Cars, gas & mileage, from a non-environmentalist standpoint

My husband drives my old truck.  It’s a 1994 Suburban.  When we got my 1999 Explorer, last year, the intention was to sell the Suburban, and buy him a commuter car, as he drives — I think it is — 22 miles each way to and from work, and the Suburban gets 14 mpg.  (He was driving an older Infiniti, which still only got like 22 mpg, but when it needed too much work to make it cost-effective to own, we gave it to my brother, who, as he used to be a mechanic, can fix cars himself, saving the labor expense, which is often more expesive than the cost for parts!)

But… we’ve rather dragged our feet in selling our dear old Land Barge.  We’d likely get less than $2K for the Suburban, which means we’d have to shell out several thousand, even for an older used car.  We own the Suburban outright.  So, other than gas and maintenance, the truck is “free.”  And, though it seems to have its yearly needs, which sends us to the shop (a good mechanic, btw, is such a Godsend!!), and even though gas is now hovering around $4/gallon, our monthly expenses on the truck are still significantly less than it would cost us to buy a smaller, more gas-efficient vehicle.

So, not taking into account the impact on the environment, or anything like that, it’s still a good idea for him to use it…  and he probably will, until it breaks in some way that costs more than it’s worth to fix.

Next time you see a guy on the freeway, alone in an old, white Suburban, before you curse his excess, remember us.  😉   


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on June 20, 2008, in The Dear Hubby, Vehicles. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My hubby drives a 1988 Lincoln so they can wave to each other while commuting (hubby drives eat to Scottsdale though). You know if you think about the extra money needed for a new car (which means more miles on the road) and the production costs of the new car I am not sure which is more eniromentally friendly.
    We even (partially) joke that we are saving the car for our almost 12 year old. We will be eligible for historic plates by then 🙂

  2. We are in the same boat with both our vehicles. Dh’s truck is a 1992 diesel ($5/gallon now), but 100% paid for. And my almost-paid-for Explorer, which we really feel is a necessity with two of our five kids still in carseats.

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