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Old 05-10-2006, 05:45 PM   #1
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I blame all big SUV owners for all our problems today!
Somebody that needs a truck for their work I have no problem with.
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May they pay gas, road maintenance, Social Security, and Medicare taxes for the rest of my life.

Or at least for the rest of theirs...
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Chev 1/2 ton, 16-17mpg everyday driving, 22-23 highway... Average about 12k mi/yr.

Voted "to each their own"...
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I dont know about the specifics of their needs, so I cant say.

But I guess its pretty easy to get on a high horse quick and claim the high ground.

On the other hand, there sure as **** are a lot of people driving huge vehicles they dont need, and thats certainly helped create supply problems.

On the other hand, if there wasnt so much volume of gas being purchased, and money being made, would exploration and drilling slow down, still have supply problems, and still have high gas prices?

Maybe the SUV owners will push us along to an alternative to the gas engine a little quicker...
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Maybe the SUV owners will push us along to an alternative to the gas engine a little quicker...
Was that part of the Pentium marketing plan?

Just kidding-- no one ever went broke by underestimating the laziness or stupidity of the American consumer...
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I voted that I dislike them especially where I currently live. I have a problem with people living in NYC driving them or huge Hummers. I would dislike them just about anywhere but would tolerate them if people really needed them like people need pickup trucks or vans.
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What counts as a gas guzzler?

I drive a Honda Element -- 4 cylinders but still, it is a small SUV. I camp, sleep, and haul with it, but it would be hard to say I "need" it for anything.

While I MAY have something to say about Expedition and Hummer owners, I'm not throwing any stones until you define your terms!

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What counts as a gas guzzler?

I drive a Honda Element -- 4 cylinders but still, it is a small SUV. I camp, sleep, and haul with it, but it would be hard to say I "need" it for anything.

While I MAY have something to say about Expedition and Hummer owners, I'm not throwing any stones until you define your terms!

Gas Guzzler definition = MPG less than Honda Element
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Definition of a gas Guzzler...


Anything that gets worse milage than MY car/truck/SUV
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I don't drive one myself -- I don't drive anything -- but I wholeheartedly support gas-guzzler drivers, and I think those vehicles are cool. The only thing related to gas-guzzlers that pisses me off is all the complaining I've heard about them, non-stop for years. Seriously, what's it to you that other people like driving cool vehicles? They're the ones paying for their gas, and for the machines themselves.

I also think it's funny that people discuss them in terms of their drivers' needs. Totally irrelevant to what a person chooses to drive. It warms the cockles of my heart to see someone driving an SUV through my corner of terrain-free suburbia.

(Of course, in most cases they probably can't really afford it and would be well-advised to have bought something else for financial reasons, but that's something else entirely...)
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Let the free market function. If they chose to spend their money that way, thats up to them. I personally wouldn't drive an SUV if you gave it to me for nothing.

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I don't drive one myself -- I don't drive anything -- but I wholeheartedly support gas-guzzler drivers, and I think those vehicles are cool. The only thing related to gas-guzzlers that pisses me off is all the complaining I've heard about them, non-stop for years. Seriously, what's it to you that other people like driving cool vehicles? They're the ones paying for their gas, and for the machines themselves.

I also think it's funny that people discuss them in terms of their drivers' needs. Totally irrelevant to what a person chooses to drive. It warms the cockles of my heart to see someone driving an SUV through my corner of terrain-free suburbia.

(Of course, in most cases they probably can't really afford it and would be well-advised to have bought something else for financial reasons, but that's something else entirely...)
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When I think of their gas mileage, I'm just glad I'm not them.

My Toyota Camry is getting very good mileage. I'm very happy with it.
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I blame all big SUV owners for all our problems today! Cheesy
Dan, WHAT problems I work in the oil business. These guys are going to pay for my kids' education and my retiremement. I have beach-front property in Churchill, Manitoba. Global warming will make me rich.

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I don't drive one myself -- I don't drive anything -- but I wholeheartedly support gas-guzzler drivers, and I think those vehicles are cool. T
I don't drive either. At home the family drives old Prizms (cheap Corollas).

CoolDood, you bring tears of joy to my eyes.

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Seriously, what's it to you that other people like driving cool vehicles? They're the ones paying for their gas, and for the machines themselves
Well... *there's the whole environmental thing. *Ignoring that can of worms, I can report that safety was a big factor in my abandoning my dear, 14-year-old Camry for something with front and side airbags, AND something that rode a little higher and weighed a little more. *

I mean, I'd pull into a parking lot in my Camry, look over at the SOB... er... SUV next to me, and find my head at the same height as their headlights. *Let's face it, in an accident with one of these dreadnoughts, I'd be hamburger meat.

It does bother me that my choice was in part based on having to play defense.

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I feel the same way about SUVs that I do about McMansions--if you can afford the mortgage, upkeep, taxes, and you enjoy cleaning it, knock yourself out. This is one aspect of capitalism I endorse. You are free to choose your own crib/ride.

Personally I own a Passat and a Toyota truck. Sounds all fuel-efficient and ecologically sound, but my hub and I both drive to work each day. I'm working on getting us down to using one vehicle per day. Gas for both is about weekly $75 now and that is too damn much.
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Well... there's the whole environmental thing. Ignoring that can of worms, I can report that safety was a big factor in my abandoning my dear, 14-year-old Camry for something with front and side airbags, AND something that rode a little higher and weighed a little more.

I mean, I'd pull into a parking lot in my Camry, look over at the SOB... er... SUV next to me, and find my head at the same height as their headlights. Let's face it, in an accident with one of these dreadnoughts, I'd be hamburger meat.

It does bother me that my choice was in part based on having to play defense.

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I wholeheartedly support gas-guzzler drivers, and I think those vehicles are cool. The only thing related to gas-guzzlers that pisses me off is all the complaining I've heard about them, non-stop for years. Seriously, what's it to you that other people like driving cool vehicles? They're the ones paying for their gas, and for the machines themselves.
Sorry, CD - if the guzzlers would keep the extra pollution to themselves and not share it with the rest of us, I might agree with you. But the atmosphere is a shared resource, and just because someone can afford to guzzle the fuel doesn't make it okay.

Of course, there's no moral absolute here - I also generate pollution that others get to breathe. But we choose the most efficient vehicles that meet our "needs" (arbitrary and subjective as those may be), e.g. our commuter vehicle is a 45 MPG diesel. I'd feel immoral commuting in a Suburban. Someone without a car could say we're immoral to commute by car at all. I think the rule of thumb is, someone using more than you is sinful. Moral relativism at it's finest.

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