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(WFTV Orlando)   Further proof that Americans have the attention span of gnats: SUV sales get a jumpstart   (wftv.com) divider line 457
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2008-11-11 04:45:04 PM  
I HAVE to have an SUV because it makes me look cool! I get to feel like a rugged badass every time I drive 3 blocks to the grocery store, AND it impresses the hell out of passing strangers.
 
2008-11-11 04:45:28 PM  
Raymo853: jlheid: stock photo of my 400 HP grocery getter...

Suck it Prius owners...

/ hotlinked for performance and larger CO2 footprint

Hotlinked to prove you do not own this but own a 1984 K Car with a flow through muffler system, a missing air filter, a $35 tint job and a $1600 stereo system. Oh and lots of graphics and maybe a hood scope.


I know you meant hood scoop, but hood scopes sound totally awesome. I sounds like some crosshairs mounted on the end of the hood so you can properly line up pedestrians before you run them down.

They would look even cooler on a K-Car.
 
2008-11-11 04:46:06 PM  
paging Mr. Ron,

Mr. Mo Ron, you have a call on line 1.
 
2008-11-11 04:46:15 PM  
TeddyRooseveltsMustache: The plant where they make these big fat things is in Texas. The fanbase for these road monsters is much MUCH bigger in the South.

You do realize that the rest of "The North" considers Boston to be a distant retarded relative.
 
kab
2008-11-11 04:46:20 PM  
spacechicken170am: The point is to use less gas, not to get awesome mpg's.

Brilliant.
 
2008-11-11 04:46:22 PM  
Farking Sweet: Fark off subby. You can drive a little car if you want. Just remember the USDOT says you have a 50% greater chance of critical injury/death in one versus a larger vehicle.

Remember that YOU have a 50% greater chance of critically injuring or killing someone.
 
2008-11-11 04:46:31 PM  
Pocket Ninja: This is a rare moment in time. Yesterday, I scaled the lofty, bubbling heights of the reclaimed landfill outside town and cast my eyes south, south to where the sun's trailing beams fell over huddled forest and trickling brook, curving subdivision and low strip mall. And there, along lighted path, I beheld the Hummer dealership on high, gleaming like Apollo's temple; and at its feet the waiting rows of Ford trucks and Chevy Tahoes. And above I viewed a vision of two crows circling in the sky, and the greater of the two did open his beaked maw and gas did fall from it, trickling to the earth in drops that trailed back to me along the sunlight's beam. Each drop smaller than the last, each drop a lower price, and when I did look again the crows had merged into a mighty Phoenix, ablaze with light and astride a chariot pulled by a fleet of Hummers while F150s and Tahoes careened beside, all brilliant and aflame in the bejeweled and oily sky. And so God has spoken through me, and so I will obey.

:wipes tear:

Amen
 
2008-11-11 04:48:09 PM  
highendmighty: They're not SUV's anymore. They call them "Crossovers" now.
Station Wagons on steroids is all they ever were.


Actually, SUVs are usually body on frame construction. Crossovers have always been unibody construction. There is a difference. However, some unibody vehicles are marketed as SUVs, such as the RX300 and the Benz ML.
 
2008-11-11 04:48:56 PM  
R.A.Danny: You do realize that the rest of "The North" considers Boston to be a distant retarded relative.

Is Lancaster considered the North? How about Scranton?

I've lived in both of these places with front-wheel drive cars and had zero trouble getting around in the winter. My Scion xA does great in the snow. Yeah, it won't go when there's over 6" or so, but my street's plowed quickly and I can telecommute.

Why do people insist that they need to go anywhere in the snow? fark that shiat. I'll use an excuse to stay home in my pajamas and drink hot cocoa all day.
 
2008-11-11 04:50:09 PM  
The Icelander: Is Lancaster considered the North? How about Scranton?

They're South of 80, right?

My personal Mason-Dixon line.
 
kab
2008-11-11 04:50:48 PM  
Farking Sweet: Just remember the USDOT says you have a 50% greater chance of critical injury/death in one versus a larger vehicle.

Be afraid.. very afraid. Stop walking across streets, you never know what could happen.

