What car would you buy if gas was $8 per gallon?

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  1. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Here in the UK the average petrol price is around US$8 per gallon (£1.34 per litre).

    I see in the car pictures thread there are a lot of people here who drive cars with big engines or a lot of space. What car would you buy if your gas cost $8 per gallon?
     
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    I live in the UK. I drive a car with a 3.2l engine (a Porsche Boxster S). So the answer is…

    But I can only do that as I do not drive to work so don't do that many miles. If I needed a car that I could drive to work I suspect I'd have something more fuel efficient. Like, say, the Lotus Elise I used to have that easily returned 35mpg.
     
  4. tktaylor1 macrumors 6502a

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    NOT OWN A CAR!!!!:eek: The joys of living in the city I guess.

    As for me
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    Volkswagen Golf TDI
     
  5. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    And I would join you, but with an electric scooter, 2 wheels to start, 3/4 wheels when old age finally shows-up. ;) :p

    But I would have to give up schlepping people about too. :(
     
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    Same. MINI Cooper S.
     
  7. glocke12 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd be screwed. I live out in the country, about 30 miles from my work. In my area of eastern Pennsyltucky the roads are brutal on smaller cars. For that reason, and the winters, I drive either a SUV (toyota 4runner) or a full size truck.

    Id probably have to get a roommate, or sell drugs.
     
  8. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    I would get 1 of these...I'm not sure it would fit car seats, but I figure I can just toss the kids in the trunk (if there is a trunk). ;)
     

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  9. gonyr macrumors 6502

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    Same as now - Jeep Grand Cherokee. I flat out love this car. Lots of space and true four wheel drive for those upstate New York winters. Of course it completely sucks on gas mileage. My commute to work is less than five miles round trip, so I don't care a whole lot how much gas costs.
     
  10. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I take it they don't sell these tiny Toyotas there then. Slightly shorter than a Smart For2 yet seats 4:

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  11. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    Oh my....I'm not exactly sure what they sell...I see them on the highway every once in a while. Who knew they would fit 4? My kids will be so disappointed...they love riding in trunks. :eek:
     
  12. neiltc13 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    But wait, doesn't a car need a 2L engine minimum to go on the highway in the USA? :confused:
     
  13. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Have to agree here. I get to deal with both worlds since I live part time in CT and part time in the UK. I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee limited for CT. Could not deal with the winters without 4 wheel drive. For London I have a Volkswagen Golf GTI 4 door. I like the Mini Cooper S but there is so much more interior room on the Golf.
     
  14. B777Forevar macrumors 6502a

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    No car.
    I have easy access to the EL and Metra.
    I'm set for life.
     
  15. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    I could get by just with my feet and a bus card. If I really had to buy a car then it would be some diesel, minimalistic car (assuming said car is used for long-distance trips) or an electric car (if said car is used for daily commute).
     
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  17. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    I really don't have any idea. I do see those little cars and wonder what the heck those people are thinking driving them in Houston. It's a mixture of bad drivers and really, really big Trucks. I would hate to get into an accident in one of those cars.

    Maybe the ones sold in the US have different engines?
     
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    I would park my truck and stop driving. I reduced my driving a lot this year by moving into the city where I work and riding a bicycle most places.
     
  19. danpass macrumors 68020

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    Same.

    Ford Fiesta Hatch 2011 though I'm considering a Focus soon (same mileage)
     
  20. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Heck no. The Toyota Corolla is less than 2L (1.6 or 1.8)
     
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    I would keep my rsx and get a low displacement bike (weekend - daily) :)
     
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    Walking and public transit. Just like I do now
     
  23. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I only drive if I have to. I'm lucky enough to live in a rural area but have fantastic public transport connections. Buses into my 2 nearest cities and 4 nearest towns, trains that can get me into those cities much faster (and then anywhere else). There's a roundabout nearby with a horse and carriage warning sign.

    That ~£1.30 isn't too bad for me.
     
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    Imho, SMART is a glorified golf cart and an insult to real cars everywhere. So I'd get something with 4-cylinder performance that's relatively frugal on fuel. A Subaru or Civic Si perhaps.
     

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