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submitted 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) by SpiceDealer to c/fuckcars

If you ever find yourself tempted to buy a truck and/or SUV, just remember one thing: they're not worth it. They're a societal nuisance. They're a massive pollutant. The maintenance, repair, and insurance will cost you a whole lot more. Aside from the aforementioned pollution, They're overall environmental impact is egregious. These monstrosities are best left alone.

If you ever have to do any sort heavy work, rent one instead. Want to live that outdoors lifestyle? A sedan and/or hatchback will do. Just buy a bike and roof rack. Got a family? Again, sedan and/or hatchback will do but also consider a station wagon. Better yet, buy a cargo bike like the Urban Arrow or the Dutch bakfiets. These are way better options to those climate-changing abominations.

I know what I'm writing isn't anything groundbreaking but I'm writing this mostly get something off my chest in relation to a dream I had last night. The dream itself was quite boring: I was driving around in a new Ford Bronco. The thing was that, in the dream, I was quite happy about it. This happy feeling was still felt when I woke up. For a brief moment, I was thinking about buying a Bronco. I soon returned to reality. But I'm not going to lie; the temptation was strong. The temptation was made stronger by nostalgia. I grew up with these kinds of vehicles. My dad worked in labor-intense, blue collar jobs that used trucks. He even owned some himself. But, once again, they're not worth it.

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[-] IMongoose 37 points 1 month ago

I think it's funny that you overlooked vans like most people do. Vans make more sense for way more people than trucks and SUVs do. But they have a huge stigma attached to them and people don't want to look uncool.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 1 month ago

Except vans aren't actually all that efficient, compare a Toyota Hiace VS Hilux, or ford Ranger vs Transit, and they are very similar in size and economy, with the Hilux actually being more efficient than the Hiace.

The biggest reason so many people have utes or pickups where I live is for towing, and the ability to carry five passengers and have luggage in a separate compartment.

I drive a van for work, and I'm well aware of how practical they are, but it only has one row of seats, can't tow bugger all, and would get stuck on wet grass.

[-] RunawayFixer 14 points 1 month ago

There's plenty of work vans that are designed for a full 5 person crew. Vans can also easily tow whatever is needed for that crew, if the van was specced for it. It's like not all vans were created equal and thus there are vans out there that are not like your van.

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[-] Leviathan 3 points 1 month ago

My girlfriend's sister has a van she uses for Vanlife™ and that big stupid piece of lumbering shit gets stored 10 to 11 months of the year because driving it for regular things is totally unaffordable. It's just as gas inefficient and gigantic as the child killers.

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[-] Treczoks 30 points 1 month ago

Just fix the laws in the US, and pickups and trucks for personal use will be as about nonexistent as in Europe.

[-] [email protected] 25 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

im not a particularly big car hater but i dont get why you guys dont have mini trucks in the us, just the egregiously huge f150s and stuff.

you guys even call them mini trucks, we just call them trucks. they cover most of what regular working people would use them for, are easier to drive and maintain and can even be more economical because they end up being lighter than cars. im not even talking about kei trucks just the regular, car sized, pickup trucks!

also a lot of the suvs, but especially crossovers ive been in are just as cramped as cars inside. whats the fucking point why the fuck do they even build them like this 🤪

[-] [email protected] 22 points 1 month ago

Car manufacturers cheating fuel requirements. When I was younger I had a Ranger that is what I think you describe. It was an early 90s model. We had them at one point. Federal fuel efficiency standards gradually made it so that car makers had to make them more and more efficient, and ICE was just never going to get that efficient. Either by lobbying or whatever, the regulations made exceptions for larger trucks. Some people do need to pull trailers and haul big loads. So instead of trying to make an ICE achieve this standard they just made the trucks and SUVs bigger. Today’s ranger is nearly as big as the F150 and it’s bigger than an F150 from a few years ago. It’s just a bit narrower now.

What’s crazy to me is with them electrifying the F150 there’s a ton of demand for them to make a cheaper electric truck. An old ranger size truck on the MachE platform that could sell for $25-30k would be a wild success.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 1 month ago

One of the biggest consumers of pickup trucks in the US are insecure men who want the biggest dumbest machine they can buy. My favorite thing to do when I see one is to make fun of how pristine the bed is, because they never actually use it. They're usually too jacked up to even use as an actual pickup truck anyway.

