Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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The reality for me is my '04 S430 is a ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) and I average 22 mpg in mixed driving--which is probably better on both counts than the beater with the bumper sticker (on the trunk lid). That's probably not exactly true for a Renntech, but I get a little smug when the tree-huggers get after me.
Mackhack is right, of course. My next car may well be a hybrid, a plug-in electric, or a hydrogen fuel-cell; the reality is we must find an alternative to fossil fuel and internal combustion as a means of transport and we have to find it sooner than later. In the meantime, I'm driving a pretty efficient vehicle, all things considered, and I'm keenly aware that it may be my last big-motored two-plus ton vehicle. Sic transit gloria mundi.
"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."--John Steinbeck