1st Oct 2009, 12:20
I paid for my children's room and board. My oldest bought his Viper before he reached 30. I feel I can splurge at this point. Instead of anger, maybe find this an incentive to do the same. I try to wish everyone well.
1st Oct 2009, 15:47
Don't confuse sadness for anger, or jealousy for that matter. Affording things is not the problem, discretion is. If you feel like driving 10 mpg cars around, I guess that is your right and freedom as an American. Just don't question why things are spiraling downward with every generation. Rich people don't see it... yet, but they will soon enough. It's the masses that pay for these indiscretions. But hey, you earned what you've got... so heck with everyone else right? Why do they call it the United States again?? That would imply we are all on the same team and not out only for ourselves because we deserve something in life. Oh wait, that is the Capitalist mentality that has worked so well over the past 40 years.
1st Oct 2009, 20:45
I have no problem with people choosing to buy a V-8 Mustang. What I do have a problem with is all the insults aimed at people who either can't afford or choose not to buy the V-8 and opt for the V-6. As a member of MCA (Mustang Club of America) I support and encourage the ownership and interest in ALL Mustangs. As a Mustang owner it is degrading to see people insulting a HUGE segment of our membership. Hopefully none of the really hateful comments are from our members.
2nd Oct 2009, 08:10
11:18 many of us can afford it, are successful, and paid entirely for our efforts. I move ahead not backwards. We can walk too if we want to go entirely primitive. I could get up at 4 am and walk 3 hours to work.
3rd Oct 2009, 22:19
I'm not sure they EVER will see it. A friend at lunch recently commented about how Jonas Salk GAVE the formula for the polio vaccine to the world because he cared about actually saving children's lives. My friend asked "Can you imagine ANY doctor or pharmaceutical company doing such a thing today?" Of course not. Today a million children dying is not nearly as important as a company making a million dollars or a doctor buying a new Mercedes. People even consider global warming a "hoax" because acknowledging it as the fact that is is too much of an inconvenience. Trying to change things might cost them a few pennies, and money is far more important than the lives of their grandchildren. When fuel prices dropped, people again rushed out to buy 8 mile per gallon SUVs, with no thought to the future OR the environment. We NEVER learn.
On the positive side, Ford's new EcoBoost engines (due out next year) will avoid the highly toxic battery packs of hybrids while delivering the same mileage and more power. I'll be the first in line for a new 230 horsepower EcoBoost 4 Mustang.
4th Oct 2009, 18:19
I will keep that in mind when the many charities that benefit through the car shows my low MPG supercar assists. One weekend alone we raised over 50k. I wonder how a small import going down the expressway does similar. Do your homework before you condemn.
4th Oct 2009, 19:57
You may just have to do that sooner than you'd like to think if the waste doesn't cease. Moving ahead, as you say, would mean you are using an entirely green form of transportation and not just another gas hog. Probably not the case though is it? So really you are moving backwards as the mileage of most overpriced cars is kind of like it was 35 years ago...pitiful. But hey, you can afford it right?
This is the problem in America and why every other country hates us. We all think we have these rights above and beyond everyone else because we "deserve" or "earned" them.
Just being able to afford something should not give one the right to waste for no good reason other than to satisfy their own whims. Rich people, however, will never learn this lesson until it is too late for us all... oh wait it IS too late for us all.
We'll be really lucky to come out of this mess as more than a third world country with no real significance or power in the world.
5th Oct 2009, 06:09
I cannot believe how Mustang owners (and I'm sure some non-owners) insult each other over whether they own a six or an eight. This is ridiculous.
In my youth I also owned V8 pony cars, but now in middle-age I am perfectly happy with my 2.0 liter turbo-charged four.
It gives me more performance than my old V8's did, and I get over double the MPG.
My point is - why can't you let people drive what they want, or can afford, without the insults?
5th Oct 2009, 07:40
"I have no problem with people choosing to buy a V-8 Mustang".
I don't have a problem with people driving a V6 Mustang. What I do have a problem with is people who buy a V6 Mustang and then claim it is fast, they put on a K & N filter, free up the intake, put on dual exhaust (BTW, the noise emanating from your muffler sounds no where near the sound a V8 makes, it sounds clownish) then claim it is as fast as a Mustang GT.
Could you people please distinguish your cars. A Mustang V6 will never be as fast as a Mustang GT. It will never perform like a GT.
A Mustang V6 is neither a muscle car nor a performance car.
5th Oct 2009, 07:49
Instead of simply moving closer to work, I see coworkers driving an hour each way in these little econo cars. I live 6 minutes and drive a SUV with average MPG. I burn less fuel. To me the excess is you buy the econobox and then neglect actual distance. I could drive a 12 mpg vehicle on 5 gallons a week. I am not selling to buy a new hybrid or some silly looking smart car. I can ride a bike or bus, and still have something decent and fun to drive, however brief. I burn gas driving my lawn clippings and yard waste to a recycle yard on weekends as our trash collection refuses it. Other than this, I actual burn little fuel on weekends
5th Oct 2009, 09:00
"Instead of simply moving closer to work"
Do you have any idea what the housing market is like these days?
It is a lot easier buying a fuel efficient car for an hour-long commute, than it is trying to sell a house, uproot your family, and "simply" move closer to work.
5th Oct 2009, 11:27
Our family downsized our home and moved closer to our respective employers. I know that's a horrid thought to maybe sell a bigger place for smaller. Driving 2 extra hours daily was also like working 10 hour days for my wife and I. We still live in a suburb just smaller and closer. Our cars will last a lot longer as well. We also do not have to cram young teens in little cars. We also got a good deal buying to offset the lower price selling.
It's a lot nicer not traveling in bad weather traffic in and out daily as well. Option 2 would have been finding another job to minimize ridiculous travel distance. It got old.