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Well, I hated to do it, but a week ago today, I traded in the Titan for a more fuel efficient car. I thought I was gonna be able to stick it out at 9mpg in town, but just couldn't make it work, being 20, paying rent, and being a full time student lol. Traded my '04 Smoke CC with 81k miles, Off-road, Big Tow, 4x4 straight across for a 2008 Grand Prix GXP with 51k miles. I came to the Titan from a 00 Grand prix, so I wanted something I was a little familiar with. I live in a town of about 12k people so I drive by the dealership every day and see the Titan sitting there looking bored ): I suppose that once my car is paid off (transferred the loan from my T) I will try to get another Titan. Nothing beats how much bigger than everyone else I felt while driving that thing. Pics to come soon of the new ride.
 

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Sorry you had to trade a vehicle you apparently liked very much. Much respect to you for knowing the right priorities which is getting through school. In the future if you want another Titan it will be easily attainable once you get a descent paying job/career. Heck, I'm a old guy with a good income and I feeling the pinch of the 4+ dollars per gallon. I know my two youngest kids that are still in school couldn't drive much with the gas mileage of a Titan or any large truck for that matter.

good luck to ya,
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You gotta be paying more per month for the 08 Grand Prix?
 

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What do you mean paying more for the Grand Prix? I traded my Titan straight across for the GXP, so my loan never changed. Since the GXP is newer, they were willing to go out more than 3 years on the loan once it was refinanced, thus dropping my monthly payment. In terms of gas, the GXP runs about 29 highway, 18-20 in town, and insurance is actually 3 dollars less a month with a $500 comp/collision deductible, vs my $1000 comp/collision on my titan. All around cheaper
 

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Well hey, good luck, hope the grand prix works out for you. I just never understand these threads, because anyone going from a Titan to a Grand Prix, or Subaru, or Prius, never needed a truck in the first place. A grand prix might get better mileage but it sure as hell would be difficult to toss a load of lumber in the trunk or tow a bobcat from the rental yard :huh:
 

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Well hey, good luck, hope the grand prix works out for you. I just never understand these threads, because anyone going from a Titan to a Grand Prix, or Subaru, or Prius, never needed a truck in the first place. A grand prix might get better mileage but it sure as hell would be difficult to toss a load of lumber in the trunk or tow a bobcat from the rental yard :huh:
He just said he is in school and wants to spend less on gas, pretty sure he does NOT want to sell it. Just bc someone goes to a car from a titan does not mean that they wanted to do it but it might make more sense financially. dont be a hater.
 
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No prob......I understand :)

Ive cut back on driving myself also where I can. Good Luck tho, and maybe you'll get a new T in 5years or so, when gas is $20 a gallon!!!!
 

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Good call. I'm in a similar situation...going to be on a 7 year track through grad school. Was considering selling my T (9 mpg like yours) for a used compact. I'm holding out for now since my T is paid off and I have a motorcycle I ride mostly anyway. See you back in a T in a few years man!
 

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Well hey, good luck, hope the grand prix works out for you. I just never understand these threads, because anyone going from a Titan to a Grand Prix, or Subaru, or Prius, never needed a truck in the first place. A grand prix might get better mileage but it sure as hell would be difficult to toss a load of lumber in the trunk or tow a bobcat from the rental yard :huh:
I agree. I always considered a full size truck more of an RV, or work rig. Even when gas was cheap, I never could understand why people drove full size trucks/SUV's as a DD or commuter. After 18+ years of driving, my Titan was my first full size vehicle, and it's mission in life doesn't include commuting.

A Gran Prix...not really a step in the right direction...If I were to give up a Titan for a car, it'd either be a really sweet car or something so dirt cheap I could laugh all the way to the bank.
 

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You got lucky with a straight across trade like that. Not only is the GXP 4 years newer, but it has 30K less miles too. How in the world did you swing that?

Not everyone who drives a truck needs a truck though. I'm one of those people. I got a truck because I like being high up above most vehicles in traffic. I like the big torquey V8 RWD 5.6L Endurance drivetrain. I like the capability, if I should ever use it, to tow my 3500lb project car and haul all my crap in the bed. It's a similar logic to those people driving around in a 400+hp Vette, Camaro SS or Mustang GT. You will probably never get close to the extreme performance abilities those cars can acheive, but it's nice knowing you have the capability if you ever need to.
 

