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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

Yes. I look at it as a safety issue. Everything else being equal, a 5,000lb vehicle colliding with a 3,000lb vehicle will win every time. As a surgeon, I have taken care of a lot of motor vehicle accident victims. I recently had a lady in a Suburban that was hit head on by a sedan that crossed the median. Both people in the sedan died at the scene. 4 of the 5 people (including the 3 kids) in the Subruban walked away uninjured. $5 a gallon means more people in smaller cars, which means I'm more likely to walk away when some drunk or teenager hit me.
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We sold off our gas guzzlers, F150 and Expedition back in '08 and bought my wife a 4 banger Acura TSX to drive 60 miles a day back and forth to work. Since gas prices have remained stable for the last year and a half we decided to get her something a bit bigger and go back to a V8 SUV. Now, this news. EXCELLENT!
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

Hi US WK2 Owners

There are 3.785 litres per US Gallon.
The price per litre for 87 was $1.149 CAD, yesterday.
The price per litre for 91 was $1.249 CAD, yesterday.

The current currency exchange rate at 11:55 today at my bank is (BUY US)
$1.0252 CAD = $1.00 USD.
The current currency exchange rate at 11:55 today at my bank is (SELL US) $1.00 USD = $0.9974 CAD.

Therefore, in Canada we pay more $4.00 US per gallon now.

We still bought the WK2.
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Yes. I look at it as a safety issue. Everything else being equal, a 5,000lb vehicle colliding with a 3,000lb vehicle will win every time. As a surgeon, I have taken care of a lot of motor vehicle accident victims. I recently had a lady in a Suburban that was hit head on by a sedan that crossed the median. Both people in the sedan died at the scene. 4 of the 5 people (including the 3 kids) in the Subruban walked away uninjured. $5 a gallon means more people in smaller cars, which means I'm more likely to walk away when some drunk or teenager hit me.

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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

My wife's car is a 2010 Honda CRv. If Gas goes up to $5 a gallon then we will just drive that car more then the WK2 around town. In addition, I office from both my house and an office about 2 miles from my house however I spend most of my time traveling around the country (40+ weeks last year) so my WK2 sits in the garage or at the airport. I am not really concerned with $5/gallon gas right now.
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

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Yes. I look at it as a safety issue. Everything else being equal, a 5,000lb vehicle colliding with a 3,000lb vehicle will win every time. As a surgeon, I have taken care of a lot of motor vehicle accident victims. I recently had a lady in a Suburban that was hit head on by a sedan that crossed the median. Both people in the sedan died at the scene. 4 of the 5 people (including the 3 kids) in the Subruban walked away uninjured. $5 a gallon means more people in smaller cars, which means I'm more likely to walk away when some drunk or teenager hit me.

You can also look at that another way..... if more people are in small cars, then your odds of being killed or injured in a motor vehicle accident will drop even if you're in a basic midsize sedan. Of course you'll be even more safe in a larger vehicle, but at the same time you'll become part of the problem for the majority of people in the smaller cars on the roads.

I totally understand what you're saying, but it is a bit selfish to think that way. Basically, you're saying that people who can't afford to be in a larger vehicle because of high gas prices are not able to keep themselves in a position to be as safe as you in your larger vehicle. There's something fundamentally wrong with that way of thinking, IMO. I'd expect more critical thinking out of a surgeon.

There's also a valid argument that a smaller and lighter vehicle in the hands of a competent driver will be able to avoid accidents better than a larger, poorer handling vehicle. Braking and handling often come into play when you need to avoid an accident. As much as I like driving midsize SUVs (not fullsize), I have to admit that I change my driving habits when I'm behind the wheel because I know that I don't have the braking/handling ability that I do in my car. I'm only hoping to even out the odds of avoiding an accident, but it's difficult with so many other drivers who have poor defensive driving skills.
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

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Hi US WK2 Owners

There are 3.785 litres per US Gallon.
The price per litre for 87 was $1.149 CAD, yesterday.
The price per litre for 91 was $1.249 CAD, yesterday.

The current currency exchange rate at 11:55 today at my bank is (BUY US)
$1.0252 CAD = $1.00 USD.
The current currency exchange rate at 11:55 today at my bank is (SELL US) $1.00 USD = $0.9974 CAD.

Therefore, in Canada we pay more $4.00 US per gallon now.

We still bought the WK2.
Well, we pay about $3.05 (national average) right now here in the US. So it's about a dollar difference. Two dollars higher than today's prices will definitely force many people to change their habits, buying choices, and/or limit their driving.
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

Even people in "economobiles" will be hurt as that nearly doubles the amount spent on fuel. Everything will go up in price if fuel prices rise, so the economic hit is NOT simply at the pump. I'd still buy the WK2, and the Hemi for that matter, and simply adjust my habits to drive less. In fact, I already drive less and walk/bike more for the small errands for the health benefit. Keeping things in perspective, the majority of the price of a gallon of gasoline is due to taxes at all points from extraction, to transportation and then again at the pump.
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I drove both the Edge and the Lincoln version.....if one thinks the
new Jeep 6 cylinder is under powered..drive the Edge. Secondly,
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You can also look at that another way..... if more people are in small cars, then your odds of being killed or injured in a motor vehicle accident will drop even if you're in a basic midsize sedan. Of course you'll be even more safe in a larger vehicle, but at the same time you'll become part of the problem for the majority of people in the smaller cars on the roads.

I totally understand what you're saying, but it is a bit selfish to think that way. Basically, you're saying that people who can't afford to be in a larger vehicle because of high gas prices are not able to keep themselves in a position to be as safe as you in your larger vehicle. There's something fundamentally wrong with that way of thinking, IMO. I'd expect more critical thinking out of a surgeon.
What you don't realize is that I'm a safe, responsible driver. I don't speed. I don't drive drunk, my cars are well maintained, and I have tires with lots of tread and appropriate compound for the conditions (snow tires for winter). In other words, I am EXTREMELY unlikely to be the cause of an accident. Mean while, everytime I get on the highway, there are reckless drivers weaving in and out of traffic. There are people texting, speeding, driving on snow with bald tires, and driving while intoxicated (I see them all the time at the hospital). So yes, I have no problem putting myself and my family in a heavier, gas guzzling vehicle to protect ourselves from those that don't treat life and health as the fragile gift that it is. I worked hard to make a good living, and am willing to spend a larger percentage of my money in a way that I feel is important. I see the worst of humanity and society all the time - people who throw their life away with poor lifestyle choices, and have the IQ of a brick. Nothing is more tragic than when they take the life of a child, or responsible young parent or loved one. I will not be one of their victims. If you have a problem with that, come spend a few days at work with me and meet some of these people. You will come to see things my way, I promise.
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