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View Poll Results: What will replace your current S-Series
A gasoline/diesel engine vehile 59 76.62%
A tradidtional hybrid (gasoline/diesel engine with electic assist) 5 6.49%
A plug-in hybrid (electric drive with a gasoline generator) and 25 mile range on the batteries 3 3.90%
A plug-in hybrid (electric drive with a gasoline generator) and 100+ mile range on the batteries 6 7.79%
A full electic vehile with 200+ mile range on the batteries 4 5.19%
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:33 AM   #1
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I wonder what current S-Series owners are considering for their next vehicle.

Please answer our poll.

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No selections for:
* Plug-in (bio)diesel/electric hybrid
* (Bio)Diesel (or gasoline) / compressed air
* Human power
* Another S-Series
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A new engine for my S series.

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Old 04-09-2008, 07:00 AM   #4
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No selections for:
* Plug-in (bio)diesel/electric hybrid
* (Bio)Diesel (or gasoline) / compressed air
* Human power
* Another S-Series
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(Bio) Diesel is still Diesel, human power is in your dreams only and another S-Series is not going to be a new vehile.

Please consider the fact that gasoline is predicted to hit $4/gal later this year when making your votes.

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I like the options available on the poll... too bad not all are readily available in the marketplace. If price and availability are taken out of the equation it definitely affects my choice. I look forward to the day when we can all drive 100 mpg+ vehicles and still be able to tow a boat or haul a load of firewood. Electric and hybrid vehicles are definitely the wave of the future and I welcome the new technology so that we can severe our oil ties to third-world countries.

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It depends on how long mine holds up and what is available at the time. If I were to total my car today in a freak accident, my short list is in order of priority:

1) Kia Rio
2) Toyota Yaris
3) Honda Fit
3) Honda Civic
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5) Saturn Astra
5) Civic Hybrid
6) Smart fortwo
7) Saturn Aura

Obviously, if my car lasts another 3 or more years, that list will change.

Obviously, if I could get a Civic Hybrid for the same price as a "regular" car, I would get it. However, the improvement in fuel milage is still not significant enough for me to want to fork over the extra $5000 to $6000 on the purchase of the car. They are still advertising Kia Rio's here in Houston for under $10,000 (including auto and a/c). That is half the price of a hybrid - you can buy an awful lot of gas with that.
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6) Smart fortwo
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Doesn't that little car only get highway mileage into the mid-40's? Man, my SL has gotten 44 on the highway and I have twice the room and for the price they're asking for that little, tiny "Smart Car"----just doesn't sound smart to me.

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(Bio) Diesel is still Diesel,
But still no mention of it in either hybrid format mentioned above
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I use human power more than my SW2, at least for more trips, more days out of the week.
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"New" is irrelevant to this thread; yours is the first use of the word here.
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Mine is 11 yrs old with 130,000 miles.
I plan to run it 10 more years.
(I have 3 other cars though - not sure I could handle an S as my only vehicle)
At that point I'll be 70 yrs old and ready for a Buick, LOL.
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Doesn't that little car only get highway mileage into the mid-40's? Man, my SL has gotten 44 on the highway and I have twice the room and for the price they're asking for that little, tiny "Smart Car"----just doesn't sound smart to me.

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It may not be smarter right now, but it will be smarter than a NEW car that doesn't exist anymore - the s-series. Doesn't Darwanism exist for cars also? Lot of smart car bashers here. I wonder why... Smart Car would be near the top of my list if I did 90% city driving or more, but since I do only 20% ...

Oh, and madpogue, I agree. If I lived closer to work, human power would be an option I would lean more and more towards. I already do for round trips of 4 miles or less, like going to the post office or forget something minor at the grocery store.
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I wish I'd had enought $ to purchase 2 new 1998 SC2 and keep one in the garage in a big plastic bag for later use.

