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Old 02-23-2014, 09:41 AM   #61 (permalink)
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No, but their families are still here to read the sarcastic comments you post.

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Old 02-23-2014, 09:57 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:24 AM   #63 (permalink)
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OP, have you made in progress with your wife?

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Old 02-23-2014, 12:30 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ECONORAM View Post
My wife has fussed at me repeatedly about the speeds I drive, and how my truck drinks so much fuel. So that prompted my quest for better fuel economy.
I've now plastered various plastic things onto the truck over the years, which drew (multiple) complaints from her about appearance. So, when I told her she used to complain about how much fuel the truck drank, that started me working to reduce it. Now, with the changes I made, it gets better mileage and she complains about the appearance. I asked her what do you want? She said she didn't know what to say...

On the topic of the Prius and other hybrids, it still amazes me how many of those I see speed by me on the Interstates, as I cruise along in the RAM at 65-70mph. The Prius really isn't designed to scream along at 80mph...

My boss, shortly before he married his wife, heard this from his soon to be father-in-law "Son, don't ever cheat on a woman that knows how to cut the balls off of a farm animal."
You know, my wife sounds like yours...she loved the Durango and Rams I owned (back when I liked to throw money away on vehicles...) but hated the gas mileage. Don't get me wrong, I hated the gas mileage too. I then got the Versa and told her about wheel pie pans and she said, "Don't you dare!" I told her the benefits and she didn't doubt them, she just didn't want to be seen in a car with pie pan hubcaps. I know there are a lot of people that would not want their cars looking like that. I think about it for the Civic, but really don't have the time to mess around with the car between work and school. For now, I am still perfecting my Civic driving to get into the 40's.

To save gas money, I do all of the family driving in my car. My wife only drives the Mazda about 50 miles a week. If she had a daily commute, I would push her harder to drive a little better. She isn't bad at speeding or racing to red lights though. She has got the very basics down.

On another note, if I had the time and funds, I would love to throw a 4BT/6 speed manual into a 3rd Gen Ram. I think the potential for a 30 mpg highway truck is there. Even the Cummins 2500's have the potential to get into the high 20's, if it isn't lifted and towing a trailer.

I get passed by hybrids all of the time. Then again, I am probably getting the same mileage as them (when speeding) in my non-hybrid.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:11 PM   #65 (permalink)
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:45 PM   #66 (permalink)
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My girlfriend is interesting. She is twenty-two and most of her driving experience has been since I lent her Bacon a few months back.

She told me how to calculate mileage--I am thirty-four!

My Ultragauge stayed at 27.4 while I drove it.

She sent me a picture of it at 27.5.

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