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I didn't hate the Yaris. It was a decent drive, and with another 20-30bhp or so (from the rental's 70bhp) it would have been fine.
I don't like it, not enough power compared with other models, little carrying space, etc. I have driven them.

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...I'm not so sure how these new pluggable hybrids work, but they still aren't really made to work all electric or all gasoline....
We've had a pluggable hybrid for 2 years now. It's used most of the time on electric power only. We have an autonomy of about 60 km which gets us to most of the places we need to go around here on a routine basis. If we have to go further afield, we switch to hybrid mode.
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While I agree with the end-user emissions there is the problem of generating the hydrogen which requires electricity, the production of which generates emissions of one sort or another unless you have a good reliable source of hydro.
Some years ago I was involved in a study of converting gas stations in Los Angeles to provide hydrogen at a 'pump'. The energy source(s) were mainly solar plus a wind generator if necessary. My part was configuring the solar arrays required for the volume of hydrogen needed. Honda were proposing to make 200 hydrogen powered cars and loan them to various 'A' list celebrities. The project never got going mainly due to the fact if someone says hydrogen in America, someone else says Hindenberg - its a tough sell.

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Another car you might consider is a Citroen C3 with the 1.2 liter 3-cylinder turbo gas engine. We leased a new 2019 a year ago. Great caróand FWIW, Iíve owned everything under the sun, from Detroit Iron growing up to six BMW ///Mís and even a Lamborghini. the C3 is the first new car Iíve ever owned, and I like it. Billed at 110 hp, but the torque is phenomenalómore than an E30 M3, perhaps my all-time favorite car. That particular engine has won numerous international awards; just do a search and youíll see. Fuel economy is incredible at 50+ mpg (6 l/100 km) and with a 6-speed manual itís pretty fun to drive. The main downside, IMO, is the suspension, which is typically French Stay-Puft soft. Like a Citroen, in other words. But on secondary roads (which we drive frequently) itís very comfortable.

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Fuel economy is incredible at 50+ mpg (6 l/100 km) and with a 6-speed manual itís pretty fun to drive. The main downside, IMO, is the suspension, which is typically French Stay-Puft soft. Like a Citroen, in other words. But on secondary roads (which we drive frequently) itís very comfortable.
Um, 6 l /100 km is actually more like 40 mpg. Just saying....

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I've driven a C3 diesel for more than awhile. The things are built to a price point. When my tail lights burned out it wasn't the bulb it was the wiring going. The dealership tried to blame me saying I'd used the lights too much.

My mechanic is an ex dealership guy and knew what the problem was before he even unscrewed anything. The smell of burning wiring was that bad. It wasn't an uncommon problem.

In addition it's not exactly designed for easy access for the mechanic . I guess that's not uncommon in cars today but changing a light bulb shouldn't require hiring a small child to slip their hand into the space. I've seen multiple mechanics spend close to 15 minutes changing a simple headlight bulb. Luckily they don't charge by the hour for the change.

Changing even something like a windshield pump seems like major surgery.

If you intend to keep the car five or six years then trade it in you'll likely be quite happy.

I'm driving so little now that I'm having trouble convincing myself I need a new car but I've more or less decided if something major comes up it's getting parked.

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My experience is quite different. I've been driving a 208 for about two years. It's reliable with responsive handling that seems just right for the twisty little roads between the villages in la Charente. The ride is more comfortable that some other small cars I tried here. Compared to Mercedes, Audi and VWs that I drove for years, this little Peugeot stands up well.
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Had fun today at a Seat dealer. I went in to look at their Ibiza and during a chat with a salesperson I asked if they would accept full payment for a car with a credit card (it would be do-able, and think of the points!). Stunned looks all around, mumbles, then a check with management to find that no, I couldn't pay for a car with a credit card.

Not really surprised but I dare say that if I walked into any American car dealership and asked the same question they would sure-as-hell find a way to sell me a car if I wanted to pay with a credit card.

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Had fun today at a Seat dealer. I went in to look at their Ibiza and during a chat with a salesperson I asked if they would accept full payment for a car with a credit card (it would be do-able, and think of the points!). Stunned looks all around, mumbles, then a check with management to find that no, I couldn't pay for a car with a credit card.

Not really surprised but I dare say that if I walked into any American car dealership and asked the same question they would sure-as-hell find a way to sell me a car if I wanted to pay with a credit card.
No, didn't work in the US either. I did manage to pay the deposit of $5000 with the card but that was the dealerships limit. As you say, think of the the air miles on $50,000 car
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Had fun today at a Seat dealer. I went in to look at their Ibiza and during a chat with a salesperson I asked if they would accept full payment for a car with a credit card (it would be do-able, and think of the points!). Stunned looks all around, mumbles, then a check with management to find that no, I couldn't pay for a car with a credit card.

Not really surprised but I dare say that if I walked into any American car dealership and asked the same question they would sure-as-hell find a way to sell me a car if I wanted to pay with a credit card.
I assume you know that vehicles branded Seat are built to a lower standard than those branded Fiat - don't get caught thinking they are the same (same company but not same standard).

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