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Old 03-24-2013, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking $$ I didn't give to the oil company

Since purchase of my '01 last may, $2,400 in fuel savings (13,000 + miles). Love it !
(pays for the new pack when the time comes).

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think your math works as an alternative vehicle will get better than zero MPG.
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I don't think the math works, period: 13,000 miles divided by say 60 mpg, equals 217 gallons. 217 X say $3.5/gallon= $760...
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Well, he could have $2,400 in savings if the car he previously drove got 14mpg or so... maybe he had a truck?
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Yeah, I'll have to think about that. My conceptualizing is off-the-mark...

You're right, Mario. If OP was driving a vehicle that got 14.4 mpg, the savings would be $2,400, assuming my other assumptions are about right... That'd be 903 gallons versus the Insight's 217...
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I don't think the math works, period: 13,000 miles divided by say 60 mpg, equals 217 gallons. 217 X say $3.5/gallon= $760...
Yeah, I should have mentioned I used to drive a pick-up to work @ 15 mpg. My wallet would shed tears.

Very pleased to have an Insight now. My wallet is happier too.
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I am in the same position. My truck averages 15 mpg, best tank in over 11 years was 19.9 mpg. I am now driving 18k miles a year, the savings is significant. Less than $40 to fill the insight and good for over 600 miles, truck took $100 and was only good for 400 miles.

Just ball parking numbers, truck would cost over $4000 a year in gas, insight maybe $800.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:10 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My last car was a subaru legacy, which got 24-27 mpg, which I'll just call 25 mpg, or slightly less than half of what I'm getting in my Insight. The way I look at it, a trip in my Insight takes half the gas, so I would wind up paying double in gas for a given distance, so basically every time I fill up, I just saved an amount of money equal to what I put in the tank. So like today I put in 9.52 gallons, and it cost $35.32. I just saved more than $35.32. Every time I fill up I exclaim something along the lines of "This is freakin' awesome!"

It's pretty easy to do a comparison like that so every time you gas up you can figure out how much you just saved over having driven the same distance in your last car. It's quite gratifying.

I'm hoping my battery lasts a few more years, but even if I had to replace it tomorrow, I know I'd get at least another seven years out of the next one, and my fuel savings would be well over the cost of the battery.
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Since purchase of my '01 last may, $2,400 in fuel savings (13,000 + miles). Love it !
(pays for the new pack when the time comes).

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My car's paid for itself AND the MaxIMA battery in the year and 5 months I've owned it, vs. the LS400 it replaced.
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Getting about 60mpg average, it burns leanly
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Wonder if you guys factor in the fuel you get with your purchase? I was tickled pink when I got my insght with a full tank and after my first fill up I had almost a thousand miles on the odo.



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