My beloved 1993 Mercury Capri, which I bought in 1998, has now failed two smog tests. I really love this obsolete car. Comfortable for me, manual clutch responds well, everything but the smog and power windows works well for me.
If I’m going to get a new car, I want it to be either an electric or hybrid, since it may very well be the last car I own. I liked the 2018 Nissan Leaf that I test drove, but someone was telling me that they had a family member who only got 12 miles per charge on an earlier version.
Over the next two years, I am looking at going once a week over the 2,500 foot “hill” to check out a new home and business opportunity. The supposedly 125 mile range of the Leaf makes me a bit nervous, but a two-three year wait for a Tesla takes them out of the picture.
I sat in both a Chevy Volt and Bolt, and the seats were hugely uncomfortable for me. The Honda Clarity felt too large, like a boat.
What I really need is a two-seater with a trunk, since the majority of the driving I am going to do is by myself. I also do not need something that seats four or more people, and I certainly do not need an SUV.
Because of family history, I am unwilling to buy a German car of any sort.
Is there anything out there as wonderful as my Capri but in a hybrid or electric model? Or do I give up for now and pay the probable big bucks to fix the Capri?