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Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by copenworld, Oct 11, 2009.
Has the economic downturn made a difference to how much you use the car?
Post Copen, I probably dive a little more. It’s got to the ideal car for just ‘taking out for a spin’. Economical and fun fun fun.
Pre Copen, driving was a just a necessity, a function always for a purpose.
I voted " makes no difference" but when I think about it, since I bought the Copen, I drive a little more at weekends simply for the pleasure of driving such a fun car.
It remains to be seen how much I drive the Copen over the winter but I have a friend who has a open top Smart and he told me he has the roof open all year round as long as it isn't raining.
And thinking about it, I used to be a biker and rode all year round. But then I was a lot younger then
It's my only car so no!
I have loved the better fuel consumption though
Since buying Clive I don't think I've driven any more than previous. The only difference now is that on sunny days we can take off to the mountains or the sea with the top down, instead of being enclosed in an ordinary car. The mpg is pretty much the same for both my motors, so when dusting off the driving gloves, enjoyment is the deciding factor not cost.
An update - with Petrol £1.30 a gallon I do think about 'do I need to' a little more than when this poll was first started. Having said that, the weekend wouldn't be the same if I couldn't go for a spin - maybe shorter than it used to be. My insurance with Admiral went up 20% this year, but I still couldn't beat their quote.
If you haven't voted yet, what do you think?
The recession and rediculous fuel prices is the very reason I bought my Copen in Dec 2010. Before I was driving a Lexus IS200. Although I loved that car the fuel consumption with a 6 cyl engine around town was aweful!
The way I look at it, the Copen makes sense as a daily driver in this day and age. It's pretty frugal on fuel, shouldn't let you down mechanically as is great fun at a competitive price for what it is.
Who could ask for more (except a fraction more road clearance for speed bumps and slightly softer ride)?
I totally agree with APT-copen, the recession caused me to purchase mine also, its a small sporty fun car and i figured if everything goes downhill economy wise at least the car will make me smile even if fuel prices make me cry
as well as the copen i have a scooby which only manages 23mpg at best and needs to run on super, so i find myself trying to use it less for commuting now petrol is through the roof, thankfully i have a 125 cruiser bike which does an easy 75mpg i use when its not raining too much.
just out of interest i cant seem to get anywhere near the supposed 45mpg average for the copen no matter how i drive it how does everyone else do?
Yes, things have got even tougher. I now think about driving which is what the government want and what we should all do anyway.
I still think the Copen is a good choice - economical, fun and great to drive.
And as for mpg, I get about 47mpg, but I drive gently most of the time, with the odd mile or two pushing it on winding country roads for the fun of it.
We voted other because we decided to get rid of our 2.0 litre 206cc, after receiving this years insurance renewal, and get something cheaper to run.
So we are now the proud owners of a 2008 silver Copen.
Not really. I need to drive a car to get around due to my location. I always planned my trips in the past so nothing much has changed.
The Copen I drive more regularly now as it puts a smile on my face
I'm actually taking more time to enjoy the "things" I have, rather than just collecting them...
not in a recession in australia, but fuel might be less here than UK or europe = still do my usual drives so not noticing the cost at the moment (i only us 98 premium which is $1.50 a litre.