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Old 06-27-2008, 10:53 PM   #1
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come home and i see this in my garage.

parents decided to get a 9-7x with the 5.3i

looks nice but havent driven it yet. will post reponses later.

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Old 06-27-2008, 10:54 PM   #2
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nice! too bad its not the aero lol
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Nice. Too bad about the gas mileage.
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Why would you buy a vehicle like this in the middle of a fuel crisis?
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Because the cost of fuel doesn't effect everyone...it's just a cost of life. I personally won't worry about the price of gas till I have to pay $175+ on a regular basis for gas. The last couple of times I was in Europe I paid close to $140 to fill up.
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Because the cost of fuel doesn't effect everyone...it's just a cost of life. I personally won't worry about the price of gas till I have to pay $175+ on a regular basis for gas. The last couple of times I was in Europe I paid close to $140 to fill up.
I wasn't referencing the cost of gas.
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I wasn't referencing the cost of gas.
My apologies.....

Some people will just drive what they want to drive. I drive my Porsche knowing that it doesn't get as good gas mileage as my Viggen....it's just fun to drive (it gets about half the fuel economy as the Viggen). There are SUV's that get better fuel economy then the Porsche....but I'm having my fun and I would never own a SUV again.
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If you need to tow something, move big stuff, or transport a lot of people then why not?

Last night I went to a HS graduation. Instead of taking two cars, my family went in my Dad's Escalade ESV (suburban sized). 6 people in 1 car gets better gas mileage then 6 people in two...
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There are arguments for/against every car....I say just drive what makes you happy, and what you can afford.

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If you need to tow something, move big stuff, or transport a lot of people then why not?

Last night I went to a HS graduation. Instead of taking two cars, my family went in my Dad's Escalade ESV (suburban sized). 6 people in 1 car gets better gas mileage then 6 people in two...
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Thats true, I use my wifes ford for heavy tow jobs(the boat,trailer etc) and my 9000 for driving to work as the 9000 is more effective on fuel and Falcons are everywhere over here anyway. That being said,yesterday I paid $1.80 a litre for fuel. Thats ridiculous fuel prices.

Something to be said for conserving what we have left.So many people dont consider the price of fuel and drive around in Gas guzzlers,more demand means higher prices too. Whats worse ,the fuel companies make us pay more and their profits climb even by the percentage every year.
Lets face it,we are being held to ransom on the cost of fuel and the companies and the governments are making the profits.
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Old 06-28-2008, 08:20 AM   #11
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Since opening this thread, I counted 15 large/midsized SUVs and trucks drive past my house, one of them had 2+ people in it. Thats all I have to add.


Oh, and nice 9-7
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haha thanks guys and my mom traded in her '01 9-5 wagon for this sucker and got it for 16k so thats not a bad deal at all! 35k miles and its loaded except navi. also her 9-5 the car was starting to sludge up for some reason, pcv #6 was done and i changed the oil and filter and religiously every 4k miles. she drove it for a company car. now this will be her company car and shes getting paid 50 cents a mile plus 500 a month for upkeep so it doesnt matter what she drives haha. the intake kit will help along with new plugs and everything so its alright! i enjoy the driving quality of it though its very nice. all she needs is tinted windows.
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If she was going to buy a 9-7 at least she bought the V-8. It gets the same mileage as the 6 cyl on the highway, and has more power for towing if she ever needs it.
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Why would you buy a vehicle like this in the middle of a fuel crisis?
Because $40 extra per week at the pump doesn't affect everyone.

Also, SUV's are a steal right now. All those people who were rolling Escalades, and barely making ends meet, are now in a world of trouble and will let their rides go for rediculous prices.
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I agree V8's are cheap here too ! We even rebadge our holdens , you know them as Pontiac GTO ,and they are sold in the U.S, built in Australia, left hand conversion achieved.Our Falcons are too about to be marketed there.
Same again,built in australia left hand drive conversion.

$40 is not going to break my budget either. The bigger picture is the unbelievable profit being made at our expense and the people profiting are the politicians and the oil companies.
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Old 06-29-2008, 03:30 AM   #16
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Because $40 extra per week at the pump doesn't affect everyone.
I eagerly await the day any proponent for a vehicle like this waits in a breadline.

It's coming.
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:36 AM   #17
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If i had that kinda of money and a function for a SUV - I would totally consider the 9-7 V8 - they are very powerful for it's size, very nice to drive and sweet looking. Sadly they are PIGS on fuel - but if you have a use for it than perhaps it's not as bad as using to get groceries...
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:48 AM   #18
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It does not have great mileage, but it's not as bad as some of you are making out. I've rented a fair number of TrailBlazers in my day, and got 18-20 mpg in mixed city-highway driving, not all that different from the 23 mpg or so I get in the 9-5 Aero.
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My apologies.....

Some people will just drive what they want to drive. I drive my Porsche knowing that it doesn't get as good gas mileage as my Viggen....it's just fun to drive (it gets about half the fuel economy as the Viggen). There are SUV's that get better fuel economy then the Porsche....but I'm having my fun and I would never own a SUV again.
Just curious, what Porsche gets that bad of fuel mileage? My c4s did 26 on the highway without even trying hard (doing 85 on the turnpike)

Also nice ride, i had one for a loaner once, i don't think i'd buy one (i'd get an suv that can go offroad and has low range if i'm gonna deal with the fuel mileage, hence the Jeep) but it was a nice vehicle, had decent pep and handled pretty nicely, although it was a little harsh and..... chevy....
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As a towing vehicle the V-8 works very well. We bought one for that purpose and as a second car. Our everyday driver is a '97 9000. The mileage on the 97x is averaging 19.5 when not towing.
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