Actually, I like this line of thinking. I would sell that suv and upgrade to a dump truck asap. The added height must be advantageous in a crash, and look at how much stuff you can haul.
 
2008-11-11 04:51:46 PM  
"Dump out the milk Ethel! From now on the cat drinks unleaded!!"
 
2008-11-11 04:51:55 PM  
wouldn't SUV drivers like to do things like make turns without tipping over or take that S turn in the road at more than 15 mph? Kind of hard when your center of gravity is higher than my entire car.
#1 reason not to drive an SUV: they handle like complete shiat. You can get a sport tuned Porsche SUV, but its all lipstick on a pig, you can't fight the fact your driving a 4500+lb brick on stilts.

Corner carving FTW.
 
2008-11-11 04:52:31 PM  
the money is in the banana stand: whidbey: Baba Yaga: Epic facepalm.

And yet there are those here who are still defending this wasteful luxury...

SUVs are soooo 20th Century...

SUVs aren't wasteful when you are hauling around 4 other people and equipment all the time. Some SUVs aren't designed that well AKA H2 Hummers, but there are plenty that are just fine. People need to go find something useful to cry about as SUVs are not one of them. SUVs are entirely practical, that's why people buy them to begin with. The Hybrids they make now are dinky and ugly, if they would shift their focus on making acceptable models instead of making stupid ass looking cars so you can show everyone how awesomely eco-friendly you are more people would buy them. If my car came in a Hybrid model at the same price or cheaper and looked the same I would have bought it. Until then I will pollute the environment and ruin all hope for future generations.


I'm sorry, but there are a lot of ugly ass SUV's out there. They are top heavy, handle poorly and tend to drive along paved, plowed roads. There is nothing practical about an SUV. The only professionals I know who use then do it strictly for looks. (They are ugly enough you cannot help but notice them)

Honestly though, people are too dependant on cars. I ride my bicycle year round which keeps my office job from making me fat.
 
2008-11-11 04:52:33 PM  
The Icelander: R.A.Danny: You do realize that the rest of "The North" considers Boston to be a distant retarded relative.

Is Lancaster considered the North? How about Scranton?

I've lived in both of these places with front-wheel drive cars and had zero trouble getting around in the winter. My Scion xA does great in the snow. Yeah, it won't go when there's over 6" or so, but my street's plowed quickly and I can telecommute.

Why do people insist that they need to go anywhere in the snow? fark that shiat. I'll use an excuse to stay home in my pajamas and drink hot cocoa all day.


I grew up 20 miles from Lake Michigan and my '86 Cavalier was just fine at blasting through the snow. Hell, I had no problem in my rear-wheel drive '88 T-Bird.

Saying that you need an SUV for the snow is the same as admitting that you can't drive.
 
2008-11-11 04:53:05 PM  
While I purchased my F150 before gas had reached the $2.50 mark for the first time, I am using the current price/gallon as an escuse to make the three hour drive from Vegas to the nearest Whataburger in Kingman, AZ.
 
2008-11-11 04:54:45 PM  
But I need my 45,000 full size Humvee with monster sized off road tires and 1200 extra pounds of bling bling for when I deliver pizzas around town. $2.50/gallon of gas justify the 6.5/mpg I get on this baby.
 
2008-11-11 04:54:59 PM  
R.A.Danny: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: The plant where they make these big fat things is in Texas. The fanbase for these road monsters is much MUCH bigger in the South.

You do realize that the rest of "The North" considers Boston to be a distant retarded relative.


Says the guy who lives in the city that took the concept of pizza, and made it into something that not only tastes awful, but gives the consumer epic diarrhea. Cheese goes on top by the way, dumbass.

How is Boston a distant retarded relative if we have the best colleges in the land? Oh wait, you're from Chicago so you probably dropped out, and just like to pull false information out of your ass.
 
2008-11-11 04:55:03 PM  
low.dose: motorcycles FTW!!!!

/rides an old honda...


I agree with you, buddy! VTX1300 rider here!
 
2008-11-11 04:55:11 PM  
R.A.Danny: They're South of 80, right?

Scranton's north of 80, actually.
 
