do i have the best possible setup for all city driving?
i dont go over 30 mph, all city with stop signs every 50 yards. its basically south philadelhpia
so far i have a DX motor (1.5 liters, it beats a 1.6 z6 motor) with a si tranny (short gears so i can save clutch) with vx rims at front with 165 series tires. all tires pumped to 44 psi
I also dont have a/c or p/s
I thought about a prius since the engine wont turn on under 30 mph, but the break even point will be a long, long time since i drive about 5000 miles a year, hard city miles. im averaging 35 mpg doing so
Yes, a Prius (especially converted to plug-in) would do extremely well in those conditions. However, as you noted, it's very hard to offset the initial cost vs. annual savings. You might be able to find a deal by looking very hard for a gently used Prius, well under blue book, with low miles. The deals do happen.
We saved about $8000 on my wife's vehicle when we picked it up. Spent three months looking, but it paid off, and the fuel savings are great.
Looking to trade for an early 1988 Honda CRX HF (Pillar mounted seat belts)
I tried EOC but my engine wouldnt start up again after i bump start it. has over 200k on motor.
a prius would take forever to break even in my case since my car is paid off and even if gas was 5 a gallon, im still using about 600 a year in gas, even if the prius uses no gas, that would take over 30 years to break even (600x30 = 18,000)