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Puting the cost of motoring into perspective - how the other half lives...

Hi there, I was fixing 4 chips in a car's windscreen today - the car was a Hummer H2 - a car so large (photos don't do it justice), that I was using a stepladder to reach the chips on the screen.

I was speaking to the owner (who was as interested in my repair technique, as I was in his car - which he'd owned since new).

Mull these facts/figures around;
  • the car gets 5mpg (unless he puts the foot down) whereby it drops to 1-2mpg...
  • it has a 320 litre fuel tank which takes approximately one hour to refuel (as he has to pay in intervals)
  • each tyre (specific to this model) costs 500 per corner
  • each wheel & tyre weighs 75kg
  • car weighs 4tons
He also owns an H1 (the military one).

It must be great to have the money to cope with these kind of running costs!

I know many will (justifiably) say that these cars are dinosaurs, devouring the planet's resources - but I have to say, working on this one (with bright yellow paint & shiny chrome) that I felt like an enthusiastic wee boy, playing with a Tonka toy!

Just thought a few petrolheads out there would like to share my experience.


This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.

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Jeez amazing...

So if he used it for an annual mileage of say 15000 miles at 5mpg using 3000 gallons of fuel at £4.09 a gallon = £12,285 annual fuel bill alone.



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We have an American garage down the road, it normally has the usual array of Muscle cars some yank trucks and 2-3 hummers.
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A chap I know has an Enzo - parked it in our close one day. This thing almost costs as much as 2 houses!!

It makes an amazing noise!!
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I hope he makes the most of his Hummers as our beloved government will probably be banning them soon!.

I personally can't see the attraction in them,but they are amazing pieces of engineering.As you say,you have to physically see one to be able to comprehend the size of them.They are a bit of a pose,but their not for me....

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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