I have figured out how to double my gas mileage. I bought used Altima to knock around in. Between saving gas and keeping miles off my truck it will pay for itself. It is also pretty fun to drive.
Car was $700 last may. I've put one oil change on it, a $15 valve cover gasket, 2 tires for $160 (only needed one, bought a pair) and a PS hose for $21. Extra insurance costs me $20 a month. Frontier gets 15 MPG, beater gets 30+mpg. Round trip to both jobs is 70 miles. If I drive the beater once a week, I break even on the insurance for the month. I've driven it 4-5 times a week most weeks. I've kept 9K miles off my Frontier. I'd say I at least broke even.Less mileage on frontier but added ins for beater and more maintenance?
I bought my truck to drive not look at in the garage. It's a truck, not a sports car!
No that comes out to 1,721MPG ::wink::You guys are calculating your MPG all wrong.
You have to add the City and Highway numbers together to come up with the real numbers.
17 City+21 highway=38 MPG combined!
Bring those Hybrids on!
Not to mention having a spare car comes in handy. Less stress when working on your truck since you don't need it running to get to work tomorrow. I've had my truck on jack stands since Friday afternoon doing the Titan swap and I'm not rushed to get it back together.I know this won't cash flow. The payment is $160 per month. I will probably save $50 per month in gasoline. The insurance will go up so I will be going in the hole on cash flow. In a few years when my Frontier is paid off and has only 30,000 miles on it I will be ahead of the game though.
I did not do this for purely financial reasons though. I wanted the car. It handles pretty well and is fairly fun to drive. I like to drive and I live close to the blue ridge parkway. Sometimes a car is just a better tool for certain jobs than a truck. Of course the opposite is often true as well.
One thing that is nice about the Altima is that it can go about 500 miles on a tank. The light on the dash comes on with the truck at about 250.