2008-11-11 04:55:38 PM  
god, people are such idiots.
 
2008-11-11 04:56:08 PM  
images.ucomics.com
 
2008-11-11 04:56:12 PM  
rodeofrog: About 6 months ago, I had a neighbor's kid in the car. He was only 9. anyway, we drove past a house with a "for sale" sign. In front of the house, there was a newish Yukon with a "for sale" sign and a shiny ATV with a "for sale" sign.

The kid says, "somebody's about to declare bankruptcy."

I laughed.


Was it this kid?
 
2008-11-11 04:56:44 PM  
Rapmaster2000: Saying that you need an SUV for the snow is the same as admitting that you can't drive.

My mom would drive her Prius to work and see SUVs in ditches along the side of the road. Their drivers obviously thought 4WD meant that they were invincible and drove like morons.

I remember driving from Wilkes-Barre to Lehman, PA, up a windy back mountain road, in a snowstorm, in my 1990 Jetta with tires that needed replaced, only to find out class had been cancelled.

Driving in snow is 90% driver, 10% vehicle.
 
2008-11-11 04:57:44 PM  
Rapmaster2000: The Icelander: R.A.Danny: You do realize that the rest of "The North" considers Boston to be a distant retarded relative.

Is Lancaster considered the North? How about Scranton?

I've lived in both of these places with front-wheel drive cars and had zero trouble getting around in the winter. My Scion xA does great in the snow. Yeah, it won't go when there's over 6" or so, but my street's plowed quickly and I can telecommute.

Why do people insist that they need to go anywhere in the snow? fark that shiat. I'll use an excuse to stay home in my pajamas and drink hot cocoa all day.

I grew up 20 miles from Lake Michigan and my '86 Cavalier was just fine at blasting through the snow. Hell, I had no problem in my rear-wheel drive '88 T-Bird.

Saying that you need an SUV for the snow is the same as admitting that you can't drive.


That's easy for you flatlanders to say. 5 inches of snow on flat land is a hell of a lot different than 5 inches of snow on a mountain.
 
2008-11-11 04:59:36 PM  
Where are all the snobby self-righteous cyclists? This thread is sorely lacking without them....
 
2008-11-11 05:00:02 PM  
I just thought I'd say that t's none of your buisness what I do with my money.

/bye bye, lib's
 
2008-11-11 05:00:39 PM  
aclark1998: flaming99: Nakita: i drive a gas guzzling SUV but only because i have 4 kids :) and 4 kids dont fit in a camaro as well as i thought they would..

I call bullshiat on this excuse. I have 5 kids and do just fine in a vehicle that gets 32MPG.

Damn, I have a Saturn 4 door and I don't get that (city).


Which saturn 4-door do you have? I used to have an 2002 SL2 and my lowest was 32 mpg and average was 35 mpg (mostly highway, 5 speed, loaded). It's my understanding that the newer ecotec 4 cylinders don't quite have the mpg of the old sl2 or sc2 engines but they sure have more balls.
 
2008-11-11 05:00:48 PM  
www.myconfinedspace.com
/thus link is very farkin hot
 
2008-11-11 05:00:52 PM  
Rapmaster2000: The Icelander: R.A.Danny: You do realize that the rest of "The North" considers Boston to be a distant retarded relative.

Is Lancaster considered the North? How about Scranton?

I've lived in both of these places with front-wheel drive cars and had zero trouble getting around in the winter. My Scion xA does great in the snow. Yeah, it won't go when there's over 6" or so, but my street's plowed quickly and I can telecommute.

Why do people insist that they need to go anywhere in the snow? fark that shiat. I'll use an excuse to stay home in my pajamas and drink hot cocoa all day.

I grew up 20 miles from Lake Michigan and my '86 Cavalier was just fine at blasting through the snow. Hell, I had no problem in my rear-wheel drive '88 T-Bird.

Saying that you need an SUV for the snow is the same as admitting that you can't drive.


Yep, I grew up 3 miles from lake ontario and no one needed 4 wheel drive until it was cool.
My Buick LeSabre gets 22-30mpg but I only drive 4-5000 miles a year. If you drive a lot get a gas sipper, if you are scared of driving a small car, grab your ass and walk backwards screaming like a little girl.
 