[-] Katana314 5 points 1 month ago

I don’t have a source on this but I think I’ve heard that a large demographic of SUV buyers are actually women; people who have all too much experience being vulnerable in city life, and want something that puts them in a protected position.

[-] Leviathan 4 points 1 month ago

I have a civic and I'm looking to change for an old Ranger because I want to have a lightweight pickup I can use for everyday transport but also for turning into a camping/roadtrip vehicle. Like a Vanlife vehicle but without the stupidity of owning a gigantic, gas guzzling van that I will only use for getting to work most of the year. The plan is perfect in my mind except everyone is fighting over what are becoming very rare used small pickups because they just don't exist on the regular market anymore and no one intelligent, doing regular work, needs a big dumb child killer of a pickup that drinks $100 of gas a day to move a few tool boxes from point a to point b.

Anyway, it's frustrating that pickup trucks have become penis prosthetics for the insecure when the rest of us just need compact utility.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Truck owner here who had to move from an old Tacoma to 4wd. We would absolutely have a smaller truck if they were available.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 1 month ago

Yeah, they have their place as working vehicles. Unfortunately too many are just pavement princess trucks. They might haul a few hundred pounds (not counting the driver) a few times a year.

It's the mindset of fear and envy that underpins consumerism that needs to change.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago

No, the huge american pickuptrucks does not have a place as working vehicles, the are too big and too fragile, get a WV Transport pickup or van, way more practical than a huge F-150 or similar

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago

Someone looking to buy a car or any variety is not going to be swayed by online forum posts, unfortunately

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[-] Gigan 9 points 1 month ago

also consider a station wagon

Do they still make those?

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

It's been harder and harder to find them in North America over the last few years. I think in Canada its just the premium German manufacturers (Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche) and Volvo who still have them.

[-] SpiceDealer 4 points 1 month ago

If I'm not mistaken, they still sell them in "big" numbers in the EU. The only car sold in the U.S that could be considered a "station wagon" is the Subaru Outback but the latest models have become way too bloated. Technically speaking, the "station wagon" (or "estate" if you're British) no longer exists since it has (mostly) merge with the equally abysmal "crossover."

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Subaru markets the Outback as an SUV, and has done since at least 2004.

The new ones are utterly hideous, I agree with that.

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[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

In europe they sell like crazy, the volvo V90 is cery popular, but even the WV Golf has a station wagon configuration

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

I see them a lot in Colorado

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 month ago

*bakfiets. Don't forget the s.

It's a bike (fiets) with a bin/container (bak) in front of it.

Anyway, I think you're preaching to the choir here.

[-] SpiceDealer 3 points 1 month ago

You're very much right. Like I said in the post, this was intended as something of a personal log entry rather than a thought-provoking discussion. I get very tempted to buy these pieces of shit when I know that I don't need them. I vaguely mentioned the "outdoors lifestyle" since that's one of the biggest appeals to consumers. What they fail to realize is that a mountain bike or even a simple hike offer a better off-roading experience. Also, thank you for the spell check.

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[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

True, although these posts do reach /all from time to time.

[-] IsThisAnAI 4 points 1 month ago

Won't tow my car 🤷‍♂️

When you exaggerate this shit nobody but the echo chamber takes your seriously BTW. My insurance is the same as my outback. Repair and maintenance isn't more expensive, unless you want to get real nitpicky over the amount of oil twice a year.

[-] apocalypticat 4 points 1 month ago

I'm not understanding. Are you typically driving around town towing another car? Or do you just want to say you have the ability to tow it yourself when needed?

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[-] leetamus 2 points 1 month ago

Trucks don’t innately get worse mileage and not all trucks are big. Also, a new vehicle, including big trucks, will be better on the environment than a 20yr old wagon. Age is more relevant than model. You seem to be off track here.

[-] Sam_Bass 1 points 1 month ago

I actually use my truck for what is built for. All these bright shiny cocacola cowboy carts look really nice but until they sweat theyre just toys for little boys.

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