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Agreed. I rarely need a full size truck, but I love it. First time I ever felt comfy in a vehicle (I'm 6'2", 235 lbs). I do like off roading and the outdoors (hiking, camping, mtn biking, etc). Plus moving gear since I'm in military. It's nice to throw stuff in the bed and not worry about getting inside dirty (though having the occasional female in the back of the crew cab voids that comment). Funny how my logic when I bought it was..."well, if I have a 4x4 truck I'll go do more outdoorsy things". Now it's...ummm, 9 mpg...I'm staying home and watching others do cool things on youtube. Biggest motivator for getting the T were the wild discounts. $37,500 sticker for $27,000! A similarly equipped Xterra, FJ, Tacoma, etc. was close to or above $30k.
 

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I agree. I always considered a full size truck more of an RV, or work rig. Even when gas was cheap, I never could understand why people drove full size trucks/SUV's as a DD or commuter. After 18+ years of driving, my Titan was my first full size vehicle, and it's mission in life doesn't include commuting.

A Gran Prix...not really a step in the right direction...If I were to give up a Titan for a car, it'd either be a really sweet car or something so dirt cheap I could laugh all the way to the bank.
The reason I went with the GXP is because I didn't wanna lose ALL of the power my T had lol.. The GXP ran a 13 second quarter mile last weekend bone stock, so it may not be the sweetest looking car in the world, but she gets up and goes :D
 

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You got lucky with a straight across trade like that. Not only is the GXP 4 years newer, but it has 30K less miles too. How in the world did you swing that?

Not everyone who drives a truck needs a truck though. I'm one of those people. I got a truck because I like being high up above most vehicles in traffic. I like the big torquey V8 RWD 5.6L Endurance drivetrain. I like the capability, if I should ever use it, to tow my 3500lb project car and haul all my crap in the bed. It's a similar logic to those people driving around in a 400+hp Vette, Camaro SS or Mustang GT. You will probably never get close to the extreme performance abilities those cars can acheive, but it's nice knowing you have the capability if you ever need to.
Exactly where I'm coming from. I had ABSOLUTELY no need for a Titan lol, but I wanted one so bad. They are just badass looking pickups all around. It sucks driving past the stealership every day and seeing her sitting there. We will be reunited someday though, I WILL have another Titan someday, whether it be buying my original one back (which would be awesome), or another newer one. I loved being higher than all of the other cars, and wish things coulda gone differently!
 

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The reason I went with the GXP is because I didn't wanna lose ALL of the power my T had lol.. The GXP ran a 13 second quarter mile last weekend bone stock, so it may not be the sweetest looking car in the world, but she gets up and goes :D
Oh is this the one with a 5.3 V8? I was looking at one the other day (no offense) thinking what a hideous looking rental car, but darn man they shoehorned a V8 into that FWD Hertz queen. I know the 5.3 is a efficient motor, so I was thinking it'd get good MPG. I'd de-badge that beast, put some beefy steelies with cheap hubcap covers, and go whoop some butt with it.
Yeah OK I see where you are coming from, I can't argue with that! But still, it won't be much cheaper than your Titan I bet. I mean if your Titan was a 2004 it must have been nearly paid off? You said you stretched your payments out another 3 years for this new car? I wouldn't say you needed a cheaper car, I'd say you wanted a different car and "cheaper" was just an excuse...
 

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Oh is this the one with a 5.3 V8? I was looking at one the other day (no offense) thinking what a hideous looking rental car, but darn man they shoehorned a V8 into that FWD Hertz queen. I know the 5.3 is a efficient motor, so I was thinking it'd get good MPG. I'd de-badge that beast, put some beefy steelies with cheap hubcap covers, and go whoop some butt with it.
Yeah OK I see where you are coming from, I can't argue with that! But still, it won't be much cheaper than your Titan I bet. I mean if your Titan was a 2004 it must have been nearly paid off? You said you stretched your payments out another 3 years for this new car? I wouldn't say you needed a cheaper car, I'd say you wanted a different car and "cheaper" was just an excuse...
I just bought the Titan in September 2010, so I had barely made a dent in the loan for it. And I didnt stretch my payment another three years, the bank was willing to go out that far. I only increased it by one year, which isnt bad because I've only been paying on the loan for 7 months currently.
 

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I just bought the Titan in September 2010, so I had barely made a dent in the loan for it. And I didnt stretch my payment another three years, the bank was willing to go out that far. I only increased it by one year, which isnt bad because I've only been paying on the loan for 7 months currently.
Right on, good luck with the new ride
 

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Well, I said it before, and here I am, I just sold the GXP and bought a 2007 Blizzard White Titan LE, fully loaded, I knew I would be back! Pics to come soon!
 
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