Originally posted by DoktaP:
I'm looking to buy an eco-friendly small car to use in town to drive back and forth to work. What are people's thoughts on the Fiat 500? Any other suggestions?
Fiat 500 (the two door) is a great little thing. If you're looking for small and practical you can never go wrong with a VW golf (or I guess if you want to go there a diesel beetle). A mercedes B class is a nice step up and still gets great gas mileage. I haven't driven one but you could look at a lexus CT200h which is a hybrid.
Of course if you want small none of these are compared to older cars (just put a new Fiat 500 wagon or Mini Clubman next to a car from the 90's or 80's...) and a new car is inherently more ecologically damaging than existing car. So really if you want a little commuter car which is small, eco-friendly, fantastic in winter (lots of weight over the drive wheels), exceptionally cheap to run, had zero depreciation (actually beginning to appreciate in value) and still a lot of fun I will tell you what I tell everyone else.
Buy a 1987-1989 Porsche Carrera. If you need/want automatic buy a 1990-1994 C2 or C4 (4 wheel drive) with the mercedes automatic in it.
Simple, air/oil cooled, dead cheap to run (replace the front brakes for $50 a corner), fantastic in the winter, sounds sporty, not fast but feels it, small and easy to park, huge amount of parts, never break. Buy it, drive it everyday and never loose a penny on it.