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FREE REPUBLIC EXCLUSIVE: Arianna Huffington's Gas Guzzling Suburban at Sierra Club Summit
DFU on the scene | 9-12-05 | dfu

Posted on 09/12/2005 9:26:20 AM PDT by doug from upland

Edited on 09/12/2005 9:35:07 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

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To: Amish with an attitude

First, is your Suburban 2WD or 4WD? Half-ton or 3/4-ton? Same year range as this one? Second, where are you? In CA, where the traffic light is the unofficial tree and the state pastime is gridlock, all that stop-and-go driving kills even half-decent mean mileage.


61 posted on 09/12/2005 10:30:44 AM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: cripplecreek
What's that red flag?


62 posted on 09/12/2005 10:31:32 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: Amish with an attitude

When gas was at $2.50 the guy next to us spent $75 filling up his Hummer. Ouch. He said he got 10 miles/gallon. Double ouch.

Also, I think it's a USC flag. Anyone know if she is a colege football fan? ; )


63 posted on 09/12/2005 10:31:41 AM PDT by Kewz1
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To: Amish with an attitude
"It gets around 8-10mpg in the city" That's baloney, I never get that bad a mileage even when pulling a two ton horse trailer.

I love the internet. Any piece of data you'd ever imagine is available, if you use the right search terms: What's your Sub's Gas Milage?.

The general concensus seems to be: 8-10 in the city, 13-14 overall, 17-18 on the highway, 13-14 when towing.

Happy now?

64 posted on 09/12/2005 10:36:36 AM PDT by lOKKI (You can ignore reality until it bites you in the ass.)
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To: doug from upland

The car was going her way anyway...a la her answer to Hannity, "the jet was already going there".


65 posted on 09/12/2005 10:37:05 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (Those who preach tolerance most, have the least for my views.)
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To: Little Pig

It's a 99', 4WD, 3/4 ton with a 5.7 liter V8. It was purchased and driven in California for several years and hasn't improved it's mileage since it was moved to a red state.


66 posted on 09/12/2005 10:39:25 AM PDT by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: doug from upland

Zsa Zsa Huffington just follows the money. You don't think this w***e actually believes any of the stuff she spouts, do you?


67 posted on 09/12/2005 10:42:12 AM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: doug from upland

But Doug! The car was going there anyway. ;-)

Good catch. Ping me when you get the rest of the pictures?


68 posted on 09/12/2005 10:43:03 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As long as liberalism and I exist, neither one of us is safe.)
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To: lOKKI

13-14 overall, 17-18 on the highway, 13-14 when towing.

Happy now?

Not really. Now I want to know why I'm only getting 15 hwy when everyone else is getting at least 17.

It has 120K on it, time for a tuneup.

Thanks.


69 posted on 09/12/2005 10:46:09 AM PDT by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: Amish with an attitude

Part of your different mileage is that yours is a 3/4 ton. The gearing is different, and the engine fuel injection map and transmission shift points may be different as well. The one pictured there is a 1/2 ton. Also, how much towing of that 2-ton horse trailer do you do on downtown surface streets vis a vis highway towing?


70 posted on 09/12/2005 10:46:09 AM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: ChefKeith
"It's a GMC my guess is around '03..."

Way older than that. GM changed the front end on the trucks in '99 and the SUV's in '00. That beast is probably '98 or older.

71 posted on 09/12/2005 10:48:39 AM PDT by T.Smith
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To: doug from upland

Did you hear that Ari was being driven to LAX and she saw a sign that said, 'Airport Left'?

She sighed, then told the driver to take her home.


72 posted on 09/12/2005 10:50:46 AM PDT by tumblindice (The senior senator from Massachusetts: Only Congressman with his own zip code.)
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To: Little Pig

Do you own that model? Are you certain it is a 1/2 ton?


73 posted on 09/12/2005 10:51:27 AM PDT by doug from upland
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To: Amish with an attitude

Your numbers will be different, as pointed out in my previous post, because you have a 3/4-ton. Even with the same motor, you will have different fuel injection maps, different transmission shift points, and on top of that your truck (if sold in CA) has the ridiculously restrictive California emissions package. The numbers IOKKI quoted are likely for the 1/2-ton version. Also, the differentials in your truck have shorther (numerically higher) gears, so your engine will turn faster at highway speeds than the 1/2 ton would (which has a numerically lower-ratio differential), causing you to get worse highway mileage than you might otherwise (time to look into a Gear Vendors overdrive).


74 posted on 09/12/2005 10:51:42 AM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: tobyhill
My 2001 Pontiac Firebird Formula, with the LS1 v-8, got 22 miles to the gallon. I drove that car HARD, too. I don't think an LS2 Corvette getting 30 mpg is out of the question.
75 posted on 09/12/2005 10:54:15 AM PDT by T.Smith
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To: doug from upland

I don't own one, but I am highly knowlegdable in the matter of GM trucks. Those aluminum wheels were only available on the 1/2-ton (which has 6-bolt wheel hubs). The 3/4 tons had steel wheels from the factory, and had 8-bolt hubs.


76 posted on 09/12/2005 10:54:45 AM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: doug from upland

I don't own one, but I am highly knowlegdable in the matter of GM trucks. Those aluminum wheels were only available on the 1/2-ton (which has 6-bolt wheel hubs). The 3/4 tons had steel wheels from the factory, and had 8-bolt hubs.


77 posted on 09/12/2005 10:54:45 AM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: Little Pig

The trim piece says 1500, mine is a 1/2 ton, not a 3/4.


78 posted on 09/12/2005 10:55:19 AM PDT by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: Amish with an attitude

Ok. Then IOKKI has the right numbers for your vehicle after all. The highway mileage difference may be due to the California emissions package, which the 49-state versions (obviously) don't have, and which probably rob you of at least 10 horsepower. I'm betting you still only get 8-10mpg in the city though, even with the 350 (5.7liter). You might consider trading up to a 3/4-ton, with a diesel, especially if you tow. The 1/2-ton can tow that 2-ton horse trailer, but your rear springs and transmission will not thank you for it (you do tow in 3rd, not overdrive, right?).


79 posted on 09/12/2005 11:01:09 AM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: All
I wonder if Sierra Club members are calling HQ in San Francisco --- 415-977-5500 --- to complain about the stunt pulled by Arianna. It is hurting the message. Arianna should be forced to apologize.

Hmmmmmmm, I wonder if any is calling 415-977-5500 to

80 posted on 09/12/2005 11:04:04 AM PDT by doug from upland
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