it's nice to see someone w/ money not buy a fuel guzzler needlessly!
MONEY? I live in a trailer! Seriously, it's even actually a singlewide way out in the country miles and miles back on country roads. Dead honest.
I have to liquidate to get together enough $ to pay off stuff. I just sold one of my VW's the other day. Mercedes has to go next after I strip off the Frybrid system I put on it as I think I'll lose $$ if I leave it. After that the motorhome goes - I'll get a whole $1k out of that if I'm lucky. When this is all over I'll have a diesel Jetta and 2 Smarts (possibly still have the motorhome). Any sort of nice cars I have (not listed) are inherited and will never be sold so those don't count.
It's just that my priorities are messed up. My $$$ normally goes into the cars, aka the term "Car Poor". Wife has learned to live with it as she knows it's the only way I'm truly happy and if she don't like it she can hit the road. Heck, that's how we got together as I went to show her my brand new right off the lot customized Toyota truck almost 20 years ago (during the minitruck movement plus I was living in Guam)
I can't fathom buying that in the states.... in gas.
In canada we've got the diesel and they're becoming fairly common.
For such a small (and not really cheap) car i'd want the moon.
my two cents, not meant to criticize the buyer. I just think the american emission rules are stooooopid.
Once the house is a little more paid down I'd like to get a diesel ranger (from europe or new zealand or south america) or toyota diesel truck. 4x4's that get 30 plus mpg that exist, and are made by american auto makers. goddamned idiots they are for not offering that stuff here, it'd be the first new car i'd buy.
It's been a great car, no problems so far - knock on wood. As you can see I've currently just dipped below hypermiler status as I need the A/C on or there'll be lots of hot air coming out of the spouse's mouth complaining about how hot it is in the car. I always commute with 2 people - we're no lightweights so that is a knock against the mileage too. For the most part I don't lightfoot it and the car still returns awesome mileage.
Coming home this evening I got a nice tailwind from TS Faye and drove 70mph versus my normal 62mph and still closed out my 46 mile commute with 48mpg.
No complaints about the car except maybe I can't impulse buy at the stores anymore - all cargo must be preplanned.
Later this week or next week I will be picking up Smart #2 - I've waited almost exactly a year. Both the exterior color AND the interior color have been discontinued due to lack of interest. Crazy me order both of them together. Sold the Mercedes to help pay for it - new owner offered me $$$$$ to install a WVO system on it. I took the $$$ as it is a hefty amount to go towards the new Smart.