Bendo wrote: About $1300AUD...Or to put it another way, less than
... a case of Cullen's better wine.
I'll have to see if they do a complete groupset
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Bendo wrote: About $1300AUD...Or to put it another way, less than
andrewjcw wrote:RonK wrote:andrewjcw wrote:Wait what? How in the world does a car cost you $10,000/yr to run?
How much does your car really cost you?
This assumes 15,000km/year which would be very impressive mileage for a commuter.
andrewjcw wrote:Wait what? How in the world does a car cost you $10,000/yr to run?
Yearly Service $1,000
10,000km of fuel $1,400
find_bruce wrote:Yep depreciation & opportunity cost (the money you could have made by investing that money) are the two massive costs of owning a car that are generally ignored.
I find it sadly ironic to hear people with their $40-50k car complaining about the small change of fuel & toll costs whilst ignoring the $7,500 pa depreciation & $2,500 pa they could have made by investing that money
tez001 wrote:Side note, are you taking the car to Mazda or just a independent mechanic? Some mechanics just fire the parts cannon at the car after reading the error code and hope for the best. Hopefully it can be resolved and Im assuming a fault code has been read?
For me, my commuter is a ~$1000 CX ish bike. It does the job and is comfortable. The way I work it out, if I commute 90% of the time (except for when its pouring rain) then I can just about buy a new bike every year and be no worse off than paying for public transport.
However Im expecting I wont be recycling bikes every year
queequeg wrote:So, after all that, where did I land?
Answer: Spend the $850 trying to get my otherwise perfectly fine Mazda up to scratch again. Other than the stupid airbag light, there is nothing wrong with it. I only use it for short runs to get the kids. I'd like to return to being a single car household once they are responsible enough to walk home from school. Then I can take all that money I spend on rego, CTP, insureance etc and spend it on a new bicycle every year instead
tez001 wrote:Annoying out of interest what is the part they say is causing the issue but fine?
Thing with air bag lights are the codes done really clear themselves, so if its a intermittent problem, once the code triggers, the light will remain on.
Buy yourself a cheap obd adapter and reset it yourself (I have a few spare if you want)
march83 wrote:It's like a complete reverse of the sunk cost fallacy. We're in a similar position where the servicing costs on our main car are increasing but the alternative is to replace it which is far more costly. There's no way we'd ever spend 50k on a car, but even at 25k it's very hard to make the new car option the more appealing option without placing a hell of a lot of value on the intangible feeling of having a new car, the perceived increase in reliability and the controlled running costs.
So, like you, we're just trying to turn more car trips into bike or train trips, reducing the load on the main car and paying for repairs when they come up. I'm kitted up to ride to work every day, rain, hail or shine (haven't driven to work in over 2 years), and we make a conscious effort to do groceries every time we're out of the house for something else or when we're coming home from work on public transport. Anything to delay the expense of replacing the car...
discostu79 wrote:In the end I rode it a few times but I just love riding a light road bike so pulling out a heavier bike is not as much fun so its only done a few trips this year. I
brumby33 wrote:Remember when the fuel was super expensive before, i think during the Iraq War
brumby33 wrote:I hear that! Petrol just hit $1.61 for regular unleaded here in Perth today, and I've really felt the cost of having to drive more lately as I've been sick for a month and now have to wait for other injuries to heal post accident. I'm really looking forward to summer so the wet weather isn't a factor. I don't mind the heat but I don't like riding in the rain. Having 2 x 15 year old cars, the less we use them the better.
4 years ago I bought a Corolla hatch, brand new, my 2nd ever new car...today has just under 25K kilometres travelled....so it just gets used as a shopping trolley and the occassional trip. I do at times take it to work, especially over the past Winter but pending on my starting time, if i get to work after 7am, forget about any parking, so i usually ride my bicycle the 4kms to work or my motorcycle as parking is guaranteed.
So yeah, they are saying that fuel will rise very close to the $2.00 a litre mark soon, especially the premium fuels, I mean that's $9 per imp Gallon and not much less for the US Gallon.....that's expensive...i'd say a lot of old 4 x 4's & SUV's will be sitting dormant in the driveway soon.....perhaps the Soccer mums will have to get their kids to school another way....ride? walk? get the bus...heaven forbid I ditched my 10 yr old beloved AWD Magna V6 for a 1.8 Corolla for this very reason....the cost of running it and parts for the old magna were getting hard to find.
Remember when the fuel was super expensive before, i think during the Iraq War, bicycle sales went through the roof...i predict the same again before long when people realise the cost of running their cars....with low pay rises, increasing electricity costs and every damned thing else....more and more will be in financial crisis.
So could this be a new boom for the commuter bike? For half the cost of fuel for the average car sitting in bumper to bumper traffic doing about 20,000K per year just driving to work and back, you could buy a really good commuter, even one of those e-bikes would be a good investment.
I feel that many Australians are going to be hit with a lot of harsh realities very soon.....theres only so far the family budget can stretch before it snaps.
Thoglette wrote:brumby33 wrote:Remember when the fuel was super expensive before, i think during the Iraq War
1979. Fuel went to 25c a litre from 13c. And '72 before that. I remember we bought a Rambler Matator station wagon (c. 6L V8 and 3sp slushbox) very cheaply.
opik_bidin wrote:This is my recent experience, I was going back to Indonesia for three weeks and commuted to and from the airport by my bicycle with a trailer behind it (for the big suitcase). I just locked my bike to the outside bicycle parking area (not the caged one) with a D lock.
That bike+ trailer was safe for 3 weeks at the outside parking area in Sydney airport. Which is why you should have a commuting bike that is good enough but not too good. Functional, not luxury
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