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Wife thinks a work car would be best

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by Frkypunk, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:14 PM
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    Frkypunk

    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    So, was talking to wife about gas mileage with the truck. She thought I should buy a work beater. I laughed and said the cost of the car ,insurance,registration,inspection, and not mention maintenance would exceed the gas cost. She asked me how much I was spending on gas, and figured I spent 2500 dollars more a year in gas not having a "work car"...looks like a beater is in my future:)
     
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  2. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:21 PM
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    I was just in the same bought. I daily drove my truck about 60 miles each day and was getting about 14MPG. I decided to buy another car with better gas mileage. I went back and forth on used vs new and in the end I opted for a new Honda Civic, which gets 40+ mpg. I did not want to deal with the unexpected maintenance of a used car. If you can swing a new car I would do it. Even those $10,000 Nissan Versa's are not bad. My insurance only went up about $10 per month.
     
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  3. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:28 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    I am a Subaru guy...so I will probably get a old Impreza or (gasp) Ford Focus!
     
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  4. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:31 PM
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    I almost bought a WRX for my beater, but it would have been a huge mistake. Definitely doesn't represent the word "beater". More like a 2nd money pit and speeding tickets.
     
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  5. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:32 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    Had one....it was badass
     
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  6. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:36 PM
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    I suggest a full spreadsheet comparison. I've done this several times;
    Tundra=15mpg, economic car =30mpg, Assume 15k miles/year @ 3$/gal (1k gals vs 500gals) so savings on gas is $1,500/yr.
    Initial cost=$15,000, yearly costs(lube, oil, registration, tires, etc) say avg op costs= maybe $500.
    This is fast figuring and I'm drinking a bit so maybe I'm missing something but seems like you're not gonna break even for 15 to 20 years. This assumes you have a trouble free car too.
     
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  7. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:36 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    Do you know how long I have been waiting to post that picture? ...and by that time Saturn was basically a Saab:)
     
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  8. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:38 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    But I am a cheap ass...so your figures are off...think of a 1000 dollar, bald tire ...sure you can piss in it..car. That's my route;)
     
  9. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:41 PM
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    If that is the case, what are you waiting for? It is only a 1000 bucks! :p
     
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  10. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:42 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    I own three pickups,...need to liquidate first:)
     
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  11. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:42 PM
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    Still recommend you do the full cost/benefit spread. Might be surprised at what you turn up
     
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  12. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:45 PM
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    I have a spreadsheet for pretty much everything that involves money. Great way to manage/look at things. I have severe OCD. haha
     
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  13. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:46 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    What if I steal a car everyday other day to get to work. How would that figure in? Or do I have to cut the spreadsheet in half?
    you don't say?;)
     
  14. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:47 PM
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    When I was living that life I had to have 3. 1 for me to get to work, 1 for the wife, 1 to swap for the one that broke that week and I would work on the next weekend
     
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  15. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:47 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    IMG_0588.jpg My old work car
     
  16. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:53 PM
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    I too am in the market for a beater. While shopping around found a good deal on a great condition `88 Cabriolet and picked it up for my daughter. Now I'm back in the market for a beater and down some scratch. =\

    I've always just used my work Prius for a commuter, but I got a nice promotion that includes a fat raise but because I will no longer be visiting customer sites I no longer get a work car. I see a Geo Metro in my future. My commute is a 70 mile round trip, 5 days a week.. I just don't want to put all those miles on my truck.
     
  17. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:55 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    My wife had a geo metro in college and wants me to buy and restore one....I told her only if I can do a LS swap to it....she didn't get the joke....lol
     
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    Would be in my top 2 ways to disintegrate a Geo Metro though!
     
  19. Apr 1, 2017 at 9:59 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    Damn straight!...already did a LS swap to a old chevy and a engine swap to a VW rabbit...how far off could a V8 metro swap be:)
     
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    I'm thinking of one but it would be something I could take on the mountain trails. So not much of a gas saver.
     
  22. Apr 1, 2017 at 10:03 PM
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    I still drive my wife's first car..2000 honda civic (made in japan)..240,000 miles...easy to park in the city and i don't care about the scratches or door dings..we got our money back with that car :)
     
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    This is exactly how I think. I would do an excel spreadsheet for sure
     
  24. Apr 1, 2017 at 10:12 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    I was busting balls ...the reality is I drive 20-30 mile to work everyday and go through a quarter tank of gas. Thats all highway and not even counting other places I need to run. So I really do need a solution...100 bucks + in gas a week is sad. Love the truck just wish it was on a Tesla frame.:)
     
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    I really want a Tesla. Insanity mode or whatever it's called!!!!
     
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    Yup....would actually smoke a Tundra...and weighs as much!
     
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    It's tesla....and it's a drag strip killer...just go to tesla racing channel on you tube...those cars are insane. They rip up hellcats!....that alone is impressive.
     
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    Sorry spellcheck
     
  29. Apr 1, 2017 at 10:29 PM
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    Frkypunk [OP] "If a man is to be a street sweeper"

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    Tesla 0-60 2.8 seconds....that is crazy fast!....yes after 100 it fatigues ...but come on that is crazy fast! Btw....I am looking at Subaru Imprezas and Ford Focus.
     
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