Love, at $120 a tank

Love, at $120 a tank

There are 75 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jul 5, 2008, titled Love, at $120 a tank. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

John Ayodele of Nigeria recently became the proud owner of a used Hummer. He went through his daughter, a grad student living in Maryland, to buy it from a Perry Hall plumber for $24,500. Ayodele, an ...

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Joe

United States

#66 Jul 17, 2008
Dumb Hummer wrote:
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You DO NOT NEED A HUMMER. You just want to drive one because it's a status symbol. I have 5 kids and I drive a volvo and hubby drives a buick. We have no problems.
I see people driving those big dumb trucks to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk. c'mon. You never see them pulling anything like a boat or trailer. You NEVER see the owners using them to pick up doctors & nurses when there is a snow storm in MD. I saw a man this morning gassing one up and I swear I wanted to ask him why he would buy such a big dumb truck, but i think he might have taken out his frustrations on me.
Yeah, seriously, there is no need to browbeat Hummer owners, they're learning a lesson firsthand better than anybody.
boom

United States

#67 Jul 18, 2008
Dumb Hummer wrote:
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You DO NOT NEED A HUMMER. You just want to drive one because it's a status symbol. I have 5 kids and I drive a volvo and hubby drives a buick. We have no problems.
I see people driving those big dumb trucks to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk. c'mon. You never see them pulling anything like a boat or trailer. You NEVER see the owners using them to pick up doctors & nurses when there is a snow storm in MD. I saw a man this morning gassing one up and I swear I wanted to ask him why he would buy such a big dumb truck, but i think he might have taken out his frustrations on me.
Being a HUMMER owner I have used my vehicle for assisting others, and yes there are people that will never take them off road. I love going to Silver Lake State Park and driving in the sand dunes. I also do take my truck off road and tow a camper with it. I have several friends that own them also and one of them puts 25% of his miles on off road becasue of his job. There are always going to be people that own vehicles that are not used to the fullest of abilities. How many people own sports cars that will go 150+ mph, why you can't go that fast legally! There are alot of vehicles on the road that have no need every day drivers have no use (911 twin turbo, Bentley continental GT, any lambo or ferrari). I see no person mention any of those vehicles. Those are nitch vehicles just like the HUMMER are low production vehicles that really have no need on streets. I drove a Cadillac STS awd last night and it gets 17 mpg in the city H3 by the window sticker gets 14 (15000 miles per year at $5 per gallon that is less then 1000 difference per year in fuel cost for a vehicle that costs $10,000 more) Where is the benefit for me to not drive what I am driving?
HiYaBusa BIKES RULE

Abingdon, MD

#68 Jul 18, 2008
CCC wrote:
Perhaps they are driven by people who don't really need them. But the next time you are stuck in several feet of snow, or flooded land, or out in the "wilderness" and the person who comes to help is driving one of these big gas hogs, you will realize that they do serve a purpose.
You're killing me!!! There's no "perhaps" about it. And, you'll be eating your extremities by the time Billy-Bob and Bobbette (Trevor and Amy) get from their townhouse to you in their hummer (after they stop at starbucks). What's the ground clearance on the biggest hummer, maybe a foot? Don't sell me that bull about going in floods (not without a water fording kit) or "several" feet of snow (the diffs will be hung up way before that depth). The most likely scenario is that they will roll the thing over long before they ever get to you.
HiYaBusa BIKES RULE

Abingdon, MD

#69 Jul 18, 2008
boom wrote:
I typically drive an H3 and recently had the opportunity to drive a Buick cross over
I love that "cross over" label. The last thing you want to tell the suburban cowboys is that they are now the proud owners of a "STATION WAGON".
HiYaBusa BIKES RULE

Abingdon, MD

#70 Jul 18, 2008
boom wrote:
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I love going to Silver Lake State Park and driving in the sand dunes. I also do take my truck off road and tow a camper with it. I have several friends that own them also and one of them puts 25% of his miles on off road becasue of his job. There are always going to be people that own vehicles that are not used to the fullest of abilities. How many people own sports cars that will go 150+ mph, why you can't go that fast legally! There are alot of vehicles on the road that have no need every day drivers have no use (911 twin turbo, Bentley continental GT, any lambo or ferrari). I see no person mention any of those vehicles. Those are nitch vehicles just like the HUMMER are low production vehicles that really have no need on streets.
This is too much fun!!! Most of the folks who take their SUV's/PU Trucks off-road ("gittin-er-done") really think there is a degree of skill/challenge involved when in reality they just load the beer cooler, fire up the AC, and plod along like a hippo. I would suggest dumping that junk for a decent moto-cross bike (not ATV) and gear. It's the most fun who'll ever have and you'll appreciate the level of skill involved as you advance.
Yep, there are people who need off-road vehicles as part of their job. My guess is that it's 1 out of every 5000 SUV/PU truck owners. The sad thing is the guy next door who drives a hummer as part of his pet grooming business is getting the same lucrative tax breaks as the guy who is beating the heck out of his work truck.
I'll kind of agree about the hi-power car statement, but add this:
They were designed for the road and they are driven on the road.
If you want power, speed, and handling, take a pass on any over-priced sports car, and just plunk down about $12k for any 1000cc or bigger sportbike. Best bang-for-the-buck ever.
Hummer Toy

Bridgetown, Barbados

#71 Jul 29, 2008
Never could understand why one will have a Hummer and only dirve in the city. These are great offroad and should be use for that. Mine is always full of mud and my kids get to go were most cannot. As for gas milage there are many cars out there that give you worst mileage (also thing about some of those fancy coffees you drink a week, or what you wear or the resturants you eat at that cost way too much)..
Rod