2008-11-11 05:01:06 PM  
honestly, if you can afford to drive one of these things after the price of gas goes back up, good for you. there are a lot of great deals out there right now.
 
2008-11-11 05:01:08 PM  
Helen_Arigby: the money is in the banana stand: whidbey: Baba Yaga: Epic facepalm.

And yet there are those here who are still defending this wasteful luxury...

SUVs are soooo 20th Century...

SUVs aren't wasteful when you are hauling around 4 other people and equipment all the time. Some SUVs aren't designed that well AKA H2 Hummers, but there are plenty that are just fine. People need to go find something useful to cry about as SUVs are not one of them. SUVs are entirely practical, that's why people buy them to begin with. The Hybrids they make now are dinky and ugly, if they would shift their focus on making acceptable models instead of making stupid ass looking cars so you can show everyone how awesomely eco-friendly you are more people would buy them. If my car came in a Hybrid model at the same price or cheaper and looked the same I would have bought it. Until then I will pollute the environment and ruin all hope for future generations.

I'm sorry, but there are a lot of ugly ass SUV's out there. They are top heavy, handle poorly and tend to drive along paved, plowed roads. There is nothing practical about an SUV. The only professionals I know who use then do it strictly for looks. (They are ugly enough you cannot help but notice them)

Honestly though, people are too dependant on cars. I ride my bicycle year round which keeps my office job from making me fat.


Argh! I enter my info and fark logs in my wife.
Damnit!
 
2008-11-11 05:01:42 PM  
re: Where are all the snobby self-righteous cyclists?

hopefully in ditches.
 
2008-11-11 05:02:45 PM  
spacechicken170am: That's easy for you flatlanders to say. 5 inches of snow on flat land is a hell of a lot different than 5 inches of snow on a mountain.

Here's the route I took to and from school for two years, in the "north" in a 1990 VW Jetta. (new window)

Mountainous enough for you?
 
2008-11-11 05:02:45 PM  
ubertwit: re: Where are all the snobby self-righteous cyclists?

hopefully in ditches.


I ran them over with my new SUV
 
2008-11-11 05:03:02 PM  
The Icelander: Rapmaster2000: Saying that you need an SUV for the snow is the same as admitting that you can't drive.

My mom would drive her Prius to work and see SUVs in ditches along the side of the road. Their drivers obviously thought 4WD meant that they were invincible and drove like morons.

I remember driving from Wilkes-Barre to Lehman, PA, up a windy back mountain road, in a snowstorm, in my 1990 Jetta with tires that needed replaced, only to find out class had been cancelled.

Driving in snow is 90% driver, 10% vehicle.


Some people who get 4-wheel drive mistakenly believe that it gives them the ability to stop faster on the snow as well.

We always had one bashed up old truck when I was a kid because we lived out in the sticks and had to haul wood all winter for our wood burning stove. 90% of our driving was done in cars, even with the massive amount of lake effect snow NW Indiana gets. Hell I remember riding with my mom in her '72 Charger through many blizzards.

Toughen up you babies.
 
2008-11-11 05:03:03 PM  
BooBoo23: $2.50 gas is back, biatches!

Yes, because its' futures market crashed. When the economy returns so will the prospects of jumping back in a heavily traded commodity such as oil.

Think of it this way, most eastern countries were reporting 20-35% growth in their economies YOY and now its dropped into the negatives. Now consider when the same sort of speculation that caused most of the price rise after about 75$ earlier now foresees negative growth.

Now consider, will the recession last long enough for the SUV buy to be worth it, or will you become trapped in an investment you can't afford when the world market returns for another growth cycle of ten or more years. Before the mass speculation it sat at 75ish up 7ish YOY for ten years running it did this, if we reach back where we were before the crisis, and continue that growth of real demand (not counting what mass speculation would do, but discounting because a lot of it was banks and firms looking for a safe bet pre-crash) that 7 added YOY will rack up pretty quickly, and will be right back in the position we left a short while ago, panic stricken and desperately looking for a way out.
 
