• New!

    From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to All on Mon Apr 28 12:22:54 2014
    My 2002 Camry's come up to 180K miles, and it's due for the timing belt/major service. I've got 20K miles left on the tires and need to replace one of the motor mounts. I figured it's going to be $2K or so.

    I drive 20K miles a year, and my Camry's mileage has been hovering around 21 mpg.

    California's running out of the hybrid/electric decals that let you drive in carpool lanes.

    I bit the bullet this weekend and bought a Camry plug-in hybrid. My company has a charging station so I can charge it when I get here. With a full charge and tank of regular gas, I got 62 MPG on the way to work.

    I put down a good down payment and got 0.0% APR on the remainder, I'll be able to subsidize a big chunk of the payment with gas savings.
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  • From Mark Hofmann@1:261/1304 to Kurt Weiske on Mon Apr 28 17:18:19 2014
    My 2002 Camry's come up to 180K miles, and it's due for the timing belt/major service. I've got 20K miles left on the tires and need to replace one of the motor mounts. I figured it's going to be $2K or so.

    I drive 20K miles a year, and my Camry's mileage has been hovering around 21 mpg.

    California's running out of the hybrid/electric decals that let you drive in carpool lanes.

    I bit the bullet this weekend and bought a Camry plug-in hybrid. My
    company has a charging station so I can charge it when I get here. With a full charge and tank of regular gas, I got 62 MPG on the way to work.

    I put down a good down payment and got 0.0% APR on the remainder, I'll be able to subsidize a big chunk of the payment with gas savings.

    I drive around the same mileage per year (20k), but spread it on several vehicles.

    My daughter has been driving my Monte Carlo until she purchases a car sometime in the early summer. I typically go back and forth between driving my 2012 Charger (22k on it now), my 2002 Monte Carlo (188k on it now), and my 2003 Harley Dyna Wide Glide (28k on it now).

    There are a few people in my neighborhood with plug in hybrids. I have often wondered how much electric it pulls extra per month to the home bill. If you can get away with just charging at work, that would be cool!

    Right now, I am working from home 4 of the 5 days per week. Now that it is starting to get nice, I will be riding my 50+mpg Harley to work. Makes going to work fun.

    - Mark

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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to Mark Hofmann on Mon May 26 13:50:39 2014
    Re: Re: New!
    By: Mark Hofmann to Kurt Weiske on Mon Apr 28 2014 05:18 pm

    There are a few people in my neighborhood with plug in hybrids. I have often wondered how much electric it pulls extra per month to the home bill. If you can get away with just charging at work, that would be cool!

    You don't *have* to charge the Prius plug-in, which makes it convenient. if you don't, you get "only" 50 mpg.

    It's about 0.9 kwh to charge at home, takes about 3 hours for a full charge. PG&E has a EV charge plan that's time of day based, I'm going to look into that. Plug the car in when you get home, set the timer, and it'll charge at off-peak time.
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  • From Mark Hofmann@1:261/1304 to Kurt Weiske on Tue May 27 16:26:53 2014
    You don't *have* to charge the Prius plug-in, which makes it convenient.
    if you don't, you get "only" 50 mpg.

    Just slightly less MPG than my Harley. I average around 53MPG.

    It's about 0.9 kwh to charge at home, takes about 3 hours for a full charge. PG&E has a EV charge plan that's time of day based, I'm going to look into that. Plug the car in when you get home, set the timer, and
    it'll charge at off-peak time.

    At 8 cents a kwh, that is only 24 cents for a full charge. Probably hard to meansure how long that charge lasts, since the engine does some charging as well.

    My neighbor owns a Chevy Volt. That car makes zero noise. You can only hear the tires rolling on the road and that is it. Sort of like driving a golf cart.

    - Mark

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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to Mark Hofmann on Fri May 30 11:05:15 2014
    Re: Re: New!
    By: Mark Hofmann to Kurt Weiske on Tue May 27 2014 04:26 pm

    Just slightly less MPG than my Harley. I average around 53MPG.

    Where do you put the child's car seat? :)
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  • From Mark Hofmann@1:261/1304 to Kurt Weiske on Sat May 31 17:32:17 2014
    Where do you put the child's car seat? :)

    In the back of my Charger.. :)

    - Mark

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  • From mark lewis@1:3634/12.71 to Kurt Weiske on Sat May 31 15:27:32 2014
    On Fri, 30 May 2014, Kurt Weiske wrote to Mark Hofmann:

    Just slightly less MPG than my Harley. I average around 53MPG.

    Where do you put the child's car seat? :)

    isn't that known as a side-car?? O:)

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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to mark lewis on Mon Jun 2 14:26:50 2014
    Re: New!
    By: mark lewis to Kurt Weiske on Sat May 31 2014 03:27 pm

    isn't that known as a side-car?? O:)

    In the AUTOMOTOVE echo? :)

    FWIW, I've seen a couple of new Urals (reproduction of a Soviet-era BMW ripoff with sidecar) on the Pacific Coast Highway in California -- one in olive drab with an entrenching tool and axe on the sidecar, another in a cool flame orange color.
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