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    If you are really doing 10-100 miles a week at less than 40+ mph a 500e charged once a week might work out. We could get about 109 miles of sub-40mph driving in ideal spring weather. In the winter with the heater on knock off about 40% (though using the seat heaters is a great alternative) and in the summer with the AC on knock off about 15%. The 500e will do 40a charging, so you can fully charge one in four hours with a regular Level II charger. Note that's 24 hours with a 120v/15a Level I.

    Although inexpensive operation and maintenance is a big plus, you're probably talking $12k for a nice used '13 500e vs. $5k for a nice used 500. $7k buys a lot of gas.

    Do expect typical Italian/Chrysler quality control. Don't expect $0 in maintenance. My bet is that mile for mile, it's still cheaper than a Smart.

    Have you considered something truly wretched like a Mirage?

    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/6156744833.html

    or iQ

    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/6133918912.html

    I think I'd still lean towards the Fiat - it's probably safer and probably more fun to drive. Maybe not more reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yw-slayer View Post
    Bicycle?
    Bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balki View Post
    YW, have stuff to carry on a weekly basis (a bicycle would not have taken additional time for most of the trips and would have been healthier)
    LOTS of stuff? Or just "stuff"?

    I mean, if it's a ton of folders, yeah, i can understand that. But if you live in a flat area and you need to carry "stuff", it'll be fine.

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    Did you guys get the Ford Fiesta circa-2007-2008, specifically the XR4 model?

    It's cool and a little bit chavalicious. If they're available I'd recommend either the blue or the red with the cobra stripes over the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rare White Ape View Post
    Did you guys get the Ford Fiesta circa-2007-2008, specifically the XR4 model?

    It's cool and a little bit chavalicious. If they're available I'd recommend either the blue or the red with the cobra stripes over the top.
    We got the latest Fiesta starting in 2010 as a MY2011 car.
    Whoomah!

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    So you missed out on the earlier one? That's a bummer. They've got great rally car styling.

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    YW, I could doconomics it and bring a little each weekday but it's not an option on the weekend (intend for it to be an only car), plus I carpool 3-4x a week (that's optional)

    tsg, Mirage? Didn't even know they still existed here. I found only one for sale, looks inoffensive
    I've looked into the iQ, but never was able to find an example that was worth it
    Juicing up an EV outside a Tesla Supercharger is not an option; no charging at home or work

    No 2nd gen Honda Fit input?
    Leaning towards the Fiat more and more; 'Holy depreciation' indeed, plus the owners seem to have taken care of them better than the Fits here (though I guess the Fit doesn't need nearly as much care)
    How does the US version of the Fiat 500 weigh 400lbs more than the European one? Do we have 500ci engines?
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    Around here the issue is finding a used Fit without a salvage title. Other than that, great little cars, imo.
    Whoomah!

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    Yeah, the Fit/Jazz isn't a bad car for those purposes. Either that or used Corolla.

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