Why the High Tech/High MPG ride? I am curious what paths members here took on their way to the C-Max ENERGI Battery/ICE powered MPV.
What vehicles have you owned and how and why did you end up driving a high mpg vehicle?
I was raised on Fords. I learned to drive and then my dad gave me his a '76 F-150 straight six with a compound low stick (granny gear and hella long clutch travel). I purchased an '89 Ranger 2.9 V-6 4x4, '92 F-150 5.0L, (I also owned a '94 Sable, a '96 Explorer shortly, and drove my Dad's '87 Bronco a few times as a teenager). I loved my Ford trucks and am looking forward to giving blue oval another shot.
That twin tanked 5.0 F-150 was killing me at 12mpg. When I bought it in '99 gas was .99 in spots in SoCal. When I sold her in 2006 gas was $3.50. 40 gallons at $.99 vs 40 gallons at $3.50 and that was my last V-8. If wishes were horses we'd have a zero emissions plug in F series 4x4 with lot of low end.
Went to a 2006 Prius (41mpg lifetime) and dumped it with the carpool tags when gas jumped to $4.89 here in 2008.
Following the prissy, I picked up a lightly used 2006 Scion XB (the toaster model) which never felt too safe (kind of like driving in a toy) but was a lot of fun. The kid, whose parents sold it out from under him (DUI + drugs,) had slapped on some 18" rims and lo pro skins which made it fun, but disappointing as far as mpg (31 Highway/ 25 City). It rode like a go-cart with those wide tires for the 40k (including a run deep into British Columbia) that I drove her and kept its value to boot. The box was a great lil' car that could swallow a ton of gear as long as you didn't mind its looks and didn't put it in deep snow on a regular basis. It was good to a point with chains, but too much snow and toaster didn't go.
Love my Outback for the backcountry and snow, but I can ride my bike to work and my wife and I can share the E-car when she stops commuting 100 miles a day in a couple months. So no more (or very little) gas except for family missions which require the necessary evil of AWD and the hauling of lots of crap.
Hoping this lil' Ford fuel miser, the wife named "Chunk," doesn't make me regret my early adopter/ beta tester choice. Ford Motor Company has the power to make it pleasure or pain. A few folks on this forum are already claiming the later. My Cmax ENERGI expectations are high.
I won't be able to wrench on this one like I did on all my other cars and trucks (albeit, all I did on my prissy was change her oil and various filters).
What made the rest of you go for high tech/high mpg vehicles?
Have you always been interested in conserving gas, lower emissions, new technology, can't afford a Tesla, don't like how Prii handle, or don't feel like hypermilling behind a semi with a manual in neutral?
For myself, a mix of cost, emissions, and function led me to the NRG. I love the idea of cruising on e only. The steering and suspension on the C-max is way better than the Prius, and the euro-hatches/wagons/mpvs now available stateside are pretty darn utilitarian and relatively efficient across the marks. Oh, yeah I love the electric motor's torque, but it is counterproductive to the quest for high mpg and maintaining the e.
I am not a marketer, but would love to know who I join in the C-max demographic in terms of vehicle history and ownership choices (aka Where did you drive in from and why did you buy?)