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

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So let me ask you this: Why choose a midsize SUV? Why not an Expedition or Suburban? Surely you'd be far better off in one of those vehicles than a WK2. And if your WK2 gets into a collision with either of those, you're obviously at a disadvantage. So if size and weight is the most important thing and you're focused on safety, why even bother with midsize vehicles?
We have a Suburban! I also need a vehicle that I can take on the Jeep trails in Moab. At a certain point, you need a vehicle that also fits the function you are looking for.... You just won't find me in a Prius anytime soon.
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

Believe it or not, i was seriously considering a Chevy Volt. Yeah I know I ended up at the other extreme, but there were many reasons why I was interested... fuel economy, technology, environment, politics, etc.

The only reason I didn't was fuel wasn't that bad, and I REALLY needed a new car as mine was on the fritz and the Volt was about 4 months away - plus I wasn't sure I could get my hands on one.

So here I am with my Overland. So to answer the question, yes gas prices would have influenced my decision, but there were certainly other factors that lead to the Jeep. And I'm happy I did went wiith my choice!
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:31 AM
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

It's funny how we all complain about $5.00 gas prices and other things and make such polls.

Go to countries in Europe and even Turkey where gas is $12.00 / gallon no joke !!!

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It's funny how we all complain about $5.00 gas prices and other things and make such polls.

Go to countries in Europe and even Turkey where gas is $12.00 / gallon no joke !!!

They still be rollin in style, nuf said peace
I wanna go to Dubai, where it would cost $20 to fill up the jeep with premium haha
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

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It's funny how we all complain about $5.00 gas prices and other things and make such polls.

Go to countries in Europe and even Turkey where gas is $12.00 / gallon no joke !!!

They still be rollin in style, nuf said peace
The average person in Europe drives far less miles than the average person in the U.S. People over there don't, in general, commute by car 30 miles one way to work, and then spend half of the weekend sitting in stop & go traffic trying to get to and from Walmart and the mall. Sure, they're paying $12 / gallon, but they fill up far less often.
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

This is an interesting discussion. Look at the sales numbers for the Jeep GC in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004... when gas was $1.20 (or so) per gallon. Today, gas (in my area) is $3.00 and Jeep is poised to outsell or at least match the volume when gas was less the half its current price.

Sure, on the margin larger, gas guzzling vehicles will sell fewer vehicles when gas prices surge (basic micro economics). But a quality vehicle that consumers desire (and can afford) will continue to sell.
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

$5 per gallon is a real possibility. I would certainly buy the WK2 with the Hemi again. That price of fuel doesn't effect me as much as it may others however. Keep in mind that only 25% of a barrel of oil is used to distill into fuels for vehicles...the remaining is used for plastics and other compounds used in other products. If gas goes to $5 per gallon, the prices of EVERYTHING will go up and hitting your wallet more than just driving. It will change peoples behavior, except for the ones that have large amounts of disposable income.

However, I think this claim by the former CEO of Shell has other motivations. I'm sure he is still a consultant to the energy sector in some form or another. The Obama administration has banned new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for 7 years as a result of the BP oil spill...a absolutely ridiculous response in my opinion. His motivation may be to get policy changed. And by the way...did you also know that this administration gave millions of dollars to Brazil and other countries to come to the Gulf of Mexico to drill for oil...something that really baffles me. So what is my point? $5 per gallon is going to happen eventually...we just don't know when. As a country, we DO NOT have a comprehensive energy policy. If you are unhappy about the $5/gallon possibility...contact your Congressman. We have the resources here in the US to help keep prices low, but we are not using them or we are giving them away. Voices of the masses are a powerful motivator for Congress. Regardless, $5 per gallon is still cheap compared to the rest of the world...middle east excluded.
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Re: If Gas Were $5.00 Would You Still Buy a WK2?

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The average person in Europe drives far less miles than the average person in the U.S. People over there don't, in general, commute by car 30 miles one way to work, and then spend half of the weekend sitting in stop & go traffic trying to get to and from Walmart and the mall. Sure, they're paying $12 / gallon, but they fill up far less often.
Europe includes many different countries. I have a lot of relatives in two of them (Italy and Germany) and I can tell you that people in Germany drive about 15,000 miles per year on average, which is slightly more than our national average in the U.S.

But in those European countries that don't drive as much, it's probably due to two important factors: 1-high gas prices and 2-shitty roads. There are tons of really narrow cobblestone roads all over the place in Europe.
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