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New Job so New DD

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by ChromeSilver02, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. ChromeSilver02

    ChromeSilver02 New Member

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    Well guys and gals, I brought myself to buy a car. Due to the lovely gas prices and my new commute to my new engineering job in Charlotte, about a 54 miles round trip, I decided to buy a "new to me" 2001 Honda Civic, has alittle more than 71 K miles. I want to say it was driven by an older lady, so its not really a babe magnet but its in good condition other than a few paint scratches and dings. No worries I still have my Silverado, it is just parked for the weekdays now until the weekend. So far painted the steelies from black rust to black, and took some unnecessary things off the car. So the next mod will be tint and then drive :glasses:Oh btw I get 36 mpg :mdr:[​IMG]Before[​IMG]After[​IMG]
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  2. Red Z71 Max

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    Its amazing what a little spray paint can do to spruce up a slightly used vehicle. With the gas prices the way they are, I think alot of people will be down sizing for something a little more fuel economical. I hope the new ride serves you well and good luck with the new job!!!!!!:great:
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  3. SurrealOne

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    You have my congratulations on the new job and my condolences on the new commute. 36mpg is nothing to sneer at; mpg is what little Japanese cars are truly good at. (Recall the gas crunch of the 70's is where the Japanese first made in-roads into our car market? ;) )
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    Congrats on the new employment opportunity. I have been oiling up the chain on my Schwinn and trying to figure out how to make it work. I finally figured what the pedals are for and how they turn. My thoughts are that this will save a huge amount of fuel cost if I can remember ho to balance and pedal at the same time.
    All kidding aside , it seems that it will not get better anytime soon. Sadly.
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    Congrats on your new job, and i think your car as well, make sure you hug your truck when you get home at night, as i am sure it will not understand this new weekday parked thing......
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  6. ChromeSilver02

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    Thanks Red, but you are right the night and day difference with the rims just from some spray paint. But fuel economy and wear & tear from traveling into Charlotte were my main reasons for the car. So I hope this car can last me awhile and hopefully I wont have to throw money at it other than regular maintenance lol

    Thanks Surreal, unfortunately I was not even a thought back in the 70's for that gas crunch, but I wish I could be driving a big V8 and not have to worry about gas economy and prices. But since I have the truck parked for I'll be itching to take it for a drive, maybe another Central NC get together sometime this summer?

    Haha Coach you crack me up, maybe you'll remember how to ride that thing, if not you'll spending that money you saved on doctor bills lol. And sadly I agree I dont see it getting better either.

    Thanks DD and yes you are right, I dont think she is use to be sitting on the weekdays, but I have already gave attention to her, washing the pollen and tree stuff off when I get home in the evenings. But the weekends comes around you'll find me back in my chevy :happy:
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    I had an 01 Monte Carlo that got 33mpg with a V6. But it had some electrical gremlins so I sold it and started driving the truck again after getting the transmission replaced. I only drive 50-60 miles a week though right now so it really didn't raise my fuel costs much and opened up room for my next project (lack of a project has been driving me nuts). My next project will probably end up being pretty efficient (as long as I can resist stomping the gas pedal) as it will be a turbocharged 3800 in RWD form :D. Congrats on the job though.
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  8. SurrealOne

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    We surely can do it. The last one was very local and, as a result, very informal. We can plan ahead for the next one and try to slot it on a weekend so that more can make it.
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    Congrats on the new job! i also just bought a little commuter or dd for myself
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  10. ChevyFan

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    congrats on the new job, there's a lot of that going around!
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  11. Goldie

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    Congrats on the new job! I recommend taking a look at the cleanmpg.com site. They can really help you increase your mpg with the "new" ride.
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  12. tbplus10

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    For those of us that remember the gas crunch of the 70's remember the real difference then was gas simply wasnt available, remember seeing lines of cars around the block waiting to get into one or two stations that still had fuel they were pricing as high as they could get away with.
    Now the fuel is there its simply being priced high because of speculators on the stock market trying to milk the public for every dollar they can.
    Something I dont understand is if every major petroleum company is pumping, shipping, refining and selling their fuel how the heck are the speculators getting it from the companies and then selling it back to them at a higher price?
    As much as I dont like govt. regulation and intervention this situation begs for somebody to oversee and put in some controls, but trusting the govt. is probably to much to ask for since many of their political pacs are financed by donantions from big oil and with the higher prices the govt. itself is bringing in more tax's than ever before. So the public gets it from both sides.
    Remember next election who really helped you out and who didnt, dont be fooled by empty promises look at the track record and vote accordingly. It's time to clean house on both sides of the aisle.

    Since I have a 64 mile commute to work I cant wait for better weather to start riding my bike again, 52mpg definately beats the 18 I get with my new truck and the 14 I was getting with my old truck.
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    Congrats on the new job. And yeah, it will be more common. I've been fighting the idea of getting a commuter for quite a while, mostly on the basis of "What was the point in getting the LTZ package if I'm not going to spend time in it?" We'll see how long that works. But it's worked so far.
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    ohhh phew...I thought you were going to say that you no longer had your truck. Glad to hear the car was merely an addition and that you are still a proud chevy owner! Congrats on the new job. Once the weather gets warmer I too will be adding another commuter vehicle to the road to help save a little gas money.

    @Red Z71 Max
    Well as far as downsizing...me being the not so smart one..just had to have a truck. went from a 42 mpg car to a 14 mpg gas hog, I still love her more than my car though! and she hyper-miles good in neutral when going down a hill, lol


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  15. ChromeSilver02

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    Thanks Steve, but I am glad to see that more and more people are getting jobs and that I am one of them. :happy: Hopefully this trend will continue

    Thanks, it does seem that other people are doing it if they have alittle extra money which I think is smart for traveling back and forth to work

    Thanks Sgt, 33 mpg in a V6 is really good but electrical problems are frustrating but driving only 60 miles a week isnt too hard on your wallet even driving a truck. Your next project sounds great maybe start a thread on here about the build but its going to be hard staying out of the boost haha

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    Thanks goldie, I did take a look at that website last night, it seems like it has tons of info!

    Thanks Jeremy, I understand what you mean about buying the truck and then not using it, but in my case I'll always need a truck and I want to keep this truck for a long time so to beable to do that I'll dont want the wear and tear of traveling to work everyday. So keep this car for 5 or so years and sell and buy another one. But of course everyones situation is different

    Haha no worries I would never get rid of my truck to buy a car, I even kept my Bronco lol. But getting a commuter is a great idea and will save enough on gas maybe it will pay for itself over the years lol



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    as much as it pains me to say it, the wifes malibu may get drove more now. usually when we go someplace we take the truck just cause i liek driving it and its more roomy, but the car does so much better on mileage.

    Alex
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