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Old 05-23-2008, 07:34 PM
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Again, my advice ... hold on to the MB and see what happens.
I agree, KEEP IT.
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:42 PM
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I seem to have read several posts where you are spouting this nonsense. Here is some news for you buddy, this is not "the rest of the world", this is the USA. It's left wing globalists like yourself that are going to bring this country down. If we would use the natural resources at our disposal, and our elite military to protect them, we could have $2.50 fuel while "the rest of the world" pays $8, thats how it should be. But alas we find our govt controlled buy nutless tree hugger evironmentalist whackos who find it unfair that we pay less than "the rest of the world".

Let me guess, Obama '08 bumper sticker?
Whoa there! The rest of the world is paying $8.00 per gallon because more than half of that is taxes! $8.10 gallon fuel in England for instance is $4.30 in taxes p[er gallon! We pay LESS because we pay LESS taxes per gallon, but the US does not have the strategic advances you think we do. We are just good consumers with money to spend and an economy that provides most of our needs because taxes are kept LOW, not HIGH!

No Obama Bumper stickers on ANYTHING of mine!
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:40 PM
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Yeah right....and be at the mercy of the dealer to fix any of the ten billion computerized things on it... One repair at home on my SD saves me enough money in labor at the dealer to buy diesel for MONTHS of driving....so its beyond well worth it to own these cars.
36 month lease + warranty = write off.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:40 PM
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The Subaru is not worth selling. It has 260,000 miles. It runs fantastic but the body is rotting away. I need a 4x4 to replace it when it goes. When it does go, I was thinking of getting an Audi A8. I would love to keep the MB and have the Audi but selling the MB would pay off some bills and speed the process.
The A8 will require a LOT of gasoline - big fuel tank + big engine. Audi's are nice cars, but if you want AWD and fuel economy you need to stick with the A4. I have owned several Audi's and still own one. I like it a lot - it is incredible in snow and rain, but I love my Merc.

Diesel is now only $0.40 higher than 93 premium, which the Audi needs. Even though diesel is more expensive, the increased fuel economy offsets this. Fuel per mile for the Merc is $0.14 and $0.22 for the Audi.

If there is sentimental value in your MB, don't sell it quite yet.
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Old 05-24-2008, 12:41 AM
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...Therefore I see your bantering about "fuel is too cheap" as a globalist statement....blah, blah..

Understand?
Personally, I don't care how you interpret my statements or your opinion of globalism (or of anything else). I was responding to someone else's post regarding the price of fuel. I have no interest in your political rants, please take it to the OD where someone might care, or just go away. Life's too short...

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Old 05-24-2008, 01:11 AM
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Rants?(They think they are "educating" you)

Mr. Craig,

There exists, unfortunately,a whole bunch of people who do not understand
that their taking "Liberties" encroaches upon someone else's freedom.
(And they think ,that by accident of birth location) They are "Entitled" to
bore you and I (and anyone else in communication range) with their "Opinions".

I find that I cannot adequately apologize for my fellow Homo Sapiens lack of
decorum and respect.There are far too many of them and I value my short
span on this Planet.('Got better things to do)

Yes, I too agree the O.D.would be the appropriate location for exchange of Darwin award scores.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:16 AM
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The dollars fall on a global basis is the reason for higher prices. Massive amount of capital has moved from dollars to other currencies, gold and oil.

The falling dollar is the world community telling us what they think about us, our policies, our trustworthiness, our credibility and how they feel about our future. The game is almost over and we are not winning.

To most of the world we look like a family making $50,000 a year with $200,000 in credit card debt, buying a new $2,000,0000 house using a $2,500private equity loan using our leased 6 MPG Hummer for collateral while telling our neighbor how to live their life and save for their future and why our way of living is the best.

Get better? Not without serious real deep caring change and that isn't going to happen easy.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:17 AM
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Yes, I too agree the O.D.would be the appropriate location for exchange of Darwin award scores.
LOL, thanks CI.

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Old 05-24-2008, 01:26 AM
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To most of the world we look like a family making $50,000 a year with $200,000 in credit card debt, buying a new $2,000,0000 house with a $2,500 down payment from a private loan (from a family member) using our leased 6 MPG Hummer for collateral while telling our neighbor how to live their life and save for their future.
Unfortunately, they would be correct to think that. I really wish there was a graceful way out of this situation, but I'm afraid that it's going to be a painful lesson. It took 50 years to get into this situation (starting at the end of WW2 when the U.S. was just about the only industrial power left intact), so it's not going to be resolved overnight. Like the family with the $200,000 credit card debt, it can be fixed; but only with a significant productivity and lifestyle adjustment.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:44 AM
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My Diesel MB gets 25MPG in the city, and it's an S-class, so it's got gobs of comfort that the gas cars that get this mileage don't have.

Now, when annual inspections come around, my diesel is exempt from a smog check, but any gas vehicle will have to pass one. It's so much easier when they just exempt you from the stupid laws. (Stupid because they give exemptions to those that are low income, and they make up well over 80% of the failures, so really, this is just another tax on people that earn money, while those that don't get to continue polluting without any consequences.)

So, I have two gas vehicles parked in the garage, and two diesel mercedes parked in the driveway and used daily. It just makes sense to me.
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At the risk of incurring the wrath of an intelligent stickler for legalities in Colorado, I would point out that it is possible to find veggie oil in the $4.00 a gallon range at cheapie grocery stores.

A 50/50 blend would put your fuel costs closer to that of gasoline.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:15 AM
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Down here in Southern California, I just saw 5.11 for Diesel, but I found 20.00$ on the ground while waiting in line to fuel up, so I got 4 gallons of Diesel Free What are the odds? lol But yeah, it's getting high over here
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Down here in Southern California, I just saw 5.11 for Diesel, but I found 20.00$ on the ground while waiting in line to fuel up, so I got 4 gallons of Diesel Free What are the odds? lol
So...Does this mean you are keeping you diesel?

I think we are in for some rough roads. One of my coworkers is a Republican and he said its time to get a dem in the white house. Going to be a mess for whoever gets in there, hopefully it is a dem so that when they start taxing to try and get finances back in order we can all say those freakin Dems.

One diesel I'm keeping for sure is the Rabbit. Well for now at least.
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:28 AM
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The A8 will require a LOT of gasoline - big fuel tank + big engine. Audi's are nice cars, but if you want AWD and fuel economy you need to stick with the A4. I have owned several Audi's and still own one. I like it a lot - it is incredible in snow and rain, but I love my Merc.

Diesel is now only $0.40 higher than 93 premium, which the Audi needs. Even though diesel is more expensive, the increased fuel economy offsets this. Fuel per mile for the Merc is $0.14 and $0.22 for the Audi.

If there is sentimental value in your MB, don't sell it quite yet.
A4 would be too small for my needs. I would consider and A6 if I got a deal but I really want an A8L.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:48 AM
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At the risk of incurring the wrath of an intelligent stickler for legalities in Colorado, I would point out that it is possible to find veggie oil in the $4.00 a gallon range at cheapie grocery stores.
Or you can buy B20 from Shoco or Sapp Brothers and not abuse your engine.
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