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Old 05-17-2016, 06:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My partner is looking for a small, fuel efficient and reliable car with a back seat (so she can recline her seat if she wants) and it has to be an affordable used car.. What kind of cars can you suggest?
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Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4. That's what I got my daughter for reliability, safety, efficiency.


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If we can afford it, I may suggest a Gen 2 Insight, but I'm going to give her as many options to choose from so she doesn't pick something as unreliable as a PT Cruiser. She really wants a Hearse as her dream car, but those don't come cheap.
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If she doesn't need long trips, you can get into a Nissan Leaf used for a pretty decent price.

Here's a 2012 with 26k on the clock for $8k:
http://www.cargurus.com/Cars/l-Used-...ting=142370305

Hard to get more reliable than a single speed transmission with a motor that only has one moving part. And "fuel efficient" too.

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If she doesn't need long trips, you can get into a Nissan Leaf used for a pretty decent price.

Here's a 2012 with 26k on the clock for $8k:
Used Nissan Leaf For Sale - CarGurus

Hard to get more reliable than a single speed transmission with a motor that only has one moving part. And "fuel efficient" too.

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But how would one charge the car living in an apartment?
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With an extension cord.

Your original post didn't explain all the limitations.
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But how would one charge the car living in an apartment?
I've charged mine for a decade living in apartments, even ones that included heat and light.

So I guess its a matter of asking, also work allows me to charge here as well.

But that said, a very good conversation starter, many apartments have electricity by the parking spots for running block heaters and tools.

Also a volt can be had for $6999 and up. They are very reliable and run on electric or gas so no worries either way.

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Honda civic. Don't get anything with batteries and use 'efficient' in the name. In the end when it comes time to replace the battery, all that money you 'saved' goes flying right out the window. It's the reason I picked up a 2016 civic and not a G2 insight or a Prius. If you do the math, even on an insight, I'm not saving anything on gas compared to my civic, due to having to replace the IMA battery.
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My partner is very interested in the Leaf idea. She'll have to wait a while before she can be in a position to get a loan for it, but she never considered going electric before.
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If she's willing to, I don't think she'll regret going full electric and the used leafs are the most practical option currently (although interesting stuff is coming out for 2017). I have seen apartment complexes in Austin with charging stations and Nissan says they have over 22k public stations at this point. If there's another tenant or two with a need for one, you may be able to get one put in without paying for it yourself. Can't hurt to make some phone calls and ask at least. I don't see a problem with running an extension cord, but someone will probably bitch about it; especially if you have to cross a sidewalk.
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