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    Default What size car is your family car?

    With petrol prices on the rise, the cost of getting around in the family car is escalating out of proportion. And parents, especially those with older children, will testify that ‘normal life’ includes ferrying kids, at least once a week, to and from sporting activities, training and similar extra curricular activities that logistically can’t be safely achieved by using public transport.

    What size car is the most common driven by families on our roads today? Vote in our poll and let’s see if we think size really does matter.

    What sort of car you drive vs the size of your family? Based on the current economic climate, are you are considering upgrading or downgrading your engine size when you next buy a vehicle? If yes, to what? And if no, why not?
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    yay im first to vote

    i wish we could get away with our little 4 cylinder hatch that we had. so economical and easy

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    We drive a 7 seat pathfinder. It now costs us about $100 to fill the tank.

    With another baby on the way we will have to upgrade to an 8 seater vehicle, probably a Toyota Prado. I am guessing it will be the same fuel consumption wise.

    I guess I don't really have the right to have a whinge about petrol prices and a large car, because I am the one who has chosen to have a large family. I guess I just have to live with it. We do however, limit the "unnecessary" trips.

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    We have a Commodore station wagon. Was costing !00 to fill. But luckily my Man works for a gas fitting service called LPGas1. So now we have converted to gas and we fill the car for 30. Gas will always be cheaper then petrol no matter what, So even if petrol gets to $2 then your still looking at under $1 for gas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo0tifuL View Post
    We have a Commodore station wagon. Was costing !00 to fill. But luckily my Man works for a gas fitting service called LPGas1. So now we have converted to gas and we fill the car for 30. Gas will always be cheaper then petrol no matter what, So even if petrol gets to $2 then your still looking at under $1 for gas!
    We wanted to convert but after every mechanic telling us not to, we have decided that we won't be. Apparently it is not a good thing to do to the car

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    DP is of course, a car lover. (Just my luck).

    So it couldn't be anything less than a Statesman than we drive... Thankfully I managed to talk him out of a V8 one, and we have a V6 Supercharged one instead. It only influences the fuel when he drives, as he has a lead food. I don't think he cares about my disapproving stares, either.

    If it were up to me, I would have found a way to make the twins fit in my 4 cyl lancer!

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    with our 1st child i drove my 5door holden barina but once we had our 2nd we bought a magna wagon.
    2 kids with car seats, pram and weeks shopping just didnt fit in the barina.

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    And to add (sorry bit of a car freak family here)
    Quote Originally Posted by our little treasures View Post
    We wanted to convert but after every mechanic telling us not to, we have decided that we won't be. Apparently it is not a good thing to do to the car
    It all depends on what system you put into your car. There is one, more expensive system which is better for your car. LPG is not really "bad" for your car, but most of the time you end up loosing a bit of "power". Take a look at Taxi's for example.... they all have LPG and look at how many kms they do before being retired. There have been some studies done that will actually tell you that LPG can make your engine last longer.

    If you really want me to go into it I can but it may seem confusing. lol

    To me LPG is pointless.... and in fact you save near nothing, and loose some performance.

    Higher consumption with LPG, in my old car... (2001 VX Commodore)

    LPG= 400kms city driving
    ULP= 480kms city driving

    I worked it out quite thoroughly before purchasing our next car, to decide weather or not to find a new car already on LPG or just ULP.

    I was filling up my LPG at least once a week, when ULP I was only filling once a fortnight, not to mention the fact it takes twice as long to fill with LPG.

    With LPG you will also have to part with Traction Control in most cases, which then ad's another safety risk.

    If you do allot of country driving then go for it, you will save heaps, but city driving ULP is the way to go.

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    There are some flaws in your points there.....

    YES gas is NOT good for your engine, that's why Ford make a "dedicated" gas version of the "Barra" engine (one currently fitted to falcon/Territory etc)

    Basically Gas does not have the lubrication qualaties and burns "hotter" than petrol (keeping things simple here) however here are ways to minimise the damage it does (and we are talking over thousands of kilometres here) Basically most of the damage is done to the valve seats. You may need to rebuild the top end of the engine particualry earlier than in a petrol only version.. all things like servicing being equal! But again this is more likely to be an issue for the next owner or the one after them!

    Gas can be quite suited to fitment to MOST vehciles... but some are just a no no. The best way is to talk to a few different gas places NOT just fitters, look around for workshops that specialise in working on converted vehicles. They will give you an unbiased opinion based on the work they do.

    And like most things.. you get what you pay for. There is the "cheap" gas conversions, generic systems.. best avoided. Then there are systems designed for particular models of vehciles. These are dearer but are a MUCH better system. Again speak to some hgas companies about the different ones they offer for your model. When they start saying we do this one because it does any vehicle your better speaking to someone else. Gas systems are NOT all the same and well worth the research!

    The latest systems are called Gas Vapour they are the rolls royce of gas systems but for some vehicles they are the only real option unless you want to be continually fixing your vehicle and replacing expensive parts (things like airflow metres etc)

    Taxi's are not a good example for wear as most damage is done to a vehicle starting and stopping... something Taxi's avoid doing. They are almost always at the ideal temp and running (even waiting for a fare the engine is still "warm" when they start and head off again.) They are also rarely loaded up and having to work, something the average family car is asked to do... and often when cold too. They are used very differently to your normal car, but even they break down.

    Anyway gas can be a good way to save money, but you need to do your sums and talk to a few different companies about the best option for you.

    Gas doesn't effect Traction control at all, it can change the stability control in some vehicle's. Again speak with fitters about your specific vehicle.
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    We had a Toyoto Seca (4 cylinder hatchback) when it was just one child, and I found it very economical to run. When we had our second, we upgraded to a Toyota Camry sedan (6 cylinder) which was much more roomy, but that now costs $93+ to fill!!!! The only prob is with 2 kids, you need more boot space for the '2 of everthings' > 2 bikes, etc, so we are looking at getting a wagon or (eek!) a small 4wd just to fit us all on holidays!!


 

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