They always shine their lights into cars rear view mirrors, they
always block other people's view and cause accidents in parking lots
even when they're parked with nobody in them.
SUVs and Trucks aren't any safer than cars as death rates and crash
tests prove, SUVs and Trucks are only good at hurting the people more
and killing more of the people who get hit by the SUV or Truck, and
not any better at protecting the people inside the SUV or Truck. The
only people who should use SUVs or Large trucks are people who have a
legit reason like towing a boat, horse trailer, job requirement, going
on a African Safari, etc. All the people who bought SUVs and Trucks
just to "look cool" when they should have really bought a station
wagon to fit all their needs deserve ALL THE PAIN THEY GET AT THE
If all those people who bought SUVs to look cool who only needed a
fuel efficient station wagon or their needs had bought the station
wagon instead, then the 4000+ soldiers who died in Iraq so you can
fill up your SUV may still be alive.
so drive your foreign little car and wish the economy was better. BUY
AMERICAN or you are part of the problem
1999 chevrolet Tahoe
You wrote on Wed, 4 Jun 2008 22:16:30 -0700 (PDT):
S> They always shine their lights into cars rear view mirrors, they
S> always block other people's view and cause accidents in parking lots
S> even when they're parked with nobody in them.
S> SUVs and Trucks aren't any safer than cars as death rates and crash
S> tests prove, SUVs and Trucks are only good at hurting the people more
S> and killing more of the people who get hit by the SUV or Truck, and
S> not any better at protecting the people inside the SUV or Truck. The
S> only people who should use SUVs or Large trucks are people who have a
S> legit reason like towing a boat, horse trailer, job requirement, going
S> on a African Safari, etc. All the people who bought SUVs and Trucks
S> just to "look cool" when they should have really bought a station
S> wagon to fit all their needs deserve ALL THE PAIN THEY GET AT THE
S> If all those people who bought SUVs to look cool who only needed a
S> fuel efficient station wagon or their needs had bought the station
S> wagon instead, then the 4000+ soldiers who died in Iraq so you can
S> fill up your SUV may still be alive.
With best regards, firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail: email@example.com
I used to always drive GM and Ford cars and pickups, including a
couple of corvettes. Then years ago one time due to a wreck and limited
funds I wound up driving a used Datsun. I saved enough on gas to make
the payments on it and that caught my attention but I sold it for what I
paid after a few months and went back to a big Chevy. Gas went up (this
was in the late 70's) and I bought a used Toyota because it had a
working air conditioner. I noticed the monthly gasoline bill was half
what it was, which was 150 bucks from 300 at the time and that Toyota
just ran and ran. I'd planned on keeping it till it quit, but it never
did quit and I finally sold it when I got a newer one. I've been
pretty much sold on Hondas and Toyotas every since. I'm retired now,
and a lot of the early retirement was due to the low cost per mile of
the cars I drove which were mostly good used Toyotas and Hondas. I
drove a lot and was paid mileage and over 25 years of lots of driving it
Tuesday I took my mom to the doctor and I drove about 400 miles in my
98 Toyota Tuesday using the AC the whole time, I filled it up yesterday
for 40 bucks with gas at 3.77/gal.
So do what you want, drive what you want, but sometime figure the
actual cost per mile of your status symbol and if it's worth it to you,
go for it. I choose to save the money, and use it for other things.
Here we go with the "unpatriotic" whine.
First of all, many Toyotas sold here are also *made* here.
Secondly, if I have to choose between keeping U.S. autoworkers employed, vs.
keeping my own job, since my car will always be working, and not cost me a
fortune to drive, as well as maintain (not in and out of the shop all the
time), then I tend to choose keeping *my* job.
Having said that, I certainly do feel sorry for the working-class
autoworkers, but it wasn't *me* who screwed them, anyway. It was their
employers. They kept churning out gigantic (though well-made) vehicles, and
ignored the small-car market, by churning out crappy "economy" cars. There
was nothing economical about those things, except the occasional good gas
mileage in the really tiny ones. That aside, the upkeep on the
economy-class domestic cars is what totally sucked. My friends were
car-less so many times, due to breakdowns of one kind or another. Toyota
(and other mainly small-car manufacturers) were in the right place at the
right time. Simple, yet tragic at the same time.
Though, if I were in the market for a large vehicle, I'd most probably go
domestic. They clearly seem to be superior in that category.
Natalie, Air Force veteran, active duty Air Force wife, so yeah, patriotic.
Facts are so annoying to some people.
Detroit-worshippers love to babble about people being put out of work. But,
I owned a Ford in the late 1970s, and that car did its best to put ME out of
work. There's a limit to how many times a boss is willing to hear that you
can't get to work because your car broke down again for reasons having
nothing to do with how carefully you operated and maintained it.
My sister's late 70s Buick fried two transmissions in the first 120K miles,
despite good maintenance and careful driving. Another car that tried to put
its owner out of work...
1982 Tercel: 220K miles and my mechanic used to say "This car apparently
never ages." No telling how far it might've gone if some drunk hadn't
slammed into the back of it.
Yup. You don't see any late-model Toyotas on the back of wreckers, unless
they've been totaled, or has a nasty flat. You occasionally see early
models on the hook....very rarely, but occasionally.
I think Ford is getting way better, but it may be too late to win back
consumer confidence in their smaller vehicles. I hope not.
My 92 Taurus wasn't bad, except for the fusible link they located down near
road level, with a cheesy plastic cover that did nothing to protect the
thing from salt. One day, dead car. $50 to tow it, but luckily, my mechanic
decided to redesign the thing using his own materials, so the repair was
cheap. Still, though, if that had happened in the middle of nowhere...
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