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Show vs. Go

Posted Thursday, October 16, 2008, at 3:57 PM

When you purchase a motor vehicle are you more concerned with performance or how it will make you appear to others?

Are you concerned that if you bought one of the new hybrids that technoolgy is advancing so fast for the hybrids that it will be totally outdated in two or three years?

Would you like to see American automakers building fewer models and have better perfomance from those fewer models?

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I am all about performance. I would by an electric or hybrid car in a heartbeat, if I though it would perform as well as the one I have. The technology is not advanced enough yet, but its coming. Whenever it becomes cheap, and convenient I will jump on that wagon. I watched a documentary on electric cars not long ago, and they have some very fast electric cars, and they have almost instant throttle response, but you can only go a couple of hours between charges which take forever.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 4:27 PM

i am all about performance. I have had a "economy" car and thought i would lose my mind trying to accelerate on the highway with no power.

Nope, give me power.

I have a old Toyota Supra and it is a great car. It gets reletivly good gas milage,(if i don't use ac) and drive 90. :)

I also have a older Subaru and it is a great car, not very powerful, but once you got up to speed it holds it's own and gets GREAT gas milage.

the best thing about these cars is: they are mine. the bank does not own them.

Now that is power.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 5:17 PM

I'm a complete hypocrite. I love the idea of a Smart Car, but I honestly, probably won't be caught dead in one of them until they stop making them so God-ugly.

-- Posted by Nobody'sFool on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 5:35 PM

I like a car that looks nice, but it's not to impress others. I bought one that is deep amethyst in color, before I bought it I was under the mistaken belief it was purple, my favorite color. I still call it purple.

When, and only when, I need a new car, I will look at the hybrids, but will buy what is in my price range and gas milage.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 7:36 PM

Definitely performance . . . my 2005 Chevy Malibu LS has been great so far!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 10:09 PM

Well, I used to be about performance; If anyone knows me I had a hot looking car. I sold it. It was fast, looked good, but I needed more room for work-related materials.

Now, regarding hybrids, The Camry is the best deal so far, you save $4000 per year if you have the Camry. The Prius only $2000 per year. This is not just in gas, but maintainance, etc.

So far though, it is still actually cheaper to use a 40 mpg gasoline car.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 2:15 AM

I'm not much on apperances....but, I don't think I'd feel safe in one of those dinky little cars.

I'm all for more mpg, but just feel safer in van,truck or SUV when in heavy traffic or interstate, which I realize, defeats the whole purpose.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 8:26 AM

I once had a 1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLI that got 28 mpg or so around town and had a high performance engine with a lot of get-up-and-go to it. It was German built and did not have the quality control issues that plague Volkswagen products today. It was reasonably stylish and had very, very comfortable seats. The best of all possible worlds. Oh how I wish I had never sold that car! (and why can't there be another one like it, blast it!!!)

-- Posted by tenn native on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 10:09 AM

I once had a VW car/truck I called it a VW el camino, I cant remember what the model was, but it had a small diesel and it got 45mpg if I drove like Ricky Bobby (which is always). If I drove like grandma(which I never do) it would get 53mpg. It wasnt a speed demon, but man it was fun to drive and I put fuel in it 3 times in 6 mos.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 10:34 AM

My Pontiac Grand Prix gets ~30 MPG, and it's got some get-up-and-go. One tank gets me back and forth to work (70 mile round trip) and a few other trips, a little over 500 miles. I can't complain, but $3 gas is easier than $4. I'd really like to see some $2 gas.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 1:16 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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