This is my McParland post for the day. Here is the story
Im a guy who is going from a 20 mile commute to a 50 mile commute (round trip) and driving something that eats 200/per tires and drinks at 13 mpg is going to start wearing thin. When I say wearing thin I specifically mean PAYING for these things, not the driving experience, which I have no complaints at all with.
So, looking for something that will pay for itself in 3 years.
4 seats. not stupid back seats that don’t fit humans
5 doors. I carry a lot of gear, a coupe, convertible or sedan don’t really suit my job
Manual transmission. I need this back in my life
Low maintenance/easy to repair
Super high miles - 150k is probably alright, but 200+? pass.
A hillman Imp
4000 for gas powered
5500 for electric
*This is the 3 year break even given a 30 mpg average gas car and a 116 mpge average electric with 75% of my miles on the new 3rd car. Gas price $3/gallon. Electric $0.14/kwh
I’d be willing to go to about 6 grand for gas and 8 grand for electric if it was something worth driving.
Obvious candidates are gen 1 leaf (eh), VW egolf (a little pricey), and various japanese and korean hatches.
EDIT: thinking gen 1 FIT sport.
I can find them relatively cheap with a manual. How do they hold up?