$4.30 a gallon? So what....

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by MJ5150, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    So for the past couple months, the wife and I have been trying to use less gasoline. We drive her Mitsubishi Lancer whenever we can. We now walk the 1.5 miles to the grocery store, we walk as much as possible around town for other errands. We bust out our bikes also whenever we can. All of this to combat the wicked gas prices, and we feel better about our environmental impact along the way.

    All along, my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 sits in the driveway...just sits. I've done a lot of mods to my truck....custom dual exhaust, intake, SuperChip, lowered, on and on and on. Well today, I said screw it and took the Ram out for a spin. I paid $90 to fill up the tank, I threw in a CD I made of all my favorite 80's hair band metal I listened to as a teenager and cranked it up, rolled all the windows down on this gloriously sunny day with temps in the high 70's, and off I went to drive around town.

    It felt flippin' sweet to open that sucker up and cruise around town. I did some burnouts, smoked a couple ricers, and went WOT a couple times. Man, it felt great to have all that power on demand. The motor has a nice low rumbly growl to it just cruising around town. I got dirty looks from all the tree-hugging-granola-heads as I drove around, but I just didn't care this time. It was a great feeling just me and my truck cruising around town. The only thing I didn't do was park on the corner downtown and pop the hood to talk motors with the other gear heads like I did when I was 18.

    So anyway, I'm just sharing. I probably blew off about $50 worth of gas today, so all you gas-guzzling vehicle haters can bust one me all you want. I'll go back to Mr. Environmentally Friendly tomorrow. :D

  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Sometime you've just got to vent a bit. Awesome stuff.
  3. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    When in Rome.
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    It's hard not to bust out with the car sometimes. I know it's great for getting the little ones to sleep sometimes. Believe me a cranky toddler is worth $20 bucks worth of gas just to get her to sleep!:eek:
  5. I have a Dodge Dakota that sucks it's fair share of gas.
  6. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    It was a super nice day around here wasn't it!
    BTW, I'm in Bremerton.
  7. Word up!
    I did my fair share of driving today too... but my stereo sucks? :(
  8. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I poured 10 gallons of gas down the gutter this afternoon.

  9. :eek: HOW DARE YOU!...:smug:

    2002 Ford explorer V8, my everyday driver. If you've got that cash to do it, than why worry about the granolas.
  10. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I work a quarter mile from home, I bike most of the time, other times I take the motorcycle if I'm lazy. I only take the car if it's raining (which doesn't make any sense because I work outside anyway) but I, too, have no problem taking the car out and driving it like it was stolen from time to time.
  11. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Meh, you have cheap petrol. Quit yer whinning.
  12. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    We also have considerably less efficient vehicles. And too many soccer moms on cell phones trying to kill us.

    Almost got hit twice in ten minutes yesterday on my motorcycle because of people on their cell phones. No wonder everyone's driving the biggest thing they can get, you NEED a tank to survive here.
  13. ogrossman


    May 20, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Their gasoline (petrol) prices are over double what we are paying. I doubt their cars get over twice the gas mileage. I'm guessing they just drive less.
  14. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I never disagreed there, however, different society has different needs. American society, unfortunately, is largely one of driving.
  15. ogrossman


    May 20, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Largely one of bad driving habits IMHO.
  16. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Yeah, but all those gas taxes over there pay for that "free" health care.:D
  17. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    well, mark, we'd love to have you, if you wished to move :). i'm sure there's room. (and by we, i mean the u.s. don't show up at my house unless you bring a french maid outfit. )
  18. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    I've toyed with the idea, but I'm allergic to cats, puffy shirts and mullets :D
  19. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK

  20. IAmTheDood

    IAmTheDood Shake and Bake

    Dec 15, 2006
    Waterford, MI
    i'm on my 2nd Ram 1500, lease. mine is an '06 bighorn. leased in jan of '06 when gas was about $2.20.

    it's my only car and primary driver now ... i spend about $100 a week on gas.. ugh.

    at least the lease is up in May of next year .. i'm gonna buy something outright in the 4 - 6,000 range that has 20 - 30mpg in gas.