I don't see anything out there I'd rather have. Everything seems to have more aerodynamic drag and get worse mileage - or be too expensive to have fun with (How many Corvette and BeeMmmW drivers run into highway barriers to get other driver's attention when trying to merge? Zero! They're too danged expensive! In my SC2, I am not at all concerned with the occasional "casualcontact" at speed)

Diesel:
I currently own 2 diesels.
In my opinion, it is not worth it when the cost of ULSD is $4.25

You've heard the song, "Video killed the Radio Star?"
Well,...."2006 EPA Regos killed the diesel"

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I've already replaced my SC2 for this year with my Ninja 250 that gets 65 MPG on my daily commute. I'll get another FWD gasser with manual tranny that gets similar mileage. No reason to go crazy I don't think. I like the Honda Fit wagon and Nissan Versa wagon right now. I wouldn't mind a Mini Cooper but I'm looking at a premium price of another $4,000, but they have great resale. Nothing Saturn sells right now interests me.
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I've already replaced my SC2 for this year with my Ninja 250 that gets 65 MPG on my daily commute.
Maby Hoosiers know how to drive with a motorcycle near them.

It get's really cozy when you get blocked in on 4 sides at 70mph.
In Michigan:
Ninja = 65mpg and 1500 miles between hospital stays. Not cost effective... and Iíll keep my leg below the knee, thank you very much.

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Please consider the fact that gasoline is predicted to hit $4/gal later this year when making your votes.
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Pretty sure that gas is already at $1.25/litre here... which is like $4.75/gallon (supposed to hit $1.50 by summer - around $5.70/gallon). But I'm still going to drive my car... I'll likely drive my car even when gas is $10/gallon... until they make the hybrids worth the extra cost and a significant enough improvement on gas mileage. Most of the ones that even intrigue me now still only get like 40mpg max, which isn't that much higher than my S-series. Sure, there are the crazy electric cars, but IMO most of them look terrible. I'll just ride my bike to work when I can and avoid driving as much
My opinion on gas anyhow.
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Maby Hoosiers know how to drive with a motorcycle near them.

It get's really cozy when you get blocked in on 4 sides at 70mph.
In Michigan:
Ninja = 65mpg and 1500 miles between hospital stays. Not cost effective... and Iíll keep my leg below the knee, thank you very much.

I'd need the complete Rollerball outfit to ride a steet bike these days. - Spiked gloves and all!
I've been riding for over 20 years and did have one close call, but was able to avoid the idiot that didn't check his blind spot. Life is a dangerous. It's not cost effective to sit and do nothing...

Biking is not for everyone, but not only do I get the satisfaction of 65 MPG and keeping miles off of my beloved SC2, but I also get to really enjoy my commute.
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I plan to keep Sattie for a long long time.
Even if I had to replace the engine or trans or A/C system.

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I have been looking at Toyota Yaris, 3 door. It's all I want and all I need.
And a Suzook GS500F for trips. Again, all I want and all I need, cheap, air cooled too.
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Obviously, if I could get a Civic Hybrid for the same price as a "regular" car, I would get it. However, the improvement in fuel milage is still not significant enough for me to want to fork over the extra $5000 to $6000 on the purchase of the car. They are still advertising Kia Rio's here in Houston for under $10,000 (including auto and a/c). That is half the price of a hybrid - you can buy an awful lot of gas with that.
I know a guy who bought a used '03 civic (series) hybrid in '05 for about $2k more than a regular civic of same vintage and milage. At least that's what he told me. I might go for that if I was in the same position he was.

What's nice about them is that they're basically a civic with an added electric motor and batteries. If the electric stuff goes bad, you can still drive it like a regular IC engine'd car. Of course, that wouldn't be as efficient.

I definitely agree that buying a new hybrid isn't worth the extra cost.
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There nothing available in this country to make it worth me replacing my S-Series. As soon as the politicians, oil companies and auto manufactuers stop working together to screw the american public, we're stuck.

But once my Suburban is paid off I may pick up a slightly used C6 convertable vette. I've also been looking into importing a Japanese market 2001 or 2002 SC2.
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But once my Suburban is paid off I may pick up a slightly used C6 convertable vette. I've also been looking into importing a Japanese market 2001 or 2002 SC2.
You gonna slap in a four banger in that Vette---just for the mileage???

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You gonna slap in a four banger in that Vette---just for the mileage???

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