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Old 01-12-2013, 07:36 PM   #57
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I think it's pretty nifty. Aaron and I have our KIA Soul right now, and it's only a year old, but one day down the road (hopefully not for a very long time), we'll need to get another car for around town. This may be a good possibility! I don't think I'd want to drive it on the interstate, but around town? Can't be worse than riding bikes where you don't have any protection at all.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:45 PM   #58
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Dunno about others, but probably 90% of our vehicle driving is purely local, get mail, groceries, random appointments - all round trips of less than 10 miles.
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If that is the majority of your travel, 70 miles a week with any truly comfortable vehicle in gas cost is just chump change.
You that broke?
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As was mentioned in post #50, the Elio has two wheels in front, not the back. The stability and safety in handling is really quite good. The other style, like the Robin is very unstable, and will flip quite easily. The other factors may warrant consideration, but not the stability.

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If that is the majority of your travel, 70 miles a week with any truly comfortable vehicle in gas cost is just chump change.
You that broke?
Don't have to be broke to watch your spending. Take care of the pennies and the dollars take care of themselves.

Some of the wealthiest people I know are the cheapest I have ever meet.
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Don't have to be broke to watch your spending. Take care of the pennies and the dollars take care of themselves.

Some of the wealthiest people I know are the cheapest I have ever meet.
I'm frugal where it counts.
40 vs 25 mpg at even 4 bucks a gallon, at 70 miles a week is a bit over 7 bucks a week difference. Couple a cups of good java is all.
Chump change.
I aint wealthy, and wont be that cheap.
I'm thinkin some folks just never do the math
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I learned the difference between being able to buy something, and being able to afford something, a long time ago. Just saying.................
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:45 PM   #63
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I'm frugal where it counts.
40 vs 25 mpg at even 4 bucks a gallon, at 70 miles a week is a bit over 7 bucks a week difference. Couple a cups of good java is all.
Chump change.
I aint wealthy, and wont be that cheap.
I'm thinkin some folks just never do the math
Funny how some folks prioritize their "frugality"...

One will criticize saving $7 a week, $28 a month - or over $300 a year on gas, but THEN, seek out a Walmart parking lot to stay overnite, to save the $30 or $40 bucks of a traditional RV space...

All a matter of personal values and perspective I guess...
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Funny how some folks prioritize their "frugality"...

One will criticize saving $7 a week, $28 a month - or over $300 a year on gas, but THEN, seek out a Walmart parking lot to stay overnite, to save the $30 or $40 bucks of a traditional RV space...

All a matter of personal values and perspective I guess...


I spend the extra 7 bucks on fuel, and dont overnite without hookups.
Color me "spoiled".
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I spend the extra 7 bucks on fuel, and dont overnite without hookups.
Color me "spoiled".
YUP - at least on the RV, $7 doesn't go far enough to register very high in relative importance - and we too appreciate the full-service overnite sites over neon lights and endless asphalt...

BUT, as far as this thread topic is concerned, I've always been sorta intrigued by the smaller and sportier vehicles - but prefer to actually buy and use one as a matter of personal choice, rather than fabricated and artificial imposition - but that's another thread topic...
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I think the point he's trying to make is that it's a tough sell on just the gas savings. Even at a low price, it would take a long time to get an ROI on these kind $$ savings.

They may have a better time marketing this as a) cheap first car for the youngsters, (b) cheap second car, (c) commuter car for tough parking situations, (d) greener option for commuters than a hybrid/prius, or (e) fun toy!
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The "fun toy" probably fits me best - the better MPG is just welcome frosting on the cake...

PLUS, not figured into the "savings" equation, is the REDUCED usage on the "regular" car - the reduced wear and tear, and the better insurance rate due to reduced annual mileage - and yeah, the "scootermobile" will have it's own insurance and wear and tear expenses as well, but perhaps not as high...

For sure, LOTS of the "cost saving" articles we buy are FAR more related to a "new toy", than any actual savings - and ALSO relevant, is the fact that the RV lifestyle and travel method is hardly done as to any real cost savings compared to other available alternatives - it's simply something MANY of us place value upon for what it IS, and means to US, rather than any form of actual savings or economy...

YEAH, yeah - SOME of us will TRY to make statistical statements as to the "savings" of RV travel and stays, compared to other alternatives - but most of us will never see or obtain any of those elusive "savings", and instead will have only the high operating expenses, purchase price, and severe depreciation, to show for our "investment"...
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Reminds me of the Corbin Sparrow, another tadpole design (terminology from the recumbent tricycle community; 2 wheels in front). What about towing? Have to see how a tow bar could attach.
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Lets not forget this,

http://www.blurtit.com/var/question/q/q3/q36/q363/q3630/q363024_238783_theparty1.jpg

The venerable Morgan. Not a new idea
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Never rode in a three wheel vehicle but it would seem hard to miss a pot hole or anything in the road, can't straddle anything! 2wheels in front and 1 in back or the other way around you can't miss!
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