2008-11-11 05:03:21 PM  
Darth Invictus: DAMMIT! Just when I was hoping to not have to deal with those clueless soccer moms and their 4-wheeled tanks on the roads any more!

it's the kids texting each other that you should be more scared off.
:P
 
2008-11-11 05:03:35 PM  
JustMe1234: Stagger_lee - You are buying a Japanese truck to support the American economy? You are an Idiot! You are part of the problem, not the solution.

i269.photobucket.com

That Toyota truck was built in Texas, dumbass. Texas, contrary to what some Texans think, is in America.

Are you related to Miss South Carolina? ...and such as...
 
2008-11-11 05:03:37 PM  
The Icelander: Rapmaster2000: Saying that you need an SUV for the snow is the same as admitting that you can't drive.

My mom would drive her Prius to work and see SUVs in ditches along the side of the road. Their drivers obviously thought 4WD meant that they were invincible and drove like morons.

I remember driving from Wilkes-Barre to Lehman, PA, up a windy back mountain road, in a snowstorm, in my 1990 Jetta with tires that needed replaced, only to find out class had been cancelled.

Driving in snow is 90% driver, 10% vehicle.


Last year I saw an SUV take the middle road at a T-junction. Right into someone's basement. That was pretty epic and I wish I had a camera at the time. You know, it really doesn't matter what people drive in the snow, 99% of everyone cannot drive in the snow worth a crap anyway.
 
2008-11-11 05:03:41 PM  
excellent average: Where are all the snobby self-righteous cyclists? This thread is sorely lacking without them....

Blocking traffic during some Critical Mass ride?
 
2008-11-11 05:05:04 PM  
spacechicken170am:

That's easy for you flatlanders to say. 5 inches of snow on flat land is a hell of a lot different than 5 inches of snow on a mountain.


I rode up to Mammoth in a BMW M3 with chains in a blizzard.
 
2008-11-11 05:05:26 PM  
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2008-11-11 05:05:35 PM  
Hey, serious question for some of the older Farkers... Did you or anyone else you know commit to efficient vehicles after the first oil crisis, and stick with it to this day?


I'm saying pretty much that, but 30 years can screw with your perceptions on permanence and long term.
 
2008-11-11 05:07:12 PM  
How GM is still in business is living proof that Americans are complete idiots.
 
2008-11-11 05:08:33 PM  
Anyone who lives more than ten miles from where they work is wasteful and ...(replace "SUV" with "commute")... and the rest of this thread still applies.

I certainly hope no one who is criticizing people with SUVs has a longer commute than that. Because if you do, you are a hypocrite. It's all about total fuel consumption, and I don't use much.
 
2008-11-11 05:10:01 PM  
If gas prices stay "too low", the Obama will fix their arses by applying a dollar a gallon tax surcharge.
 
2008-11-11 05:10:05 PM  
CruJones: I enjoy the outdoors. I have a boat and two big dogs. I also go fishing and hunting in places that often require four wheel drive. I may buy an SUV

Dude, a pickup truck with a campershell is way WAY cooler...
 
2008-11-11 05:10:11 PM  
Szech: Hey, serious question for some of the older Farkers... Did you or anyone else you know commit to efficient vehicles after the first oil crisis, and stick with it to this day?

My parents always tried to buy the most efficient vehicle that fit their needs and was in their price range. This included our "road trip" car, a 1986 VW camper van.

They currently drive a 1.8l VW Passat Wagon and a first generation Prius. My dad hauls music gear and needs a station wagon, and the Prius is one of the first 1000 sold in the US.

\My dad also built 2 earth-sheltered, passive-solar houses
\\And had a stack of Mother Earth News in his closet
\\\And when he retires he's going to start a green construction company
 
2008-11-11 05:11:20 PM  
CruJones: Anyone who lives more than ten miles from where they work is wasteful and ...(replace "SUV" with "commute")... and the rest of this thread still applies.

I certainly hope no one who is criticizing people with SUVs has a longer commute than that. Because if you do, you are a hypocrite. It's all about total fuel consumption, and I don't use much.


And thanks to me, the world will not run out of Tofu.

So we're even.
 
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