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While Awaiting An Elio, Got A New (to Me) Commuter Car.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MrWhsprs, May 30, 2018.

  1. MrWhsprs

    MrWhsprs Elio Enthusiast

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    I (and my wife) believe the Elio could be a great commuter car. In 2013 we went All In at $250 and then in 2014 upgraded to $1000 All In and got SIL number 6882.

    My commute is about 80 miles round trip and I'd been driving a 2000 Saturn SL2 that I bought used in 2004. The SL2 is relatively fuel efficient, average of 38mpg over the past 2 years. However it's 18 years old, has 197K miles on it, probably isn't very safe compared to newer vehicles, uses 1qt of oil every 800-1000mi, and isn't as comfortable for a long commute as it used to be (which I realize could well be partly due to my getting older). So I started looking into used vehicles, wanting a commuter car that is more fuel efficient, more safe, more comfortable... Also one that is capable of being a family vehicle when needed, as when we went All In on the Elio we had no children and now we have two! :-)

    Early last month we bought a 2010 Toyota Prius to replace the SL2. Compared to the 18-year-old SL2 the 8-year-old Prius is quieter, more comfortable, (should be) much safer, thus far hasn't used any dipstick-measurable amount of oil (the SL2 would have gone through 3+qts in the same miles!), and is definitely more fuel efficient. Driving essentially the same moderate way that I did the SL2, the last three tanks in the Prius have averaged 58mpg. I expect it may drop some going forward as the weather gets hot if I use the A/C more, and we've started using it for family drives, and for more short trips to run errands.

    When/if the Elio becomes available we still hope to purchase it. I'd be extremely curious to see what kind of mpg I could get with it on my long commutes. Whether we would keep it would depend on other factors at that time, including our finances, the condition of our other vehicles, whether we could justify having a vehicle that couldn't serve as a family vehicle...

    I've been checking in here from time to time for updates and plan to continue to do so until the Elio is released (or if the Elio dream comes to an end).
     
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  2. Ty

    Ty Elio Addict

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    My 45 miles a day commuting has turned into about 16 miles a day which really limits the amount of fuel the Elio could save me. Now, to be fair, I go through a bit more than a gallon of fuel a day so... it'd save me between $2.71 and $3.11 a day ($54.20 - $62.20 a month) plus all the wear and tear to my truck. Well, minus insurance costs too, of course. I figured up my savings per year keeping oil change price differences, insurance, and expected maintenance in my current commute of just 16 miles to be $977.50. That's keeping my truck and adding the Elio.

    That doesn't count making an Elio payment but even if I DID finance my Elio, it'd be about $93 a month ($1,116 per year). That means it will cost me a grand total of $138.50 more per year to own and drive an Elio vs. just having my truck.

    For only $11.54 per month, I'll have a new car!

    Anyway, my point is that even with my small 8 mile one-way commute driving a truck, it will pay driving an Elio instead.

    NOTE: I used 84mpg to figure out the savings. At 48mpg, I'd save about $100 less per year which would increase my monthly costs by $8.33)

    Now, let me figure out when I'm going to put out the $1,500-$2,500 to fix my Truck's sunroof...
     
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  3. Marshall

    Marshall Elio Addict

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    It's even better when you back out the avoided cost expenses from your other vehicle. Driving the Elio saves wear and tear on the other vehicle/s and since they're far more expensive to begin with, it promises to lower the cost of the Elio even more if not completely.
     
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  4. Marshall

    Marshall Elio Addict

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    I'm on my second Prius and have had great luck with them. I just made the mistake of driving through too much water after Harvey and totaled my first one. They don't like water.
     
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    Getting 48 mpg with mostly city driving with a 2011 Prius... Good for you to get 58 mpg. Hoping the ELIO will average in the 50s mpg when I finally get to sell the Prius for the ELIO.
    Have to remember that!
     
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  6. Ty

    Ty Elio Addict

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    True. I was trying to keep it a little more simple. I also didn't count the extra expenses like insurance, as little as it may be.
     
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    Don't cross the streams

    (Important safety tip. Thanks Egon!)
     
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    Marshall Elio Addict

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    Well in this case, the stream was the IH-10 eastbound feeder street.
     
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    How's this for a commuter car? 1928 Chevy Speedster.
     
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    very nice!
     

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