Herndon, VA

#72 Aug 1, 2008
helix wrote:
I seriously don't understand the psychology of hummer owners. Every once in a while some will argue about needing to go "off-road". Pure baloney. These monstrosities are driven virtually without exception ON A ROAD, IN A CITY, WITH ONE OCCUPANT, ON EVERY FRIVOLOUS ERRAND.
Moreover, by being so damn huge, they present a disproportionate risk to other vehicles in a collision.
I drive an H2 mainly to protect myself from stupid drivers of priuses, corollas and civics who zip in and out of lanes, tailgate, cut in front of me and absolutely shows no respect for other drivers' safety. Unless drivers learn proper road manners, there will always have people like me who will love, buy and drive a hummer or even a bus....FOR SAFETY!!!!
HiYoBusa

Laurel, MD

#73 Aug 2, 2008
Rod wrote:
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I drive an H2 mainly to protect myself from stupid drivers of priuses, corollas and civics who zip in and out of lanes, tailgate, cut in front of me and absolutely shows no respect for other drivers' safety. Unless drivers learn proper road manners, there will always have people like me who will love, buy and drive a hummer or even a bus....FOR SAFETY!!!!
Most drivers do whatever necessary to get away from your sight blocking, slow-ass, ill-handling piece of butt-jewelry. Off to the crusher with you!
RICH

Washington, DC

#74 Aug 5, 2008
Moon otter wrote:
Good luck you morons.
What does gas have to do, get to eight bucks before you morons realize that you are wasting precious fuel which could be used to make reliable, renewable energy. I have no sympathy for you.
Go back to the MOON, idiot.
RICH

Washington, DC

#75 Aug 5, 2008
westside wrote:
Actually, the ones who are anti-American are those who want to risk destroying some of the last pristine wildlife and coastline areas in the USA to drill for oil that even the most optimistic estimates say will only decrease the price at the pump by 2 cents per gallon and will not enter the supply chain for at least five years. These are the same politicians who have stood in the way of increased fuel efficiency standards and more funding for alternative energy research every step of the way. Just think of all the jobs that could be created in America with the innovation we'll need to transition away from oil. Think of the workforce we'll need to invent and implement all these technologies. It's all being held back by politicians bought and sold by the oil industry. Time to vote those anti-Americans out of office this season. The drive toward energy independence *WILL* be the next economic boom for the USA...I'm just not sure we'll have to be in denial that oil is over before we get over it and get the American economy back on top again.
WOW! You scare me.
sikofcrybabies

Aiken, SC

#76 Aug 14, 2008
Waa waa waa - you idoits need to find something else to cry about. Why dont u all go put diapers on cows so the methane from their crap doesnt continue to eat away at the ozone!! Sorry bleedin hearts but the facts are - Toyota, Nissan, Ford, GM, Dodge, ect ect none of these V8 SUVS get any more than 1-1 1/2 mpg than the Hummer (some are worse). So enough already about Hummer - move on to something more worthwhile like catching crap and disposing of it properly.
TAT2WILLIE

Lutz, FL

#77 Aug 19, 2008
I live In FLORIDA and during HURRICANE season you wish you owned a HUMMER. To get to town and home when the roads are flooded and trees are down. I live in the real world and my HUMMER is a needed tool . I own a Harley and a versa and a Tahoe .But there is nothing like the Hummer for the bad storms and flooded roads. A HUMMER is like nothing else. and I get 13-14 MPG IN A H-2 . I MIGHT JUST BE THE GUY THAT PULLS YOU AND YOUR CAR TO SAFETY SO DRIVE WHAT YOU LIKE AND GET OFF OUR BACKS.
fdrew

Carlsbad, CA

#78 May 14, 2009
Drew wrote:
I love my Hummer because it makes me feel like a patriot. If we need more oil then we take it from wherever it is and that is the ultimate exercise of our powers. Why would we be the greatest nation on earth if we can't impose our will and fulfill our needs? It's simple, we are bigger people in size and surely that means mind as well, so why not in vehicles? The Hummer says it all, it's American made for real Americans. I just hope those lefties, commies and tree hugger just get it and get on with the program else we are doomed to become Kashi eating scum suckers.
Dear Patriotic American:

I want to express my utmost gratitude for your serving the best interest of the country by driving a HUMMER!
You deserve the greatest honor for an American hero:
Thank you for helping the country get rid of the overstocked gasoline, and for bringing up the gas prices so that your fellow citizens can stop worrying about their overflowing cash!
Thank you for taking the tax deduction and helping the goverment that is burdened by too much fund!
Thank you for occupying the road that is too wide and has too little traffic jam, and for occupying extra spaces in the parking lots so that they are not wasted by those compact cars.
Thank you for your generous contribution of carbon dioxide! Our children will remember you for creating the green house for them!
And finally, thank you for running over a made in Japan and crushing the dirty traitor inside--if you haven't done so yet, I am confident you will.
Cheers and applause for the most patriotic patriot!!

Your old friend in Afran
mark bordelon

Opelousas, LA

#79 May 18, 2009
helix wrote:
I seriously don't understand the psychology of hummer owners. Every once in a while some will argue about needing to go "off-road". Pure baloney. These monstrosities are driven virtually without exception ON A ROAD, IN A CITY, WITH ONE OCCUPANT, ON EVERY FRIVOLOUS ERRAND.
Moreover, by being so damn huge, they present a disproportionate risk to other vehicles in a collision.
Its the prestigue of owning one, the safty from other vehicles, plus the warranty of owning one gives you peace of mind
mark bordelon

Opelousas, LA

#80 May 18, 2009
Its the prestigue of owning one and the safty from other vehicles plus the warranty of owning one gives you peace of mind, now my other vehicle i own is a 2002 mini cooper S that gets about 35 mpg. I like that car also not because of the gas milage, but for the fact of it being different from any other cars.

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