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Truck, SUV, or Car?

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Pretty straight forward here. Which do you choose to have around the house and why? I drive a crew cab pickup and my wife drives an escape. But we've been considering gettin a car that gets good gas mileage but is still big and roomy for the better gas and longer further drives if necessary. What our alls thoughts?

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It all depends on your situation and where you going. Do you have kids if so then your going to meed a lot more room not only for them but their supplies as well. A tuck can handle environments that a car and some SUVs cant. Personally im not worried about gas mileage too much because gas will eventually run out no matter what. An older vehicle with the least amount of computerized products in it would probably be the best...it would suck not to be able to pht your window down if the little button went out...lol

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I have a Hummer H3 and a Ram pickup with a Hemi and both are 4X4s. Either of these will be okay in a bug out situation but the H3 has more storage space under the roof and away from the elements. The wife has a 4X4 Sorento. I picked the H3 as my daily driver because, due to my crushed legs, I cannot get in and out of a regular car. (Side Note: I crushed my legs in a car accident over 30 years ago and was driving a small, ride that gave good gas mileage. I will never drive a mini-car again. Gas mileage is not the most important issue to me anymore.) The seats of my daily rides must be higher than those of a car. Also, I like the 4X4 so I can get into places a regular car can go. My H3 & truck can take a lot of punishment and I know that the can take abuse. I had a drunk hit my truck’s driver side door at 45 MPH and I walked away. I hit a deer on the Mass Turnpike in my H3 going 70ish MPH and no one got hurt… except the deer. He got killed and mangled. I couldn’t even save any of the meat.

 

To me, safety and flexibility is more important than gas mileage. Of course, the cost of gas hurts the checkbook quite a bit, but as long as I can pay it, I will.

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I have a silver 2007, Nissan Frontier, crew cab, 4x4. Prior to that I had a black, Dodge Ram, extended cab, 4x4.

 

I was really shopping for a crew cab Silverado Z71 when I bought the Nissan, but here's why (or how) I got it.

 

I love black vehicles, but I hate having dirty black vehicles. They're so hard to keep clean. My silver truck looks clean pretty much all the time, and I have not handwashed it in five years. I'll drive it through the wash, and I'm very meticulous about keeping the inside clean. However, handwashing a vehicle is my least favorite activity in life. I must say my silver truck looks pretty sharp with my tinted windows too.

 

I had a big truck, and I was driving around the car lot on patrol one night checking the building and so forth, saw the smaller Frontiers and thought "hmmm." I got out, looked at them, and saw one that was a 4x4. I'd been mulling over having a silver truck because a friend of mine bought one, and I liked it.

 

The next day, I went up to the dealership, test drove it, and bought it on the spot. I was surprised at how roomy it was for a smaller sized truck. I ended up giving my Dodge to my dad who had been driving the same truck since 1985.

 

Six months later I took another job and was issued a SUV that I could drive pretty much when I wanted...so I did, lol. For three years I didn't put hardly any mileage on my Frontier, but I love driving it. (I ended up moving again, after three years, and going back to municipal work so I could attend graduate school.) The Frontier rides so smoothly, has insanely cold air conditioning (it makes my face hurt!), and is very good on gas. I've had it paid off for a good while now, but I've been mulling over buying an SUV and adding to my little fleet. I am in love with Tahoes, but I probably won't buy one because of gas prices. At any rate, I'll be keeping my Frontier for many, many years to come.

 

To get back on track with the OP, I bought the crew cab, 4x4, truck out of practicality for me. It has a truck bed so I can use that. It's four wheel drive for when that's handy although I will not go mudding in it. The crew cab gives me extra space for my stuff. The rear floorboard is covered with cool, guy stuff, in an organized fashion of course since I'm incredibly anal, and the backseat is where I lay groceries, bags, long guns, etc. I "want" to have a SUV because I find that I end up carrying more things that I want covered and climate controlled inside my truck than I do in the bed of it so a SUV makes a little more sense there. I also just want to have an extra vehicle. If I don't get the Tahoe I'll probably get an X-Terra or Forerunner with all the add ons except leather. I HATE leather seats. They make my backside sweat, lol.

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My everyday drive is a Ram 1500. It was going to be the BOV / hunting truck until I recently purchased a 4x4 Sonoma 6 cylinder. Its better with gas and obviously the four wheel drive is great advantage. Looks l

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DoD is developing a biofuel for its vehicles,fuel cost is a big problem,that is why Europeans have 3,4,5 piston diesel cars ,50 mpg,VW engs,no water,oil cool remember,and this is the future,The PAC-Car II set a new world record in fuel efficient driving during the Shell Eco-marathon in Ladoux (France) on June 26, 2005Running on hydrogen, the PAC-Car II achieved a fuel economy of 12,665 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent,but if I was going to have a real bov,I will go with the Ford straight 6, is probably the best and motor reliable motor that Ford has ever built,Chrysler slant 6 ,225,another great,Toyota/German 4 cyl diesel or my old 4cyl M151A1 jeep.

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I'm thinking moped. Seriously, I was amazed when I was up in Montana and I saw all the Suburus (did I spell that right? Embarrassing since I used to have one). Seems a lot of folks like the all wheel drive for winters, and I can attest to their fuel effeciency and durability.

