Monday, September 28, 2015

Likin' the New Wheels...

I mentioned on Facebook yesterday the following:
Between the recent drop in gas prices and the change in vehicle, it cost half as much to fill *both* vehicles, each from 1/4 full, as it did to fill the Dodge...

[Showing the math]

Now, given that at one point during the ownership of the Dodge, gas was over $4 a gallon, and I just filled up for under two, here we go:

Dodge tank: 26 gallons. 3/4 = 20 gallons = $80 at $4/gallon (roughly).

Toyota tank: 16 gallons. 3/4 = 12 gallons = $24 at $2/gallon.

Honda tank: 21 gallons. 3/4 = 15 gallons = $30 at $2/gallon.

$54 to fill the Honda and Toyota from 1/4 tank, $80 to fill the Dodge. There were times it cost me over $100 to fill the tank of the Ram. Maybe not quite half, but I can still fill up both of our cars (and my motorcycle) now for less than it cost me to fill up the Ram for most of 2011 and 2012. There's something to be said for filling up the tank for under $20. We're partying like it's 1999!

Now, yes, there are times I miss the Dodge. Having a covered 6 ¼-foot bed to toss anything and everything in came in very handy. The big growly V8 was nice, too, especially when passing someone moving really slow. I won't pretend I don't miss the big truck feeling, either - the RAV4 is a lot of things, but big is not one of them.

On the other hand, though, in another month or so I'm *really* going to like the heated leather seats...

That is all.

5 comments:

Ted said...

The only problem with heated seats is that on a cold winter morning it takes about 45 minutes for the "heat" to overcome the cold leather and the various layers of winter clothes. Just about the same time as I pull into the office parking garage

Mark Matis said...

26 gallons? You mean your truck only had a piddly little 26 gallon tank? My 1994 Suburban came stock with 42 gallons. I guess that's why Dodge is so far behind...

Heath J said...

Bet we could bolt a supercharge on that wee little Rav and cure that fuel efficiency thing without any trouble.

Jeff Caisse said...

But the Dodge would only cost $40 at $2/gal..:-)

Old NFO said...

Ah yes, $100 fill ups... I cussed those from one end to the other... sigh