Discussion in 'The Fire Hydrant' started by LauraLeigh, Oct 22, 2012.
May have a chance to buy one...
Anyone had one or know anything?
They are small.
Lol my sister has one and she knows it is only a short-term car because you really can't put anything in it. Wee bit cramped. Other than that I have no clue, yeah super helpful I know.
When I looked into them the older models tended to crap out in cold cold winters as they're not a car made for our winters. Also repairs can be hell as parts are hard to get and some insurance companies charge more to insure them because of the hard to get parts.
They're kind of cute. But I wouldn't drive anything close to that small. It's just so dangerous. That's all I know.:dunno:
I have know several people who have owned them. Two have been really happy with them, one was a total lemon, but I think it really was a lemon as it had problems from the day he bought it.
I looked into them at one point, and after driving both I would only own an S model. However, I do have a thing for going fast (the S model is like driving a fast go-cart).
All I know is that my brother, who is big into cars, said the S is super fun to drive.
A girl at our agility class has one, and it cracks everyone up because she has the largest dogs in the class.
Personally, I love small cars and rather liked driving my cousin's this summer, though I'm not sure how it would work with the pupsters.
My mom had one before she got the prius. It was a really fun little car bearing in mind..this is in Miami lol it's flat and always hot. But a great little car, never had any problems and was SUPER fun to drive.
Plus, great for being in a city where there aren't huge parking spaces!
I couldn't own one with the amount of dogs I have. Personally I think they look dangerous and uncomfortable, but maybe that's just me. Not a fan of them.
While small cars can be more dangerous in multi car crashes, they really aren't any worse than big cars in single car crashes. In particular a Mini has very low rollover risk. Some of the worst rated cars in single car crashes are actually big SUVs. You have plenty of crumple zone, but they don't work as well as some smaller cars.
Go kart with mpg. Get one if you can afford it and fit what you need in it.
My niece lives in Minnesota & her jobs requires her to travel within her area. She loves it. It's small but gets great gas mileage and that's what is important to her. She used to have a Honda CR-V that she really liked but couldn't afford the payments so traded it in for the cooper.
I suppose if one lives somewhere where the traffic isn't so bad...like out in the country, it would be better odds and I agree that they're probably fun to drive. There was a time when I drove a little Alfa Romeo. Now, that was a fun car...very maneuverable, extremely good around corners. (that maneuverability a lot of small cars possess, can give them one up on big cars and sometimes can avoid an accident better, but statistically safer...don't know about that. If roll overs are the most common, most deadly, then maybe yes...suvs are right there at the top of the roll over risk, some better than others though. If you live somewhere where traffic and drivers are nuts, like Seattle....lol... I would think seriously before getting into a tin can on the freeways. It's not the roll over you have to worry about. It's the maniac tail gaters, erratic lane changing without looking, craziness.
Sorry Laura....don't mean to be a "Debbie Downer." I got carried away with the safety factor. If that's the car for you, you feel good about it, then go for it. They sure do get good gas mileage and sound fun to drive. Maybe you live in a pretty safe place to drive and it isn't the same thing as I envision.
Doberluv, maybe you're just paranoid. I know plenty of people that get by just fine in seattle and calgary and toronto and vancouver and all these big cities (all with nasty traffic) that have no problem with their small cars.
They just know how to drive
Well yes, it does help to know how to drive.:rofl1:
"mini"-cars are awesome. ^^ I guess our car would be considered mini - if the honda fit is. We've never had a problem at all! I've never driven a mini though.
I know, right? They look like you'd just crunch like an accordion if you got into an accident.
But if you look at actual crash tests:
Roll overs are a major danger that people don't talk about.
I'm leaning towards mid size, not so much afraid of the size accident wise but we travel to the East Coast quite often and comfort/ room is something I worry about, looking at Toyota Camry and Dodge Avenger.... Prefer the Camry but have a line on an Avenger I may not be able to walk from....
Go Buick. You will be driving in a tank. A comfy and economical tank at that.