Until 18 months ago, my money was going faster than I could make it!
Now my petrol bill is half it use to be.
I love my little Mazda.
The small car is a tad cosy, I miss the extra room...but! can't have everything.
Money in my pocket, is far more important to pay the bills.
I drive a Holden Berlina Sportwagon which is considered big. But then half the idiots around are now driving Four wheel drives so they can be bullies on the road. 80% of FWD have never been off road so there is no logic. They say it is so they can see over other cars but now FWDs have almost reached 50% that logic has gone far out the window.
I like to drive smaller cars because driving bigger cars makes me feel like I am sailing a boat. I'm also afraid of hitting others or having others hit me, so smaller cars give me a little piece of mind in that I can safely manoeuvre around obstacles if need be.
I too had the fully imported model but downsized to another Nissan when it was just too big for mum and I. I also had a fully imported 240K which I had for 13 plus years. Hated parting with that too. Now I'm driving the 2013 Pulsar which is supposed to be medium size but is closer to being a larger car.
Oh! Yes helga, the 240k was the pre-cursor to the 'Skyline'. They, too, were an excellent car. My boyfriend had a Datsun 1600, & I learnt to drive on that. I loved 'Dattie' & was very sorry when he got sold.
P.S. My 'Spooky' ('cos he's White & a 'Skyline'!), celebrates his 37th Birthday next week! He came to me as my brand new 'baby'!
He's solid steel, & I feel very safe in him, & as for the price of petrol, he still gets 30mpg. His 60 Litres' will get me 600klms of normal city cycle driving. I don't do 'long' drives any more.
I love him, & he's so comfortable. I can reverse park in him, much better than I've seen some women, & men, too, do in their huge 4WD, WITH power steering!
I prefer smaller ones because they are easier to zip around in and to park. At the moment I'm driving a really big car. It's environmental impact is ok because it runs on LPG, but it's huge. Can't do a smaller car at the moment because I'd never fit a pram and three kids into a hatchback (barely fit 2 kids across the backseat back when I had one with 2 kids), so for now I'm stuck with a bigger one.
I have a old Honda CRV - described as a compact car. I used to have a Nissan Pulsar, but getting in and out was not easy, the Honda has the height I prefer. Some of the larger cars now are so big you have to climb up to to get in. :-)