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Old 03-11-2010, 11:39 AM   #11
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Yes its turboed instead of Supered
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the only problem I have is spending $15k to SAVE money on gas..

I see people out there everyday that have a car that is paid off, worth maybe $5-10k and it gets 20mpg or less... so they go out and spend $20k so they can get 30mpg instead.

At 10,000 miles per year your bonnie costs you 500 gallons of gas at 20mpg.

At 10,000 miles per year a cobalt IF you got 30 with it all the time would cost you 333 gallons in gas.

at $3.00 per gallon that is around $500 a year AT BEST you will save.

So Spend $15,000 (plus interest on your car loan) on a car to save $500 a year.. it doesnt add up to me, but that is just me

It may feel nice saving money at the pump each time, but what about that car payment you are making?


of the 14+ vehicles I have owned I have only gotten rid of a vehicle ONCE in my life to get better mileage.. I sold a 2006 4x4 Trailblazer to get my 2002 Bonneville. Was it a smart move.. YES..why? because I now average 23mpg vs 16mpg saving me over $500 a year in gas...BUT I also ended up with thousands in my pocket being I traded down in cars..so when it came to me wanting to save money I got into a less expensive car to get better mileage.. that is the correct way to do it.

Just something to think about

Good luck with whatever you do, but please don't go in debt with a car payment so you can save some money on gas, because you wont be saving anything..

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I have realized that but you also have to add in savings do to maintance that i wouldnt have to do as the cars age because it is covered under warranty. I have thought about this alot and its also a add in of time to gett out from under my parents wings kinda a way to become more independent
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ok another way to look at this..what is wrong with say for example a 96 grand am se, gt 2 door 4 door whatever you want.... I had one of those for a comuter/bad weather car back when I had one of my Camaros. had the 3.1V6 in it and it was a small car so it was decently quick. AVERAGED 28-30 mpg with that thing and got over 36mpg on highway trips.

Cost me $2-3k for that car and never had a problem with it..was MINT.. and it rode real nice too.

Think of how much money you could be saving if you bought yourself a $5k or less car that gets great mileage. Yes you dont have warranty, but really if you find a car that was taken care of (GM preferably) you shoul dhave no problems other than maintenance costs and a few repairs here and there.. even if you had to spend several thousand dollars on repairs over a few years you are still WAY WAY ahead vs. buying a $15k car. Also you buy a $15k car with some remaining warranty.. you drive it for 2-3 years it will b e worth half that with no warranty..where as you buy a car that is already fully depreciated it will still be worth most of what you paid in a few years.

If your under your parents wing and want to get out, don't start by doing it in debt, especially if your arguement is that you want to save money.

I think the question you need to ask yourself is.. do I want to buy a cobalt to save money, or do I really just want it because I want a different car, because the arguement to buy it to save money doesnt hold together, there are way better ways to save way more money.

Again just something to think about.

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