Originally Posted by Robert_W
Well Cooper, (and others) bought my wife a Prius several months ago. It's a fantastic car. In every respect. She loves it and is very happy. And when the misses is happy life is good. I figure it makes up for my F350 and Tundra Double Cab. Edit-edit- edit (for green reasons!).
Read my trip report on my recent ride to the Big Bend. I like the Prius also, but not the driver plugging along on a very busy Interstate. I rent one of these when I was in Scottsdale in January, for a premium I might add. Great car especially in traffic jams. 51 mpg drove it like I stole it. It didn't handle very well in the mountains or high wind in spite of it's aerodynamic looking shape. Don't think it would do to well at passing a cattle truck on a Kansas two lane with a 40mph headwind. Passing with the GT in fun fun fun! Plenty of head room for my 6'3" frame with out a cowboy hat. The jury is still out on long term price of ownership. To sum this part up: If I lived in a big city it would be very tempting to own a Prius but I would still rather drive my GT.
I am a cattle rancher with 3200 head of cattle on my place and 2500 on my sister's ranch.
These are hilly, rocky, rough ranches. I need a truck and I need to pull a trailer once in a while, please forgive because I also have an ATV- Honda 680 Rincon. My to -the- ranch driver is a 2000 Chevy ZR-2 Blazer. This thing was made to order for my ranch needs. 16-18 mpg sucks but I only use it several times a week.
I can walk to my office-basement and most of my running around is done via GT or RS, both of which have cats, but their emissions are still more than a modern auto! The auto companies have not built a direct replacement for my truck, and if they did how much energy would be expended to build me a new truck.
My wife an I built a new house last year. About as "green" as we could justify I used CF's because I liked the light quality and I don't have to change them every few months!. However some things just don't make good economic sense.
Yes we use 25% of the energy because our GDP is about 25% of the world's GDP. My son works for an oil company, please tell me more about these subsidizes so I can give him a heads up (off list please). I own some oil and gas production and I pay taxes out the ass. Many of us own big oil stock, almost anyone can, some do and don't even know it.
In Kansas it is difficult to get wind turbines permitted and built, we could be the Saudi Arabia of the USA. My father in law (now dead) was a lobbyist (for the coal industry), trial lawyer, politican (as I have been also, not professional), FBI agent and spy, I kid you not. He taught me much about the coal industry. It can be cleaned up and we have a bunch of it. China is shitting in it's own nest, we all know that, something will have to change there.
I am a conservative. Root of that word is conserve. Not a once a year "Earth Day" conservative! Nuff said.
Summation: I don't like politicians pissing on my boots and tell me it's raining!
Over and out on this subject, AT LAST, until next Earth Day.
BMW GT CONTENT:
Did you get a Sargent seat, if so did you like it?
Norris Cooper Andover Kansas USA