gatedad11 wrote:Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. I will look on the web as you suggested and see what's available. No need for a test drive as I have been driving my I-MiEV for almost 2 years now and it's coming up to go off lease. Funny that you mentioned a Chevy Volt as I am also looking into buying a used low mileage Volt. I have seen a fair number that seem to be in a reasonable price range. I love my "I" but the range is an issue.I have no workplace charging and last winter was just a bear for us here in the Northeast. The heater simply does not get the job done and I hesitated to run the heater very often because of the range hit it took. I was looking at the Volt as a great deal-moderately used 2012-2013 Volts are showing up in the low 20's. I like the fact that the battery design reduces the degradation prevalent in the other EV's, so I am thinking Volt(among many options).
I got the Volt two years ago....Absolutely love this car. I know you will too if you decide to go with a Volt! I realized that most of the time I drive on electric power only and since my wife drives less than I do (She's a housewife), I knew she could use an all-electric.
For a second car, we considered a Leaf but it was more than we could afford. I knew about the i-Miev but thought it was dorky looking compared to the Leaf or Volt, didn't care for the small size, knew it had less range than a Leaf and generally had a spartan looking interior giving it a less refined, more econobox feel. But we found a used one with 8800 miles and was able to get it for $10,500 so the price and the fact that it was all-electric outweighed my other concerns.
Since we've had it for a couple of months now, I absolutely love it too. I find all kinds of excuses to borrow it. I like the fact that it sits taller than my volt. Although it's a really small car it's easier to get in and out of than my Volt. It's extremely easy to park and it's turning radius is a blast. I've come to realize that the interior, though not as luxurious as my Volt, is adequate, well laid out and quite comfortable. The looks of the car in addition to the rarity causes more people to stop and ask about it.
It's really a shame that so many people (like I did) refuse to consider the i-Miev or are even unaware of it. It is really a surprisingly likable little car. I think you have a hard choice ahead of you. Your situation sounds like a Volt will suit your needs better, and as I said I know you'll love it.....But I think you'll miss your I-Miev as well!