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I'm thinking moped. Seriously, I was amazed when I was up in Montana and I saw all the Suburus (did I spell that right? Embarrassing since I used to have one). Seems a lot of folks like the all wheel drive for winters, and I can attest to their fuel effeciency and durability.

 

My friends from the oil patch tell me they are HUGE over in the sand boxes. Almost indestructible - run forever plus 2 days. I don't own one but I can see where a Subaru P/U might be just the thing.

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I love the big trucks and SUVs, but as a cubicle working, suburb-dwelling hobbit, I have found they don't work too well here. I love that Nissan Titan but I really wouldn't have anywhere to dock...I mean park it. I am on the same page with you, though, Jumbo, in that bed covers are a must. I think my next car will be another Subaru but with more storage and passenger space.

 

Not to change the topic, but what is the verdict regarding diesel versus gasoline powered? The only diesel vehicle I have ever driven were tractors.

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I love the big trucks and SUVs, but as a cubicle working, suburb-dwelling hobbit, I have found they don't work too well here. I love that Nissan Titan but I really wouldn't have anywhere to dock...I mean park it. I am on the same page with you, though, Jumbo, in that bed covers are a must. I think my next car will be another Subaru but with more storage and passenger space.

 

Not to change the topic, but what is the verdict regarding diesel versus gasoline powered? The only diesel vehicle I have ever driven were tractors.

 

Diesel stores longer that gasoline without needing stabilizers. It does cost more and is sometimes harder to find than Gasoline. Bio-diesel can be made from things like cooking oil by the individual IF you learn how before you need it. One of the reasons I don't do diesel is that I would have to 'retool' so that I didn't need to store TWO types of fuel. Oh, it can also be harder to start in cold weather and I think gasoline gets better mileage than diesel (not sure about that).

 

It is you call as to whether you think the advantages out weigh the disadvantages.

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Where we live, AWD or 4x4 is a must in winter. I've been looking at the Subaru, just might make a stealth BOV!

We travel in California a great deal, so having a Sub, would make us invisible to the majority of the population.

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I just bought a Mazda Miata. Here is my thinking:

 

1) Light, nimble and able to quickly dodge gunfire and RPG's.

 

2) Great gas mileage to go long distances when bugging out.

 

3) With the top down it has a great field of fire in any direction.

 

4) The bright red color will act as dazzle in sunlight throwing off aim.

 

5) Great acceleration for outrunning bad guys on foot or bicycles.

 

6) Small enough to get through narrow openings.

 

7) Keeps the fun in end-of-world situations.

 

8) Big enough for me and my honey (wife to if she wants to come along and hold the jar in her lap).

 

:rolleyes:

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Diesel does not get the fuel economy they did, all our "improvements" have destroyed the economical aspect of both gas and diesel, but I notice it more with the diesels. I have a friend who bought a 1998 diesel Ram 2500 new in 1998. I had bought a '97 Ram 1500 with the 5.9L (360) gas. I was getting 22 mpg and he was getting 41 mpg. Several friends bought the diesels (Ford and Dodge) and were getting more than 35 mpg (1996-1998 models). There are some modifications to diesels that will definitely raise the mpg, but they will void any warranties on the vehicle (usually).

 

If in the northern climates, I recommend a block heater, especially on a diesel and you will want tank heaters if using bio-diesel. In an emergency (no power), you can use a pie pan with charcoal as a heat source to thaw the oil and warm the block for starting. Let the flames die down first and just have a real good bed of coals. I've used this method a few times to thaw even gas powered engines (oil thickened from sub zero temps) and this can be done overnight to maintain a little warmth in the engine for a quicker warm up. Try and create as much wind break as possible to keep the heat where you want it.

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BOV are many,all depends in what your needs are,family size,supplies,tools,spare parts on hands,my carreer was best on logictics,shiping and moving all over the wordl,so I`m very picky about it,.So your BOV is ready,what about your BOL,last time it was inspected,,a phone call from your neigboard,is one hell of a problem.

I wil probably build a cement,brick storage type shed,with a underground water storage,and pray for the best

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I've had to compromise between fuel efficiency and practicality, and wound up with a Honda Element. That thing has AWD, decent ground clearance, fairly good gas mileage, and is basically a cargo van that looks like a wind-up toy.

 

It has a no-frills interior that I love - rubber floors, cloth seats, nothing to fuss over. All of the seats except the driver's seat can be removed, folded down flat, or folded up against the sides of the vehicle to create extra cargo space. The back has a tailgate like a pickup which helps with loading/unloading, and the side doors are actually suicide doors to allow you to maneuver longer items into the back with ease. It has a huge sun roof in the back that can be fully removed if you have items that need to stick up out of the top of your vehicle. I have camped in it with ease (in lieu of setting up a tent), and it seats four adults comfortably when they are all in their proper positions. I haven't done a ton of off-roading with it, but it's been pretty surefooted on gravel and in fields/off pavement when I have gone there, and it's a champ in snow, ice, or heavy rain.

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not your urban assault vehicles, but its what I got.

Ford Ranger 4x4, Toyota Sienna van,Subaru Impreza and eight pairs of LPCs.

They all have good and bad traits to contend with. LPCs are the easiest to maintain.

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Currently my wife drives a 2003 GMC Envoy and I drive a Ford F-150 reg cab 2 wheel drive. If we had to bug out we would be taking her SUV. Down the road I plan on buyinging a larger crew cab 4x4 truck and either put a cap on the back or maybe a slide in truck camper

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