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Old 04-27-2008, 12:41 PM   #1
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Alright guys, I need some opinions...

Right now I drive 2 minutes to work in my '04 Cavailer - 33mpg highway

Needless to say, I don't spend much on gas.


In the next week (I hope) I am hoping to get a job offer, at a better job but its about 50 minutes away, each way just cruisin at 65mph

Cavailer would help save me on gas...but I could always buy a house closer to work...but I'm not sure I like the area's where I could live....so I might stick with that 40-50 minute drive...


So....keep living where I am now and spend the extra few grand a year on gas/oil/tires. Or move closer...say 20 minutes away....buy/build a new house


The OTHER problem I'm running into, my mother's vehicle is about on it's last leg. I'm in a situation where I can give my mother my Cavy, and then get a new vehicle for myself.

....but what? Anything good on gas, looks like sh*t. I really need to get a truck, for hauling a car trailor, etc... and I mean a truck truck like a 2500HD (diesel?). I would think a diesel truck would be able to take the wear and tear of the drive no problem for a long time....but diesel is already at over $4 a gallon and its not even summer yet...



So I'm pretty cluster f*cked on this one.


What do you guys think I should do?

opinions please
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:48 PM   #2
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20 miles in each direction. I'm looking at picking up a beater for fuel economy
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if you like where you live, stick with the commute in your cavalier. if you start hating the drive that much, you could start looking for a closer job, or an area that you might prefer to move to. what about family? is it going to be a problem for you to lose that extra 1.5-2 hours and be 50 minutes away if an emergency arises?

my commute is the worst and i'm thousands of miles away from home.... flew from california (home) to minnesota (work) for a few days. then flew from minnesota to kansas (office) and drove to texas (work) where i've been for the last few weeks. then i gotta commute back home by driving to kansas and flying back to california.

i'm sure i got the longest commute, but i only gotta do it once every couple weeks.
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Bout an hour in to work and 40 mins back home. Car does surprisingly well for thje drive.
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45 miles each way....takes me a hour each way.
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I don't mind commuting, as long as there isn't any traffic. I hated my old situation, where it would take 40 minutes without traffic, one way. Then it would be like 1 hour 20 minutes if I did it during morning or afternoon rush hour.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:10 PM   #7
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I was driving 47 miles each way before starting my own shop. Between extra activities and driving outside of work, I was driving 750+ per week. Literally had to change my oil every 4 1/2 weeks.
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3.4 miles to work and back.

Going to be riding a mountain bike each way starting in a week or two!
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it's about 40 some odd miles I believe


should I deal with the commute? or look into moving closer?
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I'm 100 miles each way. 1.5 hrs if I beat the traffic, almost 2 hrs generally, each way. It sucks. I have a toyota corolla that gets 38-40 mpg but it has a bazillion miles & I have to change the oil every 3-4 weeks. I need to move closer to work but don't really want to live anywhere around there.

I'd like to have a VW Jetta TDI. Should last 350-400k miles & get around 50mpg.
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My friend has a VW TDI...gets 50+ and its a 1998'ish

tune ups etc cost a big coin though

anything else out there that pushes 50mpg?
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I drive a 05 chevy express van to work every day. It has a Lq9 6.0 and it costs $180 a week! Round trip for one day is 130 miles, this is with the truck full loaded with all of the drywall tools. The truck is stock, I am planning full exhaust, CAI, and tune to help the mileage out.
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this is goina be tough
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did some searching...

Cobalt SS
Impala SS
G8
(and base models of course)

hell, even the Civic Si

all of them have not so great gas mileage. the Civic Si gets around 30 highway though

hate to cross that line...
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my commute is......

0 minutes

and I can work in the nude if I want.
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I drive about 100 miles a day on these british roads, but decided that it was time for something somewhat comfortable, 4 doors, something that got no attention, and needed extremely minimal maintenance, easy on gas, CHEAP, and reliable.

I ended up with a Euro Spec Honda accord with a 2.0. Costs about $40 to fill up and gets about 350 miles total. I bought it for $250, needed a head gasket and a new radiator. a used $30 radiator, a $50 headgasket, and about 8 hours of work and i had a decent work car.

If your mechanically inclined towards general mechanical maintenance, (Dont say "well i dont touch nothing other than GM") you can pick a nice car with a bad motor on ebay for almost pennies.

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2 miles from my house to my office. I used to drive 35 miles each way... but it got old.
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my commute is......

0 minutes

and I can work in the nude if I want.
Way too much information lol

I used to be about 4 minutes away from work then they sent me to the other plant. My commute is now 23-25 minutes and uses alot more gas
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thats me

going from less than 1 miles to 50 miles each way
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1.1 miles each way
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