%
I'll keep my Bonneville regardless of the rising gas prices 129 92.81%
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:53 AM   #21
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I can't get rid of my car. The mileage is good enough for me, and any other car I'd like to have would get worse MPGs. Plus you are hard pressed to find a clean, rust free car in NE Ohio over 10 years old.
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:09 AM   #22
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I don't drive a Bonneville, but nope.

Doesn't help that my daily driver gets worse mileage than my "Bonneville" though.
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Do the math. Most cars on the road won't get better than 30hwy like the Bville, but for comparison'* sake, let'* say you decided to replace the Bville with a 4-banger Honda getting 35mpg.

To drive 300 miles, your cost comparison would be:

$32.13 for the 35mpg car on regular.
$37.50 for an L27/L36
$39.50 for an L67

Less than a $7 difference for a 300 mile trip from a 35mpg econobox to an SSEi. THREE HUNDRED miles.

This is based on my current gas prices of $3.75/$3.95

Trade-in worth it? Or even selling? Read this:
http://biz.yahoo.com/brn/080502/2529...pf=family-home

And to get better mileage:
http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UT...y&cs=bz&sado=1

The price difference to fill Reg vs. Premium? About 3 bucks per fillup. I usually have that much in loose change in my ashtray.

You may argue that over time it adds up (based on the number of miles you drive per year), but I'll argue in return, that with gas prices being high, your Bville will sell for alot less now than it would have last year even without depreciation. You'll LOSE or just break even in the long run.

Keep the Bonneville, drive easy, and fill your tires to the max rated pressure, and you'll get better mileage than 95% of the cars on the road, even those advertised as fuel-efficient.
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You may argue that over time it adds up (based on the number of miles you drive per year), but I'll argue in return, that with gas prices being high, your Bville will sell for alot less now than it would have last year even without depreciation. You'll LOSE or just break even in the long run.

AND you'll pay more for a "more fuel efficient" car. A lot more.

I sat down with my sister a few years ago when she was contemplating getting rid of her LeBaron and buying a new hybrid. When the math was down on paper and she seen how much her payments would be compared to what she paid for gas in the paid for LeBaron, she changed her mind.
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Don't have $3000 to buy a used econobox (read: Civic), so guess I'm sticking with the SSEi. Even if I did buy a little car for daily driving, I would keep the SSEi.
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Already have been for 25 months.

The 91 SSE sold for $500 (at a loss) and the 91 Civic was picked up for $500 (for a steal), so overall cost there was a moot point. Gas prices, are $1.25 CAD a litre, or $4.71 USD per gallon for 87 regular today in Toronto, higher in other Canadian cities.

Including poor winter mileage with warmup times and cold weather and all that crap, the Civic has done 30mpg. Including these same winter conditions (the SSE got anywhere from 17-20 when it was cold), I optimistically estimate 25mpg yearly on average for a 3800, as I didn't tally official mileage numbers with the LN3.

I drive about 25,000km a year:
  • Yearly Cost to fuel car @ 25mpg: $2,937.50
    Yearly Cost to fuel car @ 30mpg: $2,450.00

    Difference: $487.50

The Civic paid for itself in ONE year, and it just keeps getting better after that. And that'* JUST for regular 87! I just might let my brother have the Volvo now with $1.25/L at the pumps.

Toronto.. population 2.5 million, 5 million including the areas immediately surrounding it (where I do my commuting). City mileage counts for me :(
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my petrol costs £1.10 a litre 4 1/2 litres to a english gallon so do your maths and work that out but i will not selling my Bonneville
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my petrol costs £1.10 a english gallon so do your maths and work that out but i will not selling my Bonneville
UK£ 1.10 = 2.14555 U.*. dollars

not bad at all!
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my petrol costs £1.10 a english gallon so do your maths and work that out but i will not selling my Bonneville
UK£ 1.10 = 2.14555 U.*. dollars

not bad at all!
sorry i ment £ 1.10 a litre 41/2 litres to a english gallon
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actually there are only 4 liters in a gallon.

4 x 2.14555 = $8.5822/gallon